Top 6 Social Media Tips For Creating Balance {For Home and Business}

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(These photos have nothing to do with the post but what fun is a post without photos? I thought you would understand.)

When you are a stay at home mom, homeschooler and entrepreneur with a home office… your worlds start to collide.

There are days that without everything right here at home I know I wouldn’t be able to do all that we get accomplished.

Then there are the days when everything coming at me can be a little too much.

The most frequently asked questions that I receive are about how I get so much done, how our family works with a business and how I stay organized.

Over the next months I thought it would be fun to share some of the ways that I have found to bring focus, balance (is that even real) and intention to the day.

I wanted to first talk about social media and the pull that we can feel all day from Facebook, blogs, Instagram, email and just having a phone with us.

Whether you run a business or not…the above pulls are a part of our lives (whether you like it or not) and we need to learn to manage it without letting it manage us!

Here are some of the top ways I TRY to keep social media from running my life.

I know this sounds silly but it is a major time saver.  Sometimes we just need to check one thing real quick BUT if you sit down you could lose more than a few minutes.  Facebook goes to Pinterest goes to email goes to….you get the picture. Unless you are working on an actual project or need to do some serious writing my recommendation is to do it standing and then get on to better things.

 

 

Imagine constantly checking your phone, Instagram and email over a two hour time. Now imagine setting a timer for two hours and at that time checking everything and then getting back to better things.  That is what I do ALL OF THE TIME!  I don’t want my children to remember me as the mom always texting, checking emails and instagram while we were hanging out. I want to be present and that means setting boundaries for myself.  I get lots done because I am very intentional with my time. Now don’t get me wrong…I can waste a day with the best of them but I don’t want that to be my norm.  It is about being distracted and I need when I am making art to really make art, cooking a meal to be engaged with what I am doing and when I am spending time with my family that they know they have my attention.  When the timer goes off I check work stuff, personal stuff and within 15 minutes everything has been taken care of and to think that I could have spent that two hours constantly checking. The sad thing is…I would have!

 

 

Lose your phone. Leave it in the car when you go to a restaurant, leave it upstairs while you are watching a movie and tuck it into a drawer while you are reading.  Give yourself a break to not worry who is calling, texting etc.  Losing your phone intentionally may be the best thing you do for yourself each day. The world will live. Promise. Unless you are a brain or heart surgeon…then you can keep your phone on you:-)

 

 

I will call you out on this if you are my friend (and they know it).  When you are eating dinner with your family, at a restaurant with clients or having coffee with girlfriends…for the love of all that is good…keep your phone in your bag!  You have someone right in front of you that wants to talk to you.  Let them know you love and appreciate that by actually listening to THEM!

I interviewed a man not too long ago for a small job for my business and the whole time we were talking he kept checking his phone.  I felt invisible and we never really made it past the interview process.  This is make and break stuff in business and definitely with relationships. Don’t just save your attention for clients and friends.  Keep it in the bag with your family the most!

 

 

Remember when people used to read a book in bed or get it on at bedtime?  I am serious…this stuff happened!  Nothing like the soft glow of your phone to lull you to sleep. In all seriousness, as a business woman I need to not have work being the last thing on my mind before bed.  I can’t see at 10:45pm that someone can’t get into their class and then feel like I need to get out of bed to see what is going on. Remember that whole brain and heart surgeon thing from before?  I promise you that most people will live until morning.  I have excellent customer service but we also can sleep too.  Do you remember working hours?  It is healthy to have a time of night when work stops and rest begins.  Don’t let your phone be your last contact at night and the first contact in the morning.  This has made a huge difference in how I sleep and the peace I feel as I am going to sleep.   Maybe we can all read more books and do some other things too:-).

 

 

You want to know the biggest game changer for our family?  We have chosen Sundays to be our family and no tech day. No joke.  That means no computer, phones, texting, work etc.  There have been a few huge deadlines when we had to do some work after the kids went to bed but for the most part we really honor this.  We go to church or hike or watch a movie together or play games…but together.  No one else is interrupting our day and no one is going off by themselves to work, text, face time etc.  I love what I do so much and I could work 24/7.  When you love what you do it can be hard to stop working sometimes.  This day was put in place for Kelly and me as much as it was for the kids. We are trying to teach our kids all of these things about social media and technology because they are the ones that are growing up in it.  One of the mottos in our home is “People before technology”.  How can we say this if as parents we don’t live it and they don’t believe they come before work or distractions.    Giving up technology for one day a week can be hard for everyone at first but after awhile you just may love the freedom you feel.

 

Technology and social media are here to stay and I LOVE them!  I am so glad I can keep up with friends that live all over the world, see glimpses into the lives of the people I admire, work from home, take creative classes no matter where I go and instantly know where my kids are.  I just want to also read, take walks, create art, have a quitting time each day and to look at my children and husband when they are talking with me.

I am still working on these things but these are some of my most useful tech and social media tips that have made the biggest impact in my day to day. What about you?  Do you have some tips to share!  Please leave your thoughts below.

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Creativity Takes Courage {Cat Bude}

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For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series.

My creative network offers free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world.

Over the past two years I have had the opportunity to interview some of my favorite creative women and business owners.

You can see the talented list of interviewees over on my creative network under Creativity Takes Courage.

 

 

This month we are talking with Cat Bude all the way from Normandy, France!

I have had the absolute joy of getting to know Cat over the past three years.  I always leave my conversations with her inspired and with a smile on my face (and with another idea ready to take off).

I admire her love of family, home and faith.

She is a PNW transplant that has dived into the adventure of a lifetime and in the process saved everything that mattered to her.

Join us for an interview that will walk you through her family’s move to France, starting a business and finding her greatest voice.

Come on over and transport yourself to France!

 

To watch the video you just need to be registered at jeanneoliver.ning.com (registering is free).

Once you are on the site you will find this series, free videos (business and art) and new online courses along the left hand side of the page.

You will find all of our courses/videos under the COURSES heading.

If you want to watch Cat’s video:

1) Go to COURSES along the left hand side of the page

2) Click on Creativity Takes Courage {interviews with courageous friends}

3) Click the +join button on the upper right hand side

4) All of the details are on the page and you are all set.

Tell your friends!

We want to create an online community where you can create, connect and be inspired.

Come on over and check out the interview!

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New Bags Are In The Shop!

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We were going to wait until after Christmas to add new products to the shop but we were getting so many emails that we are adding the bags!

We have all new bags in the shop and we have called in all of our staff to work hard to make sure all of the bags get out in time for Christmas.

All orders placed between December 11 and 14 will be shipped out priority before Monday.

The shop will close at midnight on December 14th and will re-open after Christmas.

We have three new fabric options for the Matilda Art Bag, new ruffle tote, the Sadie, Emerson and no line is complete without our vintage grain sack bags.

Here is a peek into the new bags and they are so full of vintage goodness!

Vintage Grain Sack Handbag Trois

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Matilda Art Bag Deux

Vintage Grain Sack Market Bag Un

Emerson Handbag

Vintage Grain Sack Market Bag Trois

Elsie Messenger Bag

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Vintage Grain Sack Handbag Deux

Sadie Handbag

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Matilda Art Bag Un

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Matilda Art Bag Trois

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Creativity Takes Courage {Kelly Barton}

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The next Creativity Takes Courage interview begins right now…

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For those of you that are new to the blog I want to tell you a little bit about the free series.

My creative network offers free videos, new online courses, live “chats” and now interviews with courageous lovelies from around the world.

Over the past two years I have had the opportunity to interview some of my favorite creative women and business owners.

You can see the talented list of interviewees over on my creative network under Creativity Takes Courage.

Kelly’s style is colorful and whimsical with beautiful details.

 

Kelly’s online class that starts November 17th.

Soul.Full {pretty little ways to bring more SOUL into the day}

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To watch the video you just need to be registered at jeanneoliver.ning.com (registering is free).

Once you are on the site you will find this series, free videos (business and art) and new online courses along the left hand side of the page.

You will find all of our courses/videos under the COURSES heading.

If you want to watch Kelly’s video:

1) Go to COURSES along the left hand side of the page

2) Click on Creativity Takes Courage {interviews with courageous friends}

3) Click the +join button on the upper right hand side

4) All of the details are on the page and you are all set.

Tell your friends!

We want to create an online community where you can create, connect and be inspired.

Come on over and check out the interview!

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Do You Respect Your Gifts {Or Just Expect Others To Do It For You?}

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I remember when I was a brand new mom and I would go weeks without having time to myself.

I didn’t mean to and I knew it wasn’t healthy at the same time.

I wouldn’t say something to my husband until I was at the point of losing my mind or wanting to jump in my car and drive for days.

I don’t know if I was needing my husband to tell me it was OK to have time for myself or if I actually needed him to just push me out of the house.

I think I needed him to push me out of the house because he would TELL me I needed a break but I needed the ACTION of the pushing:-) to convince me I was still a good mom if I didn’t have my newborn with me 24/7.

Over the years I think I have read between the lines instead of taking Kelly’s words as the validation I needed to take breaks, workout, go make art etc.

Maybe you are like me or maybe you are really good at making time for yourself and your gifts (or even just time to be quiet).

I love what I do so much that it doesn’t usually even feel like work.

To many my job probably doesn’t even LOOK like work and THAT is what can be hard.

I get it.

I get it because I even struggle with it.

If you are an artist maybe this will make the most sense to you.

I get to take photos, design, style, remodel, redecorate and create art for my job.

That doesn’t look like any job I grew up seeing and I don’t know people in my day to day “real” life that have a job like I do.

Some days I have a hard time saying that I need to prepare, get my head into a project, practice a new technique, work on a painting etc. because when I am doing it it doesn’t look like work…but it is.

My studio doesn’t have doors and my job doesn’t have 9-5 hours.

If the lines are blurry to me…why wouldn’t they be to others too?

I just realized this past week that I am waiting for others to give me permission to do the parts of the my job that don’t look like work to the world.

I get classes up, I make sure packages get out, I pay bills, I answer emails, I take care of members on the site etc.

I also take care of the kids, do the laundry, schedule appointments, make dinner, clean the course etc.

All of this LOOKS like work and I just do it.

I am still asking to have the time to do the creating part.

I schedule it but don’t always honor the time I schedule.

I feel guilty sometimes about creating without being PUSHED into the studio.

I am years later still waiting for permission. Yuck!

That is going to change as of today.

I am not saying it will be easy but I can begin to make more honoring steps towards respecting the creative part of my business.

I am getting doors put in my studio and I am calling the contractor.

I am sitting down with my family and creating a schedule that works.

I am asking for help with the things they can do so I can create.

I am hiring someone to help clean the house.

I need to respect this part of my job.  This creating part of my job is actually the heartbeat of  my business so I HAVE to respect it.

Who else is going to if I don’t?

I want to respect my gifts and not just expect others to do it for me!

Did you know that making art, talking a walk, making a healthy meal, reading a book, snuggling with your child, going on a date with your husband…these things are more important than doing laundry? I have to remind myself of this sometimes!

{Unless you don’t have anymore clean underwear.  Then the underwear win}

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Drum Roll Please {The Winner of The Jane Eyre Collection Giveaway}

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Good morning!

Thank you for the huge and overwhelming response to the new collection!

{The new art deco photo set with wood stump stand}

We are almost completely sold out.

We are speechless and soooo thankful for all of you.

Thank you for sharing the collection with so many of your friends.

I know there were some that were disappointed that by the time they knew about the new collection so much was sold out.

I wanted to let you know what we still have in stock.

The Josie Camera Bag

Grain Sack Market Bag

The Luella Vintage Clutch

The Jane Handbag

Some pieces from our new jewelry collection.

We were so honored to collaborate with the talented Lisa Souers for this line.

Lisa took all of my vintage findings from my travels and created one of kind pieces that were a perfect reflection of the style of Jeanne Oliver Designs.

I bet you want to know who that giveaway winner is!

Congratulations to…

Oh Jeanne! My girls and I have loved taking your art classes online and we love your art prints most of all! As for bags, the art bag is my favorite ( I just pinned it) and I can imagine giving the vintage French linen bags as gifts. Can’t wait to see the next collection. Thank you for sharing your gifts! Jill

 

Jill, we are so happy for you and we hope you love all of your goodies!  Please email us at jeanneoliverdesigns@gmail.com with your address and we will get everything out to you.

Thank you to everyone that entered, shared and purchased the new collection!

You all make this possible!

{All giveaways must be claimed by August 4, 2014}

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Who Are They Studying Under?

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Good morning!

I am so thrilled about your excitement over Studying Under The Masters {becoming an apprentice}!

For those of you that have registered (and those of you that may be hearing about it for the first time) I wanted to share WHO the teachers will be studying under.

First of all I want to say that having these eight incredible artists join me on this creative journey is humbling.

I adore each of these women for their creativity and many I am personal friends with and adore who they are to the core.

If you had the opportunity to learn from just one of them it would be an experience that would grow your creativity.

To take a course that includes all of them …get ready for something beautiful to come out of you!

Let’s look at the masters that each of the nine artists will be studying under…

Do you want to know more about the course?

The course begins January 14th.

There is a lost art of studying the works of others to find your own style.

All of the “masters” were first apprentices and were given the freedom to find their creative voice by literally sitting next to those who inspired them.

The apprentice sat beside them, listening to their descriptions of process, picking up their paintbrush and mixing their paint, creating a series of strokes that created something that told a story, and stirred their creative spirit.

And, with practice, the apprentice became a master in their own right – mixing together the old and the new.

Somewhere, over the course of time (and certainly with current social media) we have lost sight of openly emulating those who inspire us most.

Have you ever taken an online course, gone to a retreat, purchased an art technique book and were taught an artist’s techniques and mediums?

Have you ever been worried about what is your style and what is “their” style?

Have you ever been afraid to create art that was inspired by another artist?  This course is for you!

I want to offer a course that gives you some of the most amazing artists in history and how each of us can learn from them.

And that openly learning from them is a good thing.

 Join nine artists as we become the “apprentice”.

We will share how we became a modern-day apprentice to those who came before us and those who work beside us now.

Through discussion and technique videos, each artist will share their week with a “master” as if they are sitting next to them.

You’ll learn who their “master” artist studied under, who influenced their work and what techniques and mediums they used.

 An integral part of the artistic process was to “copy” the master artist until the apprentice could confidently integrate pieces of it into their own creative process.

In this course, you will watch as these artists “copy” the works of another artist.

You will then learn as they create art in their own style incorporating the techniques and/or medium of their chosen artist.

My hope is that you will leave this course with freedom in your creativity.

Freedom to pull from everything around you that inspires you and how to incorporate it into your art.

The confidence to realize that nothing is new under the sun and how to build upon others that have come before you.

The courage to share who inspires your creative works.

And most importantly, to know that we all learn in the same way.

This is the Art of Practicing.

The Instructors

Katie Kendrick, Stephanie Lee, Kate Thompson, Christy Tomlinson, Junelle Jacobsen, Danielle Donaldson, Teresa Sheeley, Jenny Wentworth and Jeanne Oliver

Are you getting as excited as I am?

We can’t wait to create with you!

To register click HERE or pay below.

$62 for this nine week online course.

The content will be available for TWO YEARS!

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Would you like to know who won that $300 Dick Blick gift card?

Michelle Mathey – POMI commented:

 

This IS the class that I’ve been waiting for and didn’t even know it – I always question what part of my creations are “me” and what part are influenced by the works of others. Can’t wait to learn more as an apprentice to your 9 artists.
As a younger person I didn’t “get” Picasso at all but now am totally amazed at his artistry and vision. He is one of my favorite artists, for sure!

Congratulations!

Please email me at jeanneoliverdesigns@gmail.com and we will get you the gift card.

 

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Remember that TODAY is the LAST day to register at the early registration price of $48?

Tomorrow the price goes to $62.




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