Lisa Sonora is an American artist and writer living in Mexico, who wants to live in a world where following your heart’s desire is considered practical, and making a living from your gifts is a no-brainer.
Her first book, The Creative Entrepreneur: A DIY Guidebook to Making Business Ideas Real (Quarry, 2008) launched a movement that has helped thousands to live their creative dreams, and is used as a textbook in many business, entrepreneurship, and arts programs, including University of Madison School of Business.
As an artist and creativity and business consultant, Lisa’s work has been featured in Business Week, Entrepreneur Magazine, ABC News, San Francisco Chronicle, and in dozens of online venues. Lisa is a graduate of DePaul University’s School of Music, and has professional degrees in Music Therapy and an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise.
A sought after facilitator, she’s led international creativity workshops on five continents for the past 20 years: at schools in Africa, inside tech companies, coach training programs, churches and zendos, and at community colleges and universities.
She trains others to lead creativity workshops in her Creative Journey Facilitator Training, and has a Creative Entrepreneur Coach School in the works. Her 30 Day Journal Project brings together a global audience twice a year to celebrate the power and magic of creative journaling.
When she’s not consulting or in the studio making stuff, you can find her journeying to foreign lands in search of textiles, trying to take better photos, and adding to her visual journal sketchbooks in cafes around the world.
Lisa lives in Oaxaca, Mexico with her husband Alex, where they host artist retreats and residencies. She blogs about her adventures as an expat artist at lisasonora.com. Her memoir, Sketchbooks: My Personal Creative Practice, is comprised of journals she kept during her move to Mexico.