Knowing . . . (The Trap)

Austin WordCamp 2012Saturday, May 19th, 2012 WordCamp!

6:30am > ALARM > Snooze

6:40am > Snooze

6:50am > Snooze

7:00am > Alarm off > Get up (I know where I’m going and I have plenty of time . . . )

COFFEE ~ clothes ~ teeth, hair & makeup

7:30am > Head to Wordcamp

I know just where I am going – and I do – it’s just that when I get there, it turns out that WordCamp is not where I think it is . . .

<panic> WHERE IS IT? </panic>

<action> CALL ORGANIZER ~ no answer > text organizer ~ no response > check website for address:  SUCCESS! </action>

Turns out the school has a second location in South Austin.  And because I knew about the North location, as soon as I saw the name of the location, I quit paying attention . . . because I knew.

I’ve done this before – no doubt will again.  And I do get the value of the things we know in life.  Without them we’d be lost in many ways.

What has my attention now is when knowing is more of a reaction.  I’m now looking at what is possible when I’m present in these circumstances.  And where knowing limits me in my creativity, business and personal relatonships.  What IS possible when I give up knowing in a reactive way . . . I’m committed to finding out.

Inspired by Leslie Hancock, a presenter at WordCamp Austin.

Oh Yeah, Color!

ColorFirst of all, allow me to say that the real color resource I can hardly wait to introduce you to is color expert, Luanne Stovall (coming soon!).

And in the meantime, color is another important facet of your site that you’ll want to consider carefully – both in how colors are perceived overall and – more importantly – how they resonate with you.  As an example, as I moved toward completing the rebranding of Weborization, my logo had been a deep red color.  And in a string of synchronistic events, the beautiful, deep orange (lava flow – captured from this stunning video) color you see today so resonated with me that there was no other choice.  And – this is important – when you love the color palette you’ve chosen, you’ll want people to see it.

Color meanings from the Ultimate Non-Designers Guide to Branding:

  • White: Clean. Pure. Clarity. Simplicity. Innocent. Silent. Airy.
  • Black: Mystery. Powerful. Dramatic. Elegant. Expensive. Strength.
  • Red: Excitement. Energy. Danger. Sexy. Aggressive. Hot. Stimulating.
  • Pink: Romantic. Soft. Tender. Cute. Delicate (Light Pinks) Exciting. Happy. Youthful. Spirited. Trendy. (Bright Pinks)
  • Orange: Playful. Happy. Gregarious. Childlike. Vibrant. Whimsical. Friendly.
  • Yellow: Warmth. Enlightenment. Cheerful. Mellow. Alert. Rich. Comforting.
  • Brown: Stability. Earthly. Wholesome. Organic. Masculine. Woodsy. Warm. Durable.
  • Blue: Trustworthy. Reliable. Committed. Confident. Calming. Serene.
  • Green: Nature. Healing. Refreshing. Prestige. Healthy. Quiet. Traditional.
  • Purple: Creative. Spiritual. Sensual. Sophistication. Royalty.
  • Neutrals: Timeless. Solid. Enduring. Quality.

Color Scheme Resources:

Kuler by Adobe

ColourLovers

Great Free Graphics Resources:

Photoshop Tricks You Can Do Without Buying Photoshop

GIMP Image Manipulation Progam (free)

Inkscape Open Source vector graphics editor (free)

Fotor Online Photo Editing (free)

Our Stock Image Site Recommendations:

Imagine: How Creativity Works

Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonathan LehrerIn the book, Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonathan Lehrer, (a writer specializing in neuroscience) he says: “The brain is just an endless knot of connections. And a creative thought is simply … a network that’s connecting itself in a new way. Sometimes it’s triggered by a misreading of an old novel. Sometimes it’s triggered by a random thought walking down the street, or bumping into someone in the bathroom of the studio. There are all sorts of ways seemingly old ideas can get reassembled in a new way.”

Read an interview with Jonathan Lehrer here      Listen to the interview with Jonathan Lehrer here

Creatively Blocked . . . Take a Break

ImagineAs I make my way in life both personally and professionally, perhaps the biggest challenge has been to lighten up – to create space for growth and new ideas to flow.  I’ve begun to notice that “chewing on” (focusing on) whatever question or issue I’m dealing with never results in the answer.  It is only when I take a walk, or read, watch a movie, chant, or just sit – allowing my brain and my being “space”, that the answer shows up.

And of course, being human, I love when my experience is validated by science.  In the book, Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonathan Lehrer, (a writer specializing in neuroscience) he says: “The brain is just an endless knot of connections. And a creative thought is simply … a network that’s connecting itself in a new way. Sometimes it’s triggered by a misreading of an old novel. Sometimes it’s triggered by a random thought walking down the street, or bumping into someone in the bathroom of the studio. There are all sorts of ways seemingly old ideas can get reassembled in a new way.”

It is in the “reassembling” of outside influences that something new shows up.  And in the quiet that the intuition is allowed to speak to us in a way that we hear, as described in Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell.

So when you’re stuck, take a break.  Or better yet, take creative breaks before you’re stuck.

Read the entire interview here     Listen to the interview here

Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonathan Lehrer                  Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell