Creative Voice Facilitator, Teacher, Artist & Techie

And then there were two…

Posted on Apr 27, 2013

And then there were two…

I pulled the plug on The Alternating Current. 

That was the hardest one because it was my baby. It was by far the site closest to the thing I love doing. It had whimsy, I hand-drew all the graphics on my iPad and I had lots of fun writing the flying monkey missives (which I think I’ll be putting together into one document and offering as a download here).

It’s time to move on.

So right now I only have two sites, down from  six, or was it five? At some point I’m sure I had more than five. One is my Podcast, and is only for the podcast & this one.

I had a pretty long conversation with my friend Crys (the same one from a few posts ago), I was in near-hysterics (over-exaggerating slightly) about taking down the last site and how little there is on the interwebs about me… which is total BS because I’m ALL OVER THE PLACE (see the right sidebar…).

She talked me down out of the tree and gave me some real clarity about my direction and reminded me that I am Queen (crown forthcoming) and what I say goes, and I can change my mind whenever I please.

My own voice is maturing & coming together, which is why this consolidation process has been so important and so difficult. All those other sites were me, fragmented. And for years I thought it was the best way to go because I had so many interests. I didn’t think that it would be right to contain each of those interests in one bucket. And for a time I guess it was right. It takes a while to really figure out what it is you’re meant to do. And even when you think you do, you’re never really finished…

But clarity came…

In the form of a tiny baby, my son, just over a year ago. Too many sites, too much fragmentation, all of that takes up time which I didn’t have much of anymore. I looked at each of my poor neglected websites and felt so guilty for not keeping up with them.

I let them lay fallow, unused, unloved. Yes, you can love a web site. :P

Until I finally realized I can’t let it go on. That I needed to do something about the fragmented-ness. I not only was in pieces all over the web, but I felt like I was in pieces inside as well. My brain couldn’t function properly (partly because I’m a sleep-deprived mom) with bits of me in different places, my focus spread in five different directions.

Without waxing on and on about this whole ordeal…

It is finished.

Now I can move on.

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Another site bites the dust

Posted on Apr 12, 2013

Another site bites the dust

In the spirit of consolidation, I’ve redirected WPChick.com to this site. Well, more specifically this page, which explains why.

So I’m down yet another site. Right now there are three that are mine, this one, Reclaiming Creativity, and The Alternating Current.

Still not sure what I’m doing with Alt. Current, and Reclaiming Creativity isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, but One Thing At A Time.

That said, I’m still doing a little of what I did with WPChick: the WP Coaching & Quick & Easy Sites, but it’s not all of it. Making room for the new doesn’t necessarily mean completely getting rid of the old.

After all, I said I’m consolidating…

You may see some nifty little images like the one at the top of this post pop up on my social media profiles (see the little handy block of icons to the right) over the next few weeks. They’re snippets of my thoughts on what I’m tentatively calling Creative Voice Facilitation.

Anywho, It really feels good. I don’t have the time or energy anymore to deal with the multitudes of web sites I was maintaining. Not only that, it felt like I was fractured. Pieces of me were scattered all over the interwebs. Time for a more holistic approach to what I do online, and this is the start.

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Clean Slate

Posted on Mar 26, 2013

Clean Slate

If it looks a little sparse around here, it’s because I’m starting from scratch.

I’ve changed a lot since 2009 and these words just seem too much like baggage to keep hanging around.

I have a friend, Crys, who’s recently done the same thing, and this has been on my to-do list for ages. So it’s time.

All my posts are gone.

Blank slate, new theme.

Ready for the new-ness to come.

I have four episodes of a podcast out called Reclaiming Creativity, all about reclaiming your creative mojo after having kids (also applicable to any major life-change). I hope you’ll take a listen.

So, what’s to come?

Voice.

More specifically finding it.

I finally realized the space where I thrive, thanks to my friend Rhiannon Llewellyn and her brand shift worksheet.

It’s facilitating voice-finding. That is, I empower people to find their creative voice and express it through whatever medium they choose, but mainly through online channels (blogging & social media) or through art.

What it really looks like in really real life? Not 100% sure yet, but its starting to feel real, and like me.

Here’s to the new.

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Making my way back…

Posted on Feb 4, 2013

Hi. *shuffles feet*

It’s been oh… over a year since I touched this blog. Figure it’s time to come back around to it.

If you’ve been following at all (I’ve been unusually active on Facebook lately), I had a baby almost a year ago. He’s absolutely amazing. And frustrating. And wonderful. He’s been the focus of my life lately and I have a very lonely blog to show for it, but I’m not apologizing for it! I made a baby! And if I may brag a bit… a 100% medication-free birth at home. And we both survived.

We also made the move North to be closer to my family. Hi Snow & cold and brrrr…

As with my normal state of being, I have some new things in the works. I’m launching a podcast called “Reclaiming Creativity” in a few days. It’s a podcast geared towards figuring out how to… wait for it… Reclaim your Creativity ;) after having kids.

I’ll be doing monologues and interviews. First episode is in the can, two interviews with two fabulously creative moms recorded and waiting to be edited.

This post is yet another step in me reclaiming my own creativity.

So is this…

and

And I’ll probably be simplifying my web presence. Thanks to a few things happening at the same time (my sites all being hacked, realizing I need to simplify because I can’t possibly keep 5+ sites running smoothly and with fresh content regularly). Everything will live here.

So… what have you been up to?

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