Wednesday, January 21, 2015

12 Week Course: How To Use Social Media For Good // Week 3


We are meeting again tomorrow at 10am-11:30am for our next class. For those not local, don't fear….To download Week 3, go HERE.  I'm excited about each week…it's so #upliftingandinspiring to see people learning HOW to use social media for good to #ShareGoodness.

I have to tell you- there is SO much we can be doing to help put LIGHT out there in such a dark world. I believe technology is a divine invention & God has a plan for us to USE IT FOR GOOD. We can help each other put more LIGHT out there by re-tweeting, re-pinning, re-gramming, re-blogging. Imagine…if all of us just posted ONE #upliftingandinspiring quote, image, thought each week…we'd spread light EVERYWHERE! We can do this! We aren't alone…let's work together!

**note: your homework this week is to download apps on your tablets/phones/device. I've got a list of my have apps to add text on your images at the end of the outline…enjoy!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

12 Week Course: How To Use Social Media For Good // Week 2


Thanks for the GREAT feedback & all those participating in this class! And for those that can't meet with us….You can download my week 2 outline & slides  HERE.
The outline itself will walk you through the beginning level of basic social media platforms, teach you the ins & outs of each & talk a bit about social media etiquette…Since this is a class geared towards  a more 'mature' group (not teens) the etiquette is different than when I go around speaking to teens/youth groups. But, we can ALL learn from them!


I'm asked often "HOW did you get started?" An article in the Deseret News just came out that will tell you a bit about my journey. Thanks, Sarah Petersen, for such a great article. 
I shared this story at our first Spark, the Event back in 2009, but here it is in the article:
"I was applying to different greeting card places and really trying to get my work out there," Farrer said. "I just got rejection after rejection after rejection. And there was a point where I just thought, 'I can’t do this anymore. These rejections are killing me.' "
Though the critiques she received in college helped Farrer develop a thick skin, the rejections took their toll.
"There was one point where I was sitting on the back porch with my kids, and I knew that they were the most important thing, but I also just kept feeling like I needed to do something with my art," Farrer said. "I had got another letter in the mail, and I thought, ‘If this is another rejection, I’ll take that as a sign that maybe this isn’t what I’m supposed to do.’ So I opened up the letter, and, of course, it was another rejection. I just started crying, and I thought, 'I can’t do this anymore. It’s too hard,' and I got this overwhelming, strong feeling: ‘Do not give up. Somebody will love your art. Just keep trying.’ "
It's kind of crazy to read it & look back on the years & years of experiences, guidance, struggles and accomplishments! And…if I have had ANY bit of success or accomplishments, it's ALL due to God…I can take no credit-I'm just so very thankful. Hoping my journey will #upliftandinspire those of you working toward your dreams & goals…keep your priorities & it will all work out!



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

12 week course: How To Use Social Media For Good // Week 1




I'm teaching a 12 week course on how to #usesocialmediaforgood to #sharegoodness. You know I'm passionate about this stuff & look forward to it! I started last week & since so many can't make it or live far away…I promised more info:


I've set it up in 3 levels; 4 weeks of beginner level, 4 weeks of intermediate level & 4 weeks of advanced level. By the time these women are finished with this #12weekSocialMediaCourse, they will be pros & will know all about social media platforms, how to use apps to create images, & even how to use video, filters, music & their VOICE to fill the earth with their light!

 I've designed it to go along w/  Elder Bednar's call to action to #sharegoodness for our  LDS faith, but it can be adapted to anyone/ any faith/ any denomination who wants to learn more about the POWER for GOOD we can be as we learn & use social media to share light! We've got the whole world in our hands---- let's share our LIGHT!

THIS IS NOT a class endorsed or put on by the LDS church--- just want to make that clear. 

But, I AM sharing my weekly outlines & slides I use for the course. Here's WEEK 1. It's a free download on my site. Just go to the link, add to your shopping cart & download with "free checkout" & save it someplace you'll remember. ;)  Easy peasy. Yes, this is religious & so if that's not for you, no worries. But, this is who I am & I believe the world needs more light, goodness & sharing with others!  So…enjoy!
Also, for you locals, the next class is at 10:00-11:30am at the same place. Week 2 consists of:


And, like I said in my Week 1 class…if you see a week where you feel like you already know the info, just join us when you see what you DO want to learn! These first 4 weeks are very basic. So, you might want to join in on weeks 5-8 in our Intermediate or later on during our weeks 9-12 for our advanced.  Either way, I hope you all leave feeling #upliftedandinspired & know the role YOU play in sharing goodness. Each week I will post what we will be covering BEFORE the class so you know…& then AFTER the class I will post a link to the slides & outline I used.

I know some of you have reached out to me asking if I would share the info since you have callings in our church where you are assigned to work on social media...I'm hoping this will help you. After all, we are all in this together, right? If we can't help each other, who will?

Ok…let me know if you have any questions…just comment here on my blog! Thanks everyone! I look forward to the next 12 weeks!




Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Season…the reason.

I love this video….He is the Gift!

To me, this is what it's all about…not the hustle & bustle & commercialism…but, Christ. Here's wishing you & yours a Christmas full of LIGHT!…Merry Christmas from our family to yours!



Thursday, October 23, 2014

Help me celebrate my birthday!

Well, you KNOW I love my birthday! If you've followed me for a while you know my birthday is a time for celebration! When I was about to turn 20 I kind of freaked out. I seriously did. LOL. It was a difficult birthday for me as the days led up to it...maybe because I was no longer a teen. But, I had a friend who totally inspired me. She told me that she gives gifts on her birthday & she LOVES her birthday because it's a time to celebrate life, love, family, friends & even strangers. THAT HIT A CORD with me! And the next day, on my 20th birthday, I focused on other people all day long. And you know what? She was right...from then on I've LOVED my birthdays! So...each year I love to give things away, share kindness, and uplift and inspire others.   This year is no exception! I've got a bunch of things going on...so: here goes!

1. Be sure you are signed up for my newsletter, because there are a couple of prezzies in there that's ONLY for today, October 23! You won't want to miss them!

2. I left another prezzie on my Instagram @rhonnafarrer. Run on over to see what that is!

3. Twitter has a fun one, too! *winkwink* @rhonnafarrer Go on over, find my tweet & follow the directions!

4. Facebook has a little *somethin' somethin' as well.

5. Pinterest might have something that might interest you. ;) 

6. and HERE, on my blog I've got a FUN giveaway! Remember my fave uplifting and inspiring book company, Compendium? Welllllll.....today I"m giving away some of my fave products from them!
I LOVE this book...it is completely amazing!

Like you can see from all of these little prezzies I'm showering around...one thing's in common. Sharing. Giving. Share your thoughts, share a message, share the image, share a smile, share a kind deed, share you heart..whatever you want...just leave a comment here for a chance to WIN this book. You will want to share this message w/ others, I'm sure! 
#upliftandinspire #sharegoodness #shareservice

Happy Birthday, everyone! May our year be filled with more love, more light, more kindness & more peace! 




Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Meet The Mormons Review



I've seen it. I love it. I recommend it. But, let me tell you more about it. I'm a Mormon or member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints/LDS.
PURPOSE:
You may be wondering what this movie is all about. The Mormons? Who are we? Why are we releasing a MOVIE?
Is it a proselytizing movie? Are we trying to get you to join our church? No. & No. But it IS a movie about people. Real people. There's a beauty in diversity & we celebrate it in this movie by sharing the lives of 6 remarkable Mormons all over the world. You will fall in love with them. They share their hearts & make you want to be a better person!

CHARITY: Sharing is caring. All net proceeds go to The American Red Cross...our church isn't making money off of it. We simply want to share the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how faith in Him can make us all happy....and help others w/ the money made in theaters.

STORY:
6 people who share their hearts with the world about HOW Christ's love has changed them. There's the bishop, the coach, the fighter, the candy bomber, the humanitarian & the missionary mom.

THE BISHOP:
LOVE this man &* his family! Seriously THE cutest, coolest, family! His story is about his service in our church. He's called to serve as a bishop over a 'ward' or congregation of brothers & sisters in the Gospel. He talks about how this isn't his full-time job, it's his part-time service. He shares how he gets strength to serve from the love of His Savior. His wife & children are warm, loving (and the cutest kids!)  They totally inspired me to be better in trying to support each other & be cheerful no matter my circumstances. It was a treat to meet Kembe, his wife. She's a hugger...& so am I so I love her! LOL!




THE COACH:
This guy is COOL! He's the football coach for the NAVY! I loved his story about putting family & God first in his life, even before a high-stress job.  The interaction between their family reminded me a lot of ours. We have teens & we have a lot of fun together..I could totally relate to that family bond. But, what I loved the MOST was seeing how dedicated they are to each other...through thick and thin. He talks about how he's been led by God to work on his weakness (anger) and was even counseled to learn to manage it so The Lord can bless him. I loved his humility and love for God..totally touched my heart.  We really CAN change through our faith & love in Jesus Christ.  While he wasn't able to be at the movie premier, I did get to hug his gorgeous family...LOVE his wife & kids...amazing family! 



THE FIGHTER:

Such a cool story about a mom who is devoted to her faith, family and gets out & lives her dreams. She's a fighter! And her conversion to the Mormon church went against her Catholic family traditions and faith. But she & her parents share that even though they have different faiths, they will always love each other. THAT's what it's all about...loving each other. Just as Christ does...He loves us all. And you can really feel it during this story. Her husband & coach is AWESOME...totally supports her dreams & I loved the part where he says she's the queen in the home. *warmed my heart*. You can see the love they have for each other, their darling children, family & God. Plus- she's SUPER RAD in real life! So humble, gorgeous & TOUGH...I love her!




THE CANDY BOMBER:

Oh how I LOVED his story! This man was THE original "Candy Bomber" in WWII. His story is sooooo uplifting and inspiring. He shared how he got the thought to share some candy w/ the young German children. The thought, he says, came from the whisperings of the Holy Ghost- the messenger for God. He followed that guidance & ended up recruiting others to be Candy Bombers with him as they showered candy from their planes to spread cheer & hope to these German children. It will make you cry..I'm not kidding. Such a sweet story about a man who shares his love for serving others. He said that SERVICE is a sure-fire way to feel happiness & fulfillment. He & his wife were darling...LOVED meeting them! Can you believe they are over 90 years old? 




THE HUMANITARIAN:

Bishnu's story from Nepal just got my heart. I LOVED his story about helping those in his home country that are suffering and need help. He's dedicated his life to making their lives better with simple necessities like water and education.  He was introduced to the Church when he lived in Russia from full-time missionaries who taught him about Jesus Christ. He believed & was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  This love for God motivates  him to love others as God loves them.  He's certainly answered God's call to serve & help others. I loved hearing from his kids & wife. Such a wonderful family I was so inspired to do MORE for others!
When I met his darling kids, they were so friendly & hugged me! Don't you LOVE their traditional dresses? I didn't get a shot w/ Bishnu & his wife, but they were just as awesome!




THE MISSIONARY MOM:
Get your tissues ready. This story is a real tear-jerker. Dawn has been through some tough times, but she & her family share how making the choice to have the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives has completely changed them...for the better. Her husband is amazing. LOVED his story as well. My heart was so touched as I watched her share her faith & growth & change once she accepted Christ into her life. He really CAN change us- if we choose to let Him. Her story helped build my faith & I came out of there w/ tear stained cheeks & a grateful heart for the amazing affect Christ's love has on EVERYONE! No matter our story! It's GLORIOUS!


MUSIC:
The playlist is awesome. Has one of my all time faves, Mindy Gledhill.
And THIS SONG...oh how it gets my heart! Right now you can get a FREE download HERE!

The lyrics of Glorious by David Archuleta really bring it all together:

There are times when you might feel aimless
You can't see the places where you belong
But you will find that there is a purpose
It's been there within you all along and when you're near it
You can almost hear it.

It's like a symphony just keep listenin'
And pretty soon you'll start to figure out your part
Everyone plays a piece and there are melodies
In each one of us, oh, it's glorious

You will know how to let it ring out as you discover who you are
Others around you will start to wake up
To the sounds that are in their hearts
It's so amazin', what we're all creatin'

And as you feel the notes build
You will see


It's the kind of movie that you will feel uplifted and inspired. I think it will feed a world that is starving for good, motivating & uplifting movies! This movie will make you want to be a better person & share you OWN light with others! And like the words of the song says:

You will find that there is purpose, it's been there within you all along,

We need more light, more kindness, more love, more peace, don't you think? You will find that in this movie. I invite you to go see it...I don't think you will regret it! 

In the end...this movie celebrates these ordinary people & their extraordinary lives.  And the great thing is: there's something in each of their stories that we can ALL identify with...The movie comes out in theaters nation-wide on Friday, October 10, 2014.  IF you don't see it in your area, you can request it HERE. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

25% OFF and New Fall Products

Ohhh...you know I LOVE the Fall! Well, I've got some FUN new products in the store! Ya ready?
Our Rhonna Designs Newsletter just went out...with a 25% off CODE for the new stuff...did you get it? Make sure you are signed up for our weekly newsletter w/ awesome stuff! 

Ok... so, you know me..any excuse to celebRate!
25% OFF all new kits and spooky kits with this special code*:

spooky31


This includes:

ALL THREE NEW KITS:













*Valid until October 31st

I"M LOVING the huge sizes of the Prints. The Spooky Prints and the Fall Prints come in 3 sizes:
16x20, 8x10 & 4x6!
I printed this one out, glitter taped it up in my office & voila! I'm ready for the Fall!
OK.


Ready? Set? SHOP!