05 11 / 2012

You Know You’re A Creative When…

I believe that no matter what agency you’re at, or what kind of creative work you do - we are all part of a community. One that supports and inspires each other to create great work. So as I was coming up with my own ideas for this list, I asked fellow creatives to participate in this blog post and fill in the rest of this sentence “You know you’re a creative when…” 

Here’s what we came up with: 

THANK YOU to everyone who gave me their suggestions. And for those of you who want to add to this list, leave a comment below! 

16 5 / 2012

Part 3: Me, myself and I

With my list complete, I’m ready to start my Happiness Project. I’m not sure if I will  cross off everything on my list, or how long it’s going to take me. But that’s OK. To me, the important thing is that I’m committed to giving it a try. And if I succeed in trying my absolute best, I’ll be happy with that.


08 5 / 2012

Part 2: Me, myself and I

"It is by studying the little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible." Samuel Johnson

In Part 1, I covered all my professional goals; things I could do to achieve more happiness in my career. But when it comes to quality of life, there’s so much more to it than work (or money, or recognition, etc.) A lot of times the littlest thing can put you in the best mood or vice versa - and that one moment can affect your entire day.

So I’ve added a series of small goals to my Happiness List to help lead me to some great happiness.

  • Get more sleep: This is a big one for me. Even though I know that an adequate amount of zzz’s would benefit me, I’m a total night owl. I write blogs at midnight, jot ideas down at 3am and stay up till all hours watching shows on my laptop. Every time I wake up late I’m automatically in a bad mood. (Example here)
  • Do more yoga: I am an beginner in yoga. Mostly because I get into spurts of going on a regular basis and then completely stop. I don’t go for such a long period of time that I have to start the learning process all over again. It’s a vicious cycle with minimal shavasna. 
  • Go to church: I generally used to always feel good when I attended a service. In my opinion, there’s nothing wrong with having faith (whatever you choose to believe in). 
  • Read for pleasure: I have a stack of half-read books in my possession. The Book Thief, Atlas Shrugged, The Do-It-Yourself Lobotomy, The HelpImagine: How Creativity Works, The Hunger Games - I want to read and enjoy all of these, one by one.
  • Make someone else’s day brighter: Have you ever heard the phrase “Happiness is contagious”? I know that for me, doing something that makes someone else happy puts a smile on my face too.
  • Put “Pinning” into practice: Pinning on Pinterest is fun and interesting, but I want to actually try doing something on my “Love to Try This” board. 
  • Go on a vacation: This is another big one for me. My need to be a hardworking individual has often trumped vacationing. But without time away, I’m losing out more than I’m gaining.

Have you thought about making a Happiness List? Part 3 might give you a more visual way of sticking to your goals. 

24 4 / 2012

Part 1: Me, myself and I

This blog series is all about me. But it could also be all about you. If you feel like you’re lacking focus, motivation, stamina, creativity or all of the above - please continue reading. Hopefully, we’ll both feel happier by the end of this series. 

I’ve started to read this book called The Happiness Project by Gretchen Ruben. It’s a story of one woman’s decision to create more happiness in her life and how she developed a 12-month plan to do it.

Although I’ve had this book in my hands before, it’s only now that I’ve finally decided to open it up and give it a read. For the last little while, I’ve been feeling kinda blah. Not unhappy by any means; just not quite as happy as I could possibly be. And since I really want to kick this mundane emotion to the curb, this piece of literature couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. 

Ironically, I began outlining tasks and goals to increase my level of happiness on my own before I even started reading this book. And even though I’m only on Chapter 2, I’ve already seen some of my goals on her list (which leads me to believe that I’m on the right track!)

So, I’ve decided to make my own “Happiness List”. And since my creativity; my passion; my work, is one of the most important things in my life, it takes precedence on my list. 

 Here we go: 

  • My Book: My portfolio is my creative soul bound in leather. It holds all my best ideas, campaigns and real agency work. But since its been a few years since I’ve done anything to it, it’s getting stale. And stale creative is like stale food. Yuck.
  • Ad Exposure: I want to immerse myself in the advertising scene and find the time to really absorb it. I don’t look at ads enough. I don’t read as much industry news as I should. I don’t know what ads win awards and the names of new agencies out there whose creative is kicking ass. These are answers I would like to know.
  • Appreciating the Classics: Advertising is moving so quickly towards digital, interactive and social, that traditional media is trailing behind. Don’t get me wrong, I love the direction that advertising is going - i just don’t want to forget the good old days. The classic mediums that made me want to get into this business in the first place. There is so much to learn and so much to love when you take a look back.  

Although these goals basically cover all of my professional aspirations for a new found happiness, I realize there’s much more to jot down. There are so many small things that can greatly elevate one’s mood. The small things in life really do help me in big ways - and that deserves some major appreciating.

So what are some small things that I can put on my list that can help bring me great happiness? Stay tuned for Part 2. 

What things would be at the top on your Happiness List?