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Hi there folks!

Creatives Meet Business is an event and podcast series based out of Austin, Texas for artists, creatives, freelancers, and solopreneurs to learn the ropes of entrepreneurship.

This episode features Claire Siegel, Founder of The Petite Professional, who joined us in February during our roundtable event on Goal Planning. This episode includes SO much about self-care. From demystifying what self-care is to ways you can practice it without spending a dime, this episode is chock-full of self-care know-how. Without further ado, let's hop in and hear what Claire has to say!


  • 0:00 to 1:36 - Ashland Opening Remarks and Intro of Claire Siegel
  • 1:39 to 4:50 - Introduction of Self and Topic
    • Self-care is an absolute necessity for your overall wellbeing
  • 4:51 to 7:03 - First Self-Care Concept Clarified: Self-Care Doesn't Always Mean Doing More
    • Drawing boundaries is an act of self-care, use them to allow you to say no without guilt
    • A personal example of having free time in her schedule (unscheduled time) as self-care
  • 7:04 to 9:27 - Second Self-Care Concept Clarified: Reframe the Way You Think About Self-Care
    • We don't manage emotional or spiritual pain in the same way we do with physical pain
    • Maintaining your emotional needs is self-care
    • Self-care is maintenance, should be part of your routine
    • Find what self-care is for you and build it into your routine
    • Treat yourself like a friend
  • 9:28 to 11:28 - Third Self-Care Concept Clarified: Self-Care Doesn't Always Feel Good in the Moment
    • Difference between immediate self-care (taking a walk, taking a bath) and self-care for your future self (paying off debt for future self)
    • Review relationships in your life and cut toxic ties
    • It doesn't always feel good, but that doesn't mean it's not self-care
  • 11:29 to 13:28 - Fourth Self-Care Concept Clarified: Self-Care Doesn't Have to Cost Money
    • It doesn't have to be a matcha latte or a designer cupcake, there's plenty of self-care opportunities that don't cost you money
    • An example about saying no to a dinner invitation because of lack of energy and a need to stay home 
    • Ways to self-care for free: bath, nap, walk, call someone, journal
  • 13:29 to 14:58 - Fifth Self-Care Concept Clarified: Self-Care is Unique to Each Person
    • Self-Care at its core is giving yourself permission to do whatever it is that you need to be OK
  • 14:59 to 17:06 - Exercise for Creating Self-Care Plan
    • Start writing and see what comes out (stresses, sadness, etc) and bubbles up.
    • Once you see one thing that you really want to dig into, list the ways you're currently coping with that.
    • Start figuring out how you can swap out negative coping mechanisms for acts of self-love that are ultimately in better service to you.
    • Keep checking in and being honest with yourself and making self-care a priority in your life
  • 17:11 to 19:32 - Ashland Closing Remarks
    • Like this podcast? Great! A rating and review is so helpful!
    • Stay in touch, email us ( or connect with us on social (@createmeetbiz on Instagram and Twitter // Creatives Meet Business on Facebook). 
    • Big thanks to Jamal Knox (audio engineer) and Chris James (composer)!

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Telling Your Brand Story is next, so stay tuned!


Ashland, Creatives Meet Business


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