Creativity is intelligence having fun — Albert Einstein
I’ve done a bit of study lately on the neuroscience behind creativity. I just want to share some awesome findings with you.
We all have something called latent inhibition in varying levels, high or low. Latent inhibition is what allows us to process information.
High latent inhibition allows us to shut off the constant stream of information and take what is most important for processing. High levels often result in a high intelligence level because we are able to focus on what’s most important without distractions.
Low latent inhibition means we process…
Offices are unique places. They have a unique culture brought by people from many walks of life. There is usually a lot of awkwardness and oh the amount of drama!
But what if it didn’t have to be that way?
What if the worst of the awkwardness and drama could be cleared away?
I’m always in the middle of a lot of awkward situations. Having Tourette syndrome, it happens a lot. I have been known to bark during business meetings, I scream, I gasp, or I even make random animal noises. And I can’t stop it.
It’s kind of my…
Five years ago, I self-published my first book, Awkwardly Strong. It was the culmination of years of work. I had spent a lot of time researching the content itself, how to get my book published on Amazon, and making a ton of decisions I had never considered before.
I was so proud of my little book, and it did fairly well. I instantly became addicted to publishing and knew this was now my life. So I continued to learn how to improve my craft and as time went on, I became more and more upset about my first book. …
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. — Maya Angelou
Creativity is much more common than we realize. It is not just for the arts. To create means to bring something into existence that did not exist before.
This means the relationships we have are a creation we made. Every conversation. Every thought and action of every day is your creation. We create every aspect of our life based on the choices that we make.
Because no one has ever had your experience. There are shared experiences, yes, but they are experienced differently based…
“The hardest part is starting. Once you get that out of the way, you’ll find the rest of the journey much easier.” — Simon Sinek
Statistics say that the majority of Americans want to write a book. The stats change according to the source, so I won’t bore you with that. But if you ever thought it might be fun to write a book, or you have ideas that won’t let you sleep at night. Maybe you have an idea nudging you.
Even with so many wanting to write a book, 97% of Americans never finish writing their book. And…
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about journeys and joy. Having just come home from a retreat about the Inner Journey, I ended up telling this story in pockets with others and felt like it needed to be shared here as well.
Many don’t know this, but I was very suicidal as a kid. I think the first time I felt this I was 12 years old. The thought scared me so much, I was scared to tell anyone. I think at the time, I told one person. In the years since I still haven’t told very many.
I hear so many people these days talking about how tired they are. There are even several memes about this means we have achieved adulthood. Why is this such a common thing? Why are we so tired?
I started asking if it was a physical tired or an emotional tired. Sure, we have long, busy days that can leave us drained. I’m looking at you, young mothers. You are doing great, kids are exhausting.
But for most of us, it is an emotional tired. We are tired of the drama at work, tired of being underappreciated, tired of the stupid…
Commonly, creativity is thought of as the artists, the painters, the writers, the musicians.
But what if I told you there is so much more to it? Creativity affects every aspect of our lives. And since it is everywhere, it is also readily available.
As a child, I loved books and reading and dreamed of being an author. However, I was also a student that was good at math, so I considered myself too logical to be considered creative. Life came full circle for me when I wrote a paper in college on how Tourette syndrome affects communication. My professors…
I had a discussion with a friend recently. He told me, “In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they’re not.” (Attributed to Yogi Berra)
Don’t worry, it took me a few times for it to really sink in, too.
Ideas and theories and insights fascinate me. Reading has always been one of my favorite pastimes and I have learned from almost every book I have ever read.
In fact, I read so much during my middle school years that my parents got concerned and grounded me from books for an entire summer. …
“To be a successful… writer you have to write well, write a lot … and let ’em know you’ve written it! Then rinse and repeat.” — Gerard de Marigny, The Watchman of Ephraim
There is a shift happening in the world of books. Specifically, in the world of publishing. More and more authors are choosing to self-publish their books, and what was once seen as taboo and lower quality is becoming more accepted.
I’ll tell you a secret — as a reader, I generally don’t know which is traditionally published vs self-published. …