Thursday, February 28, 2013

Free Stuff Online-Even Webinars!

Today I want to talk about resources that are online that may help with your craft business, with your painting skills, with your volunteer aspirations.  I am a student in many senses of the word, and I absolutely LOVE to learn!  I am fascinated by listening to, going to and trying out things I am interested in.  Your craft business, although an awesome thing to take on, should not be your only focus in life!  There's family life, there's spiritual growth, learning new techniques, learning new ways to run your business and there's volunteer work to be done.  I recently began to pursue some of these online and you wouldn't believe what I found!  So this post will be giving a few of these resources!

As family and/or spiritual life, I have a few awesome resources!

1.  Kay Arthur's Precept Ministry where you can watch broadcasts or study on your own!

2.  Joyce Meyer Ministries is awesome!  Believe it or not, she looks and sounds a bit like my aunt Delores! haha!  I love watching her because of that!  But I also love watching her because she tells it just the way it is.  She doesn't mince words or try to make everything all pretty so we will pretend we're Christians, but she delivers it just where the rubber hits the road!  You can read her books but you can also see her broadcasts online as well:

3.  You can get books and studies by Beth Moore, Joyce Meyer, Kay Arthur and many other authors, which you can buy at which is about the cheapest I've found online.  There are  plenty of male study leaders too, but because I'm a woman, well, I have been involved in studies taught by women.  Randy Alcorn one male author that I have read, his book Heaven, was one that challenges your thinking of what you thought was in the bible and what is actually there!

4.  If its preaching or shows you want, go to:

The second area is that of learning new techniques for your art or craft.  I paint, so I found free art lessons online. (lots of mediums here, not just acrylic!). you can do a search for different types of arts and crafts and there are massive "how-to" videos there as well!

I'm sure there are many more freebees online if you did a search.  Just be careful with the word "free" because some webpages are listed as "view for free" which translates into "you can see it on this website, but we're going to charge you to use it! 

I just recently discovered free online webinars!  I hooked up on linked in with a company that offers free webinars!  I'm sure there are others, but I have gotten to know the person who promotes these on linked in and I'm quite impressed with him and what he offers!

Now if you're talking of nonprofit business or volunteering, you might want to check out webinars about these areas that you're interested in.  My husband and I are working on starting up a nonprofit business helping the aging and people who fall through the cracks because they are just a few dollars over the income limit for help and because of this, I found a few online resources as well that offer information blogs and webinars!

I don't want to overwhelm you, so I'll stop there, but you get the point.  To be content in life, it is vital that you are a well-rounded person, so round away with free resources offered online!  Today I attended a webinar on Quickbooks for nonprofits which was very interesting!  Since we are about to embark on this nonprofit, the easier financial things and quarterly & yearly reports go, the better for this not so math oriented person! haha!  The webinar really helped me to understand the things nonprofit companies must think of when setting up their books.  I don't know that we will use Quickbooks or not, but that doesn't matter, it gave me a view of what it looks like to set something up like that!  So don't limit yourself to things you know you'll buy for workshops because you could be missing out on a lot of very valuable and free information!

Enough of this blog for today!  I'm off to do the Sunday morning slides for our church (a volunteer activity).  Hope you find a lot of awesome resources!  Share them with me if you can!

LuAnn Marie

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

End of Day Update on Organizing

Today has been a very productive and busy day!  To remind, here's my list:

1. Plan 3 art projects to work on for spring
2. Organize Art room (getting pretty messy)
3. Wash clothes
4. Do a workout
5. - post if needed

Now, one thing I don't usually put on my work list, but I might want to from now on, is my Bible study time.  I do that first and foremost because it is what shapes me for the day and makes me a much more pleasant person to be around!  haha!  So I need to add that from now on!

But, the update as to the list is as follows:

1.  Plan 3 art projects to work on for spring
     1.  Design Picture Frame Art for frames in stock
     2.  Egg Carton Flowers
     3.  Test Strip Bottle Baseball Players

     Now that those are chosen, tomorrow I work on the how-to list and the shopping list

2.  Organize Art Room - Break Down: Make list of 1st 6 things needed to do
     1.  Sort recycles (This year is recycle art waste and no cost base for art)
     2.  Choose your 3 projects from the recycles
     3.  Take the rest of the recycles to attic for storage
     4.  Go through closet shelf and:
          a.  Throw out junk that doesn't work
          b.  Sort "to do" projects
          c.  Organize All:
               1.  Books
               2.  Paper types for projects
               3.  Pamphlets
               4.  Articles stored
           When done with this, file these in the appropriate places
      5.  Organize Book Shelves
      6.  Go through gadget hanger and make a list of what is there so I remember what is there!

Now, after making this list of what needs to be done to organize the art room, I can see that it will take me either one day set aside to work on only those in the list or I will have to break them down into tasks that will get done over a few days.  Since I am slow paced, I'm thinking breaking them down over a few days would be more productive for me than to try to crash do things in one day.  The whole point of organizing things is so they are organized.  If I feel rushed, I may start just shoving things here and there just to get done, which is how I got in this mess in the first place! hahaha!

3.  Washed 2 loads of laundry AND remembered to put them in the dryer!  (You just don't know how long laundry takes me to get done because I can't seem to remember I'm doing laundry!)

4.  Did my workout and stretches
5.  Posted on blogspot twice! 

What is most important about this day, is that I did get off track several times today, but because I had my list on the table, I was able to bring myself back to the tasks at hand and will be able to move on tomorrow!  Organizing the day gives me more time in the long run to do more or to take a little facebook break :)  I do love facebook breaks!  Hope your day was as productive as mine was!

LuAnn Marie

Organizing for Results

I just read my one and only posting from 2011 on memory loss and my art, and yes, you've got it right, I don't remember writing it and unless a friend hadn't sent me her blog from here, I wouldn't have known I had an account here!  

So, today, what I want to cover is this, organization.  This is vital to all, not just to one with memory loss, but for me, a readable list of things I must accomplish is needed, so I remember what I did yesterday and what I need to do today.  Honestly, this is true for all!  Each day, our first 15 minutes to a half hour should be spent in planning for the day.  What have I been working on?  What steps need to be done today?  What things are vital to accomplish today that, if not done, will mess up tomorrow?

My son gave me an iPhone when he got a new one, and I downloaded a "to do list" program.  Each day, I read what I accomplished (or didn't accomplish) from yesterday.  I now will have this aka, blogspot on my list so I don't forget about it.  Here is a sample of my list: 

1. Plan 3 art projects to work on for spring
2. Organize Art room (getting pretty messy)
3. Wash clothes
4. Do a workout
5. - post if needed

Now, as I do these things, I mark them off.  A list of 5 things is a lot, so I have to know that something won't get completed today, but it is on the list, so I can work on it tomorrow as well.  Organization does not come easy for me, so when I type in "organize art room" and look back at it, I do chuckle.  

Organization takes time and planning.  I will have to sit down and write a list of things I need to organize, then under each item to be organized, write how to do that.  This is an all day project to do on a day that I don't have 5 things on my list, so it will most likely get carried over to tomorrow, but the point is, I know it needs to be done and if I don't write it down today, I won't remember to do it today or any day in the future.  

So, I went back to my list and changed number 2 to, "Make an organization list for art room."  This way, I begin to organize even before I get into that room to do it.  Tomorrow I may put on my list, "for each thing to be organized in art room, list a way to do that."  Then, another day will list as a task, "get materials/storage containers ready for organizing art room."  Then on the day that I write to actually organize the art room, it will be an easy flowing task where I won't get overwhelmed by the hugeness of the project.  Breaking things down into several days, helps calm the chaos felt when tackling a project that is huge!

Okay, so let's look at  another task listed-number 1, "planning 3 art projects."  That is only the beginning of this task! Tomorrow I will take one project of the three and list what materials will be needed for that project and determine if I need to buy any of them.  The next day, do another of the three, compiling the same and then the next day, on to the last.  I don't know about you, but I seem to think this list I made was easy, but in looking at it and now writing about it, I realize how I almost seem to set myself up for failure in listing these huge projects together and need to list only step one of that project, not the whole project.  You may ask why don't I do the "list of materials needed" for all three projects in one day?  It is clearly because, as I go through my day, I may come up with other things I didn't think of before to add to the materials list each time I look at my to do list.  I know from past projects, that I personally need more time to think and rethink the projects.  You may be able to do the whole list for all three in one day, but for me, I need to break things down into workable tasks so I am not so overwhelmed.

Now my day is planned and it is time to move into it!  I have my list and am able to stay on track today because the list is made!  When the end of the day comes, I will have accomplished many things instead of looking at the day and saying, "what did I get done today?"  I hope you have an awesome time organizing for results and that this will help you do so!

LuAnn Marie