Being Creative IS resting!

Rafter 11 is an unusual cafe in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Olive and balsamic oils line the walls. Rich dark wood, comfortable chairs, and an outdoor sitting area make this ideal for a place to meet a friend, but not a great place to bring a computer or a book to do some light work in the afternoon. On the dark counters, glass domes cover baked goods.

We ordered our coffee drinks and found a table nearby.

“My husband says I work too much.” I laughed and continued talking. “But being creative IS resting.”

I told her a story about the day I chose to experiment and do nothing. To truly rest and not have a computer in my hands. Rest according to other people’s definitions.

“I was so exhausted,” I said after I talked about lacking energy, getting a headache at the end of the day, and feeling unproductive. “When you take a rest day in relation to exercise, there’s something called active rest. You are walking, but you aren’t trying to run a tough, 3-mile uphill workout. You are active, but not pushing it.” 

People knit.

People do crafts.

People do something while on their day off.

When you enjoy what you do, how can it be called work? But this is not the first conversation I’ve had on this topic. Rest for me is creating something. Or maybe it’s mindlessly pulling words together or using a drawing program to just draw without any agenda. A study I found one day said we aren’t more productive just because we put in more hours. In fact, just the opposite was true.

People rested and were more productive during work than if they put in hours of overtime. How you spend that time you are given is up to you. You decide on the priority of a project based on the effort you put into it.

New ‘Coffee With Nikki’ Video

Beginning in March, the vlog series, “Coffee with Nikki” will begin again. I am saving a little each week to buy the Corel Video Studio program as Serif is not really meeting my needs. Initially, it was great, but the separation of the audio and video files has created a sync issue. I work with Corel Video at Solid Rock Christian Fellowship and like that program. Adobe Video was great, but it is expensive.

We will begin with a video about reactions and their proper use. The series was created in response to a friend who said, “You can serve people online even in your fuzzy slippers.” 

Another friend said that it takes some kind of courage to get on video with curlers in your hair, your bathrobe, and fuzzy slippers. I bought emoji slippers, but once in a while, I will take on a “guest slipper.” Someone can loan me their fuzzy slippers and they will be featured on the five minute video. On a serious note, I made this five minute series to help Senior Adults understand technology. I wanted to mobilize the church. My alarm at the separation of generations also prompted me to do something.

Will you tell your Senior Adult friends about my new series?

New Vlog Series: Coffee With Nikki #socialmedia #missions

Beginning Saturday, January 14, a new Vlog (a video or spoken blog rather than written) will begin.

Don’t worry though…I am replacing a written blog with a vlog so I am not stretching myself thin while I raise support. There are a couple of different purposes for doing this. Plus, I’ll explain who inspired this new series.

First, you can do missions and evangelism online from your living room without getting dressed and in your favorite fuzzy slippers. This is what my friend said as I worked with her on a video. Inspired by this, I thought, “What a great way marry humor and serious subjects together in one five minute vlog!”

The Vlog will do two things (I hope):

  • Inspire the church to think outside the box when thinking about missions and evangelism.
  • Inspire the person seeking to know Jesus to converse with me.

One of the most important pieces of advice I read some years ago was, “Choose a broad subject when deciding on what kind of blog you want to write so you never run out of subjects.”

The blog will cover:

  • Social Media and technology stories.
  • Devotionals.

Not everyone is into the video thing, but most of the world is as evidenced by YouTube’s ever growing audience as the top video social network in the world. That is why my blog here will have half written blogs and half video blogs. It’ll be a goofy news segment or a casual devotional. I am buying some of the props this week and borrowed a prop in which I hope to have time to put the intro video together by Wednesday morning.

Will you pray for this new series? Like anything…being a Social Media Missionary means that I am constantly adapting to changing trends and ideas in order to reach the lost and the unloved and unchurched.

Right now I’m still using a cheap camcorder or my tablet or my phone for these segments. I am hoping this year to buy a DSLR camera to do better audio and video. I’m also not happy with my video program. It’s okay, but I still like Coral Video better. This is a program I have been using as a church secretary at Solid Rock Christian Fellowship. I also like Adobe Video, but that’s too expensive for now. As ministry grows and as support grows so will my equipment so I can steadily improve online ministry.

But the most important aspect of online ministry is ENGAGEMENT. All these fancy things are simply vehicles for engagement. 

I’ll Be in Cottonwood, Arizona Tomorrow @WorldVenture

Hi friend, I’ll be in Cottonwood, Arizona tomorrow. I have the whole morning free if you would like to meet for coffee. If you leave a comment about that, I won’t see it. You’ll have to visit me at my twitter site or Facebook site to leave a message that you are interested in meeting.

I would love to share with you what God is doing through Social Media and Technology to reach the unreached, the unloved, and the unchurched.


Coffee and Desserts

Can’t help me out financially? 

Consider holding a dessert and coffee at your home or business. I ask that you invite your friends to it. I can provide the dessert, even the coffee. I will do a presentation to your friends, show videos, and talk to them, even answer their questions. If you think you would like to do this, please email me. Let’s work out the details.