an invitation: send me a letter with your questions and get some f*r*e*e coaching (how to)

mildly addicted to alphabet rubber stamp letters

just one of my many alphabet letter stamp sets


I love letters.

The kind of letters that make up the alphabet.

The kind of letters that we write and send in the mail (d0es anyone do that anymore?) and via email.

I love the magic of connection through written language. The way we can reach through time and space and be present with the thoughts and feelings and surroundings of another person.


This post is an invitation.

I’d like you to send me a letter, sharing about your creative life, work and journey, and the triumphs and challenges you are facing right now.

I do receive a fair amount of email from folks. I find myself wanting to cry usually, with compassion and a secret desire to become a fairy godmother with the powers to grant three wishes and be able to take away needless suffering.

I find myself wishing I had endless time to answer each in-depth, with on-the-spot coaching and offering my best take on their situation. I feel a lot of guilt for not having the time or capacity to do this.

Right now, a bunch of pretty amazing people are participating in my online Creative + Practice course and the Sketchbooks Digital Apprenticeship program. Included in the structure of these offerings are opportunities for people to ask questions and offer insight into what they are learning.

I then take their questions and answer them for the benefit of the whole group.

After reading another amazing email from a reader of this blog today, I had an a-ha moment.

I could create a post asking people for their questions via email (the way I do in my online courses) and respond back to them via a public blog post. That way, I can take time to craft a response (it is a blog post!) and the answers will be for the benefit of not only the person who wrote in, but all of the lovely readers gathered here.

I’ll go in-depth with my answer, just like I would in a private coaching or business strategy session. Giving you (and the readers) different ways of looking at the issue and specific action steps you can take to meet whatever is challenging you. Sound good?

Are you ready to write me with your questions? I wanna to hear from you!

Here are some questions you can use as jumping off points.

The thing I’m really struggling with in my creative business / creative life is:

I can’t seem to figure out how to:

I keep repeating this cycle of… (fill in the blank). Any ideas how I can work with that?

I believe my biggest limitation right now is:

How can I move past….(blank)

I’m  afraid that….

What keeps me awake at night with worry is:

I wish I could…

I totally dream of…

I have a question about an exercise or idea in The Creative Entrepreneur:

I really want to do (fill in the blank), but….


No need to answer any or all of these. The questions are simply jumping off points that can help focus your thoughts. Feel free to ask your specific questions. Try using them as writing prompts in your own journal.


You can also ask me How To questions, like:

How do you live out of a suitcase?

What sort of art supplies do you travel with?

How do you write?

How do you confront or deal with (fill in the blank)

How did you do….

whatever you are curious about…I can’t say I’ll answer everything, but you never know.


Send me your letter via email to: lisasonora [at] gmail [dot] com

This is my very own personal email address and I read all of my own mail. Hey, if Seth freaking Godin can do it, so can I. Right?


Please include:

1. Your name and website/blog, if you have one. This is for my info/research into your question and will be kept private, if you wish. See item #3.

2. It’s also helpful if I know your details, such as age, gender, marital status, if you have kids (how old) place you live, what your specific creative work is, and whether or not you hold a job separate from your creative work.

This information is strictly confidential between you and me. It helps me understand where you are coming from. Twenty-somethings have different issues than people of retirement age, for example. If you are fitting in your creative work after a full-time job or are caring for children or parents, those things matter. I can look at your issue through a clearer lens when I have these details to work with.

3. Permission preference: there are three options, your choice, let me know if:

A. You would like me to keep your letter anonymous.

B. You want to use just your first name and no links to you.

C. You want me to use your name and or business name and website, with a link to your website.

Bonus: if you have a photo of yourself and want me to include it, I am happy to. Just include it with your email. That way I get to see you, not just hear you.


Helpful Hints:

The more specific and less general you are with your questions, the more helpful my answers can be.

Do know that while I won’t respond personally, if I do use your question as a blog post I will email you with the link.

Don’t be afraid to write too much, or too little. Whatever you write is just right. If I have clarifying questions, I’ll write you back and ask you.

Trust that I LOVE to get your letters.

If you don’t have questions, but just want to share how something I’m doing or writing about is helping you in some way, of course write to me about that, too!

I have a folder in my gmail account labeled: Awesome Emails. Your letter will live there. I take these out and read them and savor your words.

If you are the type that is too shy to write to authors, I especially want to hear from you. Especially if you found my book at the library. (!)

Be Bold & Proceed…

Thank you!

Questions? Comments? Ideas?

Please feel free to add to this conversation in the comments, below. Or…go ahead and send me that letter…I can’t wait to hear from you!




12 Responses to an invitation: send me a letter with your questions and get some f*r*e*e coaching (how to)

  1. gabi klaf August 25, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    hello lisa,

    what a joy to find your site. i love your energy, the creative joy that surges out of your work. i can see you smiling at the exclamation marks. i love mail too. 🙂 can’t wait to read more…

  2. Teresa O'Neill July 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    Hello Lisa

    It stikes me as funny that I got your book out of the library and was enjoying it very much. Then i had a move that was pretty life changing because it involved a move that has me as an empty nester after raising four children
    For the life of me I searched and searched and never found your book after the move.
    Paid the library the fine and was happy to donate to the library becuase I use it all the time.

    Hmmm. I am very much enjoying your posts and not sure what my next creative steps will be.
    I seem to be searching just like the lost book.
    Hugs Teresa

  3. Jan June 29, 2012 at 7:46 am #

    it’s me again….I have to get this off my mind. I guess what amazes me is that you care, REALLY care! I am so tired of my in box filling up with sales pitches! You are such a breath of fresh air! I think it’s great that the internet has enabled so many artists to make money whether it be from Etsy or teaching….whatever. I applaud them! I do! I’d like to be one of them some day. I just can’t believe it seems to be the main focus….it’s kind of sad, art is so much more than that. It’s time for me to unsubscribe and be more selective in the future. thanks for listening, i feel better all ready. Does anyone else feel this way or is it just me?
    (Maybe it is just me)

    • Pat Grady June 29, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

      I completely agree with you. It seems like everyone has a pitch on how to get a 6 figure income and how to get more friends to like you on facebook. It seems that the emphasis is on quantity rather than quality.
      Because the Creative Practice course that I look on line from Lisa last fall was LIFE CHANGING, I am now leading other people on the Visual Journal Journey. I just finished teaching my first 4 week Extended Journey in my studio and I know I learned more than the participants. It was amazing! I have decided that when I start my classes on line this fall that I want people to feel like they just walked in my studio and I gave them a big hug! I want to focus on quality not quantity.

      I will be writing you a letter soon…

      • Lisa Sonora June 29, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

        @Pat: looking forward to your letter…the life changing aspect of the Creative + Practice course is in large part to your whole-hearted participation.

        You get the breakthrough by doing the work…yeah!

      • Jan June 29, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

        Pat, I so appreciate your response. And, you know, thats how i feel about Lisa! Like her e-mails are huge hugs!!! I have yet to meet a teacher that cares so much. And I believe you’ll spread the love as well. I wish I could’ve been in your studio for 4 wks. I LOVE visual journaling!

        I’ve also loved Lisa’s Creative + Practice class. There is something magical about it that cannot be explained with words.

        Kudos to you for being aware! I bet your on line class will rock!

    • Lisa Sonora June 29, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

      @Jan: Oh! thanks for mentioning this. Such a juicy area for discussion. I can’t wait to hear what others have to share about this…consider this a safe space for a kind of difficult discussion.

      • Jan July 2, 2012 at 6:01 am #

        where is everyone? Did i scare ’em away?

        • Lisa Sonora July 2, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

          @Jan: ha ha. It’s a big vacation week in the US – 4th of July. Maybe that’s it? I’ve noticed my emails are really light right now, even more than the usual summer “ghost town feeling” the Internet can have in the US in mid to late summer.

  4. Jan June 29, 2012 at 6:50 am #

    i. love. you.

    Lisa Sonora Beam~ you are so unbelievably unselfish!!!! i want to stand on a mountain top and shout it out to the world!!!!!! I can’t wait to write you a letter 🙂

    • Lisa Sonora June 29, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

      @Jan: I am blushing. I don’t get many I love you’s, so thank you. It means a lot.

      I think sharing on comments is sort of a wired generation’s verson of shouting from the mountaintops. So thank you! Write soon!

      • Anab July 23, 2014 at 12:52 am #


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