Contemporary Expression


This Blog Has Moved
March 13, 2010, 5:54 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

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A Round Peg in a Square Hole still doesn’t fit
March 3, 2010, 10:32 pm
Filed under: Balance, Cool People Care, Living An Artful Life, Unemployment

I learned a lesson this past month. It takes a while to find where you fit in, sometimes.  I say sometimes, because there are those perfect moments when you instantly know that you are where you are supposed to be.

Here is the lesson, the epiphany moment; round pegs, don’t fit into square holes, you can cram one in but there will still be a void all around it.  Fitting in is easy, standing out, is hard.

My unemployment journey has been interesting to say the least.  There have been 74 really cool companies and organizations that have had the opportunity to scoop me up and yet I haven’t, somehow, “fit” what they were looking for.

There are horrible charts that can freak a person out: (open only when sitting down):

I choose not to fit in. I choose to stand out.  I choose to look for ways to be helpful to my community to achieve its potential, whether they employ me to do so, or not. And you know, what, they just might.  That is, if they are looking for someone who creates things and encourages others to do the same.

— Are you working for a non-profit or on the board of a non-profit organization? Contact me at:  nancy@coolpeoplecare.org – Lets talk about how a Cool People Care Partnership can change the world. —



Time To Make Something
February 17, 2010, 12:00 pm
Filed under: artful living, change, Living An Artful Life, The Art Files

I believe that all people are made to be creative individuals. Living An Artful Life has everything to do with finding ways each day to make something new.  It may be changing a recipe or finding a new one to put your own twist on.  The one new thing may be a doodle sketch to watercolor. You may write, you may blog; you may even tend to a plant or two, or a full garden.  If you find yourself feeling uncreative, change your situation.  Wonderful things only happen when people find a way, find that path, to create.

My trajectory has changed. Life has changed. I’m going to stop trying to get back what worked before and make something new. I’m middle-aged. It snuck up on me.  According to the marketers, I am supposed to have a retirement plan and a kid in college. I have neither.   What I do have is a renaissance mind, something that longs to create new things often.

The surveys all say that as a baby boomer, I may be slower to embrace change than the generation(s) now starting out.  For the record: change makes me tired but I still like it, heck I embrace it!

Something new is about to happen. It’s time to make something.



the watercolor doodle project
February 17, 2010, 11:21 am
Filed under: artwork, Living An Artful Life, Painting

change can hurt ( day 56 of the project )

The Watercolor Doodle of The Day Project Continues until March 21.

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The Ingredients of Love
February 12, 2010, 11:01 pm
Filed under: Balance, grace, Love

I have had the same Valentine now for nearly 22 years. I am completely and totally taken with her and  adore the way she makes the life I am in way, so much way, better.

Inspiration

Hope

Grace

Balance

Patience

The Ingredients Of Love



week 22 of unemployment …
February 7, 2010, 11:53 pm
Filed under: Balance, Living An Artful Life, Unemployment

John D'Angelo aka MagicDude (creative commons)

This photographer captured my thoughts exactly.  As I enter the 22nd week I go back to something that has found its way to a few of the now 74 cover letters submitted :

“Am I doing the greatest amount of good?”- This question was raised recently and it rang loudly. Am I, in this new dawn of hope and hard work, where I need to be? Am I using the talent, creative skill and knowledge I have accumulated for what matters most to my family? My objective is to find a new beginning that embraces the truth that the Grand Canyon was not built with a giant tsunami but rather a river, rushing on as rivers do.



reBlog from altitudebranding.com: Rules and Education Aren’t the Same
February 5, 2010, 7:53 pm
Filed under: Guest Blog Post, social media

you need a good team ....

I found this fascinating quote today:

What are you hoping to gain from participating in social media, or at least paying attention to it? What are you projecting will happen, based on your research or strategizing? What worries you and what are the potential risks? How do these goals trickle down to the people in your organization? Do they agree with you or not, and why? What’s the plan for execution?altitudebranding.com, Rules and Education Aren’t the Same, Jan 2010

You should read the whole article.