Today I’m featuring a creative chick who is near and dear to my heart: Carol Rice.  I first met Carol a year and a half ago at a local Women’s Expo where her company had a booth.  I thought her company’s products looked interesting, but once I started talking to her, I was completely enthralled by her passion for the importance of everyone’s unique story.  I have loved and admired her ever since.  Carol is sunshine on a cloudy day.  Carol is the friend who will pull you through your darkest hours.  Carol is the fun chick you want to party with every day.  I {adore} Carol and am so excited to share her with you today.

Carol Rice is all about story! Her belief that we all have a story has been poured into a company and product line that helps people of all ages find, capture and share their stories. Of course she’s busy with her own “life story” as a wife, mother of five, President and Co-Founder of Cherish Bound, serving on the National Storytelling Network Board of Directors, and helping in her local community and church. Her excitement for life and love is contagious and even five minutes spent with her is enough to prove, she truly values the stories in everyone.


1. Why is creativity important to you?

Its so central to who we are as human beings, its hard to answer why it’s important. Being creative is part of being alive. Too often we define creativity in only one way though, so most people don’t think they’re “creative” – I believe .everyone has creative powers within them. Some just explore it more than others.

2. What do you enjoy creating the most?

Inspired people.

3. Do you have any fears when creating?

Not really… But I’m not afraid to make mistakes and I don’t compare myself to others. I think those things probably hinder creativity more than anything else. Years ago I heard a definition of creativity that I really like… “Creative is just doing things in a different way.” At the time I was teaching classes to help women build their businesses. I shared with them that creativity means doing something different – from the way you’ve been doing it. For example, If you’ve been trying to find customers through trade shows and its not turning into sales, being creative means you just try another approach. It doesn’t have to be an approach nobody has ever tried before… just something different from what you’re doing.

4. Are your family & friends supportive of the things you create?

Very supportive. I have an amazing network of friends and family around me that applaud my efforts and believe in me. I believe if you give support, you will get it in return.

5. How do you find time to create?

How do I find time to breathe? 🙂 I feel there’s a creative element in everything I do… finding the right words for a friend who is feeling bad, writing an email to get someone’s attention, designing a Story Starter cover or promotional ad – it’s ever-present.

6. Words of inspiration to creative chicks:

Conviction. Be deliberate about your goals and desires, do the work of gaining a conviction of what you are doing and once you have it – don’t let anyone, or anything stop you.

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Featuring Carol was exactly what I needed today to help me out of my funk.  Carol, thank you for inspiring me to reach for the stars.  You have taught me that the world is full of possibility and wonder.  And you have impressed upon me the importance of cherishing story.

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Aside from their fabulous story-keeping products, Carol’s company, Cherish Bound, is a great place to use if you want to print anything in a bound book.  I used them last year for my yearbook and their price was actually lower – for WAY better quality – than Shutterfly and other big publishing brands.  Check out their website for more info: CherishBound.com.