Watch out for THE WORLD WIDE WEB


Watch out for THE WORLD WIDE WEB

 

I have been caught up in the world wide web.

Last week, I found that my brain and body finally said “ENOUGH”!

We ALL need to take time to rest, to re-charge.

My body, actually my face, said, “Enough is enough” and shut down, literally. They call it Bell’s Palsy. I had never heard of it. When I mentioned it to people I got common responses.

“My brother had that for six months! My sister has that.”

Come to find out, the bug man’s brother still has it and it has been a year.

Bell’s Palsy is a virus many of us carry, but stress seems to stir it on. I thought until now, “I thrive on stress!”

Two real estate closings and a major city event I was taking charge of later (The first ever Bark in the Park with the REALTORS Association) has changed my thinking!

There are so many things that tug at us day after day. We have to sift through the important ones and learn to say NO. I am saying this to myself as much as you.

So this year, as my daughter graduates from high school, I am accompanying her on her senior trip to a destination with NO phone service, NO internet and no deadlines. Just sand, surf and relaxation (as much as can be done with teenagers!).

On the flight home I am praying to come back refreshed, with clarity on the next step for me here in this busy world.

I wear many hats, a mom to three, loving the arts, craving the ink on the page and enjoying real estate here in Tuscaloosa and my column with Druid City Living Newspaper about Lake Living.

A special love I have for the state of Alabama I am planning on sharing in a new Blog Post each week for ALABAMA WOMEN BLOGGERS as their SWEET HOME ALABAMA Coordinator.

Yes, I know, to you it sounds like I am not planning on slowing down at all, but I can assure you, I will be picking the projects I love and that have meaning.

For your TO DO List as summer and kids and busy schedules try to seep in….

1) Carve in some time with your kids that enriches YOU as well,

2) Make a date night with your hubby once a week if possible (or yourself),

3) Take time to soak in a hot tub with lavender, some bath salts and YOUR favorite music (music does soothe the soul),

And every morning…wake up THANKING GOD for the blessings.

I am thinking him that my lesson only lasted a few hours and that I was healed…more on that later!

Have a BLESSED summer!

 

Allison Adams

 

 

Creative Life Planning


Creative Life Planning

I have always been a seminar junkie. Even in high school I would read every Zig or Robbins book I could get my hands on. In college I went to classes I wasn’t enrolled in. At Mississippi State where my husband was enrolled, I attended forestry tours, control burns.

I am now addicted to the world of cyber seminars. Every week in my email box, a new adventure somewhere that is going to help me “burst into my creative being” or “make those seventy figures”.

Last week for two weeks straight (I missed two of the ten live sessions) the Right Brain Business Plan created by Jennifer Lee and conducted from her home office took place in “my office”.

I was coached (ok me and about three hundred from Canada to Australia) by nearly a dozen experts who have found their niche in the “webinar world”.  My head was spinning each day as I attempted to apply their logic and creative “quirks”. Each had molded their thumbprints into something they could identify and sell to the world.

I am a creative, but I am also an ENTJ.

A planner, a long range thinker.

I can brainstorm an event like there is no tomorrow down to the color of the napkins, but the step by step? I need a few friends for that. Luckily (as I found as part of the committee for Bark in the Park) There is a way to make right brain thinking work! I threw out ideas…we formed a committee for that! Twelve to fifteen minds each week dreaming and planning then people stepping up to implement! Wow….right brain HEAVEN.

(May 17 is that event in Tuscaloosa, Alabama).

www.facebook.com/tuscaloosabarkinthepark

I even designed a website for the event~ A skill that came about when someone wanted to charge me $3000 to “build me a website”. Ok, mine is not perfect, but it has stretched me and brought me to another level of skills that are NOT worth $3000 in my opinion. At some point, you have to know how to input your writing anyway.

http://allisonadams3.wix.com/barkinthepark

After the two weeks of sessions. If you have any interest in going to the next level with your blogging, writing, artistic licensing, Jennifer Lee can show you the way. Her guest speakers shared great tips and personal stories~

Michael Port with Book Yourself Solid says in energy and zest “Be YOU!”

Nichole Piar of Ghost Kitten Fame inspired with illustrations from paper and home goods, making us all want to go back to stationery.

 Megan Auman, who is a master of Pinterest for artists,

Alicia Forest who offers business entrepreneur coaching says to make our “own million in art”…… “just get it out there”.

Cory Huff with the Abundant Artist talked about Tumblr for serious artists (as if we don’t have enough to figure out how to use- but he knows ART and I can bet if he says “the serious galleries are there”…THEY ARE).

Susan Miller, a southerner, shared her intuitive painting creativity coaching insight.  And those were only a few of the nuggets gathered.

(click their names to get to some of their infinite wisdom~ my head is still swimming as each week I get an email blast).

Kelly Rae Roberts, who has nothing to do with this particular event, I have followed for some time. She was one of the first to license her work. I even saw her printed canvases of her painted girls with side cocked heads and her abstracted birds in my hometown (then) of Birmingham a few years ago. On her blog I found that once she got big and licensed, she freaked. She stepped back from the loss of control of her work. The company owned rights to her work and pushed it out there. She is pushing back, on a smaller scale, doing exactly what it is she started out doing when she was “small” and “herself”.

Some are destined to make millions with their ideas, some are just plugging away at being creative in their own way.

Yesterday I watched a woman on the front of the library steps.  Her long brown hair was almost mushroomed on top of her head in a criss cross of pins. Beside her was a small black girl. As I brisked past them I heard her say, “113…is that even or odd?” The child looked down at the ground. “What about 115?”  Then I heard her say, lets just sing…..”11, 12, 13, 14″ and the little girl smiled, never answering the tough questions. Her creativity will probably have that girl doing calculus. I took a picture of them in my rear view mirror. That is how much the woman’s creative spirit affected me.

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I know people who are brilliant, who don’t use that gift. I know people who are not so bright and just whip through the world owning it.

I think at the end of the day, no matter what we know, it is all about how we use it.

So like Kelly Rae Roberts, I am just gonna back up and start with the small stuff, like scheduling my day, week, month and penciling in what I want my happYmess creative life to look like for the next….uh I guess thirty years?  (I turn 48 next weekend).

Sorta puts some pressure on the “planning part” as I always thought I was younger than I am. (mom calls it immature~ I call it denial).

So I share with you a great site I found called Productive Flourishing. Each month they create FREE planners to get you organized for ANY task.

For now…lets just start with the basics.

CLICK THE TITLE OF THIS ARTICLE TO UNCOVER YOUR ORGANIZING CHECKLISTS~ NUGGETS OF GOLD.

Off to my seventh Real Estate CEU this term. Gotta love a Real Estate Group (Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors) who offers so many quality seminars that we all get about 20 hours for FUN when we only require 12 hours every two years!

Blessings~ BE YOU!

Allison

 

 

Click here for 10 Short Stories to spur your creative muse


Click here for 10 Short Stories to spur your creative muse

Creativity for writers can most definitely be spawned

by absorbing the words of those who have penned fiction

that takes you to the sights, sounds and feelings

of days passed.

Here are ten short stories that are found online~

Oprah’s book club recently read Alice Munroe’s newest novel Too Much Happiness.

Here is a snippet at book number 6 that shares “The Bear Came Over the Mountain”~

Compliments of THE NEW YORKER.

ARTIST SITE for Allison P Adams


ARTIST SITE for Allison P Adams

I have been on a voyage to streamline my life~

to downsize my stuff~

to follow my creative dreams~

to focus on TODAY~

and then LIFE happens.

We are doing a Bible Study these days called:

When The Game is Over, It all Goes Back in the BOX by John Ortberg

WE all go in a box ~ our stuff goes in boxes, to be distributed to those who may 

or may not value all the stuff we were determined to drag around.

So I look around at my art studio, the stuff I have created, the writings I have done

and I realize~ It only means something to ME….

 I can use my gifts to do more than do pretty pictures or develop a style,

if I can discover a part of myself, grow my soul,

release my truth~ my purpose~ some meaning~

THEN it might be meaningful to those who come after me.

A special thing I have is a tiny red leather journal my grandmother,

who died when my mom was only nine, wrote in.

She didn’t scribble, but delicately lettered quotes of love, scripture, nature, and her family.

Had she not written it I would have had no clue into the heart of Kathryn Allison,

the person I was named after.

IF all we do in life is nurture the ones around us~ is that enough?

Or do we shuck it all and go in the name of Jesus to some remote place to save

strangers, who yes, are hurting?

I see so many families, falling apart~ right here where we are~

mine was once one of those~  so many kids in dark places~

while the parents are RIGHT there, backs turned all in the name of 

“saving face~ making a name~ maintaining the reputation”.

If we can’t help our children~ and feel that is the ultimate 

sacrifice and perhaps for some, all we were made to do~ with a sense of peace,

then what IS the banner we should each take up?

This month’s CREATIVE CHALLENGE is about

HEALING~

So for the next month~ as I take this creative challenge~

I will hope to encourage you to find YOUR healing so that we can all

take up the banner that we were made to carry~ 

Whatever that is….and usually…the message is in our messes~

I am praying you embrace yours~ conquer it and live in Peace reaching out to 

those struggling with the same thing.

 

After all….creativity can be MORE than just playing with pencils and brushes~

It IS so much more~

I am praying that it guide us all out of our frustrations and HEAL our hearts~

so that we can fill up those around us with the ULTIMATE of ALL calls from heaven~

“THE GREATEST~ THAT IS LOVE”.

 

Allison Adams

 

 

 

Creative Every Day Challenge


Creative Every Day Challenge

I have found that I work best when I have a deadline, a challenge, a gauge to go by.

Mississippi Artwork~ Clarksdale It's all about the happy!

Mississippi Artwork~
Clarksdale
It’s all about the happy!

A few years ago I took the Creative Every Day Challenge.

I seem to find creativity most days, but I thought it might be fun to do creative things

with purpose this month during the Creative Every Day Challenge.

 

This past month I have been putting little PRE made cards in my daughter’s lunchbox.

Today, I realized I had used them ALL~ not so creative, I put a little yellow sticky on her cookies in her lunchbox that said,

“Have a BLESSED day! I “heart” you. MOM”

My mom used to put daffodils in my lunchbox~ with a wet paper towel at the bottom

wrapped in tin foil to keep it from sagging before I opened my lunch.

I remember rolling my eyes…but I remember the daffodils.

One little flower can say SO much~

One little flower can say SO much~

Tomorrow~ I challenge YOU to put something in your husband’s car, on your child’s pillow~

in a drawer for someone to find~  creativity isn’t a thing to make…it is a way to live~

 

An artsy friend getting messy~ Read about our adventures at www.highlandartists.blogspot.com

An artsy friend getting messy~ Read about our adventures at www.highlandartists.blogspot.com

And mark your calendar, artists!

November is CREATE ART EVERY DAY month.

Now that one may require a bit more effort~

What have you got to lose? NO PRESSURE!

 

 

Lets see if we can get MESSY! Thanks Leah for the challenge!

Allison Adams