016 Lessons from Margaritaville – Fan Engagement – Lesson 3


Welcome back to “Design a Business You Love.” Today, we’re diving into fan engagement, inspired by the legendary Jimmy Buffett.

Jimmy’s music is an extension of himself, creating deep connections. As creators, let’s aim for authenticity to forge meaningful bonds.

Build Community
Create a space where your audience feels they belong, like the Parrothead community around Jimmy Buffett.

Add Playfulness
Embrace fun and playfulness in your work. It creates a memorable and enjoyable experience for your audience.

Stay Engaged
Keep the conversation going through various channels. This maintains a strong connection beyond initial interactions.

Be Memorable
Design experiences and products that leave a lasting impression on your audience.

Incorporating these principles can help you build a fan base that’s not just enthusiastic but deeply connected to your work. It’s about the community you build around your creations. So, let’s infuse a little more Margaritaville spirit into our creative endeavors and watch our audience turn into true fans!

Until next time, keep the music in your heart. Cheers to fan engagement and the creative journey ahead! 🌴🎶🎉

Free Gift – Discover Your Passion – Discover Your Purpose

013 Finding Creativity Ideas in Movies – Somethings Gotta Give


Join us in this fun episode of “Design a Business You Love” as we explore the power of creativity through the lens of the movie “Something’s Gotta Give.” Dive into the transformative journey of Erica Barry, played by Diane Keaton, and uncover how her story holds valuable lessons for artists, authors, and entrepreneurs. Discover the magic of embracing fresh perspectives, turning your challenges into art, and finding inspiration in the ordinary. Let’s unlock the creative potential within us by unraveling the profound insights hidden within this film.

012 Finding Creativity Ideas in Movies Midnight in Paris


Finding Creativity Ideas in Movies Midnight in Paris 

Host Kimberly Design Love

Join me in the heart of Paris as we unravel the enchanting lessons of “Midnight in Paris.” In this episode, we journey through time and artistry, exploring the mesmerizing 1920s and iconic locations that shaped the film’s narrative. From Monet’s Garden’s serene beauty to the vibrant atmosphere of 1920s Parisian cafes, we’ll discover how these settings can inspire our creative endeavors. While I haven’t personally walked the streets of Paris, I’ve marveled at Monet’s Water Lily paintings—a testament to the artist’s ability to capture nature’s tranquility. Let’s delve into the beauty of “Midnight in Paris” and learn to infuse our surroundings with artistic wonder.

This episode mentions a link to a writing retreat KimberlyLoves.me/writingretreat

Designing a Business On Purpose & How the Artist, Wyland is Helping Maui Relief

Do you ever find yourself yearning for a deeper sense of purpose in your business? Have you ever wondered if there’s a way to align your passions, skills, and ambitions with a greater impact on the world? In the latest episode of “Design a Business You Love,” we delve into the art of “Designing a Business on Purpose” through the lens of Ikigai, a powerful concept that intertwines passion, mission, vocation, and profession. And we uncover designing a business on purpose.

Unveiling Ikigai: Where Dreams and Purpose Converge

Ikigai, a Japanese concept that translates to “a reason for being,” is a remarkable framework that holds the key to crafting a business that resonates deeply with both your heart and the world around you. It’s a beautiful intersection of four essential elements:

  • Passion = What you love to do
  • Mission = What the world needs.
  • Vocation = What you can be paid for
  • Profession = What you are good at.

Imagine a Venn diagram where these four circles overlap, creating a harmonious center where your business’s true purpose lies. Ikigai is all about finding that sweet spot where your inner fire meets a genuine need, and where your skills can be channeled into a sustainable and fulfilling endeavor.

The Journey of Robert Wyland: From Dream to Purpose

A vivid example of Ikigai’s transformative power is artist Robert Wyland. His journey is a testament to how aligning your passions and skills with a higher purpose can lead to not only personal success but also making a positive impact on the world.

Robert Wyland’s artistic journey began as a child, with a deep love for marine life and oceans. His passion for painting marine murals blossomed into a flourishing art career, and he soon realized that his mission extended beyond the canvas. Wyland’s goal became more than just creating art; it was about raising awareness for ocean conservation and environmental protection.

His murals, often depicting majestic whales and vibrant underwater scenes, not only captivated the art world but also carried a profound message. They sparked conversations about the fragility of our oceans and the urgent need to safeguard them for future generations. Through his art, Wyland discovered his Ikigai—a purpose that unites his passion for painting, his mission to protect marine life, his vocation as an artist, and his profession as a painter.

Following Your Dreams with Purpose

But what if you’re not an artist like Wyland? Can the principles of Ikigai still guide you toward designing a purpose-driven business? Absolutely. The essence of Ikigai lies in understanding what truly matters to you and finding ways to integrate those elements into your work.

Perhaps you’re an aspiring author who’s passionate about storytelling (passion) and believes in the power of narratives to inspire change (mission). Your vocation might involve teaching creative writing or offering storytelling workshops (vocation), and your profession could evolve into a successful career as a published author (profession). By aligning these four aspects, you’re infusing your business with purpose that goes beyond just making money.

Taking Purposeful Action

The journey of designing a purposeful business doesn’t have to be daunting. Here are some steps to help you get started:

1. Reflect:  Take time to explore your passions, skills, and what truly matters to you. What are the causes that resonate deeply with your heart?

2. Identify Overlaps: As you reflect, begin to see where your passions, skills, and societal needs intersect. What unique combination can you offer?

3. Experiment:  Don’t be afraid to experiment and explore different avenues. Test your ideas, gather feedback, and refine your approach.

4. Stay Open:  Be open to evolution. Your Ikigai might transform as you gain more experience and insights.

5. Seek Guidance: Consider working with a mentor or coach who can help you navigate the journey of aligning your dreams with a purposeful business.

A Beacon of Purpose: Wyland’s Charitable Endeavors

Returning to Robert Wyland’s story, we find an inspiring example of how a purpose-driven business can lead to profound societal impact. Wyland’s dedication to environmental conservation led him to establish the Wyland Foundation, an organization focused on promoting clean water and healthy oceans. The foundation’s initiatives include educational programs, public art projects, and community outreach—all designed to raise awareness and inspire action.

In a remarkable recent endeavor, Wyland initiated a campaign to raise funds for Maui after devastating wildfires. He created a limited-edition print, with all proceeds dedicated to supporting the community’s recovery efforts. This is a testament to the far-reaching impact that a purpose-driven business can achieve. It’s a beautiful illustration of how passion, mission, vocation, and profession can harmonize to create meaningful change.

Designing a Business On Purpose

As you navigate your entrepreneurial journey, remember that your business can be a vessel for your dreams and a force for positive change. Whether you’re an artist, author, or entrepreneur, the principles of Ikigai can guide you in crafting a business that reflects your true self and contributes to the greater good.

So, dare to dream, dare to explore, and dare to infuse every aspect of your business with a purpose that resonates deeply with you and your audience. Your Ikigai is waiting to be discovered—unlock it, and let your business become a beacon of purpose in the world.

If you would like to help with the Wyland Foundation Maui Wildfire Relieve Fund please go to kimberlyLoves.me/maui

Business Planning Can Be Fun


Welcome to another episode of “Design A Business You Love” I’m Kimberly Design Love, your host, and today we’re flipping the script on business planning. Say goodbye to the dull spreadsheets and stuffy graphs, and get ready to discover how planning for success can actually be enjoyable and invigorating.

In this episode, we’re diving into the concept that business planning can be fun. Who said your dreams and goals had to be confined to dry, conventional strategies? We’re exploring a refreshing approach that not only sparks your creativity but also brings clarity to your path as an artist, author, or entrepreneur.

Tune in to uncover the secrets of turning a traditional business plan into an inspiring vision board. We’ll discuss how visualizing your aspirations with vibrant images and motivational quotes can transform your outlook and keep your goals at the forefront of your journey.

Don’t miss this enlightening episode where we redefine business planning as a fun and powerful process. Join us in embracing a new way to design your dream business.

You can pick up the guide called How to Create a Dreamy Vision Board Planner at DesignABusinessYouLove.com/visionboard

Digital Nomad Lifestyle Profitable Ideas For Artists, Authors, & Entrepreneurs

Join us on this exciting episode as we delve into the world of digital nomads and unlock the secrets to living a life of adventure, freedom, and profitability. If you’re an artist, author, or entrepreneur with a love for travel, this is the episode you’ve been waiting for!

Discover the profitable opportunities that await you in the digital realm, allowing you to work from anywhere in the world while living life to the fullest. Get ready to embrace the digital nomad lifestyle and set sail on a journey of boundless possibilities!

Remember to download your companion guide at DesignABusinessYouLove.com/nomad

A Journey of Goal Setting for Entrepreneurs: Smart Goals VS Dream Goals

A Journey of Goal Setting for Entrepreneurs: Smart Goals VS Dream Goals

Hey there, fellow lifestyle designers! Today, let’s dive into an exciting topic that has transformed the way I approach goal setting for entrepreneurs—Dream Goals! You know, we’ve all heard about the importance of SMART goals, but there’s something truly magical about dreaming big and setting audacious goals that resonate with our souls. So, join me on this exhilarating journey as we explore the power of dream goals and how they can elevate your entrepreneurial aspirations.

Goal Setting for Entrepreneurs

Goal Setting for Entrepreneurs & Smart Goals

As an entrepreneur, I’m no stranger to SMART goals—those Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely objectives that provide structure and focus. They were my trusted companions, guiding me through the everyday tasks and keeping my business on track. SMART goals have their place, especially in managing our businesses and maintaining steady progress.

The Dilemma with Smart Goals

However, over time, I realized that SMART goals might not be the ideal approach for every aspect of my entrepreneurial journey, especially in the creative realm. As a writer and artist, I needed room to expand my horizons and explore uncharted territories without constraints. That’s when I stumbled upon the concept of Dream Goals—a game-changer for my business.

Enter Dream Goals: The Power of Stretching Beyond Limits

Picture this—Dream Goals, or as I sometimes like to call them, DREAMY Goals. These are the audacious dreams that take you beyond the known territory, stretching the boundaries of what we believe is possible. Just like Jack Welch’s concept of “stretch goals” at General Electric, DREAM Goals inspire us to think bigger, reach higher, and envision the extraordinary.

DREAM Goals inspire us to think bigger, reach higher, and envision the extraordinary.

The Path to DREAMY Goals

To embark on this journey of goal setting for entrepreneurs, I started by reflecting on my past achievements and acknowledging my present capabilities. It was essential to dream beyond what I had accomplished before, envisioning the heights I could soar to. By daring to set DREAMY Goals, I invited innovation and creativity into my business, transcending self-imposed limitations.

Dreaming Your Way to Success

When we implement DREAM Goals, something magical happens. We ignite the fire of passion within us, aligning our deepest values with our business aspirations. Our creative minds are unleashed, and we begin to explore the uncharted territories of innovation. DREAM Goals give us the freedom to break through self-imposed limitations and welcome opportunities that seemed impossible before.

Goal Setting for Entrepreneurs

My business is not just a means to an end; it’s a canvas where I express my true self. DREAMY Goals have allowed me to create a business that resonates with my soul, where every stroke of creativity reflects my core values. It’s about fulfillment, joy, and the freedom to chart my own course.

So, my fellow entrepreneurs, I encourage you to take this transformative path of goal setting for entrepreneurs and embrace the power of DREAM Goals. Unleash your creativity, dare to dream, and set sail toward the horizon of your aspirations. Let your values guide you, and infuse your business with a sense of purpose and passion. Your entrepreneurial journey is a canvas of endless possibilities, and DREAM Goals are the brushstrokes that add colors and depth to your vision. Design a business you love—one that reflects your true essence, driven by the magic of your dreams.


This Episode has a Free Companion Guide called the Dream Zone which is available at DesignABusinessYouLove.com/dream

What Makes You & Your Business Special

What Makes You & Your Business Special

On today’s episode of Design a Business You Love: Work Anywhere Strategies for Artists, Authors, & Entrepreneurs we look at what makes you special or unique as a creative entrepreneur. We’ve been talking about finding your purpose in the last few episodes. So before we jump in, I want to remind you. That I have a free gift for you called Discover Your Passion, Discover Your Purpose Guidebook

The Power of Discovering Your Special Purpose as an Artist, Author, or Entrepreneur

Beyond our passions lies our special or unique purpose—the driving force that connects our artistic endeavors or business ventures to a greater meaning. It’s the treasure map leading us to uncover the core values that define us as creative individuals. These values shape our worldview, influence our decisions, and resonate through every stroke of our brush or written word. Let’s set forth on an expedition to uncover your unique values—the bedrock of your authentic voice.

Infusing Values into Your Creative Expression

Values serve as a compass, guiding us in creating a business or artistic expression that aligns with our deepest beliefs. We’ll explore the diverse ways in which values can manifest, shaping our work in countless ways. Whether it’s advocating for environmental sustainability through eco-friendly products or championing authenticity and equality through empowering narratives, our values breathe life into our creations.

Thought-Provoking Questions for Self-Reflection

To help you on your quest to discover your unique values, I have some thought-provoking questions to ignite your imagination. Grab your pen and paper and ponder:

What values hold the utmost importance in your life?

Which qualities do you admire in others?

What are your non-negotiables?

Reflect on the boundaries you set for yourself in terms of ethics, behavior, or personal values. Consider the changes or contributions you aspire to make in the world through your creative endeavors.

How does your current business align or not align with your values?

Delve into the causes and missions that ignite a fire within you, and envision the impact you desire to create through your work.

Embracing the Journey of Self-Discovery

Remember, this journey of self-discovery may not yield all the answers immediately, and that’s perfectly fine. It’s an ongoing process that evolves as we grow and develop. Your free guidebook, “Discover Your Passion, Discover Your Purpose,” provides additional prompts to help you dive deeper into your core values. Embrace the exploration of your uniqueness, infuse your art and writing with a purpose, and let your authentic voice echo through every brushstroke and turn of phrase.

As we conclude this wondrous journey, continue embracing your values, infusing your art and writing with purpose, and let your unique voice shine through. You are special, you are unique, and the world eagerly awaits your artistic magic. Until next time, keep being true to yourself and let your creative spirit soar.


Enjoying The Ride Zone Of Your Business Journey

Enjoying The Ride Zone Of Your Business Journey

Are You Ready to For The Enjoying the Ride Zone of Your Creative Business?

Welcome, adventurous artists, authors, and entrepreneurs! As you embark on the exhilarating journey of building your business, there comes a point where you enter the Enjoying the Ride Zone. This zone is the culmination of your hard work, resilience, and determination. It’s a place where you can fully immerse yourself in the joy and fulfillment of your creative endeavors while embracing automation and streamlining processes. So, fasten your seatbelts, hold on tight, and let’s dive into the exciting world of enjoying the ride!

Embracing Automation: A Key to Efficiency

In the Enjoying the Ride Zone, one of the thrilling aspects is harnessing the power of automation. As your business grows, it becomes crucial to streamline repetitive tasks and optimize your workflow. Automation allows you to focus your energy on what truly matters: your creative pursuits and connecting with your audience. Embrace the adventure of automation and let technology become your trusty sidekick on this exhilarating ride.

Enjoying The Ride Zone Of Your Business Journey

Enjoying The Ride Zone Of

Your Business Journey

Identifying Areas for Streamlining

To fully enjoy the ride, take a moment to evaluate your business processes. Identify areas that can benefit from streamlining and automation. Perhaps it’s scheduling social media posts, managing email campaigns, or handling customer inquiries. Embrace the adventure of finding innovative tools and software solutions that can simplify these tasks, freeing up your time and energy.

Optimizing your Website and Online Presence

Your online presence is the gateway to reaching a wider audience and connecting with potential customers. In the Enjoying the Ride Zone, take the time to optimize your website and online platforms. Embrace the adventure of creating a visually stunning and user-friendly website that showcases your artistry or literary works. Ensure seamless navigation, optimize loading times, and create engaging content that captivates your visitors.

Streamlining Sales and Fulfillment Processes

As your business gains momentum, it’s important to streamline your sales and fulfillment processes. Embrace the adventure of exploring e-commerce platforms that integrate with your website, making it easier for customers to purchase your products or books. Automate order fulfillment and shipping processes to ensure a smooth and efficient experience for your customers. By streamlining these areas, you’ll have more time to focus on what you love most: creating and growing your creative empire.

Implementing Time Management Strategies

In the Enjoying the Ride Zone, time management becomes even more critical. Embrace the adventure of implementing effective time management strategies that allow you to make the most of your precious hours. Set clear goals, prioritize tasks, and create a schedule that balances work and personal life. Embrace the adventure of maximizing productivity while still leaving room for relaxation, creativity, and self-care.

Outsourcing and Delegating

As your business thrives, it’s essential to recognize when it’s time to delegate certain tasks. Embrace the adventure of building a team or outsourcing tasks to trusted professionals. Identify areas where your time is best spent and consider delegating administrative tasks, customer service, or marketing activities. This allows you to focus on your unique strengths and passions, enjoying the ride while your business continues to flourish.

Celebrating Milestones and Successes

Amidst the adventure of streamlining and automation, don’t forget to celebrate your milestones and successes. Take time to reflect on how far you’ve come and savor the achievements along the way. Embrace the adventure of acknowledging the impact you’ve made, the lives you’ve touched, and the growth you’ve experienced. Celebrate these moments with joy, gratitude, and a sense of fulfillment.

Enjoying the Ride Zone and Embrace the Adventure of Streamlining!

Congratulations, intrepid creators, for entering the Enjoying the Ride Zone—an exciting chapter in your entrepreneurial journey. Embrace the adventure of streamlining your business through automation, optimizing your online presence, and implementing efficient workflows. Find joy in the newfound freedom to focus on your creative passions, connect with your audience, and celebrate the milestones along the way.

Remember, this exhilarating ride is about finding the perfect balance between automation and your unique artistic or literary voice. Enjoy the adventure of seeing your business thrive while you continue to create, inspire, and leave your mark on the world.

So, fasten your seatbelts, artists, authors, and entrepreneurs, and let the adventure of streamlining and automation take you to new heights of success, fulfillment, and enjoyment on this exhilarating ride of entrepreneurship!

If You’re In Enjoying the Ride Zone of Your Business Journey

  1. You have outsourced many of your marketing tasks
  2. You have systems that run your business for you so you can focus on painting, writing, or enjoying life