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 {Alisa Burke}

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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 Alisa Burke!

This girl!

I gushed about her to so many of my closest friends after this interview that my friends teased me that I was going to trade them in for Alisa.

For a girl with a crazy creative heart and the desire to make my whole life my art…this woman, her heart, her creative gifts, her love for family, her style (and it doesn’t hurt that she lives near the sea) just pulls me in and she leaves me inspired and wanting to see more.  Alisa is a beautiful example of taking your art and letting it spill all over your life.

Don’t even start to blame me if you can’t get anything done because you become obsessed with her blog.  Don’t. Even.

Come on over…

 

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 Alisa’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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Is It You?

I bet you thought I forgot?

I almost did:-)

The winner of the Studying Under the Masters III giveaway is…

I am inspired by all the artists and makers who are balancing motherhood with their creative practice. I’m already registered for this and really looking forward to it!

 

Congratulations!

Please email us at jeanneoliverdesigns@gmail.com and we will get your goodies out to you.

**The winnings must be claimed by March 13, 2015**

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Guess Who Is Teaching a One Day Denver Workshop?

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You girls close to Denver are just about to make your summer WAY more fun!

This August I am hosting one of my closest friends and artist extraordinaire for a one day workshop in Denver!

Join Danielle Donaldson in one of the most inspiring spaces and learn how to make the cover image of her new book Creative Girl: Mixed Media Techniques for an Artful Life.

This class has not been taught any place else and you will not only get a full day of Danielle awesomeness but lunch, drinks, snacks and artsy surprises!

This class size is limited so don’t wait too long to sign up!

This workshop will be held at the Old Glory Monthly Markets Studios at 1930 South Broadway
Denver, Colorado 80210.

To register please pay below. 





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Last Minute Gifts For Creatives

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I hope you are all having a beautiful month of preparing your hearts and homes for Christmas!

We still have a few gifts that we want to get today and then start getting everything wrapped up and ready for Christmas morning.

If you are a creative or you have a special person on your list with an artist’s heart I wanted to share some last minute gifts sure to bring more creativity into their new year.

1. One of my new vintage fabric purses or art bags!  TODAY is the last day we are shipping before Christmas.

My bags are perfect for carrying around all of your favorite supplies on the go!

2. Water Mixable Oil Paints. One of my favorite new mediums of this past year!

3. My first art class of 2015!  Join me for a local, one day art class! 

I promise lots of messy creating, laughter, connecting, some new supplies to take home and a finished painting.

This is a treat for me to teach so close to home! I would love to create with you.

4. I love my easel and it has been one of my favorite creative purchases.  This is a mid range option.

5. Join in on a one year journaling class fill of amazing teachers and an inspiring community of artists!

I am one of the 25 teachers that will be teaching in this online class.

6. How amazing does this book look?  My friend Danielle Donaldson has her first book coming out this spring and it already has so much buzz around it!

7. Who wants to explore and create in Savannah, Georgia with me? 

While most of the country will be covered in snow we will be creating art outside, talking over a latte and being immersed in the beautiful city of Savannah!

8. I want this so badly but haven’t gotten it yet!  Isn’t is awesome?!

This is a total splurge but soooo cool!

9. I have taught in Italy the past two summers and this will be my last year to teach in Italy for awhile. Laura’s retreats are pure luxury and this one will be even more special.

This retreat will be all about faith and your gifts!  I will be teaching along side Stephanie Ackerman and this will be a life changer. I just know it!

10. You guys know how much I love to decorate!  This book is decorator meets artist.

You will be studying each page and your heart may race:-) Be prepared!

11. Join me on this art retreat of a lifetime!

  I still can’t wrap my head around how amazing this Living Studio retreat is going to be. Who wants Normandy, France for Christmas? ME!

12. The best tabletop easel!  I love mine and really appreciate it as I work on smaller oil paintings.

13. I even have something that is totally FREE and just may change your heart in the new year!

Join me and 20 other women as we study along side you in Becoming | The Unfolding of You.

This free study will be like sitting down with friends and hopefully opening your eyes to who you really are and who you are called to be.

I better go get dressed so I can head out and finish MY shopping:-)

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I Am Teaching At The Vintage Whites Market {this is for you Colorado girls}

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For all of you that have been asking for a local Colorado art class I am excited to share this!

I will be teaching at the Vintage Whites Market on January 10, 2015.

Join me for one day as we bring your stories to life through sketching, charcoal, acrylic paints, vintage book covers and words. We will create multiple pieces of art through creative exercises using charcoal, mark making and paint. We will be bringing your treasures, collections and words together to create a completed painting on a vintage book cover. Bring your favorite items from your own scavenger hunts, words from your collections and we will start a story together.

“There are times when your creativity begs to be a scavenger, collector and a storyteller. The scavenger in you finds beauty in strips of old wallpaper, the smell of vintage books and the patina in a collection of lost love letters. You take your findings and bind them with string waiting for the moment to bring them out again. The collector in you finds inspiration from music, poetry, paintings, conversations and the tiny beautiful moments of the day-to-day. You take your collection of beauty and tuck it away … but not forever. The storyteller in you takes your treasures and your collections, rearranges them, sorts them and creates them into something new and all your own.”

I will be there on Friday night too to shop, listen to music and grab something to eat.

$175 includes admission to The Vintage Whites Market, a one day art class and a few goodies during class.

I can’t wait to create with you!

You can register below…




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What Will Savannah Look Like? {Q&A}

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Good Morning!

We have had so many questions coming in about the brand new The Living Studio| Savannah, Georgia that I wanted to just take a moment to answer some questions.

Please feel free to also ask questions on this post and I will answer as soon as possible.

*Will there be structured classes?

Absolutely!  This is a much more relaxed and free form retreat because of all of the exploring and art we make on site but we WILL have structured classes too.

We just won’t be staying in a classroom all day when we have such a gorgeous city to explore!

*What will you be teaching?

I will be teaching how to draw a figure, working from live models and images, working with charcoal, how to create images with a limited palette, painting techniques and we will finish completed paintings also

*What supplies will I need?

Kathy and I will be providing you with some supplies but we will be sending out a basic supply list that will fit in a backpack or messenger bag. It will all be things you already have.  The best part is that if you decide you need something we are staying in one of the most artsy towns around and there are multiple art supply stores.

*What will our days look like?

Just imagine good food, cafe stops, architecture, creating IN the city, shopping, history, more good food, creating together and on our own and just getting immersed in a city and your art!

If you want more of a break down of the day please email me and I will send it over to you.

*What if I live local and don’t need the hotel?

YES!  We want you to come!  Kathy will give you a different price based upon not needing a hotel room.  We would love to have you local gals join us and share your city with us!

*I have food allergies and worry about traveling

Kathy and I do too and that is why we care so much about eating at awesome restaurants.  We need to eat at restaurants that really know what goes into their food and they are able to accommodate.

* I don’t want to share a hotel room with anyone. Can I still come?

Of course!  Kathy will adjust your registration cost to reflect your own room.

*I don’t paint.  Can I still come?

Yes!  We are all creative in some way and if sketching or painting is not your thing I promise you that you will have time for photography, reading, writing etc.  This is a creative time to give yourself to just explore and do what YOU want.

*Do I have to join the group for everything each day?

We have created a beautiful retreat but this is YOUR gift to yourself. If you don’t want to do an activity or class then we both would encourage you to go off and explore this incredible city and do what YOU want.

*What is The Living Studio?

My heart behind The Living Studio is that we will all learn to explore and create wherever we live.

I hope to inspire people to step out of the comfort of their studios and out into the world and boldly create based upon the beauty all around them.

This unique retreat combines my love of travel, creating and connecting with other creatives.

I don’t know how many times over the years I had walked past a person sketching in an art museum, painting in the gardens, practicing their watercolors in the mountains or writing at a cafe and I have stopped a moment to envy them.

They were doing it!

They HAD to be creative.

It is a practice and a preparedness that motivates you to create your studio wherever you go.

With practice and always having your tools with you…you live your creativity and the world becomes your studio.

*Can I read about a previous Living Studio retreat before I make a decision?

Of course!  Feel free to read more HERE and ask any questions you might have.

*How do I register?

Kathy is handling all of the registrations and you can find her HERE.

What questions do you have?  I have only answered some of the questions I have received lately on email.

This would be the PERFECT Christmas gift for yourself or another creative heart.

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