Dare #TLYReads #CreativeConfidence

Do you ever read something and either laugh out loud (in a public place no less) or constantly nod in agreement (like: yess, yaasss, yaaaassss).  This was me while reading this chapter.

I have experienced the feelings and emotions described in this chapter as I continue on my #CreativeConfidence journey.  A takeaway from the beginning of this chapters is that the process of “guided mastery” leads to “self-efficacy”.  Guided Mastery is described by the way of curing peoples’s phobias.  Taking small steps to overcoming your fears can lead to resilience in the face of obstacles and failure.  If I were to apply this to my journey some small steps I can take are:

  • Share my creativity with someone who doesn’t know about it
  • Collaborate with another creator in the same space
  • Write down business/brand/blog goals and visions
  • Work on my creativity in front of people who normally wouldn’t see me doing so
  • As for feedback


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The Kelley brothers go on to explain the paradox of failure.  Essentially more success comes when you can easily shake off more of your failures.  As a creator, I cannot be embarrassed or defensive about my method.  Funny thing is, when someone asks me about my work – I immediately go on the defensive (as if I am suppose to prove myself).  This to me means I just need to come up with an elevator speech – something I can quickly and confidently tell people when they ask about what I am up to.

The next step after overcoming fear is to continuously stretch yourself.  The Kelley brothers explain that exercising your creativity allows you to make leaps and bounds in you work as well as keeping you in shape.  When I think about myself – I realize I’ve been kind of doing the same thing for some time (photos, blogging) so I definitely think it’s time for something new creatively #INeedATripToMichaels for some inspiration.


An interesting exercise described in the book is Sketching People.  By simply being able to draw the shapes above I will be able to draw for visual communication …and eventually even people.

The chapter ends with an important message: replace fear with joy and that creativity depends on what you believe you do with the talents and skills you already have.

When in doubt…Just Be

This is a note to myself as much as it is motivation for anyone who may stumble upon my photography or words.

+ Writing down you big dreams, goals, intentions and aspirations and read them out loud often

+ Drink water (lots of it)

+ Pick up some fresh flowers, keep them in water in a place where you’ll see them everyday.

+ Keep a sharpie in your purse


Life Lately

It’s been a minute since I’ve done a Life Lately post.  Although I am posting more frequently, I like these types of posts so I can ramble look back and remember all the random things that were going on in life at this time…

Miss S’s room is slowly coming together and by that I mean I think we are just about done decorating.  She’s loving it (we hope) and I plan on taking more pictures of (still regret not taking pictures of her nursery setup).


Another section of her room.  All the house guests are enjoying story time around the pink couch.


Some important words I’ve added to my vision board.  The 3rd last one is currently on my mind.


My FAV art gallery in the whole wide world.  Her art work has really expanded and I makes my heart swell.


Some “apologies” flowers LOL


More art work – obviously!  One of my fears is that I will say something as a parent to inadvertently crush her #CreativeConfidence.  This gives some tips for parents on how to avoid falling into this trap.

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And as for me…it’s all about the top knot :)


And a few new favs that I’ve added to my night routine.  Who knew that a night routine for adults was so needed!


Flip #TLYReads #CreativeConfidence

Just finished the first chapter of #CreativeConfidence and I am hooked.

Creative confidence is for everyone (not just painters or writers).  “Creative Confidence is the inherently optimistic way of looking at what’s possible”.

The Kelly Brothers start by pointing out that creative confidence allows for creative problem solving.   This is what our clients/business/end users need us to do to better to understand their perspective.  Especially when a problem exists at the end point of which we weren’t expecting.  To creatively problem solve, we need to innovate and that means we need to find balance between three critical factors (Business, People and Technical).


Finding the sweet spot

The key factor is people, and not just about observing the behaviour of people but about people’s core beliefs and motivations.  Because the technical factor can be essentially taught in schools and the business factor can be harnessed by a company’s every day operations, the most successful innovations reply on a human-centered design #DesignDrivenInnovation.

The four factors that make up #DesignDrivenInnovation are:

  1. Inspiration
  2. Synthesis
  3. Ideation and Experimentation
  4. Implementation

One point that really struck a chord with me is the idea of “flipping”.  When the Kelley brothers first started the d.school they only taught courses to engineering students who already considered themselves creatives.  When they began to teaching with other professors in other disciplines (such as computer science or and MBAs) they saw the true effects of design thinking.  These students started seeing themselves as creative individuals and would apply creativity to any challenge.  I can personally say (with my B.Eng and MBA background) that I have started flipping also.


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Along with this idea is the #GrowthMindSet (and it’s evil twin fixed mind set).  Someone with a growth mind set will believe that a person’s true potential is unknown.  It takes years of passion, toil and training to achieve the impossible.

Lastly this chapters finishes by discussion Steve Jobs and his creative confidence.  Although I agree with this idea, I think a point needs to be made about Steve Jobs “reality distortion field” and his low EQ level.  Can a visionary leader who made (some how forced?) his employees believe in his audacious goals be considered to have creative confidence even though he sometimes made his employees feel belittled.  Which people were more important in his design thinking the end users of his products or his employees?


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Workspace Design

It’s been a loooooooong time since I spent effort on the interior decor of our house.  And now thats ALL I want to do.


I have always wanted a clean yet inspirational workspace.  Clean space, white desk and my vision board are the focus of this area.  I’ve had those luxury bag wall hangings for some time now and I am not sure if I will keep them there but for now they aren’t going anywhere


I definitely want to add a monthly dry erase board and this one caught my eye on a recent trip to Chapters/Indigo Spirit.  I also want some space on the wall for monthly goals too – but something simple like a hanging clip board.

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Desk (similar) | Plant | Cork Board | Mug (sold out) | Pencil Holder (DIY) Planner | Headphones | Paper Tray

This room is FAR from finished.   Other than calendar and clipboard, I also need a chair and storage/shelves (because there are huge boxes behind me full of art show supplies, packaging, overstock inventory).

Anyways…here’s too progress!

Creative Confidence #TLYReads

So yesterday I picked up this book.  I need to finish it as soon as possible so I can get to writing my #DigitalBookReport.


Here is an overview from Chapters-Indigo site:

Too often, companies and individuals assume that creativity and innovation are the domain of the “creative types.”  But two of the leading experts in innovation, design, and creativity on the planet show us that each and every  one of us is creative.  In an incredibly entertaining and inspiring narrative that draws on countless stories from their work at IDEO, the Stanford d.school, and with many of the world’s top companies, David and Tom Kelley identify the principles and strategies that will allow us to tap into our creative potential in our work lives, and in our personal lives, and allow us to innovate in terms of how we approach and solve problems.  It is a book that will help each of us be more productive and successful in our lives and in our careers.


That entire passage resonated with me (mainly as I’ve spent much of my adult life in the corporate world harnessing technical and business skills) so I knew it was a contender for my book report.

Plus, it reminded me of Big Magic and I really appreciated the lessons in that book.


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