July 1, 2017  • Newsletter


Message from Elaine

Happy July! We’re halfway through 2017. Can you believe it? Me either. This is a really wonderful time to pause for a bit of reflection, partially because there is still plenty of time left in 2017 to revisit those goals, but also because the pace of summer often allows for a bit of extra reflecting time. So take advantage of a few extra hours of sunlight to reflect on your own creative practice. And of course, to reflect on your overall financial wellness.


What does that mean? Here are some questions to get you started:

  • Earlier this year, I set some creative and professional goals for 2017. How are they going?
  • Am I comfortable with the amount of money I am spending each month? What would I like to focus on changing (if anything)?
  • Am I happy with the amount of money I am saving each month? What can I do to be happier about that amount?
  • Do I feel confident about my earnings projections for the rest of 2017? What do I need to do to make sure to meet my goal?


Feel free to answer these questions as part of your own journaling practice or with a few close friends. And if you need some help, you know where to find us. Check out our webinar on Monday, July 24th at 2:00 ET to talk about starting your own financial journaling practice, or refresh your budgeting habits with our Starting SMART budgeting course. And as always, if you have some specific questions you’d like to talk through, you and book a time to chat with Elaine.


What We’re Doing

Join us from the comfort of your studio for our monthly webinar or brush up on your skills with a self-study course.

Starting a Financial Journaling Practice

(1 Hour, Scheduled Webinar, Free)

The benefits of keeping a journal are well known, but what is less well known is how helpful it can be to incorporate financial reflections into a journaling practice. This one-hour webinar on July 24 at 2:00 ET will get you started with your own financial journaling practice, including ways to incorporate financial reflections into your own practice, a few prompts we’ve found to be most helpful, and why this task can help your creative work (and your financial health). The webinar is free, but registration is required.


Budgeting Basics

(4-5 Hours, Self-study, $49)

What if budgeting weren’t a mindless, arduous task that kept you from your art, but rather something relevant that actually helped you make more art? In this course, you’ll learn why “budgeting” in the traditional sense is completely wrong. More importantly, you’ll learn tools for making your budget work for you (and your creativity).

At Minerva Financial Arts, we care about artists and the community… A lot. All our courses are distinguished from others by Elaine’s hands-on, supportive approach to coaching you through the material as you build your overall (successful) creative career. Enjoy!

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What We’re Talking About

Elaine will be in DC this month hanging out with the Arts Management Fellows at the DeVos Institute… And visiting the National Museum of Women in the Arts, of course. But the beauty of Creative Coaching sessions is that they can happen anytime, anywhere.

Creative Coaching (1 Hour, $90)

Got a few questions? Not sure what you need? Feeling stuck financially? Book a Creative Coaching session with Elaine to jumpstart your financial wellness.

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Reflection Recap

It’s amazing how impactful a bit of reflection can be. And it’s even more amazing how little time we seem to reserve for reflection. Don’t let this month pass you by without checking in with yourself and your creative practice. Your financial health will benefit… And so will your creativity.

Until next month…


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Arts & Numbers

You don’t have to do this alone. Arts & Numbers is a comprehensive financial guide for creative individuals… and anyone else with a passion for something other than accounting and finance. This book aims to provide basic information on finance and financial matters for creative entrepreneurs to take ownership of their financial situations, thus ensuring their long-term success, creative and otherwise.

Written in short story form with fictional anecdotes supporting the financial advice, Arts & Numbers promises to be an easy and useful read for creative entrepreneurs at any stage.

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