This lady loves lipstick, 'k?


I am never short o' reasons why I love being a freelance/self-employed creatrix o' awesome - freedom, afternoon naps, being creative on my terms - but this year I'm stepping up. Oh yeah.

Check me out. In the next few weeks I'll be launching two brand-new ventures: and, after the success o' my first 10 children's books, my first grown-up girl book, SASSY Sorcery, will hit the shelves and sprinkle girl-kind with glitter and make-life-better-ness, and as if that's not enough goodness for one girl to possibly stand, I'll be unleashing a series of new School O' Sassy Arts programmes, including: Write Your Book o' Wonder, if writing and publishing a book is your absolute thing du jour for 2012 - you are going to freakin' LOVE this!

In order to make sure I'm the most kick-ass, stepped-up, lycra-wearing cheerleader with awesome bangs that I can possibly be, I'm amping up my inner-business-girl. Don't get it twisted, I take what I do very seriously, but 'til now, I've done it in a very whole-istic, let's-do-it-and-see-how-it-turns-out kinda way, it's served me well, but I don't want to fly by the seat o' my pants anymore, nope, if I'm flying anywhere, I want it to be 1st class with a glass of pink fizz, thankyouverymuch.

I've recently connected with a very beautiful lady, Corrina Gordon Barnes, who recently wrote about things you can do each and every day to improve your energy for your business. As I mentioned last week, every day before I sit down to write, I light a candle ask for a li'l guidance for the day a head and get to it. But over the last couple of days, I've been thinking of other ways that I could really...y'know, connect. Connect with myself, with my creative muse, with my spiritual home-girls, with my intention to work, with my body...

Now, I have a few connection processes that I really love like: listening to my 3 favourite go-for-it girl songs that I LOVE to play at super-high volume because they always change my state from 'meh' to 'I'm freakin' awesome' - I Walk with the Goddess by Kelliana, Stand Up by Jessie J and Defying Gravity from the musical Wicked, journalling three pages of automatic writing each morning to clear my head space, going for a walk in the forest, swimming and doing my pilates for indie rockers DVD, but I was really struggling to find something I could do absolutely every single day, no matter what, that would raise my energy, change my state into 'I mean business, damn it!' and mostly make me feel good, because really, that's what it's all about. When I feel good, I do good.

Now today is a coaching day, a day that I am both coached and that I coach my own clients, none of which involves actual face-time so usually, I'll pull on a very comfy pair o' very unflattering leggings, a hoodie and scrape my hair back in pony-tail. Dita Von Teese I am not. Seriously? Have you seen that girl at the gym? Amazing. Anyway, while you'd NEVER catch Dita in comfies, it got me to thinking about my absolute love and passion for make-up and how the act of applying lipstick alone, is like an actual sacred practice for me. Does it raise my energy? Absolutely. Does what colour I choose to wear effect my mood and how I act? Hell to the yeah. So today, before starting work, I have applied a delicious slick of Rockalily's Rockette Red, blown myself a little kiss in the mirror and told myself I'm foxy. Superfluous? Yep. Has it upped my awesomeness for the day? You betcha baby!

What, if any, rituals or ready-for-work practices do you do each and every day? Would love you to share!