• 35-things-ive-learned
    Creativity,  Goals,  Growth

    35 Things I’ve Learned

    As of a few days ago, I’ve been on this earth for thirty-five years. The math is stunning — 12,775 days, 306,600 hours. The logic of the numbers doesn’t disguise the bittersweet. My body is tingling with fear and excitement and loss. There is no way to know what percent of that time was spent doing things I loved, felt obligated to do, or were necessary. Those ticks on the clock matter, and they cannot be re-spent. Perhaps they can be made more meaningful by reflection in hopes of coming to a deeper understanding of their meaning.  All those days on earth have given me a little perspective. And when…

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    Staying Creative on Lockdown

    We’re here. Stuck inside. In our homes. For awhile. Maybe anyway, the timeline is indefinite. People in regions of China have been stuck in their homes for two months now, and while there’s no telling how long we’ll be housebound (homeward bound?!), we might as well make the best of it and get creative on lockdown!   Here are a few things you can do to stay creative on lockdown or quarantine. A big thanks to women in our community for sharing their ideas, podcasts, books and more.  Take a course Maybe now is the time to brush up on some skills you’ve been meaning to learn. Take your focus…

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    Creativity,  Goals

    Meaningful, Connected Goal Setting

    We’re broaching the time of year when the pressure builds to do some goal setting. Make promises. Elevate expectations and maybe get a rush of energy (or anxiety!). I love this kind of stuff. But… Over many goal setting sessions, failures and achievements, I’ve realized that the normal goal setting I do has a way of burning me out rather than igniting a new fire. It’s driven by list making and not my deepest, most real and intense motivations. I have lists in notebooks with few things checked off, walls with peeling sticky notes and a burning desire to do be and see more. I want more. And that old…

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    Business,  Creativity,  Goals

    47 Creativity Exercises to Inspire and Motivate

    Creativity is one of the most important skills you can possess. The word is casually thrown around to the point of being insignificant, but the ability to connect parallels and see things differently is crucial. For me, my creativity has been the crux to my survival. Or at least the advancements I’ve seen in my career. Creativity exercises are a great way to hone this skill. Connecting disparate ideas and embracing the unusual sets us aside as employees, and also as humans. No matter your profession, you are always facing new challenges. The tools are changing and the resources we have on hand are unimaginably vast. In a world where…