Defining Resolution

Defining Resolution

I’ve been thinking a lot today about resolutions. What does it mean to make one? For that matter, in spite of all the attention paid to resolutions on New Year’s Day, how often do we think consciously about what a resolution actually is? What makes that resounding declaration a resolution, and not just wishful thinking?

Once I really started thinking about this, I came to the conclusion that the difference lies in the character of the stated goal: is it general and vague, or detailed and specific? Read more

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An Unconventional Education

An Unconventional Education

“Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors.” —Louisa May Alcott

I saw this quote this morning on Paul Mark Sutherland’s wonderful blog, and couldn’t help thinking it’s so appropriate for me, not only with reference to my educational background, but also my ongoing process of learning. Make that learning-slash-living.

Since I’m currently working on an update to my résumé, I’d already been thinking about my educational and work experience. I have to say, because I have been involved in many different endeavors, I tend to think I won’t make the right impression on paper, but maybe I need to think outside the typical-résumé template. Here’s my brief history (in chronological order, although many overlap): Read more

The Blanking of a Blogger’s Mind

The Blanking of a Blogger’s Mind

Why is it that, as soon as I set up a new blog for the express purpose of being able to write about whatever I feel like writing about, my mind suddenly goes completely and utterly blank? Here I am with the writer’s equivalent of a blank canvas in front of me, no restrictions, so specific subject matter, just total freedom, and… nothing.

Personally, I’ve never really believed in the concept of writer’s block; sure, I might get stuck on a particular project, but I have not ever experienced anything like just not being able to think of a single thing to put down on paper. This post, the very first of this new blog, is a perfect example: when all else fails, write about the fact that you can’t think of anything to write about! (Hey, look, two paragraphs already!)

I did start this blog to write down all the random things that occur to me on any given day, things that don’t properly fit into either of my other two blogs (see my About page for details and links), and those things are generally quite numerous, so what’s my problem?

Okay, that leads me to a topic idea: does creativity really thrive only under restrictions? In all the various aspects of my work, I’ve generally found that to be true; the more “limitations” I have (client budget restrictions, deadlines, etc.), the more I enjoy the challenge of making it work. So perhaps my issue with this post is (dare I suggest it?) that I have too much freedom?

It’s an interesting question, one I will expand on a bit later on, but meanwhile, I’ll leave you with this thought: creativity is primarily about problem-solving, so even if your work is not what you’d call “creative”, how are you required to use creativity in the course of doing your job? I’d love to hear from all of you on this!