Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Cindy Cisneros, Founder of Creatively, LLC., located in Baltimore, MD, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Do you have a Creative Personality? The answer may surprise you. Creative People are easily bored, fiercely independent, driven to do something meaningful, dislike wasting time, appreciate good things like good food, music, and books, struggle with norms, regularly seek to improve themselves, are open to learning new things, feel time passing as pressure, prefer to be invested in projects or are left with a sense of emptiness, and demand to live their lives authentically. Creative People have been silenced, stigmatized, and have suffered because of it. Reclaiming your Creative Personality is your first step toward mental health.
Many people don't know that they have Creative Personalities. Most people with Creative Personalities don't know the significance of this or how to take care of themselves. The importance of nurturing your Creative Personality can't be overstated- it will change your life! Your dreams are yours when you truly know and care for your Creative Personality.
Creativity Counseling teaches you to live by nurturing your Creative Personality, giving your life the strength, stability, energy, passion, authenticity, and purpose you crave. Your creativity is an essential part of you, and by learning healthy ways to build your life with it, you will discover the meaningfulness you have lost.
Tell us about yourself
I grew up with many rules and expectations that smothered my authenticity and left me feeling profoundly unhappy. Blind to my own creative personality, I sought support from the mental health system, which ultimately also failed me. I was never seen as the creative person I was! Later, in Graduate School, I wrote a thesis on the relationship between mental health and creativity. I was awakened through research to commonalities creative personalities shared: their strength, power, and need to make meaning and live authentically. I also found the more creative people were, the more they needed to create to be well. These became foundational to my work!
I created a philosophy for myself that I now share with other creative people to help you change your lives. I have invested professionally in understanding mental health for creative people and hold professional counseling licensure. I have invested professionally in understanding the creative processes, needs, and daily demands on creative people in my work as a creativity coach. The balance of these perspectives and training allow me to see a complete picture of how to support you and help you live your life with ease. I believe in my work and live as an example of reclaiming your creative identity and power, and that when you do this, you can make your dreams come true! I don't want you to struggle the way I did - you can benefit from my experience and learning. I want to help you change your life!
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
I have built my practice at Creatively, LLC upon a basic, 3-part philosophy for helping people with creative, smart, and artistic brains. Everything I do with my clients is centered upon this philosophy that I have researched, developed, tested, practiced myself, and watched those I work with implement and flourish. Being able to work in a place of passion, authentically pursuing and supporting a cause that I believe in, has been my most fulfilling accomplishment.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
Trusting your inner resources through the ebbs and flows is always a challenge. It is not so dissimilar from the creative process- each time you start a new piece, there is a sense of not being able to recreate what you have previously done. With business, it is similar: challenges arise, there are periods of success and periods of struggle, and learning to trust yourself, your strengths, and your passion is difficult and vital.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
First and foremost- get a good support network. Good successful business owners want to help and support other new business owners. Find some of these in your field. Second, ask every question. This is truly a time when there is no dumb question, and use your support network to ask them all. Finally, expect to be tested and that this journey is a long game. An important part of being a business owner is flexibility based upon the decision to succeed and the belief in your work.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I am forever a supporter of entrepreneurs and creative minds and believe in the future as those brave enough to create their own paths make for all of us. If I can support you in any way on your journey, please don't hesitate to reach out!
Where can people find you and your business?
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