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Business is Slow, Ah? Here’s 15 Things You Can Do To Fix That (Effective Immediately)

So happy to be back behind the camera. Happy to be back on the game, doing my thing, owning my weird + sharing what I know with you. It’s like I re-found my element, you know? Reclaimed my thunder? Discovered my patronus. Feels amazing.


But you know what feels even A-MA-ZING-ER? Your sweet comments. Your YAY! notes. Your cheers. I see them. I take them all in like a baptim of love confetti. Thanks for making me feel special.


Appreciation, the greatest gift you can give another. Hands down. Whoever tells you it’s money is a fool. Or a lier.


Today I’m returning (like the Return of the Yedi, except it’s the Return of Mayi), to talk about business slumps. Maybe the cash register isn’t sounding as much these days. Perhaps your experiencing a decline of orders. A prolonged drop in engagement. Or is it a fall of ideas? Where is the Epiphany Fairy when you need her?


So business is slow, ah?


I’m not here to examine why. I’m here to help you do something about it now.


In this video I’m going to share with you 15 things you can do when business is being a freaking turtle, to speed things up. To kick slowness in the butt if you will.


Click play to get this party started! (And watch some cute outtakes)



Are you excited to try one, two, maybe three of these? Which are you gonna work on? Tell me in the comments.


Quick favor: Know a friend, a freelancer, an artist, an entrepreneur who could really benefit from watching this video? Who could use a lil’ inspiration during a low in biz?


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Thank you so much for watching + sharing!!!



Mayi Carles

Copycats + Haters + Trolls… OH MY!

Guess who’s back in front of the camera?




Today we’re talking about how to deal with trolls + haters + copycats!


Click play to get this party started!



It’s true, the internet is making it easier than ever for trolls to troll + for haters to hate + for copycats (ahem ahem lazy people) to steal.


Simultaneously, there’s a big coalition happening. When you’re kind. When you act with integrity. When you apologize for any wrongdoing or misunderstanding. When you handle sticky situations with grace. When you make a genuine effort to be nice. To make amends. To over deliver. To dazzle your customers with an unexpected surprise. You become memorable. People will remember you. They will come back. And they will tell their friends about you too.


So that’s my take on trolls + haters + copycats.


How do you handle trolls + haters + copycats? Tell me in the comments.


Thank you so much for watching.



Mayi Carles

Get Rid of Desktop Shame in 7 Easy Steps (BONUS Desktop Organizer)



We are living in front of our computers for more hours than we’d like to admit, yet, when was the last time you really paid close attention to your desktop?


Don’t look the other way. I’m talking to you my friend.


Neglect. Denial. It’s happening. I can feel it with my mind reading superpowers.


Let’s diagnose. Nod every time one of these statements sounds oddly familiar:

  • You download stuff off the web + save it somewhere. Anywhere of your computer.
  • You install programs + apps left n’ right with the promise that maaaaaybe one day you’ll need them. In case of a zombie Apocalypse, right?
  • You drag photos from your camera roll called “IM0567” + “IM0568” + “IM0569”, never rename them and swear you’ll know where to find them later.
  • Your work folder looks something like this: “Design 1” + “The Design” + “Final Design” + “Design Last Draft” + “Approved Design” + “No Really This is The FINAL One” + “Sorry, This Time is For Real”.
  • You love buying fonts. More fonts. One can never have too many fonts.
  • And then you get more fonts because you’re not a quitter.
  • You’re serious about collecting printables. It’s not a hobby. It’s a serious sport. And you’re an Olympian athlete.


Should I keep going?


Didn’t think so.


Okay, so the result of these behaviors is a desktop flooded with icons (most of which you don’t even know what they’re for) + folders (you can only suspect what’s hidden inside) + files (with hieroglyphic names not even Dan Brown from Da Vinci Code can crack).


No wonder you’re feeling so busy busy buuuusy. No wonder you don’t have time to exercise. No wonder you can’t make Pomodoro Sauce from scratch. No wonder you didn’t get around to writing this week’s blog post. No freaking wonder. Of course! You’re still searching for that doc.


Our desktops have become the modern Bermuda Triangle. The abandoned drawer of the digital age if you will. Leash the Kraken for God’s sake!


Today I’m gonna help you get rid of desktop shame in 7 easy steps. Warm up your decluttering muscles. Put on your stretchy pants. Brew some chamomile tea. It’s time!



Now please tuck away the avalanche of worthless icons you hardly ever use. Remover them from sight. RIGHT NOW.


Do you even know what that application is for? Yeah, I though so. Let it go!


I know you don’t play Chess. Let it go!


Unless you’re Farideh Ceaser (my super talented friend who did my Life is Messy Kitchen jingle) then you probably shouldn’t have GarageBand on your dashboard. Just saying. Let it go!


I don’t care if you’re making a living online. I don’t care if your computer is your lifeline. That’s not an excuse to treat your desktop like a dumpster.


The ultimate goal is to keep your main desktop view squeaky clean.


Think minimalism. Think freedom.


Delete from the main dock all icons you don’t use on a daily basis. Simple. Revolutionary.


Also, make sure that whenever you install a new application, you uncheck the option to create a shortcut on your desktop. Programs can be accessed through other means. There’s absolutely no need for them to all be in your line of vision + clutter up your desktop with visual noise.



First, you need to decide how you want to group your digital collection of stuff. Consider the right taxonomy by brainstorming category options. Do you want to split your personal files from your work documents? Then create two folders + label one “Personal” +  the other “Work”.


For me, my work is an extension of my personal life, so I group things a little differently. I like to categorize my desktop by projects – “Heartmade” + “Mayi Carles Shop” + “Life is Messy” + “Life Blends” + “Olivia” + so on.


Then, I go a little crazy with the sub-folders. For example, my “Life is Messy” folder hosts my “Life is Messy Bootcamp” + “Life is Messy Planners” + “Life is Messy Kitchen” + “Life is Messy Rainboots” sub-folders. Some of these even have baby folders inside of them, such as “Design” + “Contracts” + “Photos” + “Testimonials” + “Videos” to keep things in place. Get the picture?


Your turn. Take a look at your stuff. What’s the best way to categorize it? Create folders for each category, keeping in mind you can always create sub-folders inside master papa bear folders.


You might already have a filing system in place. Bravo! Just need to decide:

  • Which should stay?
  • Which should die (a minute of silence)?
  • How many new ones you need?
  • Which really belong inside another folder?


Now, I know this is time consuming, but it will save you soooooo much time in the long run. Trust me. Imagine finally being able to find exactly what you’re looking for quicker than Flash? Amen!



Now comes the super fun part. I’ve been waiting all my life for this. Place your files into the categories you created (sarcasm alert). Can you feel my enthusiasm?




So while you’re putting yourself through this necessary misery, you might as well take this opportunity to toss out files that are out of date + you no longer need.



While you’re sorting away + quite possible cursing my name, it helps to rename files as you go. Let me give you some examples:

  • Photos can be renamed according to date (year/month/day).
  • Files within folders can be given new names according to how they related to the whole group.
  • Quotes can be titled by quote number + client name (Quote 134 – Luna Garcia).
  • Design studio files can be labeled “Draft 1” + “Draft 2” + “Final.”


Why is this important? Well, because no file system in the galaxy can survive a messy archiver. Take the extra five seconds to label your files appropriately upon creation to avoid Easter Egg hunts in the future.


Now, having said that, I understand many of us have months, if not years, of unidentified objects living inside our computers. Creepy. This is the time to do some major house-elf cleaning. Work in 15 minute intervals or sections. For example, on Monday do your “Music” folder, on Tuesday do you “Downloads” folder + on Wednesday do your “Documents” folder + so on.


And you better give yourself a treat when you’re done. This is the equivalent to landing on the moon. You deserve an Oreo Madness at the finish line.



As you cruise along, drag to the trash bucket anything you no longer use. And get in the habit of periodically clicking the “Empty” button + see how your computer goes from medieval turtle to turbo.



Make a back up of all your folders in an external hardware device. That’s an order. Unless you want to lose half of your honeymoon pics like I did.


Tip: I use Time Machine to back up my things. I also upload my most important files to Dropbox + iCloud cuz one can never be too careful.



When you’re done cleaning + organizing your desktop, it’s important to make sure that things never go back to the way they were before. If you search for “Desktop Wallpapers” on Pinterest, you will find many fun solutions to keep your desktop tidy + inspiring.


Or you can download this one I’ve designed just for desktop decluttering ninja warriors, are you one?


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Desktop Wallpaper



I promise that if you give these steps a try, you’ll notice a big difference in your productivity.


And don’t forget to take a before/after screenshots. I love seen those.




As always, if you have magic spells of your own to make decluttering your desktop easier, please do spill the jelly beans in the comments below.


A clean desktop is a happy desktop. Happy organizing my friend!


And remember, your desktop is not the Kraken. Give it some love so it loves you back.


From the messy desk of,

Mayi Carles

Hey! You A Multi-Passionate?

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Calling all my multi-passionate friends!!!


You know who you are.


When asked at a cocktail party/conference/networking event/wedding what you do for a living, you kinda choke. A little. Don’t you?


You struggle to write an Instagram bio. Your Twitter bio. Your bio bio.


You find it hard to focus on just ONE thing. Feels like you’re firing all your other genius ideas. Not fair. Right?


You get very anxious when asked to fill in the blanks this very short + simple question: Occupation: ____________. You’re gonna need an entire journal to answer that one.


You’re still not sure what do you want to be when you grow up. And you’re, like, already a grown up.


If this is you, GET READY. This is for you!


Introducing the Multi-Passionate Must-Haves, a collection of 14 products + courses + audios + resources created by and for multi-passionates, worth $1599 but for the next 72 hours it can be yours for only $97. That’s a 94% discount if you’re doing the math. It’s pretty amazing.




When Is This Happening?

The sale will run from Tuesday, May 17 at 12:01am PDT for 72 consecutive hours. It ends on Thursday, May 19 at 11:59pm PDT. Here’s a timezone converter, if you’d like to double check those times in your timezone.


What’s Inside?

The 14 products in this year’s bundle were carefully handpicked by love by Michelle + Emilie to address three main areas:

  • Your work.
  • Your creativity.
  • The fear that can keep you from both.


Here’s what’s included in this year’s glorious bundle:

  • Figure Out What Fits by Scott Anthony Barlow ($397 value)
  • Branding Basics for the Highly-Creative Person by Tiffany Han ($97 value)
  • 78 Cards, All of the Things: Tarot for Multipods, Projects & Planning by Beth Maiden ($29 value – EXCLUSIVE)
  • Renaissance Business: Make Your Multipotentiality Your Day Job, 2nd Ed. by Emilie Wapnick ($49 value)
  • Artist Websites that Sell by Cory Huff ($47 value)
  • Best of Productivity & Team + Best of Artists & Makers by Jennifer Lee ($274 value)
  • An Effective Escape by Michelle Ward ($57 value – EXCLUSIVE)
  • The Freelancer Planner by Michelle Nickolaisen ($15 value)
  • The Good to Know Project, Issues #6-10 (which cover: envy/jealousy, plagiarism, seeking help as an artist, rituals and routines, fear, and holding down multiple jobs) by Amy Ng ($16 value)
  • How to Clone Yourself by Amber McCue ($149 value)
  • Jump Start Your Podcast by Paula Jenkins ($37 value)
  • Life is Messy Planners® 2016 Edition, by Mayi Carles ($40 value)
  • The Niche Master Class by Jeremy Frandsen and Jason Van Orden ($194 value)
  • The Ultimate Recharge and Renew Kit for Your Creative Life by Jen Louden ($198 value)





And Here’s The Best Part

Ten dollars from each sale will be donated to Michelle Ward’s team for the Avon 2-Day Breast Cancer Walk in NY. Michelle was diagnosed with Stage One breast cancer in November 2011 and Stage Three breast cancer in September 2015. This will be the 5th year she’ll be walking 39.3 miles with Avon over 2 days with her mother and best friends.


So as it turns out not only is this sale good for you, and your wallet, but it’s actually good for the world.


Catch My Jam

I had the most fun chat with Miss Multi Potentialite herself, Emilie Wapnick to talk about being super curious + not wanting to pick just ONE super power. Click play to catch our mini interview!



Psst… A Lil’ Extra Somethin’ Somethin’

You might have also guessed that if you decide to invest in this Multi-Passionate Must-Haves flash sale through my affiliate link, I receive a generous commission. It’s true. Yes, the money is a super nice perk, but (a) I’d never send you to something I don’t stand behind fully; (b) I’m proud + honored to be among so many incredible authors, and I know that this bundle will knock your socks off; (c) It’s also the reason why I’m able to offer an extra high value bonus you can’t find anywhere else.


That’s right! Everyone who purchases this bundle through my affiliate link, will ALSO receive a copy of my book 5K Sales in 365 Days: A Quirky + Practical Guide to Creating Best Selling Digital Products in Your Pajamas, valued at $97. But you get is for FREE. No additional charge.






This guide is not for sale anywhere else, nowhere, but I’m bringing it back for this short window of time. A little cherry on top of this resource sunday. A way to say THANK YOU for supporting us. For backing this do good initiative. For investing in YOU + all your many many maaany (did I emphasize many enough?) passions.


Now, listen closely, this is muy importante, you have to purchase the Multi-Passionate Must-Have bundle through my link (you will see it here the second the sale goes live) in order to receive my bonus guide 5K Sales in 365 Days. If you accidentally click a link on Twitter or Facebook or someone else’s blog post, you’ll show up as their referral–not mine.


It’s as easy as 1… 2… 3…

  1. Purchase the bundle through my link.
  2. Forward your receipt to mayicarles@gmail.com.
  3. Hold on tight, your 5K Sales in 365 Days will arrive shortly.


That’s it!


Remember, the sale only lasts 72 hours and it won’t be offered again, so be sure to mark your calendar so you don’t miss it.




Got questions?

Shot me an e-mail at mayicarles@gmail.com. I will do my best to get back to you in a Speedy Gonzalez fashion.


Your pal + fellow multi-potentialite,

Mayi Carles


PS: If you don’t know what it means to be multi-passionate, or are unsure if you are one, you gotta check out this TED Talk right here. It’s a must watch!

Soul Food On Optimism



I believe altitude is determined by attitude. Believe that you can, indeed you will. Believe that you can’t, in fact everything will stand in your way.


In the words of Mary Kay Ash: “Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it so it goes on flying anyway.”


What would happen if you started believing you could. If you began having a little bit more faith in you? If instead of protecting yourself, you walked with your hands wide open, expecting miracles? If you chose courage over fear? For a change. What do you think would happen?


Here’s to an audaciously optimistic life ahead superstar!



Mayi Carles