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s Greatest Superpower for Getting Things Done! ~ Artellagram 3/12/11
March 12, 2011

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I am who the world needs me to be.
I’m Wonder Woman.

- Wonder Woman in
the "Infinite Crisis" Comic Book

When I hear someone say something like, "I have too many ideas…so many projects…but I just never get anything done…” oh, I just want to hug her! Then, I want to tell her that she is NOT alone; this kind of anxiety really seems to be an epidemic among creative people. In fact, here's a silly new word I made up to describe this state of mind:

ARTxiety: n, overwhelm and anxiety about having too many artistic projects and creative ideas.

Do you relate to ARTxiety? I definitely understand how it feels to be overwhelmed by choices, opportunities, projects, and ideas. It's sort of ironic, isn't it…on the one hand, our creative visions, sensitivity, and open-ness to new ideas are our very best assets…and yet when this fierce creativity is not channeled, it can seem that we are our own worst barrier to making things happen and getting things done.

And then, to make things worse, we turn to linear solutions and practices to try to get things done. We try to learn to manage time, schedules, calendars, priorities….but, these approaches often don't work for creative people. If you're a creative person who is nodding your head right now as you read this, you know that we need are more non-linear practices for managing our lives. I have often felt this need so deeply which is why developing and sharing these types of new practices has become my core passion over the past several years.

When we are in a state of ARTxiety, prioritizing can only get us so far. Prioritizing involves looking at "what is most important". But more often than not, the very act of evaluating "what is most important" can just lead to MORE overwhelm, as we get swallowed up in a dark, urgent, pressure-filled energy that makes us feel incapable and unconfident. This is why so many creative people get stuck when prioritizing…me included.

When we are in a state of overwhelm, I've found that I finally can get things done not when I focus on "what's most important" but instead, "what is really most important…to me." Momentum and motivation are the two keys to getting things done, and both of them are fueled solely by what we truly love. Instead of prioritizing, we can portraitize, and design each day as a work of art, capitalizing on what we most love about ourselves and the world around us.

On Wednesday, March 23, I'm presenting a free teleclass called "Discover the REAL Wonder in Wonder Woman: Use Your Secret Creative Superpower and Get Things Done". In this free class, you'll learn the portraitizing process as well as other ways to engage your creativity as you harness the ARTbundance™ Principles and amazing power of love to become a real Wonder Woman (or Wonder Man!) You can get all the fun details under the "News" section further down below.

For those short on time, to simplify this week's Artellagram, here are some ”quick links” to the highlights in this edition. You can simply follow the links that you're interested in and go directly to that section.

NEW! Free ARTbundance™ Teleclass!

Get a Free ARTbundance™ Coaching Session!

NEW! Special Release of the Pain to Purpose Transformation Kit!

Artella Member Ship Updates!
Join the Artella Affiliate Program

Become Part of Artella's Team!

In the Studio with Coach Donniece Smith

Creativity Tip: "Your Own Time" Clock

Quotz Crystal™

1. NEW! Free ARTbundance™ Teleclass…Finally Get Things Done! Join me and some very special guests for "Discover Wonder Woman's Greatest Superpower: Lasso Love to FINALLY Get Things Done!",  a playful and practical free teleworkshop in which you'll learn how to use art, creativity, and LOVE as powerful new tools to get more things done!

This fun workshop is based on ARTbundance™ philosophy, which is all about tapping into the universal wellspring of creative wisdom to make powerful changes in our lives as we capture the power of creativity and actually use it as a life-transforming tool with real, practical results.

In this very exciting free event, I'll be joined by some of Artella's ARTbundance™ Certification Training Alumni, as well as my ultra-special guest, Kathy Cano-Murillo, aka "The Crafty Chica"! Kathy is a savvy Web entrepreneur, the author of 7 craft how-to books and 2 new novels, the designer of her own art supply product line, and so much more…she's truly one of my very FAVORITE Wonder Women, ever!

It will be one great big party as we all share practical tools to easily and joyfully connect to the power of love and use it to discover NEW ways to organically manage your time, fuel your energy, and finally get things done!

"Discover Wonder Woman's Greatest Superpower: Lasso Love to FINALLY Get Things Done!" is a free teleclass to be held on Wednesday, March 23, at 9:00pm Eastern Time (8:00 Central, 7:00 Mountain, 6:00 Pacific), taking place via telephone conference line.

Sign up for this free class and you will….
  • Enjoy fun exercises to identify your personal core motivating ARTbundance™ Principles and the most powerful (and perhaps most surprising) "loves" of your life.
  • Engage in an innovative, hands-on art project that actually focuses these elements to help you portraitize rather than prioritize! Through the portraitizing process, you'll learn new skills to uniquely design each day as your own work of art, creating both the structure AND the support to finally get things done!
  • Hear candid personal stories from Marney, Kathy, and ARTbundance™ Graduates, with our best Wonder Woman Tips for amazing ways to manage your time and fuel your energy using the power of LOVE!
  • Receive a dynamic follow-up workbook including inspiring and effective ARTsignments™ that harness the ARTbundance™ Principles to uncover even more new sources and opportunities for using LOVE to get things done!
  • For those also interested in hearing more about the Spring 2011 ARTbundance™ Certification Training Program, you are invited to stay for a fun gathering after the call, where you'll hear directly from actual ACT graduates, and get full details about applying for the 2011 ARTbundance™ Certification Training program
And by the way, Super Men are welcome, too! :-)

To join us for the free Discover Wonder Woman's Greatest Superpower teleclass on Wednesday, March 23, sign up here!

2. Get a Free ARTbundance™ Coaching Session Plus Lots of Great Goodies! We're once again accepting volunteer clients to work with our talented Coaches-in-training in the current group of trainees in Artella's ARTbundance™ Certification Training Program. An ARTbundance™ Coach is a pioneering, unique hybrid of inspiring coach, creativity teacher, workshop leader, and spiritual guide. The Fall 2010 Trainees are near the completion of their certification training, and they are looking forward to working with volunteer clients in one-on-one coaching sessions!

To participate, you simply receive your free live one-on-one coaching in a 30-minute session, by phone, and fill out a follow-up feedback questionnaire following your session. In addition to the free ARTbundance™ session, you also receive a bonus gift of an ARTbundantly overflowing package of unique and inspiring goodies as our thanks!

You can get all the exciting details and sign up for your complimentary session, here!

A new session of the ARTbundance™ Certification Training Program (ACT) is starting April 18! Applications will be available very soon! If you would like to receive notifications when applications are available, simply fill out the form on this page.

3. NEW! Special Release of the Pain to Purpose Transformation Kit! Earlier this month, I was so happy to be a featured speaker in the Pain to Purpose Telesummit, founded by Dawn Richerson. Dawn is a participant in the current session of Artella's ARTbundance™ MENTORing And INVENTORing Program (MAIN), and through MAIN, she partnered with fellow participant, Master Calligrapher Rae Shagalov, and together they created the "Pain to Purpose" Transformation Kit .They are now re-releasing the Kit "in celebration of all things are Artella", and are combining it with some special gratitude bonuses offered only to the Artella community. It's a really cool opportunity and I'm very happy to invite you to take a look, here.

4. Artella Member Ship Updates! This month's Luxury Goodies are set to go out next week, so if you've been thinking about becoming a Member, now is a great time to do because it means you can get February's Luxury Goodies IN ADDITION to those for March! With four different Luxury Cabins, you have some great options to choose from. I invite you to take a look at our recently-updated cabins and come aboard the Artella Member Ship Creativity Cruise! You can go here for more info.

5. Join the Affiliate Program! Join Artella's generous Affiliate Program and enjoy all the new affiliate tools that we’ve recently added! You can get more info by clicking here.

6. Interested in Becoming Part of Artella's Team? We are expanding our team for all the exciting things we're working on this year, so if you're interested in becoming part of the Artella Team, check out this page for details.

For today's "In the Studio" Interview, I'm delighted to present an interview with ARTbundance™ Coach Donniece Smith. Donniece has a huge heart and is indeed a Wonder Woman herself, so I knew she would be a great Coach to highlight this week!

Enjoy getting to know Donniece!

Artella: What led you to the ARTbundance™ Certification Training?

Donniece: A few years after leaving a corporate job in a state of burn-out, I was in search mode for my next career path. I knew that I wanted meaningful work that fit in with my experience as an artist and my desire to help people express their unique creativity. At the right time, I learned of ARTbundance™ coaching through Dewi Maile Lim and our association on some weekly mastermind calls.

As I listened to Dewi speak about her experiences as part of the inaugural ARTbundance™ training class, I was drawn to learn more, apply, and take the program myself.

Artella: How has your ARTbundance™ training affected your work and/or life?

Donniece: I have been aware conceptually that a small change can have large effects on outcomes in our lives. But it wasn't until I experienced Marney's ARTsignments™ that I saw this come to life over and over with practice coaching clients and myself. This observation has had a huge effect on my work and life. Just knowing that anything can change with the simplest shift of perspective is absolute creative power that I can't wait to share with other people.

You can read the rest of Donniece's interview, here

A new session of the ARTbundance™ Certification Training Program (ACT) is starting April 18! Applications will be available very soon. If you would like to receive notifications when applications are available, simply fill out the form on this page.

So often we forget that time IS our own, and that we DO control it. Even if we don't always have control over the things we do, we do have control over how we do them.

For example, you may not have a choice right now about having to drive a long commute to work each day. But you DO have choices about how you use that time, and, specifically, what you are thinking about and reflecting on during that time.

In this way, we can actually exist in two times at once. That sounds very "quantum physics" but really, it's all about making choices about what is most important to us. In other words, your body can be in one time and place, but your energy, emotions, and focus can be held elsewhere…in the place that is most important. It is through these choices that you can make that time your own.

Try creating a "Your Own Time" Clock to celebrate the 1-3 things that are MOST important to you. Use any media or art supplies you like. It can be an actual working clock, or just a representation of one. As you work, think about the time that THIS clock keeps…which is YOUR time, the time that is most important to you.

When your project is complete, keep your Clock somewhere where it will remind you of your wonderful ability to exist in two times at once. For example, the clock on the wall may indicate you're in your cubicle at work, but the "Your Own Time" clock that you design indicates that your ENERGY is with your highest priorities - right where it should be!

In my example shown here, I made a clock with ruby slippers (paying homage to "there's no place like home" from The Wizard of Oz) to celebrate home and family, which are my top priorities. This clock reminds me that even when other things are engaging my time, I can always be engaging energetically with my family...thus existing in two times at once. :-)

Give it a try and see if you can reclaim Your Own Time!

The project is excerpted from the Artella e-course, From Here to ARTernity Volume 1: A Mixed Media Metamorphosis for the TIME of Your Life!

You can get more information about this course, here.

This Quotz Crystal is a high-resolution jpeg image, suitable for printing. I invite you to print it out and hang it up to remind you of the true Wonders within you!

~Admiring the Wonder in ,

Artella Founder, Mango Lover, Hula Dancer

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