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IT'S LONELY WORKING FROM HOME EVEN WITH A BUSINESS BESTIE YOU VOICE MESSAGE EVERY HOUR AND A DOGGIE AT YOUR FEET OR A LITTLE ONE PAINTING BESIDE YOU (a.k.a., DUMPING YOUR ART SUPPLIES IN THE TRASH WHILE MAKING EVIL GIGGLING SOUNDS).

Not to mention the fear that makes your hands shake when you think about the fact that everything falls onto your shoulders.

You make one small change to your shopping cart and all of a sudden it looks like a Chinese takeout menu and you have to spend the next 14 hours fixing it or hire a coder who can abracadabra the mess.

You test Facebook ads during your latest launch and wish you had a group of women who also use FB ads to discuss the results with, because you can’t tell what you should tweak and update for the next time.

You get lost on the hamster wheel of posting on Instagram, blogging, creating videos and sending emails to your list that you lose the enthusiasm you had when you started your business.

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YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN'T DO IT ALONE ANYMORE. AND, BY ALONE, YOU DON'T MEAN HIRING 17 EMPLOYEES WHO DEPEND ON YOU FOR A SALARY, HEALTH CARE, PAID VACATIONS AND RETIREMENT FUNDS.

You need the right women in your life.

You need to connect with women on your level. Women who are all in. Women who have big dreams. Women who are ready to invest in their businesses. Women who want to trade ideas and give each other feedback.

YOU'RE PROBABLY WONDERING HOW YOU FIND THESE WOMEN.

For most of us, it doesn't just happen.

There is no magical creative entrepreneurs 'hookup' fairy who puts you into a group of women who will impact your business like nothing you've ever experienced.

But, we exist and we're pretty magical (I mean, we did an entire photoshoot in tutus) and every year, we put together a group of women who change each others' lives.

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Every year, the women who join B-School through us say things like, "I can't imagine this experience without these other women," and "Thank goodness I joined B-School through you. I would've gotten lost if I wasn't in a smaller group like this where I feel supported and understood."

We know we've succeeded when we hear these things at the end of Operation World Domination.

The most important thing is that we attract the right women to register through us. We don't get Negative Nancys and Grumpy Grettas. (See who this is not for below). It's our superpower. We've always put together a generous, driven group of women who stay close for years after they graduate from their first year of B-School.

It's what we're known for and we're more than proud to wear that badge.

This year we plan to do this times a thousand, because the women who join through us have the opportunity to meet in person and meeting in person changes a relationship in the best of ways. It's like adding a B-12 shot or your favorite espresso or a runner's high to the perfect day. It adds energy and excitement and familiarity to an already beautiful friendship.

We'll have worked through B-School together and then we'll all meet for a vacation (that you've earned!) at a beautiful villa in Austin, Texas.

Before you keep reading for more details on the anti-conference for creatives who want to go on a work-cation with us, close your eyes and imagine yourself laying on a black and white striped lounge chair by a 50-foot pool with frozen cucumber slices on your eyes while waiting for a chair massage before a workshop on writing copy that sells.

How does that sound?

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OUR FIRST WORK-CATION INSPIRED THIS RETREAT.

Seven years ago, I flew to work with Mayi in Panama for two and a half weeks. It ended up being one of the best experiences of both of our careers.

Many days, we woke up at 5am to start recording videos with a professional team (that worked on a James Bond film!) or to take photos and ended the day cooking together and eating a delicious dinner.

We went to her vacation home and spent a day out on a boat. It was the ideal work-cation. When people say, "work hard and play hard" that's exactly what we did.

Since that time, we've talked about doing something similar again. We've also chatted about offering something like it to our people. I say "people" because the women who come to Austin are not our customers--they'll be our family. You make intense connections through an experience like this--connections that last years and years.

IT TAKES A LEAP.

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To find your right group, you can't sit back anymore and wait. You have to jump (with a parachute and giant balloons of course), and that's where we come in.

We want to connect the women who read our emails, who comment on our blog posts, who watch our Instagram stories and who are ready to take over the world in their own weird and lovely way.

Part of running a successful creative business is meeting other creatives in person to develop deeper connections. You want the kind of connections where you can email a group of women with an ask (such as 'will you help me promote my upcoming launch by interviewing me on your podcast or emailing your list or posting about it on your blog or hosting a giveaway) and getting 90% of them to say yes. Do you have that right now?

Do you have at least three business friends who you completely trust? That you can send an SOS signal to when you're struggling with something and they'll hop on a Skype call with you within an hour?

If you don't have these things or you want to tighten some of these relationships or you want to build new relationships, we’ve created something just for YOU.

And, HEADS UP! There are only 40 spots available (and only 7 VIP tickets to stay with us in the villa) and once they're gone, they're gone. You can join the waitlist to see if someone can't make it.

We've included affordable payment plans, so everyone who's interested can hopefully make it happen!

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GET YOUR COWBOY BOOTS READY

we're going to Austin!

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"My B-School experience would have been very different if I hadn't joined through Mayi and April. The B-School FB group was great, but I found that anytime I wanted help or support during the course, my first stop was the Operation World Domination FB group because it was a smaller, more intimate community, and I feel like I received more thoughtful and supportive advice from the ladies there."

-Heather Hanson

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WE KNOW YOU CAN'T POSSIBLY BUY EVERYTHING YOU SEE ON THE INTERNET. BUT! IF YOU'RE PLANNING ON TREATING YO'SELF AND INVEST IN YOUR BUSINESS ACCELERATION THIS YEAR, WE PROMISE YOU, THIS IS IT!

Is this really happening?

Because we've been dreaming about this since our work-cation in Panama seven years ago. That's a long time to wish for something, but look at us now!

It's never been the right time until now. There's been pregnancies, an adorable baby with a BIG personality, breastfeeding struggles (TMI?), health issues, medication allergies and ER visits.

This year, we're on the same page (no babies...health issues under control) and we found the perfect venue which didn't happen right away. After looking at venue after venue, we wondered if we'd find not just a good spot but the "right" spot. Oh, we found it. Have you seen the beautiful photos?

It's a Bali-inspired villa filled with gorgeous artwork from around the world. It's a creative entrepreneur's fantasy. Every corner is Instagram-able, there are two indoor living spaces, one outdoor living space, a 50-foot pool (anyone else thinking unicorn float?), four full bathrooms, a divine kitchen and more.

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If you join B-School through our link or join Operation World Domination (because you're a B-School alum), you automatically get access to this two-day retreat as long as you're one of the first 40 women to join. (We will make it clear once 40 women have joined to let you know that you'd be joining the waiting list). If you'd like to stay with us in the villa, there are ONLY SEVEN VIP TICKETS so click the VIP tab above for the details.

We planned this retreat to be the anti-conference--something that feels like an indulgent work-cation, not like you're taking a binder full of notes you'll never use in a conference room full of people you don't talk to more than a few minutes each.

It all started by finding a house (not a hotel) with multiple, large and open living spaces that could host a group of creatives who wanted to come hang out to celebrate graduating B-School (for the first or seventh time) and continue to better themselves and their businesses in luxury. When we found the house, everything else fell into place. The dates, the other activities, etc.

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So, here's what you can expect:

+ Two full retreat days split between business-related chats and workshops and self-care activities
+ Two business-related workshops each day
+ Simple spa treatments
+ Hiking
+ A creative/artistic project
+ Wine and pizza night (on the second evening)
+ Time by the pool (you have the opportunity to each your lunch by the pool and/or in the outdoor living space if you'd like either day or both days)
+ Refreshments and light snacks both days

*Everything in this bulleted list will be paid for--including dinner on the second night--none of these things will be an extra expense for you! Happy face emoji!

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A few logistics:

+ We'll suggest a couple of hotels for you to stay at close by the hotel if you don't stay at the house with us (but you can stay anywhere you'd like!).
+ If you stay at one of the hotels we suggest, we'll offer some "taxi services" to and from the house by April's husband who has already done this for her for one retreat and is happy to do it again!
+ If you'd like to reduce costs, you can easily find someone to split a hotel room within the OWD Facebook group.
+ You can also do the same thing (share with other ladies at the retreat) if you decide to leave the house for lunch and want to reduce costs of an Uber.

As we get closer to the retreat, we'll help you with all the logistics.

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The retreat starts at 10am on September 27th and ends at 7:30pm on September 28th. We'll be going all day both days, breaking for lunch both days and ending at dinnertime on the 27th. Dinner will be provided to everyone on the 28th. Dinner will be provided to only the VIPs on the 27th. You may bring your lunch with you to the villa if you'd like to stay during lunch instead of leaving for lunch. All drinks and light snacks will be provided both days.

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If you want to get access to Operation World Domination + B-School, you have to purchase B-School through our affiliate link. If you accidentally click a link on Twitter or Facebook or someone else’s blog post, you’ll show up as their referral–not ours. As soon as you purchase B-School through our affiliate link, forward your B-School receipt to belles@blacksburgbelle.com and we’ll get you set up for everything within our bonus package.

There is NO ADDITIONAL charge. If you purchase B-School through our link, you will get access to our bonus package, including the retreat.

If you’re joining Operation World Domination without B-School, as soon as you register, you’ll receive an email with everything you need to know and get access to in order to participate.

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WHO THiS iS PERFECT FOR?

We would love to work with you.

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Operation World Domination is the best fit for creative entrepreneurs.

Artists. Jewelry designers. Website designers. Cupcake makers. Yoga Instructors. Writers. Magicians. Personal Trainers. Illustrators. Coaches. Speakers. People who truly want to make a contribution and generate good money in the process.

It's for the creative who suffers from 'look a squirrel' syndrome and needs help focusing. The woman who has lots of ideas and jumps from project to project, so she still doesn't have a flagship program. Maybe she's been working on it for the past two years. She knows what she's meant to do in this world, but she can't seem to get her butt in the chair to do the work. Access to Sunday Society and Life is Messy Bootcamp will help this creative finally GET. IT. DONE.

Operation World Domination is for the creative who dislikes marketing. Maybe she hates marketing, maybe she just prefers her creative work. Either way, she wants someone to help her get her products or services in front of more of the right people while cutting her blogging/email/social media time in half. She doesn't want the coveted multi-million dollar business, because she doesn't want to run a huge team or work 17 hours a day. She'd be over-the-moon happy if she made $30,000 in her next launch or $150,000 this year. She wants to make enough money to run and grow her business, hire an assistant to do the things she doesn't love, have a comfy savings, go on nice vacations with her family and go on the occasional Anthropologie shopping spree. Whenever someone says, "I'll teach you how to make millions of dollars," she's automatically turned off.

WHO THiS iS NOT FOR?

Please don't buy, we are not a good fit.

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It’s not for everyone.

It's not for the entrepreneur who expects to be taught by someone in a suit or sweater set. Do silly accessories or slippers (that you can't even see in a video call) bother you? If so, this isn't for you.

It’s not for someone who won't download Chrome or Firefox onto her computer to watch a two-hour free webinar that's packed with value and comes with 25 pages of done-for-you notes, because that's "too much work."

It’s not for the person who is looking for shortcuts to billions of dollars. Do you dream of running a team of 36 and working super long hours to earn millions? Then, this isn't for you. There's nothing wrong with money, my friend. We both love it. But, we work best with creatives who are looking to build a smaller online empire. A team of two or three with a website coder on standby for big launches. A dream of making six figures.

It's not for the person who can't imagine sharing someone else's work with their audience, because it might take some of the attention away from them. We're all about abundance at Operation World Domination. The more one succeeds, the more the others succeed.

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"Operation World Domination is everything a girl boss might need to take an important project and change her life forever. Believe that it's the perfect group to get together, it's not just business, it's friendship and tons of fun and useful information.​"

-Diana Silva

MEET YOUR HOSTS

We like warm hugs.

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APRIL BOWLES-OLIN is a creative business consultant who helps creatives build the businesses of their dreams around the lives they crave to live.

She’s a writer, watercolor lover, photography dabbler and devoted doggie mama to three sweet lab mixes that love to join Sunday Society dance parties and bark in the middle of live calls to share their opinions.

April has worked with thousands of creatives through her CreativeLive courses, speaking engagements and retreats, her online courses, group coaching and one-on-one consulting.

She’s been featured on many websites and blogs and in magazines including: U.S. News and World Report, Where Women Create, Etsy, The Unmistakable Creative and Design*Sponge.

She currently lives in Blacksburg, VA with her lawyer husband (who moonlights as her videographer and photographer).

MAYI CARLES is a tiny Panamanian artist with a T-Rex heart making a living on the Internet by being herself, owning her weird and sharing all the lessons she’s learned along the way, including the messy middle.

My flagship course Life is Messy Bootcamp has helped 7,000+ save-the-world-in-pajamas types take their brilliant ideas from lightbulb to done, reclaim their neglected bucket lists and turn their multiple curiosities into a healthy money-making business.

Studied Art in Scuola Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Italy. Received a dual Bachelor degree in Communication Studies + Art Theory and Practice with a minor in Art History from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Completed a Masters in Art in Visual and Critical Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Illinois.

She’s been featured on the cover of HOLA Magazine, U.S News, Huffington Post, Artful Blogging and almost all predominant local publications. Has also collaborated with world-renowned brands like Adidas, Kate Spade NY, Polo Ralph Lauren, Roxy and Kielh's.

Currently lives in tropical paradise with the love of her life David and beautiful baby girl Olivia, and works in a lil' nook of a studio filled with children's books, bunting flags, vintage toys and party props.

(By the way, this is Mayi. I sound so busy and important in third person, don’t I?)

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"You created a very intimate community so that I truly felt like I was going through the experience with a group of like-minded friends. I also found an amazing accountability partner from the group - we like to say that we are the next Mayi and April! The personal attention to answer ALL of our questions in the weekly meetings made all the difference. It made the material come alive on a whole new level, and helped me figure out how to personally apply it to my art biz."

-Catherine Rains

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"It was also great being in a group of women that I could build a relationship with. I’ve always been a small group/individual kind of person, so the idea of trying to mingle with the thousands of B-School 2016 participants was TOTALLY overwhelming. Having our own small group was exactly what I needed to feel invested and included in B-School."

-Madeline Stoker

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"If you’re considering B-school, you need support to get through B-school, not an extra unrelated course. Mayi and April have created something so fun, but practical and supportive. It’s not an extra thing you don’t need, it’s a thing to help you do the thing you’ve already committed to doing. Some people can do B-school without the smaller community/accountability/support, but that wasn’t the case for me, and OWD was perfect. If you vibe with Mayi and/or April, and want to hang out with them for 8 weeks, AND rocket your business in a way that feels really good for you, B-school and OWD is an incredible combo."

-Elizabeth Goddard

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ARE YOU READY?

Of course you're not.

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Look, we know you’re on the verge of making a BIG, potentially life-changing investment.

Perhaps, like us seven years back, your heart is racing at 1000mph just by the thought of joining Operation World Domination or Operation World Domination and B-School. But it doesn’t matter at what stage of your business you’re at, I know, you’re not ready. No matter how much you desire it, “now” is NOT the perfect time.

We’re not witches. Remember, we were there.

The way we see it is this: When you think about where you are “now” and try to make a decision from that frame of mind, of course there’s no way in hell you can afford anything, so your default response is always: “I’ll pass. Maybe next time, if I work harder or win the lottery. Or a pony.”

When you’re thinking about investing in something GRAND that will change the way you live, love, work, parent and look at yourself in the mirror, you can’t let the actual version of you that’s not there yet make the call. Hellz no. That decision will be made from a place of scarcity, short sightedness, limitations and contractions. Dangerous.

Let’s try this one more time.

When you’re thinking about investing in something SO BOLD and AUDACIOUS IT HURTS that will change the way you live, love, work, parent and look at yourself in the mirror, you need to bring forward [insert your nickname here] Fierce (you know, your alter-ego?) or the you of the future, the one you dream of becoming – a more fearless and wiser you that’s traveling back in time to rescue you from yourself, your current stuckness and self-sabotaging trolls.

You want to sell out your next program? You want to make an extra 5K a month? You want to double your list size? Then you have to invest like a person who sells out her programs, makes an extra 5K a month and has a list double your size, not a person who has no program (yet), hasn’t turned her passions into profit (yet) and has a mailing list of 3 (for now), one of which could or could not be her mom.

See what we’re sayin’ sistah?

When you make investments based on where you want to be and who you want to become rather than where you are “now”, you tell the Universe, “I’m coming for it”. And just like that, by cosmic synchronicity, you attract the unimaginable.

Remember: You aren’t ready “now”, but you will be. You were born to ease your way into READY!

+ Trust the messy middle.
+ Having a nervous breakdown is part of the process.
+ Get comfortable with the discomfort.
+ Be smarter than your brain chatter and act in spite of being afraid.
+ Do something today that your future self will bear hug you for next year.

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"Mayi and April are absolute cheerleaders’ when dealing with learning how to create an online presence. They are happy and extremely talented, each in their own right. If you like design, Mayi will definitely inspire you. And April is great with copy. They have a tight community and are super easy to reach. Mayi was actually the person to inspire me and to show me that having a profitable online business from Panama was completely possible. I don’t know why I was mentally blocked and thought that you could only achieve this lifestyle if living abroad (crazy I know!)."

-Patricia Villanueva

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