Week 4

“Training Your Brain for Creativity”

According to Ruth Ann Atchley of the University of Kansas, “We’ve known for years that aerobic exercise is very beneficial for thinking and cognition.” Being out in nature enhances your ability to focus while technology distracts you away from being creative for as much as 5 minutes for each distraction, such as email or text. Exercising in nature is a perfect way to enhance creativity. “Facebook notifications demand your attention, while nature just allows you to hangout with her.” Says Atchley. According to her tests exercising in nature gave up to a 50% boost in creativity compared to being around modern technology.

 

http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/sc-health-0312-fitness-creative-decision-making-20140312,0,5524469.story?page=1

Week 3

“Creativity vs. Quants”

            This article is all about how creativity is being stifled at the high school level because of standardized tests. It also explains how John Lennon and Steve Jobs came up with creative ideas in a way that cannot me standardized. Creativity comes from messiness. In today’s society we analyze everything down to the core, but the one thing we cannot come up with a solid understanding of quantitatively is creativity, that is because it comes from disorderliness. The article ends with Amazon and how their company has stifled creativity. From a business aspect they are giants, but when it comes to creating material that influences culture they are weak.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/22/opinion/egan-creativity-vs-quants.html?_r=0    

Week 2

“5 Ways To Know You’re Creative”

            Passion is the key to achievement, but pure force and hard work are necessary for success, but without creativity it’s hard. Creativity is the key that turns the ignition of passion. It is important to see problems, not as obstacles, but as opportunities. Creativity is a bigger indicator of success than intelligence. It is important for individuals to be creative as well as teams to best serve your customers.

  1. You implement the right kind of structure- creativity requires more than just encouraging someone to think outside the box, it takes breaking down rules and walls that are keeping people from new ideas and experiences
  2. You thrive under pressure, but aren’t purely deadline-driven- chronic stress inhibits creativity. Take more time on specific tasks; don’t wait till the last minute.
  3. You’re not just out for a win- you can’t build anything of worth without purpose.
  4. You’re not afraid to be newbie- curious, life-long learners.
  5. You embrace change- habits comprise the creative muscle

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/janbruce/2014/03/04/5-ways-to-know-youre-creative/

Week 1

Week 1- “18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently”

Studies are showing that creativity is a lot more complex than just left/right brained. Psychologically creative people are complicated because personality types are difficult to pin down. Creative people tend to avoid habits or routines. “Hard for creative people to know themselves because creative self is more complex than the non-creative self.” They say that imaginative people have “messier minds” and there is no “typical” creative type, only tell tale creative characteristics which are….

  1. Daydreaming- creative incubation
  2. Observe everything- see possibilities everywhere
  3. Work hours that work for them
  4. Take time for solitude
  5. Turn life’s obstacles around- silver lining in challenges
  6. Seek our new experiences- openness to everything
  7. “Fail Up”- don’t take failure personally, they learn from it
  8. Ask big questions- insatiably curious
  9. People watch- observant and find inspiration here
  10. Take risks- making something from nothing, public firsts
  11. Life is opportunity for self-expression
  12. Follow true passions- intrinsically motivated
  13. Get out of their own heads- daydream to let go of the present
  14. Lose track of time
  15. Surround themselves with beauty
  16. They connect the dots
  17. Shake things up
  18. Mindfulness- clear and focused mind

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/04/creativity-habits_n_4859769.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false

80’s Obsessed

Stop everything and answer me this…WHY was I not in high school in the 80’s?!

TCD

Seriously, what’s not to absolutely love about this outfit! Everything is working. The colors, textures, shoes, hair, makeup, accessories, there’s not one thing I would change (and I’m super picky so that’s saying something). But of course, we wouldn’t expect SJP’s mini me to be anything less than FAB!

Moscow Ballet

The Moscow Ballet put on a performance of Sleeping Beauty at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts that was incredible. This was my first time at the KCPA and I was blown away by the beautiful architecture and design. To top it off the performance was amazing. It was also the first ballet I had ever attended so I didn’t quite know what to expect. The dancers displayed the story of Sleeping Beauty solely through dance. They never once spoke, but you could tell what was going on the whole time. Their outfits were beautiful and their skills were unparalleled. For my first ballet experience I was extremely pleased. I was worried that it might be boring, but I was interested and drawn into the story the whole time. I still can’t believe how good these dancers were. The set also stood out to me because of how detailed it was, but also how it was understated enough to let the performers do the story telling. It would be interesting to watch the creative process of designing the entire show. I can’t imagine the amount of time was put into making the performance a success, from the choreography to the lighting and music. I really enjoyed my experience learning more about ballet and Kauffman.

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