Archive for the ‘Creativity’ Category
Thursday, August 21st, 2014
I recently read that today’s kids, ages 8 to 18, spend an average of 7+ hours a day on “entertainment media.” And that when you factor in all the multi-tasking they do across screens, it’s actually more like 11 hours. Crazy! Many studies suggest all that entertainment media may not be great for growing brains, leading to higher incidents of anxiety and depression. I know I feel super cranky after being online for a while. How about you?
Three college friends are trying to tackle the problem of disappearing play with a life-size board game called Doozy. It’s very cool. They’ve launched a kickstarter to get Doozy out there into the world. I really hope it gets funded. I can already see it on the shelves at Marbles!!
I chatted with one Doozy’s developers, Scott Fairbanks to find out more. You’ll have to let me know what you think! Would you buy it for your kids? Read on… (more…)
Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
Ooh! We’re in for a treat today. The lovely Amy from Maker Mama is here to chat blogging, making and going green. Be sure to stick around because there’s an adorable giveaway at the end of this post!
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013
My friend Melanie Biehle has a new workbook out called Blog with Purpose. In it she shares tips and insights from her years in marketing, entertainment and yes, blogging that will help you blog better—with purpose. It has the added bonus of teaching bloggers and creative businesses how to sell their services in a genuine way.
Just like Melanie, Blog with Purpose is charming, conversational, and smart. It’s a great workbook for anyone who wants to connect with their audience on an authentic level.
Why an e-workbook?
I wanted to get off of the blog and into a type of content where readers will have more time to really consider what they’re reading and apply it to their own work. I included exercises in each chapter that specifically instructs readers to think about the material and apply it to their own blog right then and there. I’ve heard from people who are really working through the exercises and they’ve had such great things to say about them.
I love the actionable prompts at the end of each chapter. What do you hope people take away from the exercises?
I hope people get a sense of how to apply the information to their own blogging or business world. My background is entertainment, lifestyle, and design, but these exercises could work in all kinds of settings and businesses. Our friend Sheri mentioned that she found the exercises helpful outside of blogging. Even though I didn’t plan it that way, I can see how the questions would help readers explore other areas of their lives and goals too.
This book’s main audience seems to be women. Why do you think blogging has become so popular among women?
I think that women like to document, share, and connect. I’m not sure if it’s a genetic thing or not, but I remember how excited I was when I got my first diary and little gold key. We like to make memories and save them. And now that everybody is getting their 15 minutes of fame through all of the various social media outlets (Andy Warhol would LOVE this stuff), we can show lots of people our sticker collections.
What’s next for you?
My next big project is a six-week online workshop that’s all about creating content. I had such great response to the exercises in Blog with Purpose that I wanted to do more with that form of teaching, but this time I wanted it to be interactive so I could be more involved and give feedback on assignments. If you’d like to learn more about the workshop be sure to sign up for my email list! I’ll be sending out registration information soon.
Click here to read more reviews and buy the workbook for $14.99.
psst! Want to learn more about Melanie? Check out her interview in our Creative Family Series!
Wednesday, November 28th, 2012
What do you think about adding empathy to the school curriculum? The people at Ashoka are trying to make that happen. Actually, they’re trying to do more than add it to the curriculum, they’re trying to start a revolution.
Start Empathy, an initiative of Ashoka, seeks to unleash demand for empathy as a core 21st century skill. You can check out a series of videos here. They’re done by Ed Stockman and explains empathy in a super cute and clever way. I think they’d be great to watch with the kids.
psst, like the image up there? You can buy a print here from artist Keith Davis Young.
Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
Yesterday, I was doing a little research and picked up Richard Florida’s Rise of the Creative Class. I had read sections of it before but this time, this quote really hit me:
“Great thinkers, artists and entrepreneurs rarely come out of nowhere. They cluster and thrive in places that attract other creative people and provide an environment that fosters and supports creative effort.”
And this one:
“Creators must be exposed to role models and mentors during adolescents and young adulthood”
While we hope that the schools offer creative role models and mentors, perhaps it’s wise to live somewhere creativity (and art) is celebrated outside of the classroom as well.
Florida also goes on to mention that most creative people want to live in a place where they can have rich and multidimensional experiences.
So I wanted to ask, in this ‘creative’ theme, if you could live anywhere, where would you live? Dave and I love where we live now. But I’ll admit, we’ve talked off and on about moving to NYC one day. It’s nice to dream sometimes, yeah?
What about you? What city, town, or heck, even country do you think would fulfill the rich and multidimensional experiences for you? And if you love where you live now, share that as well!
Monday, October 29th, 2012
ps. I hope you’re all staying dry in this storm. Our roof is leaking in 6 places so far. Hoping that number doesn’t climb.
Monday, October 15th, 2012
On Saturday morning I woke up early and drove to Philadelphia for an art workshop and tea party run by Danielle Krysa aka The Jealous Curator and hosted by Shauna Alterio aka one half Something’s Hiding in Here. Both women are in-cred-ible. Truth.
It was one of those experiences that I’m pretty sure has changed me forever. I mean, you can’t really spend a day with genuinely supportive, creative and honest folks and walk away without some major imprint on your soul, now can you?
When I sat down to do this wrap up, I figured I’d post a few cute pictures and a short little write up. But then I thought, you know what? I’m going to pay this honest thing forward.
This year has been a remarkable journey for me. I have grown in ways I never imagined and this scares the crap out of me. I’ve always flown under the radar. My comfort zone is in never being known too well. I mean, yeah sure, I ‘put myself out there’ but not really. In the past I’ve held back. A lot. You see, I love feeling comfortable with not being too visible and yet, it’s the very thing that has choked me. (more…)
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
Today, I’m over at Raincoast Cottage with Sandra talking about why we blog. It’s part of Sandra’s ongoing series featuring honest, unedited conversations about creativity. Sometimes, it gets messy. Please hop on over and join the conversation. And if you blog, we’d love to hear why! It’s a strange business, this blogging, and yet… well, you’ll see why I keep tossing my hat into the ring.
See you there!