Category Archives for Creativity

Commit no nuisance

On Facebook the other day, my sister-in-law posted a picture that made me snort with laughter.It's a splendid example of English scolding: "commit no nuisance".But it got me thinking about how things

Scratching out eyes

On Finding Mudita

Image credit: KatieSzAs well as an Inner Dickhead, I also have an Inner Toddler.My Inner Toddler gives face, voice, and rage to my least-favourite emotion: envy.Here's an article about envy and


Are you a shenanigator?

Seth Godin calls it making a ruckus.​Which I like.But I call it being a shenanigator.(Well, I do now, ever since my friend Jodie sent me a thing explaining that the word "shenanigator" means "one who


Recruit friends to help you

Habits are easier to keep when people are cheering you on, right?​Take Spanish, for example.I've been learning Spanish on Duolingo for a few months now, and I'm pretty good about practising regularly.


Waterboarded at the dentist

Ever since I was about 12 years old, I've hated my teeth.​Which, by extension, made me hate my entire face.I refused to be photographed. I'd put my hand in front of my mouth when I talked. And when


100 lbs lost – real self found

Talk about casting votes for the person you want to be, dear reader.​Behold the power of habit: my beautiful friend Yinka, who has lost a whopping 100 lbs (45.3 kg) over the past year or so.She's tried


A ridiculously small pin-head

I nearly exploded from the irony.​​There I was, in a group video call on a training about self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-criticism – actually taking notes about the problems excessive self-criticism


Getting mad at your future self

We're basically a bundle of habits, good and bad.​Which means every single action we take is a vote for the person we want to be.I want to be a person who springs out of bed at 6.30 every morning,


Sometimes your words will be crap

For the past three days, I have sat at my laptop first thing in the morning and cried tears of frustration.Every word I've written has been dragged out of my brain with forceps and no pain relief –


Roast potatoes for brains

Post-festive-sludging and I feel like my head is stuffed with roast potatoes.I am struggling to form a coherent thought, let alone write about one.This is extraordinarily vexing to someone who writes

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