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D E N I S E C O R N E L L

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Water, Sharpies, Expo markers & giant Post-its can only mean one thing 👉 👉 👉 I’m knee-deep in messaging & copywriting for a client. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📌 I’m a visual thinker. (But you never want me on your Pictionary team. Do ppl still play that game?) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📌 I use ALL the colors but orange & lime green are my favs. Throw in hot pink for a little fun. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📌 I have a secret stash of old brainstorming post-its in my hall closet. Museum of Ah-ha Moments? . . . #bts #truthoverstrategy #copywriter #freelancewriter #Copywriting #story #storyteller #digitalmarketing #creativeprocess #messaging #visualthinker #ATX #austin #tactile #workfromwherever #freelancerlife

Hi, How are you? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As the throngs of people descend on Austin for ACL, this is my #fridayintroductions shout out and tribute to one of Austin’s most icon murals by the late artist/singer/songwriter Daniel Johnson. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The whole point of #fridayintroductions is to tell you something about myself. Here ya go… ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⭐ Austin’s been home since 1995, except for that year-long vacation to England in 2002. Before Texas I kept my toothbrush in Atlanta, Kentucky and Louisiana. ⭐ I’m a technology marketing veteran with tours at two landmark enterprise software companies in Austin. ⭐ While chauffeuring my children, dreaming up landscaping projects (bulldozers don’t scare me!), and digging in my vegetable garden I co-founded and ran a wedding photography business for ten years. ⭐ These days I’m pouring all that marketing and business-building wisdom into what I do best: I help mission-driven entrepreneurs engage with their prospects and customers in a meaningful way. That’s a fancy way of saying I help your business sound human and stop being so self-centered when talking to your customers. Ya know, so people will want to buy from you. [Shhhh…I’ll let you in on a little secret. It’s never just about the words. They’re just the tool.] ⭐ I’m still chauffeuring kids here, there and every where like we’re living out a Dr. Seuss book. ⭐ I pulled out the aforementioned veggie garden and installed a pocket wildflower meadow. My nature-loving heart is in deep, deep love with the results.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⭐ And, finally, in November I will make my storytelling debut on stage. Ack! See how I buried that at the end, hoping no one would make it this far down the page? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So, Hi, How are you? Tell me. . . . . #truthoverstrategy #copywriter #freelancewriter #Copywriting #story #storyteller #digitalmarketing #messaging #ATX #austin #workfromwherever #freelancerlife #writing #amwriting #womenwholead #hihowareyou #atxlife

Closing out the week with this thought (an oldie, but goody that stands the test of time): Truth Over Strategy. Lead with the truth. It's a deceptively simple approach that often requires a wheelbarrow full of courage and a level of vulnerability that will likely make you squirm. The payoff? Never having to wonder, "What if?" . . . #truthoverstrategy #sundaynightthoughts #story #storyteller #copywriter #freelancewriter #freelancecopywriter #ATX #austin #womenwholead #freelancerlife #thisisfifty #austin #ATX #digitalmarketing

I'm reading this book for the second time. There are so many insights and actionable ideas I spend as much time taking notes as I do reading. This man's mind is amazing. If you've read the book, LET ME KNOW. I'd love to dig into it with someone. I'm especially eager to discuss his idea of a "simmering 6" vs 10 level of effort. . . . #JoshWaitzkin #theartoflearning #perpetuallearner #booknerd #optimization #performance #womenwholead #ATX #austin #selfdevelopment #bookclub #digitalmarketing #copywriter #Copywriting

I was randomly introduced to @erinivey at the Cactus Cafe in February. Here we are 8 months later celebrating the completion of her latest -- and still a secret -- project. Thank you Erin for letting me be a little part of the magic that is your wildly beautiful gift to the world. . . . #truthoverstrategy #austin #ATX #exploreaustin #do512 #livemusic #houseconcert #songwriter #singersongwriter #acceptance #create #seedingcreativity #creativeprocess #womenwholead #atxlife

Aaacckkk!! I guess we're doing this thing.

Y'all know it's gettin' serious when I break out the Expo markers. This is my very low-tech, high-touch, no-fail method for bringing all the idea snippets, brainstorming & middle-of-the-night ah-ha moments together into a cohesive message. It works because it's 100% me -- in harmony with my disposition, my learning style, the patterns of my previous successes and errors, etc. Simply put, this process works because it embraces all the bits of *my* weirdness. I didn't get here by accident. It's been a combination of doing what feels natural to me AND taking a deep technical look at the patterns around my breakthroughs and mistakes. Creativity & high performance aren't accidents or sacred gifts bestowed upon a select few. And they're not born out of cobbling together the latest productivity hacks & [insert famous person of your choice]'s morning routine. They are the product  of awareness & introspection & continuous learning. Interested in your own "no-fail-process?" My favorite resources are @jamesvictore & Josh Waitzken. Oh, and moi...my nerdy little heart loves talking about this stuff. . . . #truthoverstrategy #creativeprocess #creativepractice #productivity #highperformance #lifehacks #morningroutine #businessowner #copywriter #Copywriting #womenwholead #digitalmarketing #storyteller #story #austin #ATX #personaldevelopment #perpetuallearner #joshwaitzken #theartoflearning #hustlewithease #beweird

For #nationalschoolpictureday I give you Kindergarten Denise. I LOVED that ruffled polyester bodysuit. Those braids are working overtime to contain a mass of thick curly hair. Every day on the bus ride home I'd grab a window seat, undo the braids and let my hair fly free in the breeze. Imagine the humidity of southern Louisiana + wind + curly hair. I was the original hot mess. . . #girlswithcurls #childhood #kindergarten

Be the sun. Refuse to be squelched by the clouds. Shine! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There ya go folks...some serious drive time philosophy for you as I head home from #CMBXP19. Coincidentally, that little nugget-o-wisdom might be a great summary for my first CMBXP experience. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ More on that later. . . . #ATX #austin #austincreatives #do512 #exploreaustin #truthoverstrategy #story #storyteller #copywriter #freelancewriter #Copywriting #womenwholead #contentcreators #atxlife #contentmarketing #digitalmarketing #creativepreneur

For years I have admired, coveted and tried to buy this piece of art. Today, it's mine in the most bittersweet of circumstances. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It will hang in my bedroom. As I see it each morning I'll remember and give thanks for the privilege of deep friendship and the joys of a life well lived. I miss you sweet friend. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ . . #truthoverstrategy #friendsareeverything #friendship #SoulSisters #cranes #ATX #austin #writing #amwriting #story #storyteller #copywriter #freelancewriter #womenwholead #contentcreators

Closing out the weekend with this thought: Sometimes resistance shows up even for the things you love. Today I spent a couple hours in my yard, evicting the weeds that had taken up residence _everywhere_  I love to garden, even pulling weeds. I completely lose track of time, my mind relaxes and wanders and my body keeps going long after my muscles are tired. I call it Dirt Therapy. Maybe in another life I was a farmer. Or maybe it’s in my genes, passed down from Arthur, my Norwegian farmer grandfather or Frances, my Sicilian grandmother who could stick a little cutting of this or that in the ground and it would grow. Back to my point. I *know* I love gardening. I *know* I never regret time with my hands in the dirt. I *know* the daily satisfaction I get from seeing my plants thriving. YET, I had to guilt myself into doing the work today and I begrudgingly got started. I don’t know what this says about me or human nature. I don’t have some clever analogy, just a reminder that sometimes resistance shows up even for the things you love. . . . #sundaynightthoughts #truthoverstrategy #resistance #dirttherapy #gardening #Aus #ATX #storyteller #story #writing #amwriting #thisis50 #contentcreators #womenwholead

A little update on my Rejection Chart. I've earned more stars, but I need to pick up the pace if I want a full sheet by the end of the year! Swipe right to see my progress since May. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🔻🔻 My original post 🔻🔻 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is my Rejection Chart and I'm embarrassed to share it with you, but probably not for the reason you think. ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm embarrassed because there should be more stars. A lot more! ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The more stars, the more I'm making the ask, reaching outside my comfort zone and believing in my own ability. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I've earned every single star. Each one was a true, sincere effort, the best I had to offer. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And with every pitch I learn something. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With every pitch and every rejection I expand. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The more audacious the ask, the more alive I feel. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here's to more stars! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🔥 My rejection chart was inspired by a post by @thetiffanyhan 🔥 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #truthoverstrategy #digitalmarketing #copywriter #creativeentrepreneur #Copywriting #growyourbusiness #freelancecopywriter #marketing101 #content #contentcreators #hustlewithease #story #storyteller #austin #ATX #b2bmarketing #marketingstrategy #savvybusinessowner #womenwholead #freelancewriter #contentwriter #rejection

@erinivey, Your words slay me. Such a privilege to be a tiny part of “Sins Of Our Fathers.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My favs… ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “When we become strong enough to hold the memories with love we can break them open.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “If this is what a good girl gets I’d rather raise a sword.” ❤❤❤ . . . #ATX #austin #atxlife #512 #do512 #exploreaustin #songwriter #womenwholead #story #storyteller #writing #amwriting

Room to Breathe is the writing lesson I need to learn again and again and again. I can be completely satisfied with a piece and often push it through to publish, as is. It's perfectly fine. YET, if I'm patient enough to give a finished/edited piece room to breathe, to sit on the page for a day or two or ten then come back to it...it always gets better, deeper, tighter. Lesson learned. Again. . . . . #truthoverstrategy #writing #amwriting #story #storyteller #copywriter #Copywriting #freelancewriter #freelancecopywriter #ATX #austin #womenwholead #bosslady #create #contentcreators

1987 is the year we all met at that "little liberal arts school in the heart of the Bluegrass" as Larry Matheny was fond of saying. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In 2019 we came from KY, NY, WA & TX to celebrate our birthdays. Our friendship today is as good or better than it's ever been. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Soul sisters to the end. . . . #friendsareeverything #thisisfifty #SoulSisters #colorado #rmnp #travel #explore #optoutside #getoutside #centrecollege #rockymountains #womenwhowandertexas