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Marney Makridakis : Creating Time Interview

Creating Time Interview with Artella's Marney Makridakis

Using Creativity to Reinvent the
Clock and Reclaim Your Life

By Chris Dunmire

"Welcome to the ending of time as we know it…and the beginning of an exhilarating new life!"

Creating TimeQ: Marney, I enjoyed Creating Time on so many levels — especially its fresh approach to viewing and experiencing time and its collaborative and artful nature. What made you decide to write this book?

A: Like most people, time has been a big challenge for me throughout my adult life, but it escalated to an extreme after I gave birth to my first child in 2008, and struggled in vain to find the time to "do it all." I devoured every time management book I could get my hands on, but still found myself exhaustively chasing time. I finally put myself on mission to find a new solution, and began to explore ways that I could apply my best resource (imagination) to my biggest problem (time).

I passionately researched and experimented with imagining, viewing, and experiencing time in new ways, and at last, began to feel time expand and change at my design. I created an online course to help others do the same and saw that other people had success with these techniques as well. After that, I finally felt able to sit down and write a longer work that developed these ideas much more fully, inviting my workshop participants and students to share their responses to the exercises and techniques.

I wanted to write Creating Time to help people who feel like they don't have enough time to live the kinds of lives they want to live. I want everyone to know: when we don't have time, we have to create it, and the incredible news is that we can do so using one of the greatest resources ever to exist on our planet: human creativity.

Q: I understand how rich projects like this are created through both kronos (linear) and kairos (numinous) time. How much kronos would you say this book took to evolve from conception to publication?

A: Throughout the book's production, I felt very lucky that I was writing a book on the subject of time, because it kept the topic in the forefront in my mind, and helped enforce my needing to practice the techniques I was writing about! I've been self-publishing for 10 years, so it was interesting to encounter a new sense of time now that I was in the traditional publishing routine.

In some ways, traditional publishing is much slower than online publishing, but the turnaround time during various stages is often much quicker. In terms of kronos time, because I wanted to schedule traveling around the best times for my son Kai and didn't want us to be traveling for the book tour during the hot summer in the Southwest, I put the entire project in high gear as did the publisher (and all the awesome contributors!) It was done in under a year, around 9 months, so it was easy to feel book "pregnant" during that time. :-)

I found myself enjoying kairos for most of the creative generation, but I called upon kronos to help me reach those quick deadlines. The great thing about understanding kairos and kronos is that one is not "better" than the other. When we see ourselves in a partnership with time, these terms provide a helpful starting point for finding "where we are" at any given time. Simply asking ourselves questions like, "Am I in kronos or kairos right now?" and "What might happen if I switched into the other state of time in this moment? What new ideas or insights does that bring to light?" is an easy, yet powerful way to start partnering with time in a new way, and I found that technique very helpful when writing the book.

Q: I noticed a number of contributors are ARTbundance coaches. How does Artella's ARTbundance Certification differ from other creativity coaching programs?

A: ARTbundance™ is an approach to self-discovery through creativity that is based on 9 ARTbundance Principles (Gratitude, Intuition, Balance, Choice, Vision, Action, Attraction, Connection, and Service) and the exciting utility of ARTsignments™: unique exercises that use art and creativity as a conduit for exploration and transformation.

The ARTbundance Certification Training program (ACT) offers comprehensive training and turn-key business building materials for using the ARTbundance™ approach in a variety of professional venues, including creativity coaching, leading workshops, public speaking, teaching, and creating online learning environments.

In addition to the coaching and teaching methods themselves, what people say makes ACT special is the ongoing support given to trainees after they graduate the program which is pretty rare to find in most training programs of any kind these days. We have a thriving community of ACT Alumni who continue to work and play together and enjoy an abundance of ongoing tools and opportunities to support their professional development as they incorporate ARTbundance™ into their exciting professional ventures.

Q: I absolutely love wordplay and puns are my favorite. Who comes up with Artella's program names?

A: I must admit that playing with words is my favorite pastime, and I love working within a community who loves puns and wordplay as much as I do! Whenever I'm approaching a new project or developing a new program, I know how important it is for me to be delighted with whatever I'm offering, and that always starts with the name.

If I don't automatically smile when I say the name of a program or project, I know I haven't gotten the right name yet! The pun proclivity even seems to be genetic; my three-year-old son already seems to be constantly engaging in them himself LOL. When he comes up with one of his little puns, it's not unusual for a nearby friend or family member to say, "hmm…I wonder who your mom is!" LOL.

Q: What's your theory on why the Mayans ended their calendar in December 2012?

A: They were really a pretty amazing, underappreciated and very advanced culture that relatively speaking, disappeared almost overnight, adding to all the intrigue. I don't really have a unique insight on their decision but I do love the synchronicity of the timing with the release of Creating Time happening this very year! :-)

During the launch of Creating Time, our invitation has been: "Welcome to the ending of time as we know it…and the beginning of an exhilarating new life!" For the three weeks prior to the launch, people from all over the world have been participating in The Creating Time Mega Event, gathering in free weekly conference calls and on Facebook to talk about a new vision of time. Change happens in community, and I love hearing people say, "Wow — I feel like time is just beginning!"

This is actually my vision for 2012: a whole new kind of time. Our society is embracing a paradigm shift on many levels, including time. I'd love for Creating Time to play a small part in that.

Q: How are you going to celebrate the publication of your first book after all of the BIG promotional mega events are over and the confetti needs to be vacuumed up?

A: I'm traveling to several cities and excited that the book tour will allow me to spend some wonderful time traveling with my family, seeing friends, and connecting with people in the Artella Land community face-to-face.

There are many people whom I've worked and played with online for a decade, and I've never met them face to face! Technology is an amazing miracle, but there's nothing like giving someone a hug and meeting in the moment, eye-to-eye. I can't think of a better celebration than embracing this book tour as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to soak in as many timeless moments as possible! •

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