68 episodes

Letters From A Hopeful Creative is a fortnightly podcast brought to you by Sara Tasker and Jen Carrington. In each episode they answer a letter from a hopeful creative who is looking for some guidance, support, and encouragement in their journey, and share some of the lessons they have learned along the way as creative coaches and online business owners. Each episode is like a mini coaching session and pep talk all rolled into one - tune in every other Monday morning for brand new episodes.

www.lettersfromahopefulcreative.com

Letters From A Hopeful Creative This is a podcast for small business owners ready to feel encouraged, inspired, and less alone in your entrepreneurial journey

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    • 4.9 • 73 Ratings

Letters From A Hopeful Creative is a fortnightly podcast brought to you by Sara Tasker and Jen Carrington. In each episode they answer a letter from a hopeful creative who is looking for some guidance, support, and encouragement in their journey, and share some of the lessons they have learned along the way as creative coaches and online business owners. Each episode is like a mini coaching session and pep talk all rolled into one - tune in every other Monday morning for brand new episodes.

www.lettersfromahopefulcreative.com

    How can I build my audience in a gentle way?

    How can I build my audience in a gentle way?

    In today’s episode we dive into this letter from a listener:
    I am not great at the IG game, and I prefer to focus on sharing quality work versus creating reels that don't resonate with me and my style. Do you have any ideas on how to continue to build my audience without sacrificing my quieter style, "not in your face" approach, and build an email list?
    In this episode we dig into the question, share our experience with gently and sustainable growing and nurturing our audience, and our encouragement for doing so in your business too.
    Would you love some encouragement and support in your business? Submit your letter for an upcoming episode here.
    Find out more about Jen’s gentle mastermind for small business owners: Steady
    Get Jen’s Deep Dive Kit
    Get Jen’s 100 Hell Yes People toolkit
    More from Sara
    More from Jen
    Letters From A Hopeful Creative is produced by Sonics Podcasts


    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.lettersfromahopefulcreative.com/subscribe

    • 33 min
    A business bestie chat for Spring 🌸

    A business bestie chat for Spring 🌸

    In this episode we catch up for spring and dive into what’s been going well in our businesses, what we’ve been finding challenging in this season, and what we’re working towards in our businesses right now too.
    If you’d love to listen to a really honest chat between two business besties, we recorded this episode for you.
    Links mentioned:
    Sara has some availability for 1:1 clients
    Get 100 Hell Yes People - Jen’s new free toolkit
    And Jen’s group program, Your Simple & Spacious Business, is open for enrolment until Friday 24th May if you’d love to never do business alone again
    And you can listen to Jen’s interview on the Off The Grid podcast
    What Jen’s simple and spacious workweek looks like
    What Jen’s learned about running a gently thriving group program
    Laurel Denise planners
    Dr Becky
    And our inbox is open for new letters for upcoming episodes if you’d love our encouragement and support in your business


    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.lettersfromahopefulcreative.com/subscribe

    • 52 min
    An office hour + free toolkit for you and your business

    An office hour + free toolkit for you and your business

    Jen here with two supportive resources for you today ✍🏻
    First up: I have made an awesome and free new toolkit called 100 Hell Yes People to support you to make a gentle, joyful, and sustainable plan for reaching 100 hell yes people at a time in your business.
    I have been fully booked and thriving in my business since 2015 all thanks to this approach to marketing, by opting out of the lie that we have to build as big an audience as possible, and you can have the toolkit sent straight to your inbox (for free!) this way.
    I also recently recorded a free office hour that I’m sharing in today’s episode covering topics such as clarifying the deliverables of our offers, what to do when our business is successful but we’re not happy, how to navigate a downturn in enquiries, navigating stress and anxiety in our work and more. If you’d rather watch the video with timestamps you can here.
    And my group program for business owners who want to bring more ease, joy, and intentional growth into your work and life is opening for enrolment again very soon on Monday 13th May and waitlist subscribers will get early access and an awesome 1:1 bonus and discount code too. You can find out more and join the waitlist this way.
    I hope these free resources can be supportive and encouraging for you in your business!
    Photo credit: Unsplash


    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.lettersfromahopefulcreative.com/subscribe

    • 45 min
    How do you handle the grief of limitations holding you back in your business?

    How do you handle the grief of limitations holding you back in your business?

    In today’s episode we dive into this letter from a listener:
    How do you handle navigating the grief of feeling like your chronic illness has held you back in so many ways - and yet know that there's nothing else you'd rather do? I have so many ideas, so many things I want to create, and yet with my health recently being so challenging at times, I've found myself feeling stuck in the grief of not getting to do everything I want to in the timeline that I want to, and feeling like people often pip me to the post when it comes to creating new things. To the outside world I look like I create & do a lot - but in my messy internal world I often feel like I'm playing catch up and people around me are creating similar ideas to my own far quicker than I'm able to.
    In this episode we dig deep into this question, share our own lived experienced as chronically ill humans, and how we try and find peace, joy, and acceptance in taking our business journey slower and gentler along the way.
    This episode is for anyone who feels like you have to take your business journey slower than you sometimes wish you had to - whether that’s because of chronic illness, caregiving responsibilities, or just not being a human being who thrives at a go-go-go pace.
    Join us on Substack
    Would you love some encouragement and support in your business? Submit your letter for an upcoming episode here.
    More from Sara
    More from Jen
    Letters From A Hopeful Creative is produced by Sonics Podcasts


    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.lettersfromahopefulcreative.com/subscribe

    • 40 min
    How do my Substack and website intersect?

    How do my Substack and website intersect?

    In today’s episode we dive into this letter from a listener:
    Like a lot of people, I’ve moved my newsletter from a more traditional email software product over to Substack. As a writer, I also host a lot of my work on my website in a blog. The intention was always for the blog to host SEO friendly pillar content and for the newsletter to speak to more distinct, current or personal topics.
    I’m now unsure as to what my website is for. Should its focus be on paid offerings and directing people over to Substack? Should I keep my blogs on my website? How does SEO even work on Substack, especially when you’ve paywalled your archives. I guess my question is how does the content on your website and the content on your Substack intersect?
    - Caroline
    In today’s episode we dig into this question, explore the different ways we can balance writing for our Substack and our blog, and why there’s no right or wrong answer but just figuring out what works best for you and your business.
    And Jen’s group coaching program to support you to bring more freedom, ease, and intentional growth into your work and life, Your Simple & Spacious Business, is now open for enrolment until Friday 9th February if you’d love to never do business alone again.
    And Sara is currently taking on new 1:1 clients if you’d love deeper support with your Substack in this season.
    Join us on Substack
    Would you love some encouragement and support in your business? Submit your letter for an upcoming episode here.
    More from Sara
    More from Jen
    Letters From A Hopeful Creative is produced by Sonics Podcasts



    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.lettersfromahopefulcreative.com/subscribe

    • 42 min
    Let’s talk about burnout, marketing, routines + more

    Let’s talk about burnout, marketing, routines + more

    In today’s episode Jen dives into twelve questions covering topics such as buiding your business in a way that honours your energetic needs, prioritising your goals with intention, routines and habits to work less and still get your important work done, simplifying marketing, recovering from burnout and more.
    If you’d prefer to watch a video with timestamps of each question you can find that here.
    And if you’d love to have guidance, encouragement, and support every step of the way in bringing more freedom, ease, and intentional growth into your business and never feel stuck or alone again in your journey you can join Jen inside her program Your Simple & Spacious Business before doors close soon on Friday 9th February and there’s also an awesome 1:1 coaching bonus if you join by Friday 2nd.
    * Letters From A Hopeful Creative Substack
    * Submit your letter
    Letters From A Hopeful Creative is produced by Sonics Podcasts


    This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit www.lettersfromahopefulcreative.com/subscribe

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

Jess Ruhfus ,

LOVE THIS!

I have just discovered this podcast and adore the content. I’ve been running my business for 4 years and it’s so great to hear from boss ladies who have grown beyond that with clever insight

brittanysl ,

Thoughtful insight delivered in the sweetest way.

This is my favorite podcast to listen to first thing in the morning to gently ease me into the day in a thoughtful and productive way. The hosts are so sweet but give the best advice. I just love it all! Listen if you need some insight into the tough questions that come with running your own business, or just want to feel like you’re hanging out with some sweet gals.

Jen Kay Gee ,

Inspiring and friendly

I love this podcast as it inspires me to not think the “rules” we all grew up with in the 80s and 90s are unbreakable. Although I don’t think I’d ever have the guts to start my own creative enterprise, the ideas are transferable to other work environments and all areas of life. The fact that Sara and Jen are willing to admit they’re fallible and face challenges and how they’ve worked through things at such a young age makes their chats really inspiring.

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