The Creatively-U

What do you want to be when you grow up? That’s an age-old question, and one that some of us still don’t have an answer to. Or, maybe you had the answer, but need to find a NEW one!

In Creatively-U Academy, I teach women how to use creative thinking skills, how to apply those skills to their natural gifts and talents, and help them build a plan to achieve that dream. I help them reconnect with their natural abilities and reignite that spark within.

We ALL have creativity within us! Rediscover yours today and live the life you were meant to live!

Creatively-U Academy® is a fun and engaging online training and coaching program where you will learn exactly how to identify your unique gifts and talents, how to define what you want to do with those talents, and how to build strategies to achieve your dream life using creative thinking skills.

Creativity: [kree-ey-tiv-i-tee} noun. The use of imagination or original ideas to create something (a fulfilling life perhaps?); inventiveness.


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Be-U, on purpose, 4-Life!

I have done this work and I know how powerful it can be. I used it to reinvent myself at the age of 58. I reinvented my career path to give me the life I wanted, and I used it to recast my love of fabric, color, and texture into new artistic pursuits.

My new life just happens to include an artistic career because that’s what I discovered was missing after doing this work, but yours may not! What do you love, want, and need? You can use creative thinking to reimagine anything. I reignited my spark to enhance my personal and my professional life. Now, I am living the life I was meant to live. I did it, and I know you can too! 

You can learn more about me at

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Sounds good, but is this really for me? I'm so glad you asked! Let's talk about who this program is for...

You’re seeking something new, and know how important it is to stay connected to the “True You.”  You’re ready to invest in yourself, define what it is you really want to do, and build a life and/or practice that allows you to share your gifts with the world.

Whether you’re…

  • A retiree who needs to define the next phase. The kids are grown and you need a new sense of purpose. It’s your turn!
  • A mom who feels other obligations pushing your passion aside. You know you need to balance these desires and you want to learn how.
  • An enthusiastic creative who’s in a 9 to 5 job but feels something is missing…maybe you don’t quite know what yet! Let’s find out!
  • A practicing creative who needs help expanding your talents into other areas and loves having step-by-step strategies and accountability.
  • Someone who thinks you’re not creative, but you hear a small voice saying “I want something NEW!” You’re in the right place.
  • Someone facing a transition period and feels a need to reconnect and renew. You want reinvention and love having a like-minded community for support.

…you’re in the right place! I’m going to tell you exactly how the Creatively-U Academy® will give you the tools, encouragement, and unparalleled support on your journey to reigniting your spark.

By The End of This Program

You will have discovered:

  1. Exactly who you are and what you love. You will have a clear understanding of your gifts and talents, and a plan to reinterpret them and apply them today.
  2. What you value most and how to build your activities, your creative practice (and maybe even a new career) around that joy.
  3. How you think and why you love the things you love.  This will keep you grounded while defining your perfect future and building an action plan to make it happen.
  4. Exactly what you would like your life to look like and what you need to do to get it.
  5. The wide variety of opportunities and paths that are open to you and decided on the right place to start.
  6. Developed a practical plan to deal with obstacles and challenges and explored your mindset around your success.
  7. Your specific path to success that leverages how you think and what you love to get you where you want to go.
  8. Your personal, powerful blueprint, or roadmap, that will help you develop daily habits and will help you stay focused.

Lifetime Access

You will have lifetime access to the Creatively-U Academy® program. You can log in and access all the training, templates, and bonuses for as long as the academy exists. So, take your time if needed. There is no rush!

Enroll in Creatively-U Academy®

Great things happen when you invest in yourself!


This program was previously an “In-person” 1-to-1 course. Join the inaugural online class and get this one-time introductory price. Creatively-U Academy® will never be offered at this price again.

Founding Online Class of 2021 Price:

Pay in Full & Save!


2 Monthly Payments


Get Inspired by These Success Stories

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Val C.

To say that this course is life-changing would be an understatement. This isn’t just a one-off coaching seminar or self help book. This course brings your values, desires and strengths in line so they are all working together in harmony and achieving what YOU want out of life. If you are looking to change your life or simply focus on improving certain areas, Virginia can help you develop your why, what, when and how. The written information is accompanied by meaningful discussion with a personal coach who has taken all of these same steps to revamp her own creative life and career. It’s not just theory, it comes from real life experience…and THAT is the most powerful testimonial you could ever hope to find!

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Kay D.

After retiring from a 35-year teaching career and becoming an empty nester after my three daughters left home, I found myself at a loss with what to do with myself. Crafting gifts and home decor had always been an enjoyable hobby, but I had no idea how to expand it into something more. Since working with Virginia, I’ve learned how to use my strengths and values, along with my creative skills, to help me bring my dream of being my own boss and doing what I love, into reality! She is helping to build my confidence and assisting me in setting goals and implementing a step-by-step action plan through her mentoring program. This is just what I needed as I start the next chapter of my life!


Mod 0

Six focused modules that contain bite-sized sessions, so you can take your time and avoid feeling overwhelmed.  You’ll get video lessons, transcripts, and audio files, along with downloadable worksheets. Everyone learns differently, so mix and match for your unique learning style.  Awesome-sauce!

Module 0: Welcome

This Welcome module is all about helping you navigate the course area, join the community, and start out on the right foot. Start here and get acquainted with your “classroom.”

You will be shown the course platform and how to navigate through the “technology.” You will also find links to the private Facebook community.

Download the calendar of events so you never miss a thing. Learn where and how to get your questions answered.

Module 1: Your “Creative” History

Laying the Foundation

We’ll start by taking a trip down memory lane and look at what you loved in the past. Talents and gifts often show up early in life and they hold clues to what comes naturally for you. They indicate what you truly loved, before it was trained out of you.

Get familiar with the idea of self-discovery and start identifying your individual gifts and talents. You’ll be delighted to discover you are more talented and diverse than you thought. Coloring outside the lines… is a GOOD thing!

The MOST important part of this module will be discovering the psychological principles that lie underneath your gifts and talents, how to interpret this information, and how to translate it into usable present-day knowledge.

  • Fun and engaging discovery exercises that will help you define WHY you liked certain activities and what that means for you today.  This is where you find new ways to use your talents!
  • Helpful tips to keep your discoveries organized so you can “stack” them in a meaningful way.
  • Discover which tools yield the most information for you and dig underneath those discoveries to identify the underlying passions.
  • Enjoy seeing patterns emerge which will lay a strong foundation for your future discoveries and planning, and identify which themes make the most sense for you today.

Module 2: Your “Creative” Strengths

The Power Behind “YOU”

Here we begin layering your values and your strengths atop your gifts to form a solid structure on which to build your future life! By the end of this module you’ll be saying, “Aha, so THAT’S why I do that!”

In this very important module, you’ll discover WHY you are who you are, and know exactly the “what” about you that makes you unique. There is SO much value here. After this module, you will have ALL the tools necessary to define exactly what you want. And, most importantly, know you have the right information to make it happen.

In week three you will receive an assessment link to learn your core strengths and what they mean. These strengths are how your values and gifts show up in the world, and are essential when crafting a creative vision.

  • Discover what’s most important to you and what inspires you so you can plan your perfect creative life.
  • Remember in high school, when you met your best friend’s parent’s for the first time, and said “Oh, so much makes sense now!” Get ready for “deja vu” when you meet your Strengths!
  • Explore your strengths, stop fighting certain personality traits and learn to use them to your advantage.
  • Layer these over your natural gifts and talents from Modules One to form a powerful vision in the next module.

Module 3: Your “Creative” Future

Building the Life You Want and a Life That Matters

Whether you just want to add a creative component to your life, or you want to make a complete overhaul, this is the module where you get to define exactly that! Here is where you’ll really have fun!

You’ll draft an inspiring vision in detail and create visuals to go with it. You’ll learn my specific “rules of the game” and open your mind to the different options of creative inspiration that are open to you.

You’ll examine your beliefs to make sure we can identify anything holding you back so we can address them and “kick them to the curb!”

You’ll also develop a “GPS” style roadmap that will help get you from where you are now. . . to where you want to be.

  • Dream BIG, my friend! Ya gotta know where you want to go….in order to get there! THIS is where the action starts!
  • Revisit your strengths, values, and beliefs to determine what inspires you the most and get excited about your future.
  • Explore the path between where you are now and where you want to be. 

Module 4: Your “Creative” Purpose

Anticipating  Challenges and Strengthening Your Motivational Muscles

Now that you have identified “What” you want, how do you get there? Excellent question! Before we address the “How” let’s talk about your “WHY!” In this module we address the motivations behind your vision. I call this your “BIG WHY.”

You will clearly define your reasons for wanting whatever it is that you want. You’ll strengthen your motivational muscles-NO SIT-UPS required! Your “WHY” must be strong enough to see you through challenges that will pop up.

You’ll explore all the wonderful things you stand to gain by reigniting your creative fire. Whether it’s just a fun hobby around the margins, or a new, fulfilling career, you must know WHY you want this.

And, we’ll do a little proactive planning! You will outline ways to help yourself through challenges based on the discoveries in the first two modules.

  • Discover how to create a captivating and inspirational “Why” to help you through challenging times.
  • Establish a creative “balance sheet” – and discover the endless benefits from investing in your creative thinking practice.
  • Apply your “Why” to your roadmap and get ready for action.
Module 5

Module 5: Your “Creative” Commitment

The Glue That Holds It All Together

Enough thinking! Let’s start Doing! This is where the rubber meets the road! In this module you’ll make a written commitment to yourself, and your vision, and set individual goals for your creative practice and life. Oooh, there’s nothing like putting yourself first! Does that scare you a little? Don’t worry, I’ve gotcha!

We’ll look at what might need to change to get what you want…..and need! This is where making that commitment is essential. There is truth in that old saying, “If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten.”

Here’s why it pays to learn from someone who’s already been there!! I had to reinvent my entire path late in life. I know how daunting the path can look, but. . . I also know how wonderful and fulfilling it is to make it happen! It takes commitment!

You’ll set goals that will be used in the final module. You’ll come away knowing how to have a fulfilling, inventive life and how to quickly course correct if necessary.

  • Discover the importance of “putting your own oxygen mask on first” and know that you cannot give away what you don’t have.
  • Learn how to formulate your promise to yourself so that it’s easier to stay the course.
  • Decide now what you want to say in a year –  “I’m so glad I did!” or “I wish I had!” Your choice.
  • You’ll define some long- and short-term targets and commit to a plan to make it happen. 

Module 6: Your “Creative” Blueprint

Your Plan for Success

A dream without action is just a wish. In this module, you’ll discover why “chunking down” the building process and applying a habits tool can help you accomplish more in less time. This is where I show you HOW to actually make those dreams a reality.

We’ll dive into goal setting and time management and one of the most helpful tools I have ever used – a tool from my former corporate days. And you’ll identify the best tools for you to help you STAY on course.

Finally, despite making a ton of mistakes and wrong turns, I was still able to turn my life around. I am going to teach you the power of “Small wins + Time = Achieving BIG Goals.” You now know what you want, why you want it, and how to get it! CONGRATULATIONS!

Module 6
  • Discover the magic of rituals,  “cues,” and micro-mini goals, and why they work every time.
  • Learn a time-tested clothing industry hack for planning – and back into a creative goal with the end point in mind.
  • What are baby steps and filler activities?  – you’ll learn how to schedule your creative time without that elusive “willpower.”
  • Learn what type of planning tool works best for you and commit to using it every day to have a wonderful new creative life.

We’ll also talk about how you can get continued knowledge, support, and coaching after we wrap up!

graduation celebration

Time To Celebrate!

We’ll have a graduation party wrap-up to celebrate your new, creative life! You’ll get a Creative Ninja Certificate and you’ll have a chance to share your creative plans with us.

There are “Share Your Creative Breakthroughs” opportunities throughout the course so we can do a collective happy dance and celebrate with you.  Nothing is too big or too small to celebrate! You never know how much you may inspire someone else to keep working through their challenges.

Deeper mentorship is available in the Creatively-U Clubhouse, a monthly membership that provides accountability, implementation help, and on-going training and support to ensure you stay focused for life!. 

Be-U, on purpose, 4-Life!

When you enroll during this special, limited time, you'll get:

The Creatively-U Academy®

(A $950 Value)

  • 6 focused Modules that show you everything you need to do to lay the foundation for a thriving, creative life, focusing on key areas of discovery.
  • A complete, step-by-step framework that shows you how to layer that good foundation with a vision and plan for success. You will learn how to set creative goals and establish habits and rituals without relying on willpower.
  • Worksheets, templates, and downloads to ensure you get the most out of your journey, and to help you if you need to revisit any area in the future.
  • A supportive community of like-minded creatives where we can celebrate your wins and support you in your challenges.
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You’ll get access to each of the 6 modules, one at a time, over the course of 8 weeks – Modules will be released on Mondays – so that you have a week to dive deep into that work before moving onto the next.

There will be an assessment and implementation week after Module Two and an implementation week after Module Four. This is intentional. I want to help you manage overwhelm, and ensure that you’re building on the knowledge you acquire at each step.

Core Bonuses Included in Your Purchase

With your purchase of the Creatively-U Academy® program, you get these popular bonuses that are offered every year.

Live Training calls and Live Q&As

(A $350 Value)

8-weeks of live training calls with Virginia via Zoom where we can discuss and clarify the lesson, and weekly live Q&A sessions with Virginia inside a private, members-only Facebook group. Get your questions answered and connect with a supportive community of like-minded creatives. Exchange ideas, and find lifelong friends.

Full 34 Clifton Strengths Assessment and Group Coaching Call

(A $450 Value)

You will receive a link to take the full “34 Clifton Strengths Assessment.” This includes 3 individualized reports that are specific to YOU, explaining every aspect of your strengths, and Lifetime Access to the online Gallop portal, where you can find videos, pdf downloads, and updated resources on using your strengths. You’ll also get access to a Live group call with a Certified Gallop Strengths Coach during the course.

Total Value: $1,750

Because this is the first online session of the course, I am offering a steep discount to the Founding Online Class of 2021!

There will inevitably be technology hiccups and bugs to work out! Hey, that’s why we need more creative thinking!

Lifetime Access

You will have lifetime access to the Creatively-U Academy® program. You can log in and access all the training, templates, and bonuses for as long as the academy exists. So, take your time if needed. There is no rush!

Enroll in Creatively-U Academy® Today

Great things happen when you invest in yourself!


This program was previously an “In-person” 1-to-1 course. Join the inaugural online class and get this one-time introductory price. Creatively-U Academy® will never be offered at this price again.

Founding Online Class of 2021 Price:

Pay in Full & Save!


2 Monthly Payments



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When you join the Creatively-U Academy program, you gain lifetime access to the course for as long as the academy exists. It’s important for you to work at your own pace. Come back anytime when you need a refresher or you experience life changes.



Use your results to maximize your creative potential. Your customized reports and guides will give you “aha” moments as you experience new ways to understand what makes you so unique. Aim your Strengths at anything that comes your way.

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Get your questions answered every week. We go LIVE on Zoom and in the Facebook group each week, so if you get stuck, there is a beautiful creative community just waiting to help you succeed.



Accomplish your goals faster by following this step-by-step proven method. Each Module “stacks” upon the last and Virginia’s constant guidance and experience sets you up for success. You will be learning from someone who has already walked the walk!

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Everyone learns differently. Some listen, some like visuals, some learn by doing. The lessons are offered in a variety of ways to support how you learn best. Videos, cheat sheets, actionable guides, audio files, and transcripts. There will even be Live Trainings via Zoom  after each module drops.


If you truly desire change, investment is 100% risk free. We offer a 14-day money back guarantee. If you do the work and realize this course is not a good fit, show me your work within 14 days of enrolling and I will gladly give you a refund. Just send an email before the guarantee expires.

Frequently Asked Questions

When you enroll, you become a member of the Founding Online Class of 2021. Our kick-off party is in October 2021.

Your “Welcome” Module (Module 0) and Module 1: “Your Creative History” will released in October 2021. 

All lessons are delivered digitally so you will need Internet access with a good connection. We will also be live on Zoom and in the private Facebook group. Zoom is a free program you can download.

There are templates, guides, and pdf documents to accompany many of the lessons so a way to print them will be necessary.

You will also need a journal or notebook of your choice. It can be spiral bound or a three-ring binder. Whatever you like. You can even decorate it to your liking. This is where you will record your insights and discoveries.

Other things to have lying around would be, pencils, pens, or anything to doodle with, tape or glue, post-it notes, index cards, or other scraps to brainstorm on, and any source that would provide visual inspiration. This can be the internet, magazines, books, or photos you have taken. Anything at all. And, perhaps a hole punch for your downloads if you want to put them in a binder.

Great question! It’s perfect for you if you:

  • Used to do creative things but have lost touch with that part of you. You want to find it again but have no idea where to start.
  • Find yourself lost and in need of a reboot….maybe even a different path altogether. You want the next half of life to be exciting, inspirational, and fun!
  • Want to balance your creative practice with your other meaningful obligations and need planning help.
  • Have a 9 to 5 job that pays the bills but feels a little empty. You know that having a sustainable creative practice is the balance you need.
  • Never thought you were creative but hear a little voice that is telling you differently. This is the support you need to make a discovery.
  • Are facing a transition period and feel a need to do something different. You are seeking reinvention and love having a like-minded community for support.
  • Feel overwhelmed by the prospect of building a creative life on your own and want a step-by-step process to follow.
  • Want to be part of a community of creatives who help, encourage, and support one another.
  • Want thoughtful and clear instruction from a passionate teacher who wants to see you succeed and help you every step along the way.
  • REMEMBER, artistic talent is not necessary. Creative thinking is used in almost EVERY endeavor, from painting to the sciences!

I recommend that you set aside 2 to 4 hours a week to watch the lessons and do the assignments. You’ll quickly discover what works best for you. Developing a new creative routine takes time. Please work at the pace that’s most comfortable for you. You get “lifetime access” which means you can access the lessons anytime.

However, I strongly recommend that you attempt each lesson as it comes up, regardless of whether you have “finished” the last one. The knowledge you get is cumulative. And the insights you have in one lesson may clarify something in a previous one. 

The Creatively-U Academy program is carefully crafted to lead you step by step through the process of reigniting your creative spark. Each module is stacked in a way that builds a solid foundation for your growth. The modules cannot be purchased separately. 

We get started with our class kick-off party on Monday, August 2nd at 2pm central time.

Modules are released on Mondays at 10am central time starting on Monday, August 2nd. You’ll receive email notifications when each module is released.

Our weekly LIVE coaching calls take place on Tuesdays at 10am CDT via Zoom and Live Q&A sessions take place on Thursdays at 2pm CDT. Replays are always available.

I want you to succeed and get the most out of this course, but I understand it may not be for everyone. We offer a 14-day money back guarantee.

However, I also know from experience that, in order to get results, you must commit to taking action. You must do your own work to get the benefits. I am looking for serious students who truly desire change.

If you do the work and realize this course is not a good fit, show me your work within 14 days of enrolling and I will gladly give you a refund. Just send an email to before the guarantee expires. 

    Still Thinking About It?

    You should give Creatively-U Academy® a try if you’re motivated by any of the following:

    You want your life and creativity back… like…
    Really badly!

    Whether it’s the relentless obligations of normal daily life, you’re fully aware that you are MORE THAN THIS! There is something inside that you are passionate about that needs to be realized for you to live your TRULY best life. You just “gotta find it!”

    More importantly, you don’t want to spend the rest of your life feeling lost or stuck while thinking “I used to love to ______________” without doing something about it. The last thing you want is to be in this exact same place thinking the exact same thing a few years from now.

    That’s why you are motivated to kick it into high gear and to invest the next few months in discovering your passion, building a fulfilling life, and setting up a thriving practice. You and your creative expression are important. You know being true to YOU will make you a better friend, colleague, spouse, parent…….. You gotta find “IT” – whatever “IT” is! You’re here. Let’s do this! I’ve gotcha covered!

    Wow! Virginia’s personal transformation has been a testament to the resiliency of the human spirit and a reminder that no matter how bad today looks, tomorrow will get better.  Virginia’s diligence as a student of her own life has turned her into the perfect coach and teacher. She knows where you are because she has been there. She knows how to reignite the creative spark because she has done it.  If you are ready to rediscover your creativity and renew your commitment to a purposeful life, Virginia can help you get there.

    - Pari Smart
    Certified Strengths Coach
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    I can’t wait to be your guide  over the next several weeks…

    We’re going to have a great time over the next 8 weeks, as we get acquainted, learn and discover, and celebrate! Reconnecting with the REAL you is so exciting and fun!

    I’ve experienced firsthand the anguish of losing site of that side of myself…. that uneasy feeling that something important is missing! I know what it feels like to feel lost – in the wrong place, doing the wrong thing, at the wrong time! 

    But I emerged from that experience and reinvented myself because you know what? I realized there’s so much more to life and so much I want to do! 2020 made me realize that there are probably a lot of people who feel a need for change.

    I had to reinvent my life and reignite my creative fire at the age of 58. I found a way to reinvent my career and recast my love of fabric, color, and texture into new and interesting creative pursuits. And, I discovered there are a lot of “loves” I had not explored yet. I discovered new ways to apply my gifts and talents!

    I welcome you to check out my work on my website:

    If you’ve always dreamed of spending more time doing the things you loved, taking on some creative activity, perhaps making a small side income from your pursuits (or maybe you’re ready to build a full-time creative business!) you owe it to yourself to explore what you really want and learn how to get it.

    Come experience firsthand the gifts and talents you have within you – and take real, tangible steps to share your creativity and bring joy to those around you.

    If you join us, I’m confident that these next 8 weeks will be completely and utterly life changing for you.

    I look forward to meeting you inside The Creatively-U Academy® – Founding Online Class of 2021.


    Plus, Cosmo can’t wait to meet you. He’s a pro at stealing his favorite supplies and often makes unscheduled appearances in Live Zoom calls and Facebook meetings.

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    Lifetime Access

    You will have lifetime access to the Creatively-U Academy® program. You can log in and access all the training, templates, and bonuses for as long as the academy exists. So, take your time if needed. There is no rush!

    Enroll in Creatively-U Academy® Today

    Great things happen when you invest in yourself!


    This program was previously an “In-person” 1-to-1 course. Join the inaugural online class and get this one-time introductory price. Creatively-U Academy® will never be offered at this price again.

    Founding Online Class of 2021 Price:

    Pay in Full & Save!


    2 Monthly Payments