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. I hope you browse over some of their blog posts and enjoy the insights and different perspectives on living a creative life.
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).
Hello Creative QB’s,CREATIVE COOKINGApprox making time 1 day----------------------------------------Making chicken soup from scratch using homemade bone broth is nourishment for your creative soul. It’s a perfect mid winter weekend thing to do and an antidote to...
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.
'DAILY ACTS OF CREATIVITY'
Introducing a new, beautifully designed and illustrated, inspirational book for Creative Queen Bees.
REGISTER to part of our VIP launch event on World Ovarian Cancer Day, May 8th 2020 and receive a special limited edition launch pack, including a signed book, art print and other creative goodies.