Yep. Melanie's 47th birthday fell smack in the middle of my work week in Orlando this year. But never fear... I had fun friends there prepared to celebrate with me!
And I'm telling ya... when I am there, it is different than it was a couple of years ago for me. IN a good way. I pretty much am meeting people, painting, shaking hands, and painting some more. And that is just how I like it!
See that chick in the middle above? She is a West Monroe native! How bout that?! And she joined the John Maxwell Team this year. I didn't even know she was going to be there. She is also coming to my 11/11 event, The Seed!
I get a little bored from time to time.
This is just before we started painting for John himself!
and if I'm being perfectly honest, I have no earthly idea what I am holding here.
These are a couple of my faves! John and Wendy Taylor of Birmingham. Brian and I had the honor of going to work with their company on strengths-based teamwork, in July. And Wendy is also coming to the Seed in a few weeks!
More completed projects.
Did I happen to mention that John Maxwell was approached by a third party to run in the presidential campaign this year? He took two weeks to really contemplate his answer. He decided it just wasn't the year for him. However, he just may consider it in 2020~! We can hope anyway! I painted this while he was telling us the story of his nomination. In fact, I have them for sale on my website. (mojoystudio.com) I think they'll make good collectors' items someday!
Looks like we are getting ready to start back up again!
I LOVE my little work station.
Much later that evening, a group of ladies gathered to discuss forming a faith-based group of female leaders/ speakers to tour together. I was honored to have been invited to these preliminary talks.
Paul Martinelli was getting the energy UP! See me up there in that apron?!
(I've lost my cute orange glasses! And I need to find them!!)
This girl right here is the reason I can keep my sanity while I'm there in the midst of very quick pace and lots of demands from lots of people. She is about as chill a person as I know. And she gets my brand of crazy! She just tells me straight up when it is time for me to "stop", "shut up", or "give it a break". Only Jessi can talk to me the way she does and get away with it. I know she loves me and it is always for my own good!
More completed paintings.
And would you BELIEVE that one of my interpreters from Paraguay in February was actually in Orlando getting his certification to be a JMT coach?! That is Cray Cray. He came right up and recognized me right off.
A couple more commissions. I love doing these for people. Her son was about to go through a life-changing, somewhat experimental surgery on his eyes, and she got that "Everything worthwhile is Uphill" for him. I loved doing it for him.
I don't think I was blogging still when I went to the John Maxwell event in Orlando this past spring. Sooo... let me just pause a bit to catch you up on what it is like to do one of these humongous events. First you get your JMT hat all splatter-painted up so they can recognize you as the artist at the event!
Jessi is still hanging in there with me and traveling along to keep me organized and on task. This is my friend, Deb, from Colorado who I first met in Atlanta at Paul Martinelli's Turning Point event. She and I have kept in touch from afar and hang out when we are in the same town.
I WISH I knew how to let you watch these videos. These are CRAZY high energy events!!
This was the biggest one we've had since the inception of the JMT. There were 3300 participants signed up.
Trying to capture this in photos is basically impossible.
Here I am after I'd made my way to the stage at the front with some pals, helping get the energy going with loud music and lots of dancing.
I cruised my way all the way to the back of the room and found my friend, Summer, there in the white dress. She is also one of the leaders at MMPT, which makes THREE of us at the therapy clinic who are now John Maxwell certified coaches, speakers, and trainers.
I nestled my little ol self back at the Creation Station, where I made custom paintings all day long for people who had favorite John Maxwell quotes, Bible verses, or mission statements.
I had about 150 pre-painted backgrounds this go round, and had them in ROYGBIV order. The people would come to the booth, look through the available backgrounds and choose a quote. I would attach their order to the background color and they'd come back later to be surprised about what all embellishments I'd added.
It was awesome to see the COMPLETED orders stack up and see the faces of the people when they'd come back and try to find theirs when what they'd left was a solid colored background.
These were my helpers! Summer, Jessi, and Barbara from Fort Walton Beach, FL!
I had new stencils this year, and if I do say so myself, I got a little more brave with my color choices this go round.
These are the journals that we sell at the event.
And because I tend to get bored, I started painting the blank black journals with other favorite quotes of the weekend, and people responded by buying, which was after all, the goal.
These sweet ladies threw me a birthday party!! These are my usuals, as well as Miss Pat, and Dorothy on the right.
This sweet guy was from China, I do believe. He spend so much time and money at my booth!! Every time I turned around, he was back ordering something else. I painted this Bible verse on a blank book for him. I will say, however, he is the ONLY one who painted something for ME! He created a rainbow colored bookmark at our booth and wrote me the sweetest note on it.
Sometimes, I'd get all industrious and spend WAY too much time on a painting. And Jessi would remind me how many more I had left to do and make me turn away from the crowd so I could focus better. See why I take her?!
These paintings went to countries far and wide!!
This guy was very pleased with his painting. It was exactly like his business card!
I wish I could tell where all these people are from. I took pics so I could read their name tags, but now as I am typing, (without my readers on! yES! THAT has happened!!) I can't make out their name tags. Sooooo... just believe me... they're from all over the world!
This is what the left side of our booth looked like! This was the free make and take area, where people could make their own bookmarks with John Maxwell quotes in pre-made stamps.
This was one of my favorites in terms of colors and texture.
And then I got an idea to splatter the blank books with the pre-made vinyl stickers. They were a hit!
So, this is only the first of a three part series on the John Maxwell Event this August. More to come.
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I apologize in advance to whomever I screens hotted from Instagram without removing their names. I don't even know how to save an image off Insta without just screenshotting it. So, with that apology, here comes a whole bunch of random. (Man! Have I mentioned how much I LOVE Instagram?!! It's so pretty!!)
Some of these area bit more "deep" than others. I just snatched pics off my picture roll this evening. I am super tired and have to be up at the buttcrack of dawn in the morning to ride to Shreveport to listen to a famous economist give a forecast of north Louisiana called the "Louisiana Economic Outlook" by Dr. Loren Scott. Should be interesting! I think if I am given the opportunity to hear this information, and I am a business owner, I had sure nuff better be grateful for the opportunity and seize it! The crowd size is limited, so I am thankful for the invitation. I am on a CEO Peer Group Roundtable which meets monthly. It is a very cool group of mostly men, and a couple women who meet to discuss business in general. It is sponsored by the Entrepeneurial Division of Louisiana Tech University, and I am happy to be a part of it. Dave Norris is in charge of the process. He was the president of our student council when I was in high school. I was president of our senior class. So we worked well together 30 years ago, so I figure he thought we could again today.
This is one of the paintings I did for a guy at the John Maxwell event. I LOVE that quote!!
And I am kind of loving what Wayne Dyer is saying here too! I will be teaching this principle at the 11/11 retreat!! Who's coming?! I love the concept of every one of us being creative. You have created the life you have up til now, and you will create your future!! Right now, it may only be in your imagination. As was everything that currently exists. That is all really deep thought for me!
YES! I AM an open channel for creative ideas!
This is sort of a therapist nerd meme! And if you are a therapist, you are welcome!!
I sure do try, anyway.
Do you feel a pull toward something in particular? It is not just a coincidence. You'd better honor that calling!
And in line with what I wrote on Todd's post yesterday, this is what I believe. We can't look back and say, I want a do-over!! You'd better be living it now!
(Come to my retreat!! I promise you'll love it. Getting the art projects all made up this weekend! Sign up at mojoystudio.com/retreat)