i’ve been there.
I’ve felt so disconnected from my creativity that I thought a part of me was dead.
I’ve been so scared I was right that I didn’t even want to look. I put up all sorts of walls to avoid my creative impulses. And in the process, I suffered.
I’ve built a brand that didn’t feel like a true expression of me.
I’ve toiled away for my clients (and made good money) while feeling mis-aligned and drained.
I’ve struggled to articulate myself within my brand and to define success on my own terms. And in the process, I suffered.
It was painful. Soul-crushing. It was a wake-up-every-morning-thinking-fuck kind of business — and it was the same kind of life.
It wasn’t a way to live. It wasn’t a way to build a business.
In both cases, it felt like something grave was at stake: an essential part of me, or an essential part of the business I knew I could build but didn’t feel quite within reach.
So I stopped avoiding the pain, and I stepped into it.
I faced down the self-doubt, the self-criticism, the impostor syndrome, the believing I-can’t-do-it,
nobody-cares-what-I-have-to-say, why-would-my-dreams-ever-come-true, who-am-I-to ___________. You fill in the blank.
It wasn’t fun. But I did it.
And gradually, surprisingly, it did start to feel a little fun.
I waded through my muck to get to my light.
To a thriving relationship with my creative self (which lets me feel whole and embrace all of me).
To a business that is built on my terms and that reflects the best I have to offer the world.
To a life and career that affirm and integrate all parts of myself so I can amplify my voice, build the kind of community that I want by my side, and empower others to do the same.
Because that’s why I’m here.
I’m here to help you wade through your muck to get to your light.
No matter whether you think your creative self is dead.
No matter whether you have no idea how to start crafting a brand that reflects the best of you.
Your creativity is not dead. Your stories matter. You have the resources you need to tell them. Beautifully.
You are not doomed to feel drained, uninspired, and mis-aligned within your business. You can build a wake-up-every-morning-thinking-yes kind of business.
And you can build that kind of life.
All it takes is the courage to try. And the wilingness to believe that maybe, just maybe, it’s possible after all.
I’ll be your cheerleader every step of the way.
My name is Laura Newcomer, and I’ve been writing since about the time I could walk. (My big sister taught me.) My career consists of a series of twists and turns all marked by my guiding passions: writing, creativity, entrepreneurship, teaching, and farming. (Yes, I believe they can all coexist. I believe it’s wonderful be all of you.)
For the past 10 years or so, I’ve been writing and editing professionally (among many other ventures and adventures). My work has taken me from a stint at National Geographic to New York City startups, a mid-Atlantic liberal arts college, Maine ecology schools, and self-employment as a copywriter & content strategist in rural Pennsylvania and the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
I’ve written hundreds of pieces for publication and edited at least as many. I’ve earned awards and accolades for my writing and my editing. I’ve taught creative writing to middle schoolers and to adults who’re feeling stuck. I’ve guided entrepreneurs + developed content strategy across a huge range of industries (from event planning to higher education to coaching and content creation).
I’ve been a hotline crisis counselor. I’ve been a teacher. I’ve been a leadership facilitator. I’ve been a backpacking trip leader. I’m a gardener. I’m a yoga teacher. I’m a social & environmental justice activist. I’m a multipotentialite. I’m a writer. My life is my own creation.
Today, my primary passion is helping individuals and entrepreneurs live more creative, more fulfilling lives. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t know that I can help you live yours.