Building on my determination to stimulate my delight and curiosity, I’m going to think out loud here about the best way to do it. Because I firmly believe that the best way to learn is to teach.
The Mind Of A Child
Effervescent. That’s what I used to be like. Pouncing mercilessly on every new thought, or idea, or perspective I came into contact with.
Solemn or whimsical, scholarly or mundane, everything received my equal attention. My zest for learning knew no bounds.
Fast forward to the present, and I’m still like that, but in a much more measured and thoughtful way.
So I don’t think I’m going to have to resurrect my sense of wonder, only top-dress it with compost and water deeply.
How Do You Live When Everything Is Wonder-full?
Being a real magpie personality when it comes to ideas and thoughts, I’m sure the reason I initially dialed back my wonder is because it was just so damn hard to ‘buckle down and stick to one thing.’
I began to worry how I’d look to employers, with a job histories averaging less than a year, spanning several industries.
Under that model, I couldn’t afford wonder.
Now, however, I have a lot more freedom. I am fascinated with lifestyle design, a topic with plenty of depth and breadth, and one which supports many other, more creative pursuits.
So I think I’m ready.
What I’ve done:
1. Resuscitated my Twitter account. I don’t spend oodles of time on there, but so far it’s been a great way to share my shinies, and I’m meeting some really interesting people, even though the truncated conversations are annoying.
2. I’ve been actively tweaking several new applications to see if I can streamline my work-flow. So far I heartily approve of Buffer for Twitter (because it automatically picks times to schedule tweets, rather than me releasing 25 tweets at once or having to manually decide when to schedule them for. It’s working great next to Hootsuite and even comes with a convenient little button for Chrome, kind of like the “Clip to Evernote” button.
I also am really excited by Boomerang, which (finally!) allows you to schedule your emails in Gmail. There are so many great features, I’m sure I will become addicted as I absorb the full impact of what it will do for me.
And I am test-driving something called Omm Writer, which is a snazzy, simple text interface which offers a small selection of ambient noises and soothing background images (including chromatherapy) AND NOTHING ELSE.
I spend more time editing once I send the piece to its destination file, but that’s really to my creative benefit anyway. There is no auto save feature, which is the only thing. But, that does ensure my follow-through, completing, transferring, saving and filing each piece as its created. Only if I lose my conscientiousness will this end in tears.
But, I digress.
What I’m planning:
OMG, the things I’m planning. I’ve been writing up a storm, I’ve uncovered such a wellspring of ideas.
- I’ve got a consulting session with Chris Anthony, the Delight Specialist, coming up next week,
- Ty Barbary is building me a website, and through the magical power of kinesthesia, I didn’t have to be much more specific than “Green, blue and smells like possibilities!”
- I’m delving into a fresh new vein of gold for my practice, which I am currently only sharing with my Earlybird list (which, I have not yet automated, so if you want to be added please email me directly at feedthespark @ gmail.)
- I am going to implement Catherine Caine’s 27 Templates, which is a damn smart idea,
- And, I’m keeping my eyes open for speaking engagements for groups or conferences, because a) I like to talk about ideas (I think roundtable discussions are pure gold for creatives, as long as no one is pushing an agenda) and b) it’s like training wheels for workshopping, an ideal way to refine my ideas to find out what teaching methods work best in group settings.
Actually, I think “Keeping my eyes open” is a pretty good descriptor of what I’m up to these days. Wide-eyed and child-like, that’s me.
The Call-to-Action portion of our Show
Send me shinies! I love stimulating conversation so if you’re offering, I’m up for it! Via comments, Twitter (@shannamann), or email. Think of it as show and tell. Introduce yourself, and enrich the world! (at least our little corner of it.) This is terribly selfish of me, of course, asking you to give, give, give like that. But, damnit! I want to know. (How about if we trade? I’ll show you mine if you show me yours)