Why It's A Fabulous Idea To Host Your eCourse On Squarespace

Why Create an Ecourse?

First of all, if you’re not sure what an ecourse is, it’s ANY online learning course that teaches a skill or, shares knowledge.

The worldwide e-learning market is growing steadily and is projected to be worth $325 Billion in 2025. By hosting an ecourse or online class on Squarespace, you too can be a part of this amazing growth.

More Reasons To Join The Learning Revolution:

People are increasingly wanting to learn a new skill over acquiring possessions.

Online learning appeals to all demographics. It’s significantly cheaper than traditional teaching and so is very cost effective for the student.

Your student only needs a fast internet connection within the comfort and convenience of their home, plus a willingness to learn something new.

Once your ecourse goes ‘live’, you can sell it worldwide - even whilst asleep!!!

If you have a desire to share your innate gifts, ideas, talents or knowledge with the world but either don’t have the time or tech savvy, consider using my Design Service skills and let me help you set up and launch a class of your very own hosted via Squarespace.

You might be wondering what sort of ecourses/online classes might be suitable to launch and the answer is almost anything.

Here are some topic ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

  1. Art - this is the obvious one to start with because this is where my experience lies. I’ve now created eight online classes and more will be added as time allows. This area is massive and can include so many genres including mixed media art, art for children, beginner’s art and then from a business perspective, such as how to market your art, approach galleries and enter exhibitions etc.

  2. Art Therapy

  3. Holistic Therapies - aromatherapy, yoga, mindfulness

  4. Health & Wellbeing - self care, healthy eating

  5. Writing - storytelling, tips for writing a book, creativity writing, business writing tips

  6. Craft - candle making, embroidery, felting, sewing

  7. Personal Development - certification for life coaching, reiki, nlp, hypnosis etc.

  8. Productivity - time management, organisation, goal setting

  9. Finances - budgeting, stocks advice

  10. Career Development - changing careers

As you can see above, the sky’s the limit! Just think about what skills or knowledge that you possess, that could be translated into an online learning experience..

Why Host an eCourse on Squarespace?

There are many platforms that can host your online class but hosting your ecourse via your own website, keeps you in total control of your customers/students, your content and the style and appearance of your classroom. I’ve created eight successful online classes (so far) that I host via this website and couldn’t be happier!

I’ve also used Teachable and back when I was using Wordpress (please, don’t remind me), I used plugins that I could never quite get working properly - that’s why I’m so glad I switched to Squarespace.

The Benefits of Hosting Via Squarespace:

User-friendly experience

Beautiful design and styling options

Control and freedom of having the material on my website

More cost effective

One less platform to think about and contend with

Easy to update and manage once it’s set up

What’s Included - My Ecourse Launch Services

I particularly love working with creatives and below is further information:

Prices Starting at: £600/$600+

Set up your secure custom designed classroom

Your course can be set up as self-paced or, ‘drip fed’ over a period of time that suits you

Payment processor integration

Add (your pre-prepared) content including video, text, photographs, audio, pdf’s, links etc.

Photographic sourcing (limited)

Extras

Integration with Memberspace

Branding - ecourse graphic

Promo video

Set up integration with Mailchimp

Set up integration with Zapier

If this is something that you need, please feel free to click the button below so that we can chat (with no obligation) over your brilliant ideas…

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New Horizons and The Backstory

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Change is afoot my friends! For the past few months, I’ve been pondering life, the universe and my business…

You may have noticed some changes around here… My website is now reflecting some new offerings for Design Services and I’m feeling both energised and excited about new possibilities.

Let me answer some of your anticipated questions, as well as giving you some insight into these changes.

‘What’s the backstory?’

When I look back over my life, I realise that I’ve been at my happiest when I’ve helped, collaborated and shared my gifts and talents with others.

Over the years, I’ve worked in various places. My first job was as a Saturday girl at a trendy cafe in Leeds at the tender age of 16. I was shy and awkward but this job soon had me chatting away with customers, operating the till, working with staff and really prompting me to face my shyness and just forge ahead anyway.

In my early 20’s, I travelled abroad to the USA. There I stayed with a family and their two children for nearly a year as an au pair. Again, I pushed myself to adapt to not only a new country and culture but also a new way of life.

I’ve also worked extensively within a corporate setting both here, in the UK and the USA. Over the years this has included working at a stockbrokers, a solicitors office, pharmaceutical company, a law firm in the USA and then to totally change things up, I trained to be a beauty therapist. I wanted to learn more, so I went further and became qualified as a reflexologist and aromatherapy practitioner. All of this training and study culminated in the purchasing of an existing business and becoming a salon owner and employer.

In my salon days, the early 2000’s, I recall clearly relishing in designing a basic website as well as designing and producing all of my promotional and branding materials like my brochure, business cards, logo as well as events and special offers etc. I loved this part of being a business owner and poured many creative hours into this.

After getting married and with our boys having begun school, I began exploring and expressing my creativity through painting and the rest is history, as they say. I’ve since exhibited my art, obtained some licensing deals, sold my art worldwide, taught workshops and created eight online art classes.

Through it all, I’ve designed and created my own websites. I’ve used Blogger, Typepad, Weebly and Wordpress (don’t remind me about those plugins!!!) and so many other systems you wouldn’t believe. Finally, two years ago I’d had enough and I made the decision to switch to Squarespace and I’m happy to report that I haven’t looked back. I love the clean designs, the flexibility of the platform and the professional touches that are apparent throughout.

Over the summer, an idea began to form that I could help other women using my vast and varied experience with what I’ve learnt personally and my years as a female solopreneur.

So, to wrap things up, I certainly don’t see a departure from being an artist and online art teacher but I am tremendously excited about exploring other avenues alongside.

‘So Jane, what’s your heart behind your new offerings?’

Using my Design Services, I’m passionate about helping women in business to thoughtfully convey an idea or project that clearly and beautifully communicates your talents and gifts.

Collaborating with women and helping to shepherd the seed of an idea or passion to reality, fills me with joy and excitement.

‘No more art?’

As I’ve mentioned above, I’ll still be painting but I will also embrace ‘creating’ in other ways such as custom illustration for a client, website design, ecourse creation and launch or, book design.

‘I’ve purchased classes from you, will they still be available?’

YES! My online art classes will all still be available for purchase and will continue to be hosted via my website. Other classes will be added as time allows.

I’m still enjoying and creating for my year-long class, The Art of Contentment with monthly special guests and that will continue for the duration of this year. The Art of Contentment will then be available in January via my site shop.


Lastly, I look forward to working with lots of lovely clients whilst creating affordable but stunning websites, looking at your branding needs, launching your fabulous ecourses and birthing your inspiring books via my book design services.


Want to work together?

If you’d like to book a FREE, no obligation call with me, just click the button below.

I can’t wait to hear about your special project…

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Don't Like What's On TV? Sketch, Paint and Doodle, Instead

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Getting in some creativity when you can

Now that our boys are teenagers and that bit older, they tend to go to bed a little later these days and whilst my husband and I might not always have the same viewing choices as our sons, we do enjoy being together as a family…

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The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.
— Dieter F. Uchtdorf

It’s very important to me to spend time with my family and it’s also a lovely way to occasionally get in a little creative time. So, I’ve put together a little cosmetic bag filled with basic art supplies in our living room that includes a Pentel water brush, Pentel pencil, Winsor & Newton watercolour travel kit, paper towel, some markers and an eraser. I work from a Paperchase scrapbook and find that as long as I don’t flood the paper with water, it’s more than fine for my purposes.

As far as inspiration on what to paint, I find keeping a small stash of my favourite magazines or, painting what I see in the moment is so much fun. In fact, some of the flowers I’ve drawn/painted were from a plate I’d eaten a little snack from! In other words, let your surroundings inspire you.

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It’s fun to mix things up a bit - I’ve included floral images, portraits, pattern, text etc.

I wonder what elements you might include? Perhaps symbols or mark making. Anything goes…

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Over to you?

In the comments below, please share if you already create in front of the tv? I’d love to hear how you find it. What supplies do you use and do you find it relaxing?

Keep creating friends…

Jane x

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Contentment Can Feel Elusive and Art Of Contentment Class Update - Month of May

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Do you find yourself swinging between contentment one minute and dis-content in the next?

This month within the Art of Contentment classroom, I share what I’m noticing about the subtleties of light and dark that show themselves within any given day. In fact, that’s what my art lesson is focusing on too (notice the covered eye ie. the ‘darkness’ clouding your vision from finding contentment).

In my audio reflection for this month, I vulnerably share how my sense of inner contentment can be hazy at times and how this can lead to me to wanting to fill the void that demands attention. This can show itself in all manner of ways including food, shopping, aimlessly scrolling through social media or watching programmes on tv that don’t nourish me. Can you relate? This behaviour signals to me that it would serve me well to pay attention to what my body and soul is needing. In the audio, I also share some journaling suggestions to explore this further.

The month of May is the pleasant time; its face is beautiful; the blackbird sings his full song, the living wood is his holding, the cuckoos are singing and ever singing; there is a welcome before the brightness of the summer.
— Lady Gregory
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May is a beautiful month and comes with expectancy as the nightingales and swallows return and cow parsley blooms once more. I wonder what’s inspiring you where you live? You might be experiencing autumn…

I share some images of bluebells from my personal collection - gosh, how I love them! Have you noticed the smell of wild garlic too? I love that smell and the bright green leaves and pretty white flowers.

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Forever Bluebells - original mixed media (you can purchase this here - does not come with the frame)

I share the flower of the month which is the Lily of the Valley and some of my favourite famous paintings with the theme of Mother’s Day (shout out to USA Mom’s out there).

Notable dates for this month are May Day, Rogation Sunday and the Chelsea Flower Show and I give a little background to these which is such a fun way to learn about celebrations that we know and love, together with some that are maybe a thing of the past but which are fascinating all the same.

May Day has a special place in my heart and within the classroom, I share some photos from previous May Day traditional celebrations.

Lastly, my guest this month is Sam Martin, who is a flourishing local artist here in the Yorkshire Dales. Sam shares how her walks in the Lake District, inspire her paintings. She also shares photos taken from her walks and how these translate into her highly recognisable finished pieces of art.

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Possessions Don't Make You Happy & The Art Of Contentment

It’s a lie we’ve been fed far too long!

The accumulation of possessions - ‘stuff’, will never satisfy our longings for meaning in our lives…

I was trying to find a particular book this morning and as I was browsing my overflowing bookshelf, I was surprised to see several books that I’d entirely forgotten about. The thing is, all my books were purchased with what seemed, a great need and want at the time.

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The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it
— Henry David Thoreau

Likewise, on Saturday, I’d been frantically rifling through my clothes; trying to choose an outfit for a special, large family gathering - you know the feeling. I came across a few scarves, blouses etc that I can’t even remember the last time they were worn.

Of course, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t buy things but I am saying that buying to fill a void inside of ourselves will only bring about a temporary feeling of happiness - it doesn’t last - this is coming from ‘the ex kitchen appliance queen’. All too soon, the ‘feel good’ factor wears off and once again we’re stuck with the reality of our lives and who we are in this moment.

Back to emptiness…

Back to those feelings of lack, disappointment and a thirst for something more…

You can find this art lesson and others,  here .

You can find this art lesson and others, here.

Whilst creating this intuitive piece of artwork above for my class, the Art Of Contentment, I was reminded of the multiple times (often daily), when my vision of God is clouded because I’m experiencing a feeling of ‘lack’. I think that’s why I instinctively covered one eye - we literally can’t ‘see’.

A journal entry I’d scribbled down, reminded me, that ONLY God can quench our thirst. Here are the words - a prayer of sorts, that I wrote upon my painting:

Help me to look to You and only You for contentment.

Remind me daily that happiness can never be found in possessions - only though You!

Through Your love, grace, mercy and forgiveness.

You quench my thirst as nothing else can.

Thank you Jesus!

Inside the Art Of Contentment classroom, I speak about my sense of sometimes feeling ‘empty’. How we can all fall into the trap of fooling ourselves into thinking there can be a replacement for spiritual food and water. All too often, we strive to control the outcome of our lives using our own limited resources. If we do without physical food and water, we soon would perish and it’s the same if we go without the living Word and Jesus to satisfy our spiritual hunger and thirst that our souls so desperately need.

Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him/her shall never thirst...
— John 4:13-14

Reflection Question:

In what ways do you typically quench your spiritual thirst and hunger? What would it look like for you to quench your thirst through God? How might you fill your well this month?


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The Benefits of Art In A Care Home For the Elderly

Art For Seniors

Yesterday, I visited a local care home for the elderly with a friend and helped teach an art lesson for senior ladies with varying levels of dementia. I’ve taught several workshops in person but have never done this in a care home setting. It was such a humbling and special experience that I wanted to share it with you here… Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take photos from the session but hopefully you’ll get a sense of my experience nonetheless.

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Creative art pursuits provide older adults with multiple benefits, not the least of which is enhanced cognitive function.
— Todays Geriatric Medicine

Before the ladies arrived, my friend and I set to work and began by squeezing out splodges of acrylic paint on saucers, filling containers with water for rinsing out dirty brushes and finally, setting out coloured and ordinary drawing pencils onto the large art table.

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Some of the ladies had to be ‘bribed’ with tea by the carers because they’d entirely forgotten their last painting session and needed some gentle encouragement. Soon wheelchairs and walking frames were wheeled in and ladies were helped to their place at the large table.

A few ladies continued working on a previously started piece (some had no recollection that the piece handed to them was actually theirs), whilst others were starting new artworks with the jolly theme of Spring. An ‘example’ was prepared and some suggestions made.

One lady never spoke unless she wanted her brush cleaning and new colour added. She painted regardless of the pencilled guidelines which of course, was no problem at all. She seemed unaware (?) of what she was painting but slowly she relaxed and smiled to herself at times. She was totally wrapped up and absorbed in her painting.

When she’d finished her ‘Spring’ piece, we gave her a blank piece of paper and she drew some shapes with pencil and then painted her shapes in with random colours and strokes. I stroked her softly on the shoulder and called her by her name and asked her if she’d enjoyed her painting session and she said that she had. My eyes filled with tears as our gaze connected and when she smiled at me it made me wonder who she’d been before the dementia set in and did she know who she was anymore and still how special she was?

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Another lady was probably in her late 80’s and a little impatient to begin with. She needed some encouragement and guidance as to the particulars of what to paint. I drew a tree for her and she went ahead and filled in the general foliage shape with green paint. I suggested she paint in some cherry blossom and she did this in her own unique way and then a yellow sun was added.

Three of the ladies had been primary school teachers and one in particular chatted a little to us about her teaching days and some of the children who’d been in her charge.

All the while, we had music on in the background and one lady hummed or sang throughout our session whilst simultaneously beaming! I was captivated.

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A little bit of surprise to me was how blunt and to the point the ladies were. They seemed to have no concept of social etiquette and it reminded me of how young children are - very much of the moment. I loved their genuine spirit, honesty and lack of social awareness or embarrassment - it was so, so refreshing!

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Another lady, told us about half a dozen times that she wasn’t the artistic one in her family, like her Dad but rather her mother (said in the present tense) was the artist. Her butterflies and sense of colour were beautiful.

For another, an owl was drawn and coloured in with such care and attention - she was a little surprised to see her creation when it was held up for her - upon seeing it in all it’s glory, her face lit up.

Daffodils, sheep and rolling hills were painted in by another lady and she too chatted from time to time and was engrossed for the whole session.

I’m not an art therapist or psychologist but I do know for that hour and a half, those ladies came to life! They smiled, laughed, hummed, sang and whatever their ‘end result’, they expressed themselves in a way that felt right for them. Their hand-eye coordination was well and truly exercised, along with cognitive abilities and the ability to concentrate. They made decisions about what colour to dip into, they engaged with each other and they decided where to apply their loaded brush onto the paper and seemed to relish in it. For women who are nearer the end of their life, art seems a perfect way for them to show their true personality and exercise their autonomy and decision making in spite of the dementia. One lady remarked that it had gone so quickly...

After experiencing this yesterday, it reaffirms my belief that we are all meant to embrace our creativity at any age and no matter what ‘so called’ ability we have. We are all here to create and for the seniors in our communities it’s no different than for you and I.

Much love,

Jane x

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