Meet Anjee! 

Meet Anjee!

It is with absolute delight that I am introducing to you our first Pickering Creative Artists Academy employee - Anjee Wren!

Hi! I'm Anjee! I was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Colorado in 2005. My husband David and I were married in 1999 and we have 2 children, our 17 year old daughter, Jillian and our 9 year old son, Eliott. We also have 2 dogs, Sugar and Zipper, a guinea pig and a handful of fish! My background is in Early Childhood Education and I am currently a Preschool Teacher at Hope Preschool. I love to teach and see kids learn and grow. My family enjoys road trips to California, fire pits in the backyard, music and video games. I love all things that are crafty, Mexican food, and a Coca Cola....and lets not forget the beautiful ocean! I am SO excited to join the team here at Pickering Academy! I can't wait to meet you!

Anjee is my part-time Executive Administrative Assistant and will become a central point of contact for Pickering Academy. I hired Anjee to ensure that as we continue to grow, so will the personal service we provide to our students, families, and community. I invite you to send Anjee a note welcoming her to our ever-expanding tribe. I know you'll fall in love with Anjee as you have the opportunity to connect with her. Anjee's email is anjee.wren@pickeringacademy.com

- Michael

Monday Motivation: The Easy Way Down 

The Easy Way Down - Seth Godin

Ski slopes are marked by difficulty. The green circle indicates the easiest slope, the one that will get you to the base of the hill the fastest, with the least amount of risk or drama. 

Why would anyone choose to ski down on the difficult black diamond run instead? 

Most passionate skiers would ask the question differently: why wouldn’t you? 

The point of skiing isn’t to get to the bottom. The point is how it feels on your way there. 

I’m wondering why this insight is so hard for us to embrace when it comes to learning or personal engagement or art or the work we do each day? 

There are speed bumps along the way, opportunities unevenly distributed, and unforeseen problems. But none of them get better when we decide to always seek the easy way to the end.

Lock in Your Lesson Schedule Months in Advance!  

Lock in Your Lesson Schedule Months in Advance! 

I have good news! You now have the option to schedule your weekly lesson days and times months in advance. Your monthly billing will remain the same - payment only one month at a time! 

Most students prefer to attend lessons on a regular weekly basis - same day of the week and same time of day. Previously, only 4-5 lessons could be scheduled in advance. 

Students can now use the “Recurring” option when scheduling lessons to secure dates and times up to 24 weeks in advance! To use this new feature, simply follow the guide below when scheduling your next set of lessons! 

Step 1: When scheduling your lesson, choose your preferred day & time and then select the new “Recurring” option.

Step 2: Choose the number of weeks you want to reserve in advance from the “Times to Repeat” drop down menu then click the “Add Recurring Times” button.

Step 3: Your lesson days & times are displayed. You can delete any of these if needed.

Step 4: Complete your scheduling process. Billing will continue on a monthly basis. No advance payment for additional weeks required!

Questions? Contact Michael at michael@pickeringarts.com or 720-767-3627. Happy scheduling!!

Monday Motivation: Natural Technique Doesn’t Exist  

Monday Motivation: 

A great insight from Seth Godin: Natural Technique Doesn’t Exist 

It’s amazing how much we can get done simply by trying. Whether it’s writing or singing, playing an instrument or sales, when we show up and do our best, we can make things happen. But then, our internal horsepower becomes insufficient. As we seek to make a bigger impact, we discover that powering our way through obstacles is simply too difficult. 

And so we need to learn technique. 

Technique is the unnatural approach to a problem that, with practice, becomes second-nature. Technique is the non-obvious solution that amateurs and hard-working beginners rarely stumble upon on their own. 

The commitment to a practice opens the door to finding a more useful technique. 

You got this far because your natural approach was helpful. But to get to the next level, you’ll need technique, which, by definition, isn’t something you come by on your own. 

If there are people who are playing at a different level than you who are embracing an approach that feels unnatural to you, you may have found the technique that you’ve been missing.