Make or break

After a year of hiding away from the world at large, I have an awful lot of appointments with people in the next week and a bit. There’s also a wonderful Arts Festival taking over the town! I will either sink or swim, and I’m pretty sure I’m swimming. I’m feeling about as organized as I was pre-childbirth. If I am completely intact, and even happy and confident… and *enjoying* all the social interaction, by next Wednesday… then I say that for now, I am cured.  If not, then I will have something more to work on.

I painted today. Black canvas, gold paint.

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Homeschool work-at-home single parents

I am in search of moral support and a look into how others manage in a similar position. Here’s a few of my findings.

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Examples of types of work done by folk who work while homeschooling. There’s a wide variety!

http://a2zhomeschooling.com/main_articles/working_from_home_while_homeschooling/

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Some interesting statistics, and how to fit homeschooling into weekends and holidays.

http://a2zhomeschooling.com/main_articles/single_working_parent_family/

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Single, but not Alone. An article on the difficulties faced when homeschooling as a single parent, and how faith fits into the picture.

http://www.hslda.org/courtreport/V27N1/V27N101.asp

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Working outside the home full-time, while homeschooling. It was interesting to learn how this family took their child with them to work.

http://homeedmag.com/HEM/193/mjwork.php

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The Real Reason Parents Don’t Homeschool… And I will investigate this further a bit later on, as I see the writer has three startups under her belt. And lots of links to explore in her article.

http://homeschooling.penelopetrunk.com/2013/01/24/the-real-reason-parents-dont-homeschool/

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This weekend, I am actually going to have a “weekend.”

Hope you all enjoy your weekends too!

I will be up at 2.30am Sunday for Twitter @Artist_Chat on the #ArtistChat hashtag, for the interview with author/artist Arthur H. Browne of the Pouring My Art Out Blog.  Apparently that’s 7.30am Pacific Time, or 10.30am EST Saturday. Perhaps we’ll see you there!

Work

“Roll your works upon Jehovah himself and your plans will be firmly established.” ~ Proverbs 16:3

Ta-Daah! Hire me… go on, I dare you :) Yes, this is my CV.

CV

I am actively seeking part-time work from home as an artist, or within the creative industries.

Business Start-up

I am strongly interested in helping people heal from trauma, by encouraging creative expression, and community. I believe that raising awareness is important particularly in regards to mental health. From February 2013 I have focused my energy on setting up a business online, currently called the Wildersoul Colouring Book. http://wildersoul.wordpress.com Various contact details are available from a central point at http://about.me/anasera.trifonoff

Self-employment Information

Sold various paintings privately from 1986 to date.
June 2012 Self-employed contractor. Demonstration model for video advertisement for a physiotherapist
October 2011 to March 2012 – Self-employed contractor. Video testimonials for patient interviews for a chiropractor. (Clinic has since moved to Wellington)
From May 2003 to October 2011 Self-employment in various capacities as below.
Desktop publishing for a takeaway shop.
Colouring Artwork for a Tourist Park
Colouring Artwork for Special Education speech therapists
1996 – Exhibited and sold paintings at French Art Shop Gallery, Ponsonby, Auckland in 1996.
1988 – Exhibited at Gallery 16, Kumeu, Auckland.
Sold my first painting at age 15 after it was exhibited in the Auckland Star Secondary School Art Exhibition.

Education

On-the-job learning 1988, and 1990 to date, in a broad variety of industries. Some short courses taken in Art, Stage/Screen and TV/Film Acting, graphic design, desktop publishing, electronics, and outdoor pursuits. Some involvement in Community theatre and Community circus.
Secondary school 1984-87 and 1989. ‘A’ Bursary awarded.
Graded in the top 5% nationally for Art at age 16.

Explanation of break in employment

Left work to raise a family from 1997. Homeschooling my two children since approximately 2003. Casual work during this time included some childcare, preschool, afterschool and a holiday programme for teens, as well as some cleaning and gardening work, and private tutoring in English for a speaker of another language. Health issues have made it difficult to take on more. Mostly related to stress. The worst of these issues has been addressed from mid-2012 to early 2013, in an intensive self-initiated treatment plan.

Transferable Skills

Creative, Artistic

Artistic, music appreciation, dance, body movement, perform, act, draw, sketch, render, present artistic ideas, play instruments, expressive.

Working with People

Patient, care for, pleasant, counsel people, sensitive, supportive, help others, insightful, teach, anticipate needs, open-minded, kind, take orders, listen, serving, trust, working with others, understand, adaptable

Leadership

Motivate people, plan, delegate, run meetings, direct others, explain things to others, self-motivated, get results, think of others, direct projects, team builder, solve problems, mediate problems, take risks, empowering others.

Some Key or Other transferable skills

Customer service oriented, accepted responsibility, desire to learn and improve, solve problems, team player, work independently, computer skills

Use my hands, assemble or make things, safety-conscious, follow instructions

Using Words, Ideas

Innovative, logical, research, create new ideas, design, understand the big picture

Summary

I’ve bolded the skills which stand out to me the most. That is; artistic, draw, sketch, render, help others, adaptable, self-motivated, get results, work independently, computer skills, use my hands, assemble or make things, innovative, create new ideas, design, understand the big picture.

Computer Skills

  • Inkscape – vector graphics editor
  • GIMP – image editor, similar to Photoshop
  • WordPress.com blogs
  • Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, About.me, Goodreads – social media
  • WordPress.org self-hosted blog (basics)
  • Windows, Linux and Macintosh operating systems.
  • Scribus – page layout and publication (desktop publishing program, similar to Pagemaker)
  • CreateSpace paperback self-publishing
  • Amazon Kindle e-book self-publishing
  • Gmail for email, also familiar with Outlook.
  • Chromium browser (Linux version of Chrome)
  • OpenOffice, LibreOffice, similar to MS Office.
  • OpenShot video editor. Also familiar with iMovie for Mac, and MovieMaker for Windows
  • SoundCloud audio
  • Grooveshark broadcasting, and recording
  • YouTube video
  • VideoPress on WordPress
  • Audacity – record and edit audio files
  • Skype, Google Talk
  • Synfig Studio – 2D animation (basics)
  • DropBox – file sharing in the Cloud
  • Sellbox – upload and sell digital files from DropBox
  • Previous experience with Excel spreadsheets, Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, although not currently using them.

I am a quick learner, and most of the above programs I set myself to learn over the last year. I am not afraid of good old-fashioned roll-the-sleeves-up hard work.

Some Previous Employers (prior to 1998)

Internet ProLink NZ Ltd (bought by another telco)
Napier Computer Systems Ltd
Avnet Pacific Ltd (NZ merged into Asia/Pacific)
Select Appointments (Temping agency – name changed to Randstad Pty Ltd)
West Plaza Copy Centre Ltd (Now Colour Copy & Print Ltd)
NM Studios, the Signmaker (downsized to work from home)
Walshes World Ltd – International Tourism Marketing (Now The Walshe Group Pty Ltd)

References on request.

Shameless self-promotion

 
(And it seemed like such a quiet interview room!)

My wonderful sister..

I am ever so grateful for the quiet words of support given by my wonderful sister.

In view of my mission to get a CV and some sort of explanation ready for an appointment in a couple of weeks, my dear sister shared these very helpful and encouraging links. For all you artists or budding artists or creative types out there, have a read and feel good about yourself.

http://tlcxpress.ac.nz/2012/04/art-creativity-and-transferable-skills/

Here’s the checklist I will print out in the morning when the printer won’t wake anyone from their dreams. It’s going to be fun to fill out and have a good look-at and think-about.

http://www.roguecc.edu/emp/Resources/transferable_skills_checklist.htm

Thank you Stara.

Colouring books

~ an update ~

The last four days have been quite intense. I have a system for uploading colourful and colouring artwork for sale. (At wildersoul.wordpress.com) The mix of black and white, with colour in some of my previews appeals to me, and I have a feeling that this colouring book style is going to affect my paintings… Everything is set up for me to start painting.

The plan is to take Friday off from the usual routine, and spend some time perhaps painting, and following Job Leads. Or self-employed Artist leads… The blog may be updated with the next letter of the alphabet, U.

It seems like no problem at all to carry on producing a colouring book pic every day. Each one is hand-drawn and I think of it as my Artist’s Sketchpad. A place to show sketches that may turn into paintings.

The pain in my left shoulder/neck has disappeared. And some Playground Therapy yesterday did me a world of good. The stress had started to build up, and going for a really high swing helped to defuse it, and I found I could breathe properly again. Then a few slides down the bumpy slide for kids a lot younger than I, and I could giggle again… and again…

I highly recommend Playground Therapy.

It also does wonders for the self-esteem. Nothing like hearing you’re amazing, from the mouths of babes. I wonder how high they will attempt to swing tomorrow!

That’s the physiological de-stress. Here’s my mental de-stress technique: If I am pressured to desert my kids with the threat of losing half of our current income, then I will go bush. This is my mental “escape hatch.” It is my way of accepting the worst that could happen, and be totally prepared to face it. An interesting novel caught my eye, which has a colourful description of the slums of India. Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. People made their dwellings out of whatever was on hand. And there was a huge community all living together in the same conditions. The “happiness” is found in everyone being in similar circumstances. It is harder living poor in among the rich. I remember Gandhi wearing his large white sheet, and it didn’t matter where he went, or what dignitaries he met with, he wore what he wore. A man in uniform asked him if he felt underdressed for the occasion. To which Gandhi asked if the heavily decorated and uniformed man felt overdressed.

Full steam ahead. I want to be earning at least some money from my colouring book, and other art, within the next two weeks. Then I have an appointment where I will need to bring evidence of the work and learning I have put in towards setting up this online business. As well as, at the same time, showing that I am looking for any suitable/appropriate work available.

That means writing a CV. I will post it, and link to it on all my blogs. And I will think up a list of things I could possibly offer to do for others for money. Sounds serious doesn’t it! I am required to be working part-time, or in some sort of approved training course, in addition to homeschooling. I am working and learning. The only missing ingredient is the money. Any tips are much appreciated.

I have been told that doubling my price and offering different ‘levels’ of product could work. My introductory prices for September are to get the ball rolling, and make sure that my system works. I intend to aim next for the Fine Art – Digital Art market, and get serious about painting. While retaining the colouring book theme, and the therapeutic angle. I have some leads for places to display or promote my work.

That’s my life update on colouring books for tonight. It’s been a long day. Hope you enjoy the splash of colour at the Wildersoul Colouring Book.

Ok thinking out loud

Ok I am going to think out loud.
Blogging is about community
Writers and artists of all kinds
meet daily with their audience
up close, in person, rubbing shoulders
noticing hairy nostrils and
smell
of deodorant

A writer sits in a well-lit attic
room with a view of a lake
for contemplation
typewriters stacked obsoletely

I got distracted with the words down the left side.
Start again.
Thinking about where to go next
First it was art, education and kids
Then work, and it is not necessary
to teach at a school, or have a degree to
work as an art teacher and yet is that what I want?

Psychology, philosophy, religion, spirituality
fits with thoughts of healing
the mind, the spirit, the soul.
Dream pictures create good artwork
says a counsellor
she knows her world and art is an investment.

Pure expression
creativity in motion
alive in many shifting forms
here is the opportunity
to choose a creative path to
stay on, to live with
for the rest of my
life

Business Therapy – health update

I am going to keep tabs on my health during the month of September, as I may have to adjust my schedule if things don’t go well.

Family day outdoors today was lovely. We had a picnic with a long walk along the foreshore. Beautiful view. Good for the soul.

Ok. A simple list.

  • brain dripping through nose again… haha or whatever it is.
  • lately I notice I get very cold, a number of times through the day (when no-one else is)
  • falling asleep during the day (probably catching up on late nights)
  • fell asleep at picnic table while writing up business email draft
  • shivering and chattering with cold, although dressed warmer than everyone else
  • queasy and exhausted for walk home, many rest stops
  • fell asleep immediately once home for couple of hours
  • convulsions, heart beat faster than usual and working hard
  • memories of trauma
  • got up weak, heavy, and wobbly/dizzy
  • slurred, sometimes garbled speech

Hmm. That looks worse on paper.

Just letting my readers know – there is nothing to worry about… all of these things have happened before, and I simply want to keep track this month to make sure things don’t get worse, or unusual. (Unusual even for me, that is!)

I think I have mentioned before that colouring in was very helpful in healing from post-traumatic stress, and that I do not have the fear/terror/panic/stress symptoms any more. Only the physical symptoms remain, meaning, my body is worn out.

So we will see just how worn out it is, and how much load it can handle.

Basically, working for an income involves a lot of work, some stress which would normally be classed as a healthy and positive stress, and an added weight of responsibility.

Then add the negative stress that can creep in, if allowed to… such as lack of confidence. Anger at the other parent who does not share the responsibility. And loading up extra thoughts of responsibility, such as paying back the taxpayer’s money that has supported us these last years.  And also, an awareness of the negative thoughts of others around me toward the situation I am in. I have to throw these thoughts off to maintain health.

Ok. So the healthy focus for now is to simply work towards $10,140 for the year. And stick to my one month plan to get it all started. I will document how realistic my goal is, of 15 contacts in the morning, 15 in the afternoon. And adjust it if necessary.

The ‘positive healthy’ stress of working for an income is complicated by the particular trauma I went through. It adds an unhealthy and negative stress. And this is something I will work through as things come up. It looks as though a re-run of some memories is naturally coming up, and it is more of a review, with my brain putting together the pieces into a continuous story, rather than disjointed pieces.

I have been in a situation before where I realized that my earnings were not enough to cover all expenses, and it was my love for those I cared for that kept me going through the stress. I am drawing on that feeling now as I set out to earn what I can, even if it may not be enough to cover all of our expenses.

Business Therapy

Or Business School. I’m going to share what I’m up to, and then ask you a question at the end.

  1. Free colouring book with fast, easy drawing. Low time, low (no) cost, low quality…
  2. Sellbox shop with listings on Wildersoul.com. Medium time, low cost, higher quality.
  3. Spoonflower designs made to order, medium time, higher cost, higher quality
  4. Etsy shop with handmade one-off artworks created from Spoonflower designs, on fabric. Highest time, highest cost, highest quality.

To work on next:

  • Keep loading up daily artwork for free colouring book. In a way, this is absolutely free promotion of anything else I create. It is literally a look at the artist’s drawing board, with scribbles and sketches of ideas that may blossom into something later.
  • Create a beautiful and intricate artwork from my Spoonflower design. (Butterfly design on fabric – using beads and fabric paint, and who knows what else. It may turn into a beautiful bag of some sort…)
  • Figure out how to have all my blogs on Wildersoul.com, so I have only one point of contact. The trick is to make it so it is text only, mostly, on the front page, so that it loads quickly and easily. And also have all of the colouring pictures display as a gallery with no text. I think I can achieve this by carefully adding categories, and putting them into a menu. Or else I will have to figure out some coding, and how to use shortcodes.

Other ideas brewing:

  • A regular radio broadcast
  • A regular tv channel, you know, YouTube channel. With broadcasts, perhaps via Google+
  • Twitter poetry – 140 character poems. Perhaps it could make a good e-book, with photos and/or artwork added.
  • Skype or Gmail video chat available for face-to-face video chat.

My drive to share freely is in gratitude for the wonderfully supportive bloggers on WP, and also in a spirit of passing on what has helped me to heal.

My drive to start a business is to make money to support my family. Call me old fashioned, it kind of breaks my heart, as I believe in the Man having the role of providing for the family. The way I frame this in my mind, is that I am giving my kids the direct experience of seeing and being involved in a business start-up. Gotta be good for them. I love it when they come up with something better. I like to stimulate ideas, and head them down tracks they may not have considered. And then watch them run with it, in directions beyond my imagination or ability.

In the meantime… I am thoroughly enjoying the art I do with my own hands. Finally I am really starting to add colour. Somehow my mind is also tuning in to what other people want or need, that I could perhaps provide.

For now, here’s my question to you: What are your dreams, plans and goals? What is important to you in life right now? And what are your challenges, or disappointments, and how do you frame them so as to get on with things? (Big question…!)