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The Art of Growing a Business with Meri Cherry

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How do you prepare yourself to step into a leadership role, make decisions from a place of abundance over fear, pause to celebrate your wins, spend time with your family and rest? If sometimes you feel you can’t see the forest through the trees when you’re so in your business, this episode is for you.

In this episode, I’m bringing Meri Cherry back for a cozy conversation. She is the founder of Meri Cherry Art Studio in Los Angeles, California, which also provides mobile and in house art parties for top celebrities and influencers. Meri is also the author of Play, Make, Create: A Process-Art Handbook.

Meri was on a previous Lead with Love episode, so I’m excited to deepen our conversation today. She has cultivated and engaged a loyal online community of over 35k Instagram followers, 50k Facebook fans, and a popular website and blog with over 100k monthly visits at mericherry.com.

I’ve personally worked with and mentored Meri over the past two years in the Love Over Metrics Incubator –– an implementation program for women with big ambitions and even bigger hearts. Inside the incubator, we help entrepreneurs create a clear vision and strategic plan, so they can take the next steps for business growth to increase income, impact, and freedom.

Now, we get to make decisions from that place of abundance, rather than from fear or scarcity.


What you'll hear (and don't want to miss!)

  • What Meri’s team looks like now, and why she says her first two hires were the “easiest” for her [8:21]
  • Her thought process and the challenges she faced while stepping into the leadership role [10:56]
  • The way Meri and her team is now creating magic in the studio for the families they work with [13:55]
  • What it was like for her to move into a bigger physical space, and the questions she faced when making this big decision [17:21]
  • How Meri’s husband Evan has supported her throughout her entrepreneurial journey – plus the ways they’ve been able to balance each other out [24:47]
  • What it means to her now to have a full studio, and waitlist! [30:51]
  • Meri’s experiences as a member of The Love Over Metrics Incubator, and what led her to the program [32:06]
  • Why she felt it was finally time to write her first book and how she now looks back on the whole experience [34:39]
  • The goals Meri set and accomplished, and what she’s done to celebrate them along the way [38:03]
  • How Meri sustains herself growing a business while raising a family, including the practice of “Artist Dates” [42:31]
  • The rituals she employs to stay connected and present with her daughters [47:45]
  • What’s new and exciting for her going forward, and how she’s incorporating rest and pause into the process [57:11]

Resources + links mentioned:

» Love Over Metrics™

» Meri Cherry

» Connect with Meri on Instagram + Facebook!

» Play, Make, Create, A Process-Art Handbook: With over 40 Art Invitations for Kids by Meri Cherry

» Love Over Metrics™ Spotlight

» WDS Keynote – Jadah Sellner

» One Heart Music

» The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

» Lead with Love: “How to Put Family First as a Busy Entrepreneur” with Jim Sheils

» Once Upon a Time on Netflix

» Working Moms on Netflix

Key Quotes:

  • “If we’re really at our best, it’s all about love, empathy and understanding.” [7:55]
  • “I really like knowing from the minute you enter the door, you’re getting this wonderful greeting, we know your name, and we want to make you feel special.” [14:49]
  • “It’s not about the (physical) space, it’s about what you bring to it.” [19:34]
  • “Things are going so incredibly well, and we’re so grateful. Now we get to make decisions from that place of abundance, rather than from fear or scarcity.” [31:31]
  • “In all the things we do, it’s so important to take a minute to look around and acknowledge all the great things that have already happened, before the big milestones come.” [36:29]
  • “I’m so proud that I can now participate in our family dynamic financially, in a different way than I ever was before.” [39:29]
  • “Sometimes you can’t see the forest through the trees when you’re so in your business, so to have a chance to get away for a day or two, it’s so rewarding.” [53:20]

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