I love to paint. I get lost in it. Creating textured backgrounds is mesmerizing. Often for me the background is way more entertaining than the foreground! But enough about painting, what about the weirdo wielding the brush?!?
When I paint, I love listening to music. Sometimes it is something quiet and spiritual, so as to ground me and remind me that I’m a channel for the creative energy to flow through. Sometimes it is dance and techno music, my way of saying forget the flow, I’m going full throttle here! Oh, and movies with good music are fun to listen to while painting. I’ve listened to Gladiator, Far and Away and Moulin Rouge far more times than I’ve watched them. And how can I leave out “Once More with Feeling,” the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode? Good painting to Buffy.
Did I mention that I’m a geek? As if the Buffy reference didn’t give it away. I love sci-fi, the internet, and technology. I’ve even dabbled in comic books. I build websites, run blogs, and spend way too much time online (Cough choke – Facebook – Ahem – Twitter). I love movies, and I harbor an unnatural affection for bad action movies (case in point: Jason Statham). I also enjoy Muppets, Tom and Jerry and anything animated that I can watch with the kids.
Speaking of, I’m a stay at home Mom too. I have one daughter and one son. They are both in elementary school and they qualify as the coolest kids ever. Truly. Got me a husband* as well. He’s a drummer and a brainiac. And believe it or not, he’s even more of a geek than me. Two words: Star Wars. Two more words: action figures. Yes, our children are doomed.
I do have a lot of titles. One of my favorites is that of Certified LifeLine Practitioner. What that means is that I’m trained in The LifeLine Technique, which is an alternative, holistic healing modality. That is a whole ‘nother* about page, and you can read more about it here. LifeLine was my jumping off point, and since getting certified I’ve studied additional modalities and have a long list of techniques I’d love to master in the future. The floodgates are open! In a nutshell, I’m a HUGE fan of energy work and I don’t think I’ll ever stop learning! I love me some Woo-Woo!*
There’s a little insight into the soul currently known as Nikki Shannon. In closing, here’s a very incomplete of things that make me giddy:Harry Potter Books and Movies
Tennessee Titans Football
Almost any song remixed
NCAA March Madness
The work of Joss Whedon
Pants that are too long
So You Think You Can Dance
The work of JJ Abrams
Neil Patrick Harris
Patio lounging around the fire pit
Anything in The Terminator oeuvre
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Spring time when the grills get fired up
Bands from the UK
*Believe it or not, I majored in Journalism. I simply decided to write this page like I talk, just to prove how talented I am when it comes to slaughtering the good English language. Despite the fact that the phrases “whole ‘nother,” “Got me a husband” and “I love me some woo-woo” are horribly un J-school, they are just things I say with great regularity. My apologies to the Chicago Manual of Style.