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074 How to get started as a Virtual Assistant with Jess Cook

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Today Kara’s Project Manager, Jess Cook, is here to talk about her work as a Virtual Assistant and Project Manager in the Fiber Arts industry. Jess works for a variety of creative business owners, most of whom are in the fiber arts industry. She creates email newsletters, blog posts, website copy, and educational content for her clients so that they can focus on the most important work of running their businesses and growing their empires.

 

“Be open to the conversations that come up in your daily life where you can find an opening to offer your services.”

 

-Jess Cook

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073 Best practices and tips for mindfulness from Tara Swiger and Kara Gott Warner

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Today Kara welcomes Tara Swiger back to the show! Tara first appeared in episode 61, and now she’s back to talk about the ways her business has changed since she was last here – including an increased focus on the practice of mindfulness. Tara has worked with makers and artists for seven years, helping them learn to explore their own enthusiasm and build businesses they love. Now she has a new branch of her business, helping people who want to build a business that doesn’t include handmade products. In today’s special episode, which premieres here and on Tara’s own podcast, Tara and Kara discuss their thoughts on mindfulness and share tips for how you can build a mindfulness practice of your own.

 

“Mindfulness is just paying attention – to where you are and how you feel. From there, you can make better decisions.”

 

-Tara Swiger

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072 Trisha Malcolm Celebrates 35 Years of Vogue Knitting Magazine

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Today Kara talks to the Editorial Director and Vice President of Vogue Knitting, Trisha Malcolm. Trisha was the very first guest on this podcast, so we’re so glad to have her back again today! Trisha is a magazine publisher with a focus on fashion-forward designs that adapt to the needs of today’s knitters. Listen in as we talk about the special 35th anniversary issue of Vogue Knitting Magazine!

 

“It’s a creative job because every issue is different, and every time something new happens, it’s exciting!”

 

-Trisha Malcolm

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071 Katie Krimitsos Inspires Women to be Their Own Biz Superheroes

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In this episode I actually got to host a live interview during the Podcast Movement conference with Katie Krimitsos, the founder of Biz Women Rock!. Katie specializes in group and 1:1 coaching to help female entrepreneurs build businesses that will enable them to have the freedom to design their own lifestyles. She is the voice behind the Biz Women Rock! podcast and the Facebook group of the same name.

“I fell in love with the idea that any individual could create this thing called a business that could really be the ticket to the freedom to design the life we really want.”

 

– Katie Krimitsos

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070 Fiber Alchemist Francoise Danoy transforms knitters with confidence

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In this episode Kara talks to knitwear designer and regular coaching client, Francoise Danoy. Francoise is a self-proclaimed Yarn Alchemist: she transforms yarn into knitwear designs for her tribe of Fibre Muses to enjoy, and also teaches others how to become Yarn Alchemists themselves. Her mission is to evolve and grow, and right now the way she does that is by helping her Fibre Muses dive deep into themselves to find their creativity and magic. As a result of working with Francoise, a knitter can transform her yarn into a piece of fiber art, as well as discover and benefit from the magical properties of knitting, in order to create a more meaningful experience.

“Knitting is a quiet kind of magic that not only allows us to take a skein of yarn and transform in into something new, but connects us to our past, helps us stay grounded in the present and shapes our future.”

 

– Francoise Danoy

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069 Marketing Advice from Leanne Pressly, CEO of Stitchcraft Marketing

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In this episode Kara is joined by Leanne Pressly, the CEO of Stitchcraft Marketing. Principal owner and multi-hat wearing fearless CEO of Stitchcraft Marketing. Leanne holds an M.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in English and has 20+ years of experience in sales and marketing. Prior to starting the agency, she owned a website design and hosting business for 10 years. She’s been a knitter since she was 18 and loves to spin yarn, make her own clothes and quilt. She lives in Colorado with her husband, teenage daughter and a menagerie of pets.

“The rapid pace of change means you’re NEVER going to be in front of your social channels all the time. Half the battle is just having a solid social media plan and following through on the work. Let the rest go.”

 

-Leanne Pressly

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074 How to get started as a Virtual Assistant with Jess Cook

Today Kara's Project Manager, Jess Cook, is here to talk about her work as a Virtual Assistant and Project Manager in the Fiber Arts industry. Jess works for a variety of creative business owners, most of whom are in the fiber arts industry. She creates email...

072 Trisha Malcolm Celebrates 35 Years of Vogue Knitting Magazine

Today Kara talks to the Editorial Director and Vice President of Vogue Knitting, Trisha Malcolm. Trisha was the very first guest on this podcast, so we're so glad to have her back again today! Trisha is a magazine publisher with a focus on fashion-forward designs that...

071 Katie Krimitsos Inspires Women to be Their Own Biz Superheroes

  In this episode I actually got to host a live interview during the Podcast Movement conference with Katie Krimitsos, the founder of Biz Women Rock!. Katie specializes in group and 1:1 coaching to help female entrepreneurs build businesses that will enable them...

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