If I seem to “have a lot going on” it is because that is true. Part of my joy in everyday living comes from my creative habits. I always have a list of joys waiting in the background because I am constantly in-process on creative projects. There is no stopping me with this whole “self-publishing” reality that I have stepped into. Many of the projects that have been running in the background of my life, are finally coming to fruition. The timing is right, because I am more experienced and better-equipped to handle the challenges which often are present during projects and production. Words words words, here are the top headlines from my everyday life, with a brief smidgen of current/future news about all my news.
The Jack Stuler Foundation recently launched. This was a 10-month planning process. We are up-and-running with wind in our sails. If you like behind the scenes info: Next steps are website revisions, awards programs planning, and naming of a new business that the Foundation will own. Jack Stuler passed in 2015, but his work is already regarded as highly collectible. If you are a fan of mid-century, black and white photography, then Jack is your man. From everything I have learned about him, Jack was THE man. I’m sorry that I didn’t get to meet him, but I certainly “feel” him while I work with his daughter Sabina Kelly-Allen on this project. #artmatters #jackstulerfoundation #supportartists
Speaking of photography, I am pleased to announced that my “Pin and Eye” photographic series is going to become more well-known. I currently have 5 selected prints from a larger collection, now featured in “museum quality” jumbo art post cards, currently sold only at Jarrod’s Coffee, Tea & Gallery, in Mesa, AZ. I was able to both successfully plan out and design elements for the sales display.
And still, “Pin and Eye” photographs will be featured all summer long at the one-of-a-kind Children’s Museum of Phoenix! This is my first-ever exhibition of this photographic series. 6 pieces have been selected to be placed in the “Pit Stop” area of the museum, and I am also donating a special piece for their front lobby… let’s just say this is all going to be #adorable. I will confirm details of the dates for exhibition, and invite all of my friends to take their kids to go and see the installations. I also have a special announcement to make about this project as installation begins, near the end of May 2017.
Something that I haven’t mentioned in a while, is the 2017 Retails Sales Catalogue for my client, Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary (Vancouver Island, BC). I had a wonderful experience working with their executive team and graphic designer/typographer through the Winter on this project. The company recently launched the new catalogue at a specialty consumer expo, and I’m told it was well-received. A printed copy of the catalogue is being sent to me, and I will be thrilled to see it in full color. The next projects I am working on with this top-choice client of mine, are related to e-book publishing and web branding. I am excited to announce that I have helped to organize, edit and co-author their upcoming e-book… more details to come.
Speaking of books, my debut self-help title The First 5 Project Planning Lessons will be ready for release in early May! This project has taken me two years to complete, and is a labor of love because I will be giving it away for free to all adults and mature teens. You can learn all about this project by looking at my blog. Other (working) titles upcoming for this year include: Book of Real Prayers and Dreams Made Manifest (workbook manual), a second Haiku book, and a ‘personal-narratives-meets-journal-entries’ manuscript called Gate Codes. That’s not all… haha… you can click into my full product catalogue page to see everything that I have announced and in-the-works.
It has been 9-months since I was last interviewed about bees. The last time was in Colorado. If you did not know, my nickname, Alisha Bee, comes from my passion for community bees awareness and education efforts. This Thursday, April 27, I will once again be happy to talk with Lainie Sevante Quirk at Zeta Global Radio about the current plight of the bees. She is an amazing creative producer currently living in New Mexico, and her program is broadcast online all over the world. We have worked together on the radio and events since our 2013 BeesWeek project at University of New Mexico. At that time, Lainie was co-producing a huge film festival that my BeesWeek activities were a part of. If you do not know about bees, or if you want to know what’s currently happening in their world, then I hope you won’t want to miss this show. I will post a show air link when it becomes available.
Recently, I learned that I had made a little money that I didn’t expect to, from referring people to BodyMind Institute’s plethora of professional instruction courses. I have been working and in contact with Lars Gustafsson, the founder of BMI, since 2013. He is actually the person who supported my early efforts to begin on my forthcoming self-help book, The First 5 Project Planning Lessons. Here’s a list of the other courses and offerings that I am hoping my new book will be listed beside.
Lastly, Thank You to everyone that has kept my spirits up during the last 6 weeks post-surgery. It was at that time that I had surgery to repair a broken jaw, caused by a self-incurred accident that I had in Nevada. The reality of living with a jaw that doesn’t function perfectly, has been eye-opening. You won’t find me mincing words from now on, because I know now how important being able to speak clearly and essentially, is. The love and care that I have given to myself, coupled with the love and care incoming from many of my friends and online acquaintances, has been inspiring. It will be my pleasure to pass the same high-quality love to others. Currently, I can open my mouth, and am beginning to eat solid foods, again. But, there is still a lot of metal in my mouth. In about 2-weeks, my wired jaw journey will be coming to an end. (Pssst… of course, there’s likely a publishing announcement to be made, as I start to record and reflect on my healing experience and how it might help others going through jaw surgery recovery.) I will be thankful to continue on with my #jawjourney, as I still have other, smaller challenges to face and correct, stemming from this same accident.
what’s shown under the cover images, you’ll have a sense of what this post is about. I am announcing that there has been both a title name change and a cover design change for my long-standing literary project. This project has been a passion of mine, and one of the biggest professional challenges to date for me to complete “on a budget.”
2+ years ago, Lars Gustafsson, who is one of my friendly mentors, changed my life. He offered me a challenge, disguised as an opportunity. I took the bait, and before I knew it, I was neck-deep in expanded planning. I was offered a chance to be a faculty member at BodyMind Institute. I said yes, and I was to create an e-course based upon the proposal that I had given Lars. Yeah, 2 years ago!
Have you ever taught a class?
I have, and what I’ve ended up writing with The First 5 Project Planning Lessons book (being released soon), I have gone from one spectrum to the other, in what it is that I am all about. I’ve never written my very own book, based on my very own inner knowledge and experience. I am often a researcher, able to learn quickly from others, and then distribute that information to people that want to learn. Or, I am an artist that is expressive in Haiku. However you slice that writing pie, I have turned an e-course into a book.
Why did it take 2 years?
Although, I first intended an e-course, with videos and worksheets, I did not find understanding there. In hindsight of the past 2 years, I know now that I needed to first nail-down what it is that I know. The very, very first concept I pitched to Lars — before we settled on another version of it — was based off of content that had come from one of my voice recorded lectures. The second version was like a prequel to the first idea. I needed to back-up and explain more information before assuming that people would understand me. And it needed to be more brief as an initial offering.
The Final Product
The new cover design of my upcoming book release entitled The First 5 Project Planning Lessons is the most essential way I can express what it is I have written. I will be able to release more details, after Lars has a look at this book. My desire is to offer this book online for free to students and registered online members at BodyMindInstitute.com website. My desire is to also sell printed copies of this book online, for those that desire a workbook-type feel.
My next steps are easier for me than writing a book.
There is still some coordination work to be done. I am barely finished with the final-final edit. Now, I am printing off a copy of the book to ensure quality. And of course moving on there is always going to be ad/marketing content to create (which is easier for me than writing training content). Cart-after-horse, I still need to get a yes from Lars in the first place. I’m realistic as a marketer. So, if Lars is unable to carry the title at BodyMind Institute, then I will begin on my next phase, and make the next phase the keystone of my plan. What is that? I see that I can always give the title away to clients and students of all the professionals that I know. That would be fun for me to do, too. After all of this is finished, then I will turn my focus onto creating an audio/video podcast accelerated version of the training information that is in my upcoming book.
There are more lessons?!
Yes. This book project is the first leg of what will be at least 20 “chapters” — or lessons as I am often calling them. They will not be free after this first launched version. Why do I think that I am ready to teach on leadership and project coordination? I have been in service as a sidekick, technician, and advisor to executives, CEOs, and Fortune 500 companies since 2000. I have been working in the marketing and entertainment realms as a business owner for 17 years this June. I’m ready to get what I know how to-do, out into the world. Giving the book away for free to students and clients makes sense to me, because in order for one to know that they love to make progress, they need mentorship and training on how-to accomplish that. Learning how-to be smarter as a leader and project coordinator is a common sense skillset to have. More than ever now in this modern day, I see that life both alone and together is complex. But, the information I am presenting will always be as simplified and personable as possible. Ages 12 to adult can use this information, which will last a lifetime, and is measurable in value.
What will you get out of this book, if you were to read it?
Look for more details coming soon. In the meantime, here are some treats. CLICK HERE to see all the other pros at BodyMind Institute. CLICK HERE to see Lars’ own famous free webinar e-course. And thank you kindly for reading!