Author and Coach - Make the Work that Matters Most - Jessica Abel

Does it feel like the world is trying to prevent you from making the work you truly love?

Stop letting every other thing take precedence over the game-changing creative work you keep putting off

You absolutely, without a doubt, have what it takes to commit to the major projects you envision.

It’s the work that you hold closest to your heart that could truly make a dent in the universe.

Give that work the attention it deserves, and build your future.

Start making big changes today

Sign up here for step-by-step instructions on how to channel your prodigious energy into the project YOU choose, and inspiration and help in your inbox on the regular.

Devoting your time to creative work is your right

Figuring out how to do that without blowing up everything else in your life is your responsibility

Jessica Abel

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.

You dream of making incredible work and being paid well for it

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?

And what you’re not doing every day is the future-building work you keep obsessing about…

  • The nonfiction book that will shake your audience to the core.
  • The mural project your neighborhood needs to pull the community together and give the kids something to do all summer.
  • The design package that will delight your ideal clients and be a joy to deliver.
  • The podcast that’s going to blow the lid off something that desperately needs lid-blowing.
  • The crystal-clear, mission-driven offering that will become the inflection point for you and your clients.

HOW can you flip the dynamic and put the work that really matters first?

Find Creative Focus

You’ve got it in you—and we can help

The Creative Focus Workshop

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.

We will be reopening soon—and we will be introducing a new, more robust support system for ongoing accountability and improvement. Sign up here to get an invitation as soon as doors open.

Jessica Abel with her books, photo by Maria Teicher

Individual Coaching

If you’re looking for fully a customized 1:1 deep dive, where we’ll set the right goals, define success, and build the way forward together, individual coaching may be for you.

Growing Gills

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!

Let us help you get your project off the back burner and into the world.

Sign up here, and we’ll send you step-by-step instructions on how to align your work with your vision, and we’ll follow up with more inspiration and help in your inbox on the regular.

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