Kreativ Blogger Award

I’ve been nominated for the Kreativ blogger award by fellow blogger-friend, J85 so I am fulfilling my duty with gratitude ūüôā

Thank you for nominating me J85, it’s nice to be thought of!!

What I like about her blog are the vignettes about her life and her kids, I like reading about parents who love their kids and who take a vested interest in their family. That might be reflected in who I nominate just a little ūüėČ

10 things about me…hmmm

1. I believe unless some aspect of your life involves contributing to good in the world in some way, you’re never going to be fulfilled.

2. Coronation Street on CBC is one of my favourite shows, it makes me miss the UK.

3. My blogger name comes from a derivative of my nickname, which is, monkey. My wife calls me this around the house, in grocery stores at the doctor’s office, everywhere…and I answer ūüėõ

4. Sandwiches are by far my favourite food, sandwiches and steak…okay, sandwiches and steak and all things dessert-related…ok, I just can’t pick.

5. I wore boys clothes even as a child, as my youngest uncle isn’t much older than me, I looked pretty cute in his hand-me-downs.

6. Apart from right now, I’ve broken almost every toe on my right foot and half of my fingers and an arm.

7. 3 has always felt like a lucky number to me.

8. Orange is my favourite colour, you just can’t be unhappy in an orange room.

9. I’m gender non-conforming, it’s the best way for me to identify as a person who buys all their clothes in the men’s department but has the body parts for the women’s department. To be contrary, I like to identify as ‘neither’!

10. I hate, hate, hate shopping.

Since it took me forever to think of the list of 10, here are 5 bloggers I nominate:

1. http://raisingmyrainbow.com/

2. http://cauldronsandcupcakes.com/

3. http://duffelbagandadream.wordpress.com/

4. http://teaandtantalisingtales.wordpress.com/

5. buttercreamandchantilly.wordpress.com/

Why Are We Scared Of Creativity?

Creativity And Fear

My whole life, I knew, I was a writer.

I can remember career skills class in twelfth grade where, after four years of the general crap your provincial/state education board requires you to know; ‘reading, writing arithmetic/how to cite a source/meet a deadline’ they realise:

Oh shit! So whatta you wanna do with all this knowledge now that you have this book learnin?

Enter career skills: where you try to figure out what might appeal to you; choose some vocation to earn a living for the next 35 years of your life. Piece o’ cake! Right?

I wondered why I had to decide on one. I liked science, art, humanities, health, perhaps a short time in dentistry or quantum mechanics might appeal to me in 15 years.

Ever present, like a monkey on my back, has been this voice…write, write, why are you not writing today?

As much as I would love it to shut up so I can continue to watch Teletoon at night, it persists and so I’m a bit of slave to it.

Like a lot of people, creativity to me is dangerous, it is for people with BFA after their names, who have magic gifts or the last name Picasso.

Not me.

But here it is, I’m stuck with it. So I manage my fear, do the job that makes me money in the¬†meantime, and listen to the wisdom of other writers.

Elizabeth Gilbert speaks at TED about nurturing creativity.

Our stories and our experiences are our own. chronicling them is not self-indulgent, flighty or a waste of time.

There will be another person touched by your creativity.

Nurture your secret desire for literary creations, sculptures or photography.

….There is nothing wrong with what you want to share with the world.