business building retreat | vancouver modern glamour studio

I have been feeling scattered this summer.  Trying to give our kids, clients, business and each other time has left me with a major case of “shiney syndrome”.

We have reached a point in our business and life where we need to take a step back, re-assess our goals, celebrate our accomplishments and, most importantly, start to dream again.  Dream about the next stage, visualize our new studio that we are hunting for and take everything to the next level.  But with it being summer, our kids out of school and, thankfully, we are getting busier and busier, there has been little time, opportunity or energy at the end of the day for this higher level of thinking.  So since the opportunity wasn’t presenting itself we had to make it.

I called my Mom, and I did something that I find difficult to do, I asked for help.  “All we need is 2 nights and a full day without the kids so we can have uninterrupted conversations to put together a plan for the next step so when they go back to school we have a plan.”  My mother simply said, “yes”.  The kids are going to stay with my parents and we are getting a hotel.

I am SO excited.  Tomorrow I am going to hit the store and buy a giant note pad (not as in lots og pages but as in 18″ x 24″), a box of colour pens, a pack of fun shaped post-its and some sharpies.  I’m going to pack my books (Unmarketing and Book Yourself Solid.  Both I highly recommend), we have put a ton of creativeLIVE courses on our hard drive and we are going to dream again. At the end of the weekend out hotel room will look like a colourful version of “A BEAUTIFUL MIND”.

This weekend starts the next chapter of our business.  We are out of the “OMG! I can’t believe we are doing this” phase and have grown up, so to speak.  We have survived 2 years of supporting ourselves and our family (in one of the most expensive cities in the world) pursuing our passion, our art.  Now, we are done with just surviving and ready to be proactive.  This isn’t our first rodeo.  We have toed the line of failure and came back stronger and wiser.  We are all in and can’t wait!

Curious to know what we will be studying this weekend? Next Thursday we will post our resource list and let you know how the planning went.



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