Get a Mini-MARNEY in Your Pocket! ~ Reviewing “Hop, Skip, Jump!” – PART ONE: History of My Marney Fanhood

Me and Marney in Cleveland, OH - Her Creating Time book tour!

Me and Marney in Cleveland, OH – Her Creating Time book tour!

I have been a fan of Marney Makridakis’s work for several years now (since my discovery of in 2008). I first discovered her website when I was shifting into my new life as an Independent Contractor, exploring the creative options out there and searching for creative inspiration. Her website,, amazed me. There was SO much there to browse. I found myself staying on her website for long periods of time just to look and learn – asking myself if I would ever be able to produce such a magnitude of

Wanting to soak up as much of this awesomeness as possible, hoping to learn a few things from this natural creative wonder, I signed up for everything I could: subscribed to The Artellagram Museletter, Artella Magazine, and The Blissness Magazine (one after the other – not all at once). I signed up for the multiple free teleclasses she offered, and learned from observing her in those venues. I had the pleasure of hearing her across the phone line during those teleclasses as she stumbled through the new technology of these teleclass settings, teaching me that it was totally OKAY to exhibit your imperfections when you’re trying something new like that (A quote comes to mind from “Goddess” Leonie Dawson – “It is better to be IMPERFECT than UNFINISHED.”). She came across as REAL. And she was indeed THE REAL DEAL. My respect for her grew even more, and I was able to see myself trying out new things like this as well, without fear of falling flat on my face (thank you for that, Marney).

I listened to audio lectures as part of the Complete Idealists Blissness Action Camp while I scratched out illustrations and caricatures as a contractor, just soaking it all in. I was HOOKED. I knew that anything this woman put out into the world, I wanted a piece of it… her words spoke to my core.

And then I took the biggest leap (well, the FIRST big leap, anyway) when I joined the Inaugural Artbundance™ Certification Training Program. By then I had already launched a few Artist’s Way-inspired Creative Women’s Retreats, had budded a little “Blissness” (to use Marney’s word) of my own called “Create-A-Way,” and was ready to see what could happen with an Artbundance™ Coach certification under my belt. As always, I got my money’s worth and more with the content. I STILL have material from that program that I haven’t made full use of yet. She had a series of “Artsignments™” that as a Certified Artbundance Coach you could use in your own coaching venues. I printed it all out and wished like CRAZY there was a printed book that had everything there that I could just flip through.

Well, VOILA!

HERE IT IS! And WHAT a gift this book is to the world!

“Hop, Skip, Jump: 75 Ways to Playfully Manifest a Meaningful Life!”


To those who do NOT have Marney’s ARTbundance™ Certification Training, but have been thinking about it, this book is the PERFECT stepping stone for you. The exercises in this book introduce Marney’s playful approach which she uses in all her wonderful programs! It’s seriously like having a Mini-Marney right there with you! Ha!

There are 75 exercises (SEVENTY FIVE!) in this book which can be used in SO many ways to boost a playful attitude toward your work, business and life. It might sound like a hefty book – and YES – when I first received it, I thought, “Oh my gosh this is a thick book!” But when I flipped through it, I realized it was a VERY friendly book – one to KEEP OUT and flip through (I have been harping on my OCD husband to PLEASE not put it back on the bookshelf!). The chapters (exercises) are no more than three pages each, with prompt, “HOPPY” paragraphs (perfect for my “SKIPPING” mode).

Order NOVEMBER 11, 2014 and you get EXTRA goodies, by the way (book launch day)!

I’ll be continuing my blog posts this month to share my own experiences while “PLAYING” with the exercises in this book, as well as sharing some of the exercises I have done in the past with Marney!

Looking forward to sharing more of my adventures with Marney in later posts – I haven’t even gotten to my Mapping and Mentoring with Marney experience, as well as when I brought her to Cleveland, OH as part of her Creating Time book tour – but I’ll save those goodies for later!  🙂


Are You a Hopper, Skipper, or a Jumper? TAKE THE QUIZ!

I’m in the process of reading & reviewing Marney Makridakis’s newest book, HOP, SKIP, JUMP: 75 Ways to Playfully Manifest a Meaningful Life. I thought it would be fun to share her book trailer as well as a special QUIZ she has available so you can find YOUR most productive manifesting style: Hopping, Skipping or Jumping! PLUS, if you order her book on November 11, you get a $15 gift certificate from Marney’s website – a GREAT deal, because her website is FILLED with lots of fun inspirational, creativity-driving e-products!

Celebrating Programs and Classes I’ve Enjoyed in 2012!

workshop group

I can’t believe all the teleclasses and programs (free and paid) I’ve attended this year! I’m sure I’m missing some in my collage above, also!

I’ve grown tremendously this year with my business plans, “lightning bolt” ideas, my website, my blog, business explorations, and online relationships! I know it’s because of all this wonderful activity I’ve enjoyed this year!

What can you get out of joining a free or paid online program or class?

Not just learning a new technique, trade, or information, but it will also provide you with incentive – motivation – to move forward with something. It will open your mind to something new and most likely create lightning bolt ideas for you!

And best of all, you will meet all kinds of new people – kindred spirits. Many of these programs involve communities you can join, therefore meeting so many others who have gravitated toward the same interest. It’s a wonderful chance to network online with others who are interested in the same things you are. You will meet new mentors, new friends, and new clients!

I encourage you to have a year like this where you say YES more often – even if you’re not sure you can complete the whole program (most likely you will be provided downloads and links you can return to later).

Another thing I love about this, is it’s a way to support others in the same field. Support your friends by subscribing to their blogs, FB pages, and free newsletters. Learn from them. What are they doing, and how are they doing it? Observe and learn from your online peers. There is a WEALTH of knowledge out there, and it’s SO easy and fun to absorb it all.

Here is my list of website and program links that I recommend you check out for 2013 (hopefully some of the free programs are still available – you really need to catch them before they disappear):

Programs/Classes I started AND FINISHED:

Programs I started but still need to finish:

I invite you to check these out and see if any of them seem interesting to you. Even the ones I still need to finish, I am fully enjoying and gained so much just from dipping my toes into the waters (even if it the best part was just to meet some new people)!

I wanted to give thanks to all these courses for contributing to my growth and joy this year!

I’m in this book…help me CELEBRATE!

When something really intriguing and exciting comes my way, I feel compelled to share it. And this is one of those cases. I’m totally inspired by The Creating Time Mega Event…three FREE weeks of inspiration as people all over the world will come together and welcome the ending of time as we know it…and the beginning of an exhilarating new life!

The Creating Time Mega Event celebrates the release of the new book, Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life by founder Marney K. Makridakis, and I am so excited and proud to be a contributor to this book!

The piece I created for this book represented the Kairos, which for me has to do with one of my favorite subjects, “Divine Timing.” I decided to do a mixed media piece that included a painting I did of an angel a while back and finally found a home for this angel! I plan to write more about this piece later.

The Creating Time Mega Event starts April 2, and features 25 amazing luminaries inviting us to “time travel” as a collective community to create a new paradigm of time.

Have you noticed that time is moving faster than ever these days? That it’s virtually impossible to engage in or observe any conversation that doesn’t somehow bring up “time” in a negative context? That “time” is the one thing that seems to hold most of us back from living the lives we were born to live? I see this all the time in my work, and I imagine that you do, too!

Now is the time for a new time! The Creating Time Mega Event and this exciting movement canchange the way we see and experience time forever.

The Creating Time Mega Event is FREE and it all starts April 2, 2012 and runs for three amazing, life-changing weeks. You’ll get inspiring live webinars, daily email inspiration, dynamic time-shifting games and challenges, a lively interactive community of fellow time-travelers, and so much more.

I am excited for the ways that this ongoing flow of innovative tools, techniques and ideas explored in this event will shift our experience of time forever. And on a personal level, I’m really excited to be part of this book and I appreciate your support of my contribution.

Learn more and sign up here!