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Everything I Was Doing While I Should Have Been Blogging

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​I have been blogging for about two years. In that time, I’ve come to a regular schedule of publishing a blog every Thursday. No matter what. Except last week. So what happened? Well, nothing really. Just everything else got in the way. So here’s a list of everything else I was doing when I could have been blogging.

Taking a Longer Look at Impulsivity

What's Better Now? Or Later?

Impulsivity gets a bad name rap. Impulsive people make decisions without thinking and pay the price. They buy things they don’t need, speak without thinking, and they take unnecessary risks. But it turns out impulsivity isn’t all bad. Impulsivity can help you take advantage of opportunities you’d miss otherwise or come up with ideas on the fly.

Are Male and Female Brains Different?

Do the genders have different brains? Turns out, the question isn’t so easily answered. The answer is as changeable as our brains. And it depends on how you measure the differences. A new book, Gender and Our Brains, by Gina Rippon examines the issue.

White head with brain and words written on outside right side with long eyelashes.
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The question of male and female brains has become more complex over the years as our understanding of gender has evolved. For this reason, Rippon states clearly in the beginning of the book that she is talking about gender differences, which are those that relate to socialization issues, not those that have to do with biological differences of sex. She states that the social pressures assigns to gender, inherently cause a female and male brain to develop differently.

Physically, the differences have been harder to prove. One thing that been shown is that male brains are larger than women’s brains, as men tend to be larger than women. For most of the 19th century, this was the focus of research and was the basis for showing women’s inferiority. The study of craniology was used to measure skulls and had complex formulas to measure brain capacity.

How to Journal for Motivation and Creativity

How to Journal for Motivation and Creativity

Where does the time go? In the past month I’ve been to a writer’s conference, on vacation to New York, a mini getaway to another part of the state, attended a family wedding, and finished a major project at work. I’m tapped out, which doesn’t leave much time for creative pursuits. Besides this blog, I haven’t written a word since I don’t know when. If you are like me and need a jump start, here are some ideas to use your journal for motivation and creativity.

Three Books to Revisit this Fall

Fall is here. The calendar says so and the weather will follow soon. We’ve already had a few windy, grey and stormy days that made me want to do nothing but sit inside. As I did I thought about the books that reminded me of this time of year. Here are a few books to revisit this fall if you’re looking for something seasonal.

When the Long Way Home Leads Down Memory Lane

Cliff and waves crashing

I take a yearly trip to Door County with my sisters-in-law. If you are not from Wisconsin, Door County sits on a peninsula of land that lies between Lake Michigan and Green Bay. The long shoreline has many natural areas as well as many little towns with shops and restaurants. It’s a beautiful place to visit. This year, I saw how visiting a place I’ve been before can play tricks on your memory.

Using Signs from the Universe to Overcome Doubt

Have you ever received a sign from the universe? I did. An actual sign. The one pictured below. This sign gave me the message I needed to overcome doubt and make a change. I didn’t make the change all at once and it didn’t happen quickly. But it happened.

doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will
Is this the sign that will help you overcome your doubts?

What I Finally Learned About School

As students go back to school, I’ve been thinking about my own schooling. I was an okay student, but I’m a much better student now. I remember the smart kids from high school and wonder if life turned out great for them afterward or not. I wonder if they still attack life with the fervor they studied for tests then. Or I wonder if they burned out on learning while they were young.

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I was always the kind of student who did enough just to get by. I didn’t have to study too hard, but I could usually pick up what was going on around me. Even today, I often list “quick” on my imaginary list of positive traits. I usually can “get” what people are talking about with a few clues. Of course, I have lots of negative traits too, but I’ve learned to balance them with my good traits.  

When Small Talk Leads to Big Benefits

Small talk. Chit chat. Whatever you call the verbal bric-a-brac people engage in with people they don’t very well, one thing is certain. I’ve never really enjoyed it. It’s not that I can’t think of things to say. It’s more that I’d rather people watch or talk to people I know than make nice with strangers. However, I’ve just returned from the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference and I now can see the benefits of small talk.

Making small talk with strangers is a whole lot more fun when you’re surrounded by people who have the same hopes and dreams as you. At every seminar I attended, I found myself engrossed in conversations with those around me.