Dealing With Creative Burnout And How To Survive It

The creative life is not for the faint of heart and sometimes as creatives, we suffer from burnout. Unfortunately, I have experienced it a few times. That’s why knowing the signs and symptoms of creative burnout are so important. It’s not just a lack of motivation. It goes way deeper than that. Let’s dive in for some real candid talk.

Part 1 Signs And Symptoms Of Creative Burnout

Creative burnout is a little different for some individuals and can vary from person to person but there are a few tail-tale signs that stand out and are pretty obvious if you know what to look for.

  1. The lack of feelings or creative ideas.
  2. The inability to get into the groove or flow.
  3. Self-doubt about yourself and creativity.
  4. Lack of focus. (finding a reason not to create)

It’s important to recognize these symptoms that can also occur at any time in a creative business. The important thing to pay attention to is how long these symptoms last. When days and weeks turn into months, you’ll need to evaluate if you are in the creative burnout. Watch Part 1 below to learn more.

Part 2 Causes Of Burnout

We all go through dry spells in our creativity. I’m not talking about a day or two but the long draughts that turn into weeks and months.

  1. Social Media!
  2. Sucky clients!
  3. Lack of freedom in your creativity.
  4. Being spread too thin.

In Part 2, I will share with you some causes of creative burnout. #1 and #2 are real doozies!

Part 3 How To Deal With Creative Burnout

Yes! You CAN survive creative burnout. It’s not a death sentence for your creativity.

  1. Let go of the shame of failure.
  2. Change things up and move to something else. Take a break!
  3. Get your creative juices flowing again. Do something creative just for fun.
  4. Never underestimate the power of friendship. Reach out to other creatives for support.

In Part 3, I discuss the ways that can help you get back into your creative groove and survive creative burnout.

Knowing the signs and symptoms of creative burnout can help you understand why you're feeling differently about your creative business. It can be really scary!Thanks for joining me today in this 3 part series discussion of creative burnout. My wishes and hopes are that these videos will help someone… possibly you, to get through a difficult time and get back to doing what you love… creating and sharing with others in your creative business. I’d love to hear your feedback on this subject. Drop me a comment below!







Must-Have Photography Equipment | Furniture Painting Business

With so much competition on social media these days, it’s important that you put your best efforts into creating great content. Your visuals need to be able to stand out in the crowd. If you are a blogger or a small online business owner, this list of photography equipment I have put together is what I use to create those knockout images of my furniture and home decor.

This post contains a few affiliate links to help you find the products I use. You are not charged extra to use any of the links, but any income I make will be used for more fun projects! To see my full disclaimer, click here. 

My Favorite Photography Equipment

Photography equipment is so important in creating content for an online business. Here are my must haves that I wouldn't want to be without.

My Camera

I’m a Nikon girl! Not because I’ve used all the brands, but because I stick with what works. This was my first professional DSLR camera and it’s still my go-to after 8 years. It’s great for beginners because it does have the auto setting that will allow you to point and shoot while you’re learning about all the bells and whistles it has to offer. Photography equipment shouldn’t be scary if you’re just starting out. Oh, and don’t forget you can shoot amazing video as well.


Camera Lenses

I also have other lenses that I purchased separately like this “nifty fifty” 50mm lens.  If you’re into portrait photography, this is a great lens. This lens has a range of aperture values (f-stop) to allow more light on your subject. This really is nice when you’re trying to capture that depth of field AKA dreamy blurred background. Also known as the bokeh effect. 
This is a great little lens that I like to use in my portrait photography. This wide angle lens is great for when I’m taking pictures that need a wide field of view. Example: Like the interior of my home. I can capture the entire room while standing in the room. Not just any lens will do this. It’s also is my go-to for those dreamy landscapes photos that give me artistic inspiration.

A wide angle lens is great for taking photos in small, tight spaces. It gives a wide field of view.


128 GD SD Card

I never realized how much the SD Card plays a roll in the functionality of your camera. It’s important to buy a fast SD card. I recommend 128GB with a speed of 95 MB/s or higher like this one.

SD cards are equally important pieces of photography equipment.

Flash For Your Camera

Let’s talk about external flashes. Typically I don’t use a flash in my furniture photography, but when I’m shooting an open room that’s dark, the light from this flash is great enough to bounce off the ceiling and light up the whole room resulting in a bright, well-lit photo. Great lighting = great photos.

Having an external light on my camera helps when I have a dark room that I need to shoot.


Photography Equipment | Lighting

You will also need a light kit for those photos that just need extra light. While I try to have natural light (from my window) for my photography, that just isn’t always possible. Time is money and waiting for the right day and the lighting situation slows my business down. When I need content, I need it now and having extra lighting is key for those times.Another crucial must have in my photography equipment are these umbrella lights. A well lit photo is everything to a blogger.


Camera Tripod

The tripod. If you’re a blogger you are probably going to taking pictures of yourself or your hands of you doing whatever it is you do. It’s also great for holding your camera steady when you need a steady hand and they even make a wireless remote that allows you to get a quick photo of yourself or the family shots that you’re always missing from because you’re the family photographer.

Tripods are a necessary piece of photography equipment when you need camera stability and are also great for holding the camera while videoing.


Lightroom CC For Editing Photos

And, because I believe every photo should be edited, I use Lightroom CC. The is a great program that allows you not only to edit your photos but also to store them in the creative cloud so that you don’t fill up your hard drive on your computer with huge files. I’ve used Lightroom for about 13 years now and I can’t imagine using any other program.

Lightroom CC is my go-to editing tool for all my photos. A must have for serious online bloggers and business owners. There ya have it! My must-have photography equipment for bloggers and online business owners based on my personal collection! I would suggest starting small with an entry-level camera and kit lens. It’s a great way to start learning the basics of photography. I would also highly recommend learning how to shoot in manual as soon as possible. These cameras are meant to be shot in manual, and are capable of so much more than the auto mode! Learning the manual mode will make you a better photographer and allow you to develop your signature style. Please let me know if you have questions.



How To Make More $$$ Painting Furniture Business

Hey there! So, you’re curious about how to make more money in your painting furniture business. Isn’t that what we furniture painters all want… to make more money and to be successful with our passion and sharing our God-given talents with the world? Oh, and let’s not forget to make more money painting furniture! I know I do and today I want to share my success with you.

This post contains a few affiliate links to help you find the products I use. You are not charged extra to use any of the links, but any income I make will be used for more fun projects! To see my full disclaimer, click here. 

How To Make More $$$ In Your Painting Furniture Business

The number one question I get as a Furniture Artist and Creative Business Coach is “How do I make more money in my painting furniture business?” My reply is always the same. Is this a business or a hobby? It may sound like a strange reply but you would be amazed in the responses I get. Most don’t even realize that they’re “business” is truly just a hobby. Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with a hobby. I have many! But, if you’re ready to make some serious money, you must step up to the next level.

The Next Level In Your Painting Furniture Business

Want to learn how to make even more money in your painting furniture business? Get my FREE COURSE "How To Make More Money In Your Painting Furniture!"So, what is the next level in your painting furniture business?  I have the answers, but I want to ask you a question first. WHY are you even doing this? Is it to just make money? Maybe to share your talents? Is it to help others? Everyone’s answer is going to be different with this question. Knowing you’re WHY is an important part of growing your business and really needs to be visited and understood. I would love to discuss this one on one privately with you when you’re ready to take that next step and really grow your business.

Get Your FREE Email Course

So, if you want to take your painting furniture business to the next level, I’d love to offer you my FREE COURSE where I share actionable steps so you can start making more money today.

I won’t go into the details here, so be sure and sign up now and I’ll send you the course in your inbox. I’m excited to share this with you and I and look forward to you sharing your success with me. Cha-ching, baby! $$$

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When To Start A Creative Business | Furniture Painting

Have you been thinking about starting a creative furniture painting business? Running your own business and being your own boss sounds like the perfect answer and a dream come true for a lot of you, but what you must know is that it’s a lot of hard work. If you’re willing to do the work, being your own boss has its advantages.

13 Signs You Might Be Ready To Start An Online Furniture Painting Business


1. Have A Passion

You have a passion that burns deep down in your soul of souls. Maybe you eat, live, and breath painting furniture and you have a giving heart, but passion alone will not make you successful. It will be the driving factor but just make sure if you’re leaving your current day job or career that it’s not all about the money. It’s no longer a job but a passion and making money with your passion takes on a whole new meaning of work.

2. You Believe In Yourself

When starting a creative business you have to believe in yourself. Yes, we all have self-doubt and if that’s the case… get into a good coaching group and surround yourself with like-minded people that can encourage you and pull you up. We all need mentors. CLICK HERE to learn about THE Creative Makers TRIBE for furniture painters. The Creative Business Makers Tribe


3. You Have A Good Market For Your Product

You must have a good market for what you’re selling whether it be furniture, painting supplies or yourself for that matter. Who is your market? Is it Nancy Jo down the street or a customer in another state. These are things you will need to know. Nancy Jo is my fictitious friend that I refer to in my business group. THE Creative Makers TRIBE


4. You Have A Plan

Before you leave your full-time paying job, do the math. Have a plan of what it will take financially to keep you and the creative business afloat for 2 years and be ready to make sacrifices. Pay off all your debts before you take the leap into entrepreneurship. It’s always helpful if one in the family has a steady 8-5 job and can support the household if needed. DO NOT take out a loan. The money you make can be used to grow that business in the beginning.

5. You Have a Brand Idea

You will need to brand your creative business and for some of you, that brand is yourself. Know your strengths and what sets you apart from others. Be unapologetic-ally to you! You are who you are for a reason and God made you perfect just the way you are. Go with your strengths.


6. You’re Not Afraid To Learn

Get ready to learn a lot! I never dreamed there were so many working parts to an online creative business. Technology is probably the hardest part, but with persistence and not being afraid to ask for help you can get there. It’s just a matter of pushing buttons.


7. You’re Not Afraid To Fail In Your Creative Business

Facing the fear of failure in a creative business is enough to keep you from even starting. You need to be ready to face it head-on. Do it scared! If you don’t start, you will never know success. It’s that simple.


8. You’re Not Afraid To Succeed

I know this sounds strange, but the fear of success is real. Some business that experience rapid growth fails due to fear. The fear of “I can’t handle it.”


9. You Have Some Cash Saved Up

Believe it or not, but there is a very little cost of starting an online creative business. Social media are free and most everyone has a phone and a computer. Most phones have great cameras so there’s no need to buy a fancy camera just yet. Save some cash back for other things that will help grow your creative business. Courses and online groups are a great way to learn from the convenience of your own home. It takes time to become successful so plan ahead.


10. You Have Experience In The Industry

You will need to have experience in the industry before jumping in full time. If you’re not experienced, consider working your business as a side hustle for a few years until you gain the knowledge. The more experience you have the more likely you will be successful.


11. You’re A Quick Decision Maker

You will be making a lot of decisions in your creative business and time is money. If it takes you 2 weeks to decide on a paint color (just an example) this could be a problem. Being methodical is a good thing, and indecisiveness often accompanies a creative entrepreneur. If you know this about yourself, there are ways to overcome this.


12. Your A Self Starter

Being a self-starter is a recipe for success. If you have trouble at your day job with motivation, being a business owner may not be for you. Discipline and time management will be the skills you use every day.


13. You Understand The Risks Of Owning A Creative Business

Being a creative business owner means that you understand the risks. It very possible that you will never make a profit and also that you will grow so quickly that you become overwhelmed. If you understand those risks and all the things that I listed above, it’s very possible that you are ready to take that risk of being a creative business owner.

Of course, there is more to the story than these things outlined here, but it is certainly a great way to measure if you are thinking about starting your own creative online business because knowledge is everything.

Thanks for joining me today and I hope that this will answer that burning question, “When am I ready to start my creative business?”

xo, Do

Staging Furniture The Right Way for Maximum $$$ Profit

While staging furniture doesn’t come naturally to everyone, the good news is it can be learned. One of the most common questions I hear in this industry is how do I get my furniture noticed in an endless ocean of furniture painters. The answer is GREAT STAGING that stands out! And in the furniture painting business, it’s crucial that you stand out in the crowd. But before you stand out, you need to master the basics of staging. Just a few simple basic rules will get you headed in the right direction with your furniture staging. Like with anything new, the more you practice, the better you get.

This post contains a few affiliate links to help you find the products I use. You are not charged extra to use any of the links, but any income I make will be used for more fun projects! To see my full disclaimer, click here.

Backdrops For Staging Furniture

Staging Furniture The Right Way for Maximum Profit #dododsondesigns #staging #stagingfurniture #stagingsells #staggingworks #stagingtipsSo, let’s talk backgrounds. I’ve have seen so many that use the photography backdrops when staging furniture. Not a fan… and let me tell you why. Backgrounds tend to be busy with patterns that compete and the plastic ones have wrinkles.  Everything from brick to wood patterns. When a piece of furniture is placed in front of a busy background, it tends to lose a bit of the focus on the furniture. Some of the backgrounds are beautiful but ask yourself. Is this the look of a wall in an average home? More than likely it’s not. Just a plain white wall is best for showing off the true colors of your painted furniture.

Consider The Style In Staging Furniture

Staging Furniture The Right Way for Maximum Profit #dododsondesigns #staging #stagingfurniture #stagingsells #staggingworks #stagingtipsThe style also plays a key part in staging furniture. Example: If you have a farmhouse style hutch and you try to stage it with gold Mid Century Modern (MCM) decor, you may not get the response you were hoping for. Styling the furniture with the appropriate decor is imperative to catch the buyers eye because you want to make the sell. Examples of farmhouse style would be mason jars, beautiful green wreaths, books, dishes, wire baskets, etc. Keep the decor simple and don’t add too much. Remember the focus is on the furniture. It’s like adding jewelry to your outfit.

Colors Distractions Staging Furniture

Staging Furniture The Right Way for Maximum Profit #dododsondesigns #staging #stagingfurniture #stagingsells #staggingworks #stagingtipsBold colors are a great way to evoke emotion, but colors are also tricky because too much color can draw attention away from your furniture. Try keeping most of the decor neutral when staging colorful furniture. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. Example: If your furniture is a bold color, try repeating a bit of that color on top or with the decor. If you repeat the color or colors on top of your furniture, it should be subtle. Let your furniture be the star of the show. Trust me. When I first started staging my furniture, I didn’t think about the decor taking away from my furniture. It was the furniture I was selling, not the decor. It didn’t take me long to figure this out when everyone wanted to buy my home decor instead of my furniture. Lesson learned the hard way. Keep it simple.

Staging Furniture With Emotion

Creating an emotional feeling in the staging can cause your potential buyer to stop and take notice. I call this the scroll stopper! The way I figure it, you have about 3 seconds to stop the scroll of someone searching for furniture. If you can stop the scroll, the chances of you making the sell just elevated. The emotional factor can be obtained by a number of things. Sometimes traditional items such as a chair, a pair of shoes, a hat or everyday items will evoke emotion. It gets in the buyers head to help them visualize the piece inside their home and we all know that staging isn’t realistic. I promise my home isn’t perfectly staged. Try keeping your staging as real as possible in the beginning until you’re more comfortable. 

Using What You Got In Your Furniture Staging

I like wood items, greenery, cotton stems, vases, books, baskets, blankets, etc. Look around your home and pull from your own home decor. Try to mix and match what you already have without having to purchase special items and then struggle with the storage for said items. You can’t go wrong when you use what you have. I bet you even have a friend that would let borrow a few items. Challenge yourself to look beyond what’s the normal use of things. A pair of your hubby’s old worn out boots make a great statement when you’re staging a masculine piece. Just plop those puppies down in front like he just walked out of them. That’s realistic staging and it’s a great way to get into the head of the potential buyer.

Staging Furniture The Right Way for Maximum $$$ Profit #dododsondesigns #staging #stagingfurniture #stagingsells #staggingworks #stagingtips

Staging Furniture Outdoors

Now we have all seen those amazing pieces staged outdoors. GORGEOUS! The artistic side of staging fascinates me. The problem this creates is not everyone can see your artistic visions. Staging furniture outdoors can cause the potential buyer to have difficulty visualizing that piece of furniture in their home. Trees and grass don’t grow in a home. It’s not realistic. Keeping to the norm it will increase your chances of selling to the buyer. Ask yourself… does this make sense? When your staging outdoor furniture, by all means, go for it!

And remember, staging furniture takes practice and time to master the look you want. I hope this helps you in staging your furniture and getting the most profit from all your hard work. Furniture painting is an emotional journey for me. I’m always a little sad when it walks out the door, but getting the money you deserve for your hard work definitely makes it easier to goodbye.

Have questions still? Drop me a comment below.

Happy Staging!