Archive for the ‘Creativity’ Category

Where Would You Live?

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012


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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!

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How Much is Too Much

Monday, October 29th, 2012

     

Today I’m over at Raincoast Cottage. Sandra and I are having a frank (and unedited) discussion about how much we’re willing to reveal on our blogs. We’d love for you to join in. See you there.

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.

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GIRL CRUSH Philadelphia

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…)

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Why do I blog? That, my friend, is an excellent question… (fingers drumming)

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!

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Wherein I Share My Struggles with Self Doubt

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

     

For the past couple months, I’ve been having honest, unedited (and scarily revealing) conversations with my friend Sandra about living a creative life.

First, Sandra and I bared our souls in a conversation about copying vs. inspiration. Next we owned our jealousy and envy when it comes to blogging. Recently, we shared our struggles with balancing it all. Now Sandra and I open up about our feelings of self doubt.

Head on over to Sandra’s site to listen in and add your thoughts. You can catch an excerpt from the exchange below. See you there! (more…)

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Wherein I Find Myself Declaring “I’m Not A One Woman Show”

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

     

For the past month or so, I’ve been having honest, unedited (and scarily revealing) conversations with my friend Sandra about living a creative life.

First, I bared my soul in a conversation about copying vs. inspiration. Next I owned my jealousy and envy when it comes to blogging. Now I share my struggles with balancing it all as Sandra asks, “What is realistic when you want to create AND you have a life too? What about our dreams?”

Today on Raincoast Cottage I reveal my secrets: how I juggle my personal/professional projects with kids home all day, what I’m working on next and also offer my three pieces of advice to friends who ask how I manage it all. [Spoiler Alert: I don't always.]

Head on over to Sandra’s site to listen in. We’d love to have you add your own thoughts, struggles or solutions in the search for “balance”. We’re all in this together! You can catch an excerpt from the exchange below. See you there. (more…)

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Wherein I Tell People I’m the Oprah of Envy

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

     

A couple weeks ago I bared my soul in a conversation about copying vs. inspiration. Today, I’m back with Sandra discussing jealousy and envy when it comes to blogging. I may have said I’m the Oprah of envy and asked people to check under their chairs. Would you believe me if I told you it’s all a hazy blur?

Head on over to Raincoast Cottage to check it out and add your own thoughts on envy and jealousy. You can catch an excerpt from the exchange below.

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Wherein I Suggest Creativity is a Love Child

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

     

A month or so back, Sandra approached me with a new column idea for Raincoast Cottage. The idea was to create a dialogue around a topic creative people struggle with and document the conversation. She wanted to capture a conversation in real time, or as close as she could get it.

To achieve a level of intimacy, the conversation would occur over email—just between me and her. There was only one rule: you couldn’t read the response until you were ready to write back.

Using this method, we’d say things we wouldn’t necessarily have said had we spent time polishing our answers. She was aiming at capturing how we really felt. What we’d really say to one another.

I decided the concept fell somewhere in the land between terrifying and thrilling. Naturally, I was in.
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