HELP! I need Love Artwork by JMH
May27

HELP! I need Love Artwork by JMH

After joining the facebook group “HELP! I need Love Ambassadors” Chicago-based artist, author and graphic designer, Julie M. Holloway (JMH) created this painting in honor of the new show created and directed by Paul Carrick Brunson!

Here’s the facebook live video of the painting in-process by Julie M. Holloway (JMH)  the artist!


 

JMH has been painting Chicago skyines, in colorful, whimsical, abstract forms since 1999!


Here’s a peek @ the final outcome, to be shipped to Paul Carrick Brunson + his family! 

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www.jmhcre8ive.com / #INeedLove


 

Testimony dedicated to the show by JMH! 

So, about 2 weeks ago I saw this video of Paul Carrick Brunson where he talked about being at his END, his wits END. He had spent an entire year, an entire $1M on filming his new docuseries, and he was playing the waiting game, to see if the series would be picked up. in that waiting time, he began to grow sad, depressed, and worried that all that hard work might not come through. In his darkest hour, in his darkest days, during his personal health ‘cleanse’ he was literally lying on the floor of the bathroom with no HOPE. Until he saw the light, a shining, sunny, bright sunlight shining in his eyes, so bright he knew it was a sign. This video he shared spoke to me so strongly, I literally checked his pages often to see what ‘happened next’ in the coming days, weeks.
 
The REASON I was so drawn to this video, and his happenings was because, that was me, this past winter. I have to be honest. Like Marvin says, I was a child, lost with no hope. I had a job, I had clients, some, and I literally just had no more hope to continue the journey of this game of entrepreneurship in my graphic design business. I was in “hiding” as my mom says! I had no more energy for the risk, I had not patience to find the reward, I had no more willingness inside to make one more sale, and I clearly had no spark inside to create. During those times, heavily through the holidays, I seriously would lie on the floor of my office, look at books, magazines, and just stare blankly at my computer. I KNEW that I had work to do, I knew I had friends on the line, I even knew that I had hot sales leads in the funnel, I knew I had to work and make $ so that my family could have a good holiday, so that my kids would have what they needed, but I was done. So done. So over the fact that I had just made it 5 years in business, doubling sales every year; all that did not matter though.
 
At that time, as for the past decade, I had a loving, supportive and sometimes obnoxious husband, who loves me so much, yet I did not care to discuss any of my pain, my struggles and fears with him at the time. I did not choose to continue the hustle, the struggle, the sales calls and the banter back and forth with clients regarding my designs. Yet, I had no other option. I had no job opportunities (full time ones) knocking on my door, I could not work any more overtime in my p/t and could not make another sale for the life of me without completing the work that was on my plate, and on my long ass to-do list! I just quit, momentarily.
 
Until one day, and I am not sure he remembers; but one day, my goooood ol’ entrepreneurial friend Quinn Riley (Q) messages me on facebook. Of course, while on the floor, quitting my business I still went on facebook, I just did not post. He messages me and says —- “Hey Jules, yo, homegirl, where are ya at? Your market needs ya. It’s time to come out of hibernation.” —- yep. And that was all I needed to hear. I think it was around January; where I had praised God I made it through the depressing holidays, he jolted me that day. I thought to myself, Q knows — he totally knows that I had just quit my business! Thinking “how the hell did he know” anyways? But yep, it was just the tug at my heart, the beatdown I needed in the IM that day to pull me up, and out, take a breath, have a coffee, and get back to work. The week to follow, I was on a creative high, just like business as usual. Thank you Q!
 
So, saying allllllllllll that to say, I thank Paul for sharing his transparent story of lying on his floor, waiting for a sign, hoping for a breakthrough. He is an amazingly honest, real as they can get, successful and enjoyable entrepreneur to look up to, and see how it’s done! I am so grateful for his stories and posts; they are real as they can get, and they have inspired me to take a step forward in the video world, sharing my experiences and truths. I am very excited for the new show to air, and I KNOW it will become a full time docu-series, as they hope! Blessings <3 JMH
 
Summary:
Don’t quit. If you do quit you betta come back my friend, and love yourself enough to think twice before you quit again! The battle is not yours! Use your gifts, and talents to the fullest, and love yourself FIRST! #message
 
 

 

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TEW V4.0 {foreword} written by Chicago artist, Craig A. Anderson
May01

TEW V4.0 {foreword} written by Chicago artist, Craig A. Anderson

Mr. Anderson, my high-school art teacher taught us the ‘business of art’ – I will never forget it! I am so honored that he has written the forward for The Entrepreneur Within You volume 4 – the “creative” edition! (Release, June 2017) — JMH (Julie M. Holloway, TEW founder/author/curator)

Here is his statement of work:

I BELIEVE IN PERCEPTUAL PROCESS. A PROCESS THAT IS AN ON-GOING, SIMULTANEOUS, MULTI-LAYERED, MULTIDIMENSIONAL, EVER-CHANGING, ATTEMPT AT NORMALITY. THIS EXISTENTIAL-PHENOMENOLOGICAL AESTHETIC BALANCES A LINEAR-LATERAL APPROACH TO THINKING; A SUBJECTIVE DISCOVERY OF THE COMMONPLACE, THE ORDINARY, THE OBVIOUSNESS OF EXISTING; AND THE SIMPLE EXPRESSION OF TRUTH BY OVERLAPPING MARKS TO CREATE A SPACE ON A FLAT SURFACE. BY OVERLAPPING, A “PUSH-PULL” EFFECT IS CREATED. A POINT OF DEPARTURE, RATHER THAN A CONCLUSION. THIS INVITES PERCEPTUAL PARTICIPATION. THE PROCESS OF PERCEPTUAL “DIALECTICAL MATERIALISM” IS THE ESSENCE OF “NOWNESS” OR THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF TRUTH. I BELIEVE AND SUBSCRIBE TO GOTTLIEB & ROTHKO’S TENET, “WE FAVOR THE SIMPLE EXPRESSION OF COMPLEX THOUGHT.”

– Craig A. Anderson

 

 

 

 

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The Entrepreneur Within
Jul31

The Entrepreneur Within

by Julie M. Holloway

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This year I set out to discover my “true” WHY. After much artistic and internal exploration, I found these simple words lit up my every day “let your soul sparkle.”                   

I am Julie Holloway (best known as JMH). I am an artist, author and graphic designer. For 16 years I worked in corporate America only to realize I did not quite fit in. My calling has always been my art and living a colorful lifestyle. I can finally say that after 38 years on earth, I am able to do that. I live and work from my home in Hanover Park, IL and I am on a continual journey of making sure that the work I am doing aligns with my “WHY”.  11760132_403559593185338_8418241033455689884_n (1)

A few years ago, I went through a tumultuous journey of being slightly abused by my last boss. He was very controlling, rude, argumentative and demanding. I could not thrive while working for him no matter how hard I tried. Out of the sheer need to voice my experiences of wanting so badly to be a full-time entrepreneur, to ultimately wanting to bless others with my “quit story,” I began to write my first book, an inspirational business anthology titled The Entrepreneur Within You (TEW), and we just launched the third volume!  I want people to know that, “Dreams are REAL, and that sometimes, success is the best REVENGE for the ultimate challenge.”

I went to The School of The Art Institute of Chicago for one year, quit, and never jumped into the art industry as a career.  About seven years ago, I finally made the jump back into my passion for art and design. A cousin in Chicago asked me to design a logo, so I bought a program off of Craigslist for $50 and taught myself graphic design. I started freelancing, and my business grew from the ground up. I’ve now been able to include my other artistic talents, drawing and painting, into my design business. I do get burned out from time to time because being an entrepreneur is hard work, but I’m learning daily how to be better at what I do and I’m working to become an even better mother and wife. 

After leaving a corporate job to start my business, I had to become a salesman, bill collector, accountant, financial planner, and marketer, when I really just wanted to focus on my artwork and graphic design. As entrepreneurs, we want to do it all, but sometimes that isn’t possible. I’ve been very lucky to have a lot of positive and influential mentors, friends and family members. I’m very thankful, and I try to repay the support they’ve given me by creating a strong entrepreneurial community with my book series, TEW. Aside from coffee, I need a strong network and the support of my family, which I’ve been lucky to have. 

 

Julie M. Holloway is an artist based in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. She is the founder of JMH Cre8ive Solutions, a boutique graphic design agency and is the curator of a book series titled The Entrepreneur Within You. She loves coffee, collaborating and hanging with family and friends. Learn more about her creative endeavors at www.tewyou.com,www.juliemholloway.com and www.jmhcre8ive.com or contact her at julie@jmhcre8ive.com or by phone at (630) 855-3351.

 

A FAVORITE QUOTE:

“If the creative artist worries if he will still be free tomorrow, then he will not be free today.”                       

 – Salman Rushdie

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The Entrepreneur Within You Volume 2
Jun13

The Entrepreneur Within You Volume 2

A dynamic collection of real-life stories from living, breathing, inspiring entrepreneurs. The Entrepreneur Within You series is an inspirational business anthology that consists of a collection of experiences from a group of entrepreneurs. The authors of the book not only share with the readers how their path to business ownership began; but, they also include diverse and encouraging personal stories of challenges conquered along with tips and tools that aspiring entrepreneurs can use to accomplish their goals despite facing their own version of these very same obstacles. The experiences that our writers share concerning how they have overcome and conquered things in the midst of pursuing their passions will motivate all who are moved to turn its pages! We are fulfilling our destiny by allowing real entrepreneurs a platform to share their trials and then their triumphs, ultimately passing on the torch of dreams held by many of owning their own business.

TEW2 will be available for pre-order June 28, 2014 with a launch celebration in Chicago on August 9.

 

 

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