Live Video Like a Rockstar

You're ready to click the live button and you get a wee bit nervous or draw a blank and then whaaaaaat?! Let's kick those nerves to the curb. Ready? Yes! 

 

1. Know your subject

You know it better than your audience so take comfort in that!  Nobody is asking you to be THE #1 expert of all things...really they aren't. They want to learn from you. Because you're pretty cool and they like you. 

2. Make a Plan

Sounds easy enough but those extra steps will up your confidence and your viewers will feel it and appreciate it! Make an outline on a post it note and stick it near your viewing area so you'll see it if you get off track. Genius, yes? Yes!

3. Engage with your audience

Part of the fun and excitement of live videos is seeing them in real time...in the moment. Give a shout out to someone you see who is watching. Also, go back and read the comments later and interact with your folks or answer questions. Hey, it is SOCIAL media, right? Doing this helps folks know that you care and they will appreciate it! 

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Want to know more? I did too. So, I created Build a Better Video

A Course for folks who want to grow their audience & crush their live videos.

The Course starts soon! 

Build a Better Live Video

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5 Things Not To Do When Going Live on Facebook

Have you been going live on Facebook to connect to share content yet? Because you totally should. It's sooo much fun! Yes, it can be a little scary the first few times...I totally understand I know the feeling. Once you get comfortable with live videos it gets a lot easier. Plus, your friends and your audience loves seeing you and what you are up to!!

5 Things Not To Do When Going Live

So, once you decide to jump into Facebook Live land I've got a few tips that will be super helpful! 

 

Here a couple things NOT to do when you go live: 

1. Wait to start speaking. Once you click that GO LIVE button, start talking. Yup. You'll be so glad you did when you watch the replay. 

2. Start without a smile. It's a proven fact that we humans love to see people smiling. It makes us happier and hey who doesn't want to feel happier?

3. Speak with a monotone voice. Come from a genuine place of excitement and not fear. You can hide your fear for a few minutes, right? Tell fear she can join you but to sit in the back seat for a hot minute, while you try something new. 

4. Hold your camera. Keep your camera (your phone, right?) as still as you can. When you watch the replay you'll be so glad you did. Prop the phone on a stack of books or set it somewhere safely in front of you so you don't have to worry about it while you are live.

5. Go live in the dark or in poor lighting. Of course, natural lighting is always always best. if you are outside in the dark or in a dark room and want to go live, you and everything you show will be really grainy and well....dark and hard to see. Best advice is to turn on lots of lights around you or wait until daylight to go live.

 

Let's Hang Out On Instagram

Still Making Graphic Mistakes?

Lots of folks are asking how I make the graphics they see me sharing on social media.  So, I'm putting on the designer hat for a hot minute. 

Do you want to up your graphics game? Do you ever look at other folk's graphics and think to yourself "Wow, that looks so great, how did she DO that?" 

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First of all, no comparing yourself to others. Nope. Nope. Blowing the whistle on that right here right now. Whoever she is...she is not you! 

If you want to make graphics...like a boss...that get looks and stops and stares...you totally can. Don't have the fancy schmancy software? That's okay. You don't need it. Don't get me wrong, PhotoShop is fantastic and I love it, but guess what? There are several apps you can use on your phone or tablet to do close to the same thing.

If you already use some of those Apps now, great! If you're feeling like you need some help I've got you covered. I've created a Design Flow Cheat Sheet to help you make sure you cover the main steps when making graphics. 

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For LOTS of people, making a graphic isn't something they do on the fly. Maybe it takes time. The good news is, the more you do it the better you get. Isn't that the truth with everything? This Cheat Sheet helps you remember all the steps you need to cover to make that graphic sing. Well, maybe not sing...but I think you know what I mean. 

Did you know if you have a splash of color in your social media content, people are 80% more willing to read it? Or that content with relevant images gets 94% more views? Basically, pictures make for more engaging social posts.

 

Now, if you are a pro, this probably isn't for you. If you need help in this arena...know that everyone has been there. This Cheat Sheet an angel on your shoulder helping you do all the pretty things.

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Ever make a mistake, forget something in graphics making mode...then kick yourself after it's too late and you already hit publish? This will help, friend.

Know what? It's pretty fun, too. Get the Cheat Sheet.


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How I Organized My Life (and Business)

This year has been a busy one. In that busy-ness I have struggled to keep all the things organized! I think this is especially HARD for creative folks, don't you? It literally hurts my brain.

I've tried so many different ways to get organized, too. Planners with oodles of stickers and goo gahs...journal after journal...and i love a good journal...you KNOW I do (and all the pens and markers to go with it). Then there's the piling up phone apps...phone calendars that are mehhhhh. I seemed like all my stuff was a hot mess and literally everywhere. That was no fun and I was always playing catch up and spending time trying to find that "one" thing...where did I put that?

Nothing was as good as what I've started using tho. None of that. 

So what's working?

Cranking up Spotify, sipping a hot latte and Trello.

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I can plan there, I can grow there, structure ideas there, create tasks, lists, look at my week, even my shopping list. It's my new EVERYTHING. If I do it, I add it to Trello. 

I give it 100 extra bonus points for looking clean and beautiful. 

I give it 1000 extra bonus points because I can use it on my laptop AND my phone. It's all in both which makes it ideal for the Target run, the mall run, the birthday shopping...see? All the things!

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You can color code cards and tasks, add photos to it, you can add recipes to it, you can add ALL the things and it's all in one place. You can add others to it too. Mind blown! 

There are lots of add ons which I'm just now getting to know. I'm mega impressed so far tho!

Do you use Trello, too? High five sister friend! 

 


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Going With The Flow

Have you tried flow painting yet? You must! It's so much fun! Every canvas is a surprise and it's mesmerizing to watch the paints react with each other. I'm obsessed.

Intro to Flow Painting w/Teresa McFayden

Here is one of my first canvases:

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Look at all the gorgeous cells in this one!

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There are so many recipes and how to's online. You'll have a blast watching...just like I did. I know you will. Try flow painting with your kiddos, too. They'll love the combination of science + art.

I have been happy with this combo:

1 part acrylic paint

1 part Floetrol and Liquitex Pouring Medium

1 Part water

Then I top of the each color with a small squirt of silicone.

AMAZING results! You can see videos of this process on my Instagram and and an 18 minute how to on my Facebook timeline.

Go try it! 


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Been painting!

Hey hey peeps! So I've been doing some creating this Summer and gotta share! First, a bit of watercolor. This was done in Sheila Atchley's Course; Let Us Make. So good! This is called The Firmament...it's my fav piece so far in her course. 

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This started out as an abstract then I ventured off the patch (shocking). It's a Pinktini.

 

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Last week I was feeling extra creative. It's funny how one little spark (like the above) can fuel you onward to creating in a new direction or new way. So I used two bigger canvases this time because why not? No names for these two yet...

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This has made me want to clean my studio. So I've been trying to redo and rework things when I can. Love that!! 

 

Savvy Minerals Crushes It

Have you heard about the new Savvy Minerals make up Line Young Living just released? Because it's a big deal friends. All natural make up...which I have been on the search for and yet to like anything I've picked up.

I got so excited when this line came out I took a photo of what I got.

Savvy Minerals is best described by telling you what isn't in it. There's no talc, no bismuth, no parabens, no petrochemicals, and no synthetic fragrances. Isn't that incredible? 

Did you know the average woman puts over 186 chemicals on herself before she starts her day? Lipstick contains 33 chemicals that don't need to be there to for us look pretty and feel confident.

Did you know the European Union bans over 1300 chemicals. The U.S. Bans 11. 

it's time to start being smart about what we put on ourselves. 

Some girls on my team and I just did a HUGE online class about The Savvy Minerals line we've been loving. We shared lots of videos, how to's and hacks and it was a blast! I did a live video in front of over 500 viewers. That was a little nerve wracking but it went really well. :)

Gals who've used it so far are loving it more than their Mac products. I through out all of my Bare Minerals which I thought was a pretty safe product but after seeing their scores on my Think Dirty App I know that's simply untrue. 

I'm loving:

-the coverage options

-the matching to skin tones

-the concealer hack

-how it doesn't irritate skin

-how it doesn't settle into wrinkles (ahem)

-and of course that Savvy Minerals is completely natural and I'm not adding toxins and chemicals that don't need to be there to my skin.

You can see the colors and options on my oily website here: Amazing Frank

It's flying off the shelves, and you can order from my site but I wouldn't wait!

ProTip: Order a Basic Starter Kit and then add the Savvy Minerals that interest you. It's only $45 but it gives you wholesale pricing. SWEET. That's 24% off Retail friends. :)

I started with the Foundation, Misting Spray, Lipstick, Lipglosss, Mineral Veil, and the Multi-Tasker. Then I fell in love with it all and went back and loaded up on Blush, Bronzer, Eyeliner, 3 eyeshadows and another color of lipstick and lipgloss. SO GOOD! 

He did it!

Hey friends! Last month was a busy one. I love May but it's always a busy one and full of fun! Our youngest graduated from high school so that made it a whirlwind of fun and excitement! We are so very proud of him! 

If you have read/followed my blog for a while you have pretty much seen him grow up over the years. Well all of our kiddos really but he was really young...maybe 4-5 when I started blogging. So I had to share this special day with you too! 

We had family and lots of his friends celebrate at his grad party.

 

I was so busy that I didn't take a lot of photos to share. I mean I took lots of photos of his peeps and all but those are  for him. 

We were so busy that I feel like I blinked and now it's Summer! Bring it on! I'm looking forward to lots of painting adventures! 

 

 

Natural Citrus Electrolyte Drink Share Time!

Whenever I try a new recipe I get excited and have to share about it! When it tastes yummy and I know it's good ingredients that are helpful I'm all a flutter. I love to replace inferior ingredients with better ones, too. That's a BIG win in my book.

Do you know how much junk and gunk is in the sports drinks hydrating drinks people sip and chug? Seriously. It's like we think they are helping us or our family and there are some super easy switch outs that can be impactful. Not all electrolyte drinks are created equal. Most commercial sports drinks and other mainstream products that are marketed towards our children are not so great. They are full of refined sugars, food dyes (ugh), and other questionable ingredients. 

My kiddos are Sporty McSportersons and this is so much better for them than the very colorful drinks they used to drink after working out and competing. I love that! 

Citrus Drink

Natural Citrus Electrolyte Drink

This is easy, I promise. 

4 C. filtered water or alkaline based water (I prefer Fiji Water)

4-5 drops Lemon, Lime, Orange or Grapefruit Vitality Essential Oil

1/8-1/4 t. sea salt

4-5 drops Trace Mineral Concentrate

5-6 drops Stevia (optional) 

Add water to a large glass pitcher. Because of the citrus based essential oils, you will want to use a glass pitcher. Add all ingredients and stir. Add ice and fruit garnishes if you like. Serve immediately. Super fun to pour into mason jars! 

This is also a refreshing cool down drink on those hot Summer days or if you are feeling dehydrated, post yoga, running, hiking or biking. All the fun Summer stuffs we love to do!

This drink contains vital trace minerals and electrolytes. This is crucial after physical exertion or during illness. Water alone is not enough so it's important to restore those nutrients. The Trace Minerals are optional but check out what's in it...tons of minerals that are readily available like magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, and phosphorous. 

The Young Living Essential Oils are the only oils I would ever feel safe enough for my family to ingest. Read your labels, peeps. You'll be amazed. :) They taste amazing and are very concentrated so you only need a couple drops. 

Not intended for children under one year of age due to the citrus.

I would love to hear how you like it! 

 

 

Let's Do a Catch Up

Hey friend, oh my word where does the time go? I have been so busy I haven't had a chance to pop in here and keep things fresh and interesting. Sigh. It's been quite a rollercoaster around here. In a good way tho!

A few updates:

  1. I started doing yoga. I puffy heart love it. 
  2. My son is graduating from high school in a month. I will be crazy busy until then but I can't wait to share more about that monumental day.
  3. I'm working on an awesome cooking w/essential oils class. Super stoked about that.
  4. I rearranged my studio and love it. I put my big working table near a window. Now even more natural light. Boom! 
  5. Hubby and I are heading out on a fun biz trip I'm doing soon. Yay! That like never happens.
  6. We are working on some backyard spruce up spiff up projects. Spring is here! We like to spend time out there so this should be fun and I hope it all ends up looking like we are planning. :)
  7. Folks are love love loving the Build a Better Graphics Course I launched a few weeks ago. I am thrilled they are thrilled. It's a self paced Course, so there's still time to partake! 

 

 

Build a Better Graphic Course

There's a NEW Course coming up! Entrepreneurs this one is for you. It's about time, right?

I've been wanting to offer a Course just for those friends who are working hard to provide for their family. I see you out there and I applaud you. 

Who is this Course a good fit for? 

Small business owners, entrepreneurs in all sizes and flavors. The local coffee shop owner, the artist or crafter who just created an Etsy site, the savvy fashionista, the blogger, the network marketer, the side hustler, the eBay marketer. The folks out there making a difference but need a little help in the graphics department. 

When you share something about your business you have two ways to do that. Your words and your graphic. Guess which one your audience looks at first? On most social media platforms (and in print), your audience looks at the graphic before they even read what you have to say. If they like what they see, they will read what you have to say. 

I've been working hot and heavy on creating a Course just for you. A Course filled with step by step video tutorials, and a heirarchy for your graphics that is simple to master and you will refer to again and again. I'm pretty excited to share it with you! 

Gone are the days of spending hours with your nose in a 3" thick book trying to master design and PhotoShop. It was pretty overwhelming wasn't it. Don't get me wrong...I have mad love for PhotoShop...oh do I. It's not a good fit for most people and the learning curve is pretty steep. Guess what? It's 2017 and we can now create amazing and impactful graphics on our phones and our tables. 

It is important to me that every person in this Course walks away with more confidence in their graphics making so I am limiting the number of enrollments. If this interests you, don't wait until the Course is full.

The ultimate goal for small business owners is to invest little time and a few dollars and see big results quickly. I understand. I'm keeping this very valuable Course at a minimum price to help you do that. I know how impatient you are, I'm a small business owner, too!

 

Click on over to The Art Workshops section in the side bar to

get all the details on build a better graphic course

 

The Build a Better Graphics Course starts April 3! 

 

 

Avoiding Winter

What's your creative playground a/k/a table look like? Lately mine is filled with watercolors. Still. I got a few new Daniel Smiths last week and am excited to take them for a spin today! 

P.S. Lilly says hello!

Fresh Food Delivered

Last year, in a total rut for recipes, I convinced hubby to sign us up for Blue Apron. Have you ever ordered from a service that sends original recipes and fresh ingredients to your doorstep every week? We are loving my adventures in Blue Apron and wish I’d signed up sooner. Yup, we became fast friends.

There are a few companies like Blue Apron out there...Hello Fresh and Plate are similar. Whenever I write about our fantabulous meals on Instagram or Facebook, people all seem to have a preference for these services. 

Like a good chiropractor or therapist, that big brown box gives me just the right nudge to move my cooking in a new direction. I consider myself a pretty creative cook, yet certain ingredients like catfish or collard greens never made it to my week day repertoire. There’s a new spark to our dinners on Blue Apron nights. We are always impressed and in love with the meals because they are things I just don't ever make...which is kind of the point to even doing this, right? Our boys are continuously amazed with how great things taste, too. 

One of the recipes we had this week was Za-atar Chicken Souvlaki and they were amazinggggggg. 

If you have use a similar service, I'd love to hear about who you use and why. :)

 

 

 

Still Searching

So many creative legends lost this year and it amazes me (or does it) to learn about their battles with depression. George Micheal, Carrie Fisher, Prince...so many right?!

I have felt the pains of depression several times in my life and whenever I was in the thick of those feelings I used art as my way out. The artful act of expression was vital to me, so this really strikes a chord. I would sketch and paint to put the feelings somewhere else - on a canvas or a piece of paper...anywhere...so it wasn't in me anymore. It helped sooo much. 

The thing that's different with me now tho is I'm not that depressed person anymore. If you have been watching my artwork for over two years you can certainly see what I'm talking about. 

The portrait on the left was painted in the thick of sadness. About 6 months later I reworked the piece completely and that's her on the right.

 

 

Fast forward to current time and the need to create as a way out and has been for months. 

When I go to my studio I don't feel the need to create like I used to. I used to need it or I would explode. Not even kidding. Not for one second. 

That's not me anymore. 

I am sooooo glad I'm not that person anymore. It's very freeing really. I have evolved and changed. The sticks that used to save me from the inner dark cloud that confined my spirit have broken. I don't need art like I used to.

The challenge that I have now is can I paint as a happier person? I'm trying. 

What does that look like? It's almost like starting over if I'm being honest. It's doable I'm sure it is. Right? Is it passionate enough tho? That is what I wrestle with as I approach every new piece. 

The colors, the lines, the strokes. I'm experimenting there. 

Every time I fail now, I remind myself to grateful. Grateful that I am in this better state. Free from the darkness. 

 

Our Thanksgiving Break

We spent our Thanksgiving with family last week. My fav time of the year!! On our road trip we met with a good friend, Angela, and had a latte together. :) We've been friends for a while, but never met in person so that was awesome! 

We had a great time with our family, my mom, sis and her hubby. Our kiddos--getting ansy waiting for turkey...goofy photos just happen when they are together and there's never been much I can do about it so I just roll with it. 

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Allie even made a cherry pie! Isn't it beautiful? Wonder if she can teach me how?

Black Friday is another holiday we take seriously. The girls and I, yeah we don't mess around. We went to several fav must see stores like Plenty Merchantile and Lush

We spent a lot of time at a new (to me) store; Urban Farmhouse. OMW. Awesome place! We were all smiles after that!

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SUCH A FUN visit!!! :) 

The Tough Stuff Event

Hey friends!

Last night I featured a packed Event where I shared how I got thru the tough stuff. For those of you who got in, I'm providing a PDF at the bottom of this post! 

It was very late notice, and I thank you all who joined me. The 300 of us had a good time! 

For folks that didn't get in to see the Event, I shared my #1 secret for getting through the tough stuff so you can move on with your awesome self. Plus a lot more of really great info. SO GOOD! 

I am still going thru the messages and comments...so I appreciate your patience! Also, you can check out the new oil website here.

 

That Time I Went To Utah

Have you ever found your feet smack dab in the middle of a lavender field? It's humbling that's for sure. I recently had the opportunity to do just that. Gorgeous. I mean....come ON...

Some oily friends and I gathered for a nice long weekend of fun and celebration at our Silver Retreat in Salt Lake City. These girls are amazing. So blessed with their friendship! Thanks for the great day Nikkee, Kati and Ashley!

The farm was my favorite part. Which was surprising to me because have spent most of my life as a city girl. Those mountains and that lavender tho...breathtaking!

We spent most of our trip in Salt Lake. Have you been there before? Such a clean city. I was amazed. Fairytale like really. We stayed at The Grand America Hotel downtown and were treated like princesses the entire time. 

This night we were celebrating. Not my fave photo but it is what it is! Ha! Nikkee, me and Lindsey.

Janelle, Justine, me and Nikkee...oily franz...

So much fun!!!! I can't wait to go back to Utah! 

 

 

I'm Sharing Oil Secrets Tomorrow!

Are we Facebook friends? If not, go friend me over there. I am doing a Quick Class tomorrow night via live video and there will be lots of helpful info shared!! What oils are good for physical wellness, emotional wellness, sleep...and more. 

There will be some fun giveaways too. I'm all about the fun guys!!  :) 

Download this Guide now if you want to follow along and take notes during the Live Class. See you over there at 7:00 pm, CST! 

Hope you are having a great week! 

Moms Rock

My mom was here visiting last week and we had the best time together! 

I have been so busy this month with the art workshop, essential oils events, son's bday and uhh life....and I was worried I wouldn't get to enjoy her visit. I mean, I barely barelyyyyyy had time to even clean up around here. I had a stack of come back lines prepared in case she said anything about that too. She didn't tho. Mom's are like that and I'm so glad. 

We sipped hot coffees at the breakfast table, shopped at our favorite stores here...yeah plenty of that...and had big family dinners in the evenings. Lots of laughter...oh she can make me laugh! 

I love her.

Today I'm getting back to things. With a happy and grateful heart.

 

Labor YAY Sale!

How great is it that we have a 3 day weekend? I love those! They kinda sneak up on me since I work from home, but how that it's here I am looking forward to having my hubby and kiddos home and enjoy that one last hurrah of Summer. :) 

I'm thrilled to tell you that my art workshops on sale right now! 

This is a great time to jump into the upcoming WAFE, The Energy of Art Workshop that launches September 5! Check it out: here

 

The Neon Forest and Gratitude With Attitude Art Workshops are on sale right now too! 

Hey, have a great Labor Day weekend and enjoy some sweet deal...get creative and make some art!