The Balance of Chaos and Order, or Diving Into the...
Creativity is always messy. Writing is chaotic and inspiration can be spontaneous. Ideas come and go when they wish. Building things that matter is hard. This will never change. In an effort to balance the chaos, I sometimes need things to be in order. Things that I can control. I clean my house. Straighten the books on my shelf. Make lists and throw away clutter. If both worlds are in...
Four Things I Learned From Taking Strengths Finder
Intentionally learning more about yourself can bring out many emotions. Excitement. Revelation. Fear. More questions. Direction. Anxiousness. Contentment. I think I probably had a dose of each after finally taking the Strengths Finder test recently. What did I learn? Photo credit: Bilal Kamoon (Creative Commons) When I read received the results of the test complete with my top 5 strengths,...
This week, do one thing you don’t normally do. When you’re presented with an opportunity to make a choice and think, “I never do that,” then do it. You should do it. Remind yourself that life has options and possibilities and new things to learn. Tweet ]]>
Pinterest is Freaking Me Out
I had dinner and dessert over at a friend’s house (married couple) the other night. When it came time for dessert, she excitedly pulled out her latest creation: peanut butter chocolate ice cream cups. She had seen the idea on Pinterest. This is huge for social media. Huge really isn’t a big enough word. Do you know how long social has been written off as an imaginary,...
Who has to get it right the first time?
Wedding cake decorators? Commercial crab fisherman? Explosive ordinance removal officers? Even all of the people in these jobs get to practice (a lot) before they are expected to perform. Sometimes, the thing that stops us from action is perfectionism. Thinking that we have to be as perfect as someone disarming a bomb. Rarely the case. We’ve got a fear of getting it wrong. No one ever...
The only way to do great work is to love what you do.– Steve Jobs
A blog on creativity
Wanted to pass along a great blog, Jeff Goins’ Writer, that I’ve been reading lately. It’s all about writing, the creative process, and passion. Here are three recent posts that I found helpful and inspiring: “The Productivity Secret of Professional Writers” “How to Fall Back In Love With Writing” “What an Angry Flight Attendant Taught Me about...
I’ve been feeling guilty lately about not writing more on this blog. I’m a huge believer in writing - and writing a lot. It clears your mind. It helps you understand yourself and the world. It connects you to cool people. Writing is the way to stop suffering from writer’s block (we never suffer from “talker’s block,” do we?). I believe in the importance of...