CSW 192: Nicole Lewis-Keeber On Creating an Intentional Relationship with Your BusinessNicole Lewis-Keeber holds a Masters Degree in Social Work and is a licensed clinical social worker. She has combined her experience as a therapist and mindset coach to assist entrepreneurs in revealing the blocks and blind spots in their business, that have origins from their past experiences. Nicole’s articles about the impact of small-t trauma on entrepreneurship can be found on Medium and in her blog.

In this episode we talked about:

  • How she got started as a mindset coach & why she left the therapy world
  • Issues Nicole sees surrounding money mindset
  • Figuring out what to charge for your work or services
  • What it looks like to have a healthy relationship with your business & what goes into an emotional sustainability plan
  • Claiming ownership in your business
  • What small-t trauma is and how it impacts us
  • Identifying the kiddos within us and learning to partner with their gifts

Mentioned In This Episode

Brene Brown

Something Cool

Melissa’s Something Cool: Herbalism

Nicole’s Something Cool: What Do You Do With a Problem?, by Kobi Yamada (aff link; or click here for a non-aff link)

Connect with Nicole Lewis-Keeber

Website | Facebook | Instagram | Medium | Linkedin


“My clients now call me a business therapist.” – Nicole Lewis-Keeber

“It shows up as these normal, everyday business challenges but they don’t get relief from the obvious solutions.” – Nicole Lewis-Keeber

“We judge money everywhere. We judge people who have it. We judge people who don’t have it.” – Nicole Lewis-Keeber

“Our inner worth impacts our outer wealth.” – Nicole Lewis-Keeber

“I think our rates and our numbers and what it means, it really does bring up a lot around that. We have to feel really good and solid with that number so that there’s ease in saying it out loud.” – Nicole Lewis-Keeber

“There’s always going to be someone who’s going to think you should charge more and always someone who thinks you should charge less.” – Nicole Lewis-Keeber

“We enter into a relationship when we start a business and if we don’t set an intention to have that relationship, we will default into old patterns that don’t serve us.” – Nicole Lewis-Keeber

“You helped me see my relationship with my business in a different way.” – Melissa Dinwiddie

“We don’t drop our baggage at the door when we start a business, that stuff comes with us so we need to look at it and honor it.” – Nicole Lewis-Keeber

“You get to decide what your business looks like. It is yours. We lose ownership of our business so quickly. It is yours.” – Nicole Lewis-Keeber

“Most of us have what I call, ‘small-t trauma,’ which are those cumulative experiences that we have as a child that takes us off course from who were are.” – Nicole Lewis-Keeber


Listeners Wanted!

Has the Creative Sandbox Way™ podcast made a difference in your life? Would you like to be featured on the podcast?

I love sharing listener stories, so if you have a story of how listening to the podcast has changed your life for the better in some way — big or small — I want to feature you in a Listener Spotlight.

Here’s how it works:

1. Just log into iTunes and leave a rating and review. (If you don’t know how to do that, you’ll find step-by-step instructions at creativesandboxway.com/itunes-review).

2. Then copy and paste what you wrote in your review into an email, and send it to me, along with why you want to be featured in a Listener Spotlight, and how the podcast has made a difference in your life. You can email me at creativesandboxway.com/contact.

That’s it!

If I pick you for a Listener Spotlight, we’ll have a relaxed, fun conversation, and the recording of our conversation will be part of a future episode! How cool is that?

Want a creative kick start?
Check out my book!

The Creative Sandbox Way: Your Path to a Full-Color Life, by Melissa Dinwiddie

What would change for you if you could totally revel in the joy of creating? You CAN, with The Creative Sandbox Way!

You’ll learn:

  • Melissa’s 10 fool-proof guideposts that have helped thousands get joyfully creating.
  • 5 reasons why creative play is good for you, AND for the world (it’s neuroscience, baby!)
  • Why “I’m not creative” is always a lie, and how to bust it.
  • How to turn creative blocks into friends.

AND you’ll get creating right in the book itself. 

ChrisGuillebeau“It’s one part field guide, one part creative practice—and I loved it. The Creative Sandbox Way is an adventure packaged as a book.”

~Chris Guillebeau
NYT best-selling author of The Happiness of Pursuit and The $100 Startup

Buy The Creative Sandbox Way by Melissa Dinwiddie - checkout with Amazon


Hear ye, hear ye! This is to serve as official notice that all links to anything for sale, be it books or courses, are likely to be affiliate links. What this means is that if you click through said links and make a purchase, although it won’t affect the price that you pay, a few coins will jangle into my coffers, enabling me to buy a packet of hard gluten-free biscuits to feed myself and my husband for another day, or perhaps a pen with which to create some artwork. Or perhaps they will contribute toward paying a fraction of my web hosting bill, so that this blog and podcast can continue to exist. Thank you kindly for your attention.

Thanks for Listening!

Thanks so much for joining me this week. Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below!

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.

Also, please leave an honest review for Live Creative Now on Tunes!

If you’d also like your voice to be heard on the show, leave your question as a voice message right here.

And finally, don’t forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic updates.

Subscribe in iTunes | Subscribe via Stitcher

Now go get creating!

xo, Melissa <3

PS — Pssst! Know someone who might benefit from seeing this today? Pass it on!

Manifestos by Melissa DinwiddieSubscribe to My Newsletter and Get My Manifesto!

Click Here!


Get the Inside Scoop!

Join our mailing list to receive entertaining tips & updates via email no more than once a week, and we'll send you our Team Assessment Tool to uncover the strengths and weaknesses of your team in under 10 minutes. 

You have Successfully Subscribed!