Creative work can be hard and lonely.

And when you’re in the thick of the daily hustle, it can feel impossible to escape the predictable burnout, isolation, and evaporating inspiration.

Let’s be real. We’ve all seen it over and over again.

As a creative professional, you start out strong. You’re getting clients, your hustle mode is ON, the work has you fired up, and you are thrilled with what you are able to make happen. Maybe you even quit your job and go full time.

But… then balls start to drop.

You get tired. You lose steam.

You feel alone on your journey because you don’t know any other creative professionals who get what you’re going through.

Eventually, the work starts to feel tedious because it’s never-ending, and the constant hustle means you are trading dollars for time just like before you left your job and you slowly begin to wonder if it was really worth it after all.

You burn out – and it’s a shame it’s so common for creatives, because it doesn’t have to be this way.

You know what you do, and you’re darn good at it – and this cycle has Got. To. Stop.
But as far as resolving it?

Well, you know you don’t need a business coach or course. You need something else – something that addresses the real, daily issues unique to creative professionals.

How do I know?

I’m a creative professional, just like you.

I’m Suzi Istvan,

and I’ve been paying the bills by working in the trenches as a creative services professional for the past five years. I own a design and branding agency called Splendidly Curious, and I work with brilliant creatives who are industry leaders and absolutely love what they do. I’ve worked with some big name clients in the online business world, along with hundreds of phenomenally talented and gifted up-and-coming entrepreneurs. I’ve appeared on Creative Live as a guest expert, spoken at live events, and have established myself as a trusted brand and design pro who delivers results. Most of my current client roster have been with me for 2+ years, and I consistently have a waitlist of potential clients.

But it wasn’t always like that.

Once upon a time, I wasn’t making enough money for the amount of work I was putting in. My clients had expectations I had no idea how to manage. I still hadn’t learned how to create boundaries that let me do my best work. More than once, I found myself wanting to quit, wondering if it was really worth it.

I know what it’s like to burn out because of constantly hustling to pay the bills.

I know how it feels to feel isolated, like you’re the only one around who does what you do or even remotely understands what you do.

I know what it feels like to forget how much you actually love your work because you’re feeling drained and uninspired.

Most of all, I know how it feels to be totally over all of the above.

The problem is that most programs designed to address burnout, isolation, and a lack of inspiration are:

– Expensive.
– Designed to be a short burst of inspo, versus a longer term support system.
– Intense, and it’s hard to find the time or energy to get the most out of it.

When I imagined the support system I wish I’d had to assist me while I was learning how to expand
my business in a way that felt sustainable, it was more than that.

It had the effectiveness and intensity of a mastermind, the calm centering of an online retreat, and most
importantly, the support and sisterhood that I longed for.

Part Mastermind, Part Online Retreat, Part Sisterhood, The Nourished Creative Collective is an ongoing program designed to facilitate connection, fuel inspiration, and fight burnout so we can rise together to do our best work in the world.

Through a combination of masterclasses and monthly group work, we’ll curate a community that addresses the needs of creative professionals like us. Together, we’ll nourish the creative human behind your business so you can create more in the world. And it will all be online and accessible from the comfort of your own home- no travel needed.

This isn’t an e-course or a business basics group. We won’t waste our time going over the nuts and bolts that make your work excel. We won’t do that because you already have that down.

I’ve curated the best of the best, and I’m overjoyed to share it all with you.

Every month, experts who have been in the trenches and have first-hand experience in nourishment, connection, and creativity will teach Masterclasses on topics highly relevant to creative professionals.

With these leaders we’ll explore fighting burnout, staying connected and inspired in an isolating vocation, and harnessing your creativity to better the world around you.

On top of these masterclasses there will be monthly challenges, dedicated coworking time, an amazing community of other creatives, and a few other surprises I have up my sleeve.

I’m so excited to facilitate a highly focused team of creatives connecting and supporting each other through the daily ups and downs of creative work. And believe me, I know they’re daily.

And that’s why this sisterhood can play such a vital role in your life.

Because what we do is comprehensive, holistic, and laser focused on your specific needs as a creative.

The Nourished Creative Collective creates this connection through:

– Monthly Masterclasses, taught by experts in their fields, that explicitly address the topics that mean the most to you as a creative

– Monthly challenges that will keep you finding inspiration to take into your creative work

– A private facebook group dedicated to connecting with fellow creative professionals who understand you and will support you

– Monthly co-working time where you’ll get accountability and encouragement to work on your craft beyond the day-to-day client work

– Surprises…. I can’t wait to share with you! (but have to for now.)

Our Masterclasses Schedule Includes:

Rachel Rodgers

On finding confidence & setting nourishing boundaries

Nathalie Lussier

On getting out of idea overwhelm and into creative action

Amber McCue

On goal setting without
crushing creativity

Becca Piastrelli

On staying inspired &
fighting burnout

Ashley Beaudin

On turing your creative work
into a bigger movement

Megan Flatt

On productivity for creatives
(get it done!)

Val Geisler

On simpliying your process,
workflow, and life

Ellen Ercolini

On money mindset and
feeling value as a creative

Alaia Williams

On creating genuine connections
and finding community

Lisa Funk

On finding time to practice and grow in your craft (while running a biz)

…and more to be announced soon!

Each month a new exclusive Masterclass will be released, along with worksheets and bonus materials. Many experts are also already excited to host live Q&A sessions during their months so you can dive more deeply with them.

At the end of the month each Masterclass will move to our resource vault where you can return to it again and again whenever you need it as long as you are a member!

Doors to the Nourished Creative Collective Are Closed Until September 2017.

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“Suzi Istvan is a powerhouse brand strategist, with a strong sense of what works online and off. She has a keen sense of the different marketing landscapes, and where your business can carve out a special place to thrive. She’s done it for herself, and she’ll help you do it, too!

Her recommendations are incredibly applicable, and she can cut to the heart of an issue and deliver top not strategies within minutes. I highly recommend working with Suzi, because this is one investment that will lead to more profitable offerings and a happier business too!”

Nathalie Lussier

Digital Strategist and Co-Founder, Ambition Ally

“Building a business isn’t about playing safe. Which is why I love Suzi’s passion for pushing her clients’ edges. She helps them find new levels of excellence for their brands, their businesses, and their great work. Hire Suzi when you’re ready to bust your own self-imposed limits.”

Tara Gentile

Author and Founder, Cocommercial

“I tell everyone who will listen that hiring Suzi has been the best thing for my business!! Not only does she have incredible marketing vision and tech smarts, but she understands my heart and purpose in all of this and is always encouraging me in ways that feel natural and don’t stress me out (SO important!). She truly has a gift of seeing people’s gifts and helping them see that their potential is so much greater than they ever knew. Any chance to learn from or work with Suzi is a complete no-brainer!” Lisa Funk

Creative Founder & Art Director, Hand Lettered Design

“It has been such an ongoing pleasure to have Suzi in my life. She has fueled so much creative energy in to my heart, truly keeping me going. This energy of hers is filled with both passion and business strategy in a way that together, have added a fuel to my burning fire for what I do for and in my business. I owe so much to Suzi. She’s just a brilliant ray of sunshine that beams light in to any idea you may have …along with a contribution of her own ideas for you that make you think ‘why didn’t I think of that!?’

It’s easy to make a business look great on paper. It’s easy to mentally scale your business from where you are to where you want to be. It all makes perfect sense in your head. Working with Suzi is a surefire way to make the blueprint of your business come to life even better than you expected.”

Hope Johnson

Founder and Designer, The Little Blue Chair

“I cannot even stress how beneficial it has been for me to work with Suzi. I had the pleasure and good luck to meet Suzi at a creative conference and we have been working together in some capacity ever since. She brings such heart to every conversation we have, along with so much knowledge. Suzi has a true gift for helping others wade through both creative overload and creative ruts, and really fine tune what (and how) they should be focusing on. She’s has a rare blend of both creative talents and an amazing business sense – which makes her perfect for PaperFinch, as she’s able to understand my ‘creative speak’ and help me interpret it into real world scenarios. And she somehow does it with heart, efficiency, and just the right amount of kick-in-the-pants. She’s the best!” Amy Braswell

Founder and Designer, Paperfinch Designs

In Case You’re Wondering…

What Is The Nourished Creative Collective?

The Nourished Creative Collective is a Mastermind Community for creative professionals who want to stay inspired, feel connected, and fight burnout so they can put their best work into the world and grow their brands. It offers ongoing support through monthly expert Masterclasses, challenges, exclusive resources, and connection with other creatives, all from the comfort of your own home.

Membership last for 12 months, but can be renewed each year.

When Does This Program Start? How Long Does It Last?

We will officially kick off with the first expert Masterclass in September 2017, and membership lasts until September 2018. Founding Members will have access to an exclusive Summer Session that begins on July 1st.

The Collective will be an ongoing program, continuously growing and here to support you, so you will have he option of renewing your membership after 12 months should you choose to do so.

Where Does This Program Happen? Do I Have To Travel?
The Nourished Creative Collective is completely online! All our meetings are virtual, our Masterclasses are recorded with live Q&A components, and our members will gather in a private Facebook group and an exclusive online membership site. There is no travel required!
Will This Help Me Grow My Business?

While this is not a community exclusively focused on building a business (you won’t find the latest internet marketing tactics here), being profitable, feeling valued, and being able to support yourself and thrive with your creative work is an important part of being a Nourished Creative. Our Masterclasses will help you to work more efficiently, to leverage the support of your community, to have healthy boundaries with your clients so you can get everything done, set goals for sustainable growth, and so much more.

I believe that nourishing the creative human behind your creative brand is essential in growing your business.

Is This Right For Me?

Are you a creative professional? (A writer, artist, designer, photographer, choreographer, muscician, calligrapher…you get the idea!) Do you tend to focus so much on producing for clients that you’re losing the joy you once had for your work? Are you looking to connect with others who are in a similar space? Are you needing new ways to stay inspired and push your creative work to be better?

If you find yourself nodding in agreement, you’re probably in the right place. (And if you’re still not sure? Shoot me an email here.

How Much Time Should I Plan To Invest Per Month?
I know you’re busy. You’re running a business, after all! So I’m not going to give you busy work, or waste your time with Facebook “chat”. So I’d say 2-4 hours a month would be ideal. This will give you time to participate and get the support you need, take part in the masterclasses, and make sure you’re growing your own business consistently.
Is It Really Worth The Money?

Well, I may be a little biased, but if you’re looking for a curated community for creative professionals by creative professionals, this is going to pay for itself in dividends. The masterclasses here aren’t going to be offered anywhere else by these experts at any other time and the value of those alone is worth the cost of admission.

A creative professional retreat often costs 2-3 times the cost of an entire year’s membership to The Nourished Creative Collective- and while those are wonderful, they only last a few days. The goal here is to buld an online respite and support system for you that is here and ready every day of the year.

Finally, remeber that as a creative professional, you can’t afford burnout. Nourishing yourself, staying fueled with inspiration, and learning from others who have been in your shoes will help you to show up as your very best in your work for your business and in your growth as a creative.

Who Else Will Be In This Group With Me?
The people who have been joining are exactly the people I had in mind when I created this community- wildly talented creatives with established businesses, looking to grow and feel supported while they do it. They each bring different strengths and expertise to the table, are open-hearted, ready to share and learn from their fellow members. If this sounds like your people, we’d love to have you, too!
I'm Really Busy. I Don't Know If I Have Time For This.
No doubt you are busy. That’s one of the main reasons I created this Collective. As creative professionals, taking time to fill ourselves up and give ourselves the tools to do our work well is something that is essential to our professions. One of the goals of membership is to help you carve out this time to do work that is for YOU, not just for your clients. And ultimately, putting a few hours a month into this Collective will help you to gain energy and momentum to bring into all areas of your life.
I'm Not Sure If This Is The Right Time.

You know what your life looks like right now, and I honor that. I can tell you that this community will meet you where you are to support you in whatever this looks like. And the Summer Session is going to be a truely special, intimate program tailored specifically to the needs of our members. Because of this Summer Session and the special pricing, there will never be a better time to join our collective.

I'm Not Technically In A Creative Profession. Can I Still Join?
Let’s talk about this. If you are a creative person in a not-traditionally-creative job, I firmly believe there is room for you to bring your unique viewpoint to your work. And if your job or workplace isn’t keeping your inspired, The Nourished Creative Collective could be exactly the place to fill you up.
Can I Cancel Or Get A Refund?
This Collective will make a huge difference in your creative life….but only if you are committed to showing up for yourself and for the other members. Because of the intimate nature of our community, I don’t offer refunds on this program, but what I can offer you is my personal commitment to make this a nourishing and rewarding experience for you. If you are feeling that this is exactly what you need in your life and business right now, I know you won’t regret join our special community today.

Doors to the Nourished Creative Collective Are Closed Until September 2017.

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