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Thursday, September 07, 2017

5 Strategies For Making Big Things Happen



*Winner of my giveaway announced at the end of this post** :)

When you have an idea for something, make that a BIG idea, how do you go about making sure that you accomplish it?  More or less, I'm talking about creative ideas but honestly, it could pertain to anything you'd like to achieve.

I know for me, I often sit and percolate over my initial musing and decide the pros and cons of doing something in my head before I take action.  The head-game can be slightly dangerous though because you can talk yourself out of doing something as much as you can get excited about the idea.  The longer you stay in your head can also mean the less likely you actually put the plan into action.

For the last couple of years, I have been releasing one to two new online classes a year (plus a few mini lessons one friend's collaborative workshops) and that number is actually lower than I set out to do when I first started working for myself.  In my head, I thought surely I can do 4-6 a year, no problem.  

Ha.

I know I probably go overboard in my workshops, I often do a lot more than I need to for it to be a successful class which is why it takes me so long to produce a class.   Knowing what I know,  I have learned that I can't really commit to a class unless I have a full 8 weeks or more to work on it with very little commitments other than the class to distract me.  

Easier said than done!




That brings me to my main point: to do big things, you need white space to work in.  By white space, I mean time, openness of your schedule, and very little elsepulling you in other directions.

I've worked in a 'sparkly colorful' space for far too many big projects.  Often, it leads to burnout and even physical revolts from my body.

This time around, during my Zen Houses class I did have a lot of white space cleared out so ideally, the production should have gone smoothly but what I didn't account for is the many things that pop up at the last minute that I 'had' to take on, you know the ones that seem like a good idea at the time and not take too long but end up taking 10x as long as you imagine to do and not such a great idea overall.  I also didn't really account for personal commitments that pop up that have got to be taken care of no matter what because that's what life is about being a Mom, friend, co-worker.  

Long story short, I did have to delay the launch by 2 weeks so I could fit in those things that 'popped' up that had I not delayed the class, it would have pretty much killed me to open it on time.
I'm so glad my pre-registered students understood and were so very gracious and patient.  




If you want to do big things, hear are some lessons and strategies I've put into place or learned over the years that I'd thought I'd share with you today.  If you have processes in place that have worked for you, I'd love to hear those too!


1.  Be cautious on saying 'yes' to every project or request that comes your way.  Have a 'mission' statement in place and if the request doesn't support your mission, or doesn't fit into a time space you've allotted for impromptu opportunities,  the answer should be no.  To quote Derek Sivers, "If it's not a 'hell-yeah, it's a hell no."

2.  OVER Estimate how long projects will take.  Even if you know you can finish your task(s)  in a shorter amount of time,  it's better to over deliver and under promise rather than the opposite. Leaving a cushion in your timeline for unexpected delays as things will pop up when you least expect them to.  (ahhh--hhmmmm.--lesson learned once again for me!)

3. Put stretch goals in place but be realistic in what you can achieve.  You want to challenge yourself but not set yourself up for failure by being unrealistic about what is truly possible.  Truthfully, most anything you strive to do is possible, but it may not be achievable in a particular time frame if a plan isn't well thought out or executed upon properly. 

4.  Plan out your project and do check ins periodically.  Know what you want to achieve and when you want to achieve it by.  I have found that deadlines and due dates (even if they are self-imposed)  are so important to keep myself accountable and on track.  I like to start with an outline and fill in bullet points under each category for a particular project.  This helps me visualize the entire process from start to finish and the key milestones along the way.


5.  Delegate-delegate.  If you are striving to do something big, it doesn't mean you have to do it all yourself.  This may mean you will have to  enlist help for things that you normally do at home or at work that are important but not critical for you to do.   This is one of the hardest things for me to do honestly, but I've learned along the way  that it's critical to do so that you can make that 'white' space available for the truly big things you want to accomplish.

So what is that big idea next on your list?  How are you going to make sure you reach your goal and shine for the rest of the world to see??






Until Next Time,

Jodi




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Drum Roll please-----We have a winner for my 10 x 10 original painting featured in my last blog post:



Blogger Tamara Decoito said...
Hi Jodi
I live in La Mesa, CA and my home is a creative place where my grandchildren can explore with color and many different mediums. Thank-you for your inspiration I am excited for the start of Zen Houses. 

Congratulations Tamara!!! 

Monday, September 04, 2017

Zen Houses Opening Soon-Painting Giveaway!




2 More Sleeps!

Yippee Skippy!   

I couldn't be more excited to announce my newest online workshop, Zen Houses,  is ready to launch and will be opening on September 6th!   This class merges two of my most favorite styles/themes of painting: My Funky Little Houses and Zen Painting into a fun filled (and robust workshop--over 6 hours of content!), 

You'll learn everything from shading, pen and pencil work, sketching,  using a specialty surface along with extremely fluid paint,  to create a water color'ish, sketcherly, work of art.  (I make up a few words here and there...heehee).    

I jammed packed this  course with several projects, warm ups, and many discussions where I share insights, tips,  and tricks of the trade.  

Here's a few more pics to  inspire you,  so you can get a general idea of what you'll be doing during Zen Houses :

From the Cottage House Chapter


From the Challenge House Chapter




From the Beach House ChapterPLUS MORE!!!!!



One of the many exciting parts of this whole process is watching my students go from a sketch to a fully illustrated painting.  I mean, can you imagine going from this:



To This??? 


 Well you can with my assistance!  I promise I will lead you from start to finish and then some!  My goal is for you not just to recreate my projects, but to grow and flourish as an artist beyond the class room!!!


The sale price for this fun filled workshop ends on the launch date (September 6th), but of course you can jump in at anytime as this is a self paced course.

BONUS--I will do 2 live chats & painting exercises during the first 8 weeks of the course PLUS offer a bonus video midstream of our first few weeks together.

In addition to our intensive warm ups, you will complete 2 mini paintings and 3full size paintings, and if you so chose, I give one final assignment for the truly ambitious.   That's a ton of content for this low  price, honestly you will get your money's worth out of this course!!!

I hope you will join me and over 100 students from around the world for Zen Houses!

For more info and or to register, check out my class page by clicking HERE.

Even if you can't join us, please help spread the word!  I am giving away, yes giving away one of my sample pieces  featured in this course titled, "Home is Where you Are", a 10x10 on gessobord.    The giveaway is open to everyone, but shipping expenses would have to be charged if one of my international friends happens to win.









How to put your name in the hat?  

Simply comment on this post and tell me where your home is and why do you consider it your sanctuary...after all, we are all searching for peace and a sense of calm, hopefully our homes are where we find that first and foremost.

If you are so inclined to share this post so that more people can hear about my class, please link to it and come back and comment again for a second entry!!

Drawing will be held on September 6th, 2017  PS...please leave your email in the comments so I can reach you if you win.

Good luck, and thank you so much for all your support and encouragement!!

xoxo

Jodi Ohl


PS....one more  announcement: some of my creative and friends and I are having an auction this weekend online to raise money for Hurricane Harvey victims.  10 of us are all donating a piece of art for the auction and would love for you to support the cause by placing a bid.  The auction starts 7pm on Saturday, the 9th through 11 pm.  Highest bidder at the end of the auction wins. EZ peezy.  You do need to join the event to participate which you can do so by clicking HERE.

This is the piece I am contributing, "Beach Road", which is a 10x10 original painting that I used for a sample during this workshop.
Thank you so much for your support! We need to pull together as a country now more than ever!






Friday, September 01, 2017

Wanderlust-I'm Teaching This Year!






Exciting News!









Wanderlust is a whole year long journey - an online event offering you videos from 24 guest teachers and 2 resident teachers on a weekly basis (each one is full length, high quality and downloadable), access to the Wanderlust Community with a supportive and friendly atmosphere, where all of the classes are gathered.

Here's a peek at the other teachers this year!!!!! Woohoo! I'm honored to be among such talent!


You will also find  various activities that will stimulate your creativity and motivate you to simply enjoy the process of making art. Together with the class you will also get an exclusive whole year discount to leading art and craft retailers.

 Wanderlust class is the perfect alternative to in-person classes! 



Wanderlust 2018 from Everything Art 


Buy Wanderlust 2018 before 31st December 2017 and save 20%! Early Bird Price - £79! (regular price £99) 

Join us by signing up HERE.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Coming Soon!! Zen Houses



I hope you will join me for my upcoming workshop, Zen Houses which begins September 6th!

More details coming!   Over 6 hours of content, PLUS  a few surprises!

Check out the registration page by clicking HERE