Big Hearted Welcome
Hello Creative QB’s,
6 minute read
This is my first post under the pen-ship of a new Creative Queen Bees.
A big hearted warm welcome to you.
I’m Amanda, founder and Creative Director at Creative Queen Bees. We are a brand, blog, online space and creative studio dedicated to women living a happy, healthy and creative life. (We love blokes too, so boy’s don’t shy away from us).
We believe personal creativity is an essential life-force for creating a sense of wellbeing, love, family, self expression, imagination, adventure, learning, inspiration, insight, fun, fulfilment, self love and transformation. Our true desire is to share our passion for creativity, to inspire, motivate and support women to live happy, healthy, creative lives they love.
I started Creative Queen Bees back in 2012 as a creative services studio specialising in brand strategy, brand design, graphic and web. Within a few years, thanks to some wonderful clients who spread the word, the business was thriving. I started hiring staff, scaling up teams, we won awards, built a team and a great reputation. On the flip side, I made a lot of mistakes, learned many hard lessons, cried a lot, even screamed and doubted myself way too much. I had many sleepless nights worrying about everything. From having enough cashflow to pay staff and contractors, meeting deadlines (which are often a killer in creative services) and my endless to ‘do list’, not to mention the actual job of being a designer.
In 2017 all that changed when I was diagnosed with a rare form of Ovarian Cancer. While in recovery I put CQB in hiatus. I discovered that running a busy, stressful business that splintered my life was actually not what I wanted at all. In fact during my recovery, I was reminded that back when I started CQB I had a much bigger vision for where I thought she could fly.
During those days of recovery, I would write in my journal, pages and pages of long hand across books of empty lined paper. I’d just write stuff, prose, sketches of my day and after a while I started writing ideas that surfaced from when I first had a vision for CQB’s.
Many journals later, much has changed, my core being has shifted, I’ve pivoted back to my authentic creative self. With it came renewed courage to design a life I loved. I convinced my family to move, we sold the house, packed up everything and moved back to my home town in the Hunter Valley, back to family.
I then asked two of my equally creative sisters (our family is four sisters, 1 brother, 14 grandchildren, spouses and a couple of ex husbands in total) if they would like to join me to blog about the joy, excitement, challenges and frustrations of balancing our creative lives with the demands of ‘real’ life, family and careers. I told them I wanted to share ways to discover, learn and reconnect with our authentic creative selves on a daily basis and share it with other women. Luckily they didn’t look at me with glazed eyes, they excitedly agreed and here we are now. In fact they both have enthusiastically embraced the idea, have been so honest in their sharing, they are both wonderful writers and I’m so darn proud of them!
Creative Queen Bees (take two) is three creative sisters, Amanda, Belle and Cate navigating our lives, family and careers with our desire to live a happy, healthy creative life. Like most women’s lives, it’s often chaotic, fun and deeply honest. As sisters we will narrative our lives as creative women. It’s in the sharing of our stories, ideas and creative projects that we hope other women will grow their own Creative Queen Bee wings and pursue personal creativity.
It’s early days, we have big plans ahead of us, but for now its baby steps. As with all creative pursuits it is the process, the journey that is where the real creative juice flows. Think of us as your source of creativity in a bottle! Filled with delicious, surprising, delightful and bubbly flow.
Over the coming weeks we will be introducing ourselves to you, each in our own way.
Without any further ado, we present to you Creative Queen Bees. We hope to learn from each other. Please tell us what you want, what you desire, what you want to discover. Come along on this creative life adventure with us.
We promise you we will always be ourselves, accept and honour each other and this journey we are on. We will to show up, to make, create and design a happy, healthy, happy life together, even if it’s not such a pretty one.
In the meantime, I have a FREE extract from my forthcoming eBook called ‘Creative Ten For Ten, 10 Days, 10 Ways’. The full book will be in our store in June with 100+ different ways to spark your creativity,everyday. (If you are on our mail list already, it’s already flown it’s way into your inbox). For now enjoy the extract and download it from the bottom of this blog post.
Big ♥ Amanda
It’s early days, we have big plans ahead of us, but for now it’s baby steps. As with all creative pursuits it is the process, the journey, that is where the real creative juice flows. Think of us as your source of creativity in a bottle! Filled with delicious, surprising, delightful and bubbly flow.
The stuff we are working on bringing to you very soon:
- An online store of products to inspire your creativity everyday.
- A six week online course called ‘Breakthrough Creativity’. (I’ve been working away at this course for many years, and simply cannot wait to share all of its value and good stuff. Im opening early bird registrations in June).
- A creativity for business women program (check out the business for life pages).
- Creativity & Innovation Programs for business focusing on brand and marketing
- Heaps of blog posts with ideas, projects, stuff to try, explore, discover and get your hands, heart and mind working in creative ways.
• We thank MichelleK Photography for working with us on our photoshoot.
• We also thank our trusty style sidekick, Lily. Even though she played up most of the day. (pictured in the image with us here below).
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We are three sisters on a mission to live a happy, healthy, creative life.
We have a hunch you are too.
Our hive flying blog, creativity courses and inspirational products will spark your divine creative spirit and connect you to your inner Creative Queen Bee for life and business.
I’m Amanda, eldest of our trio of sisters, founder and Creative Director of Creative Queen Bees. My gig is as multidisciplinary creative, which basically means I help people and business leverage the power of creativity for branding, design and innovation. With 20+ years racked in the creative industries, doing all kinds of creative jobs, from artist to creative entrepreneur, I’ve plenty of experience in-between. My approach to life and business is simple; design a happy, healthy, creative life you love.
I’m Belle, (affectionately known as Binny) I’m the second sister of our trio. After 22 previous years in aviation and tourism, I’ve decided it’s time to start living an authentic creative life. A life which I had always dreamed, and am now pursuing here with my sisters in Creative Queen Bees. I live on a rural property in the Hunter Valley and most days you can find me illustrating my Australian life, complete with ‘blue cows’, ‘mustard goats’ and ‘green wallabies’.
I’m Cate, the ‘can do’ girl and youngest in our creative trio. I wear the handy lady pants and there is not much I won’t try my hand at. Over the years I have learnt to balance thinking logically and creatively and recognise this as a strength in myself. I chose a career in primary school teaching where I can bring this strength to life. I love play and a lot of the time you will find me tinkering amongst my many projects where I wield a pretty wild hammer.
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