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I’m Jessica Abel. I lead the Creative Focus Workshop (and the soon-to-be announced Autonomous Creative Collective!) where we teach ambitious creative freelancers and business owners (and those who want to get there!) to leverage the incredible power of creativity to design a better life:
A life where you get to do the work that’s most inspiring to you..
and you also get to stop working, recharge, and become a full participant in your life, rather than feeling constant anxiety that any unassigned moment requires you to jam in more work.
…And then waking up and wondering where your last five years went.
As a cartoonist, author, teacher, and coach, I’ve been a full-time working creative professional for over 20 years. I’ve published nine books (both graphic novels and prose), taught art school for 20+ years, been an illustrator, an editor…it’s been a ride.
But the shiny résumé hides the scruffy behind-the-scenes reality of cobbling together a creative (and human!) life. I know what the tradeoffs are, and I know how to navigate the traps that keep your wheels spinning.
And I know you have it in you, too.
But whether you’re a freelancer, you run a business, or you have a day job, chances are the day-to-day demands of making a living are already overwhelming. How can you rein that chaos in and carve out focus and time—precious time!—for your real work?
I've always had a lot of ideas. And really early on in a project, I have great inspiration and huge momentum and I get a lot of stuff done.
And then, of course, reality sets in. You get sick, or your kids get sick, or you're overloaded with other work. And the momentum kind of dies out. And then you're left with a whole bunch of really exciting, potentially awesome projects in the same state, with nothing really finished.
After working with Jessica, I look back and I realize that my God, I was working so differently six months ago. There are things I do and tools I have that make every day really, really much better. And that turns into a good week, and that turns into a good six week sprint, and that eventually turns into a finished film.
Before working with Jessica, I felt absolutely overwhelmed, and I had too many ideas to really get focused in on what I needed to do, and no way to consistently sort them. I felt guilty all the time, I felt like I never deserved a break.
And it felt like I was never going to be able to grow out of it.
Now, I have given myself a promotion. It's amazing how much my firm has grown and how much clarity I've gotten around what I do. I'm able to go and sell projects now that I would never have even attempted to follow up on as a result of what I have learned.
The Creative Focus Workshop Momentum System is one of the best investments I've made all year.
The CFW is the only program specifically designed for serious creative people who are ready to level up and put their real work at the core of how they live their lives.
DOORS ARE OPEN to enrollment in the Spring 2020 live cohort RIGHT NOW! Check it out, and get your real work out of your head and onto the page!
Do you want to get started TODAY, right now? Check out my book, Growing Gills: How to Find Creative Focus When You’re Drowning in Your Daily Life.
Growing Gills takes you step by step through the process of pinning down exactly what’s stopping you from finishing your beautiful, inventive, potentially game-changing projects, and then putting a realistic, and totally custom plan in place to overcome those obstacles and get your work finished and launched!
WHOA. I seriously wish I had learned this a DECADE ago in high school, or at least college. I think I could have saved myself a LOT of angst, and also allowed myself to go and try to get things DONE without all of the anxiety.
I was honestly SO nervous to join this class (Am I "creative" enough to qualify for this group? Will I feel out of place? Is this a totally horrible and "selfish" thing to do?), and I am SO, SO glad that I made the leap.
I've learned skills in this class, and gained some tools that I know will serve me well for a long time. It has seriously been AMAZING.
I abandoned my first response about the Creative Focus Workshop, because it was sounding really over the top with how many positive changes it got rolling in my life. It was about the transformations in my home and home office…and yard, actually. It just helped me clean everything up.
Family and friends could hardly believe the changes for the better.
Knowing I could diagnose my own efficiency pitfalls, I had the confidence to ask for a salary with this super efficient home designer, thus giving me an instant full-time client base and a stable income. It's a wonderful feeling.
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