Thursday, January 30, 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014

And the Winner is...

Earlier this week, I decided to submit the photo above for Madame Tussauds's #PhotooftheWeek Contest. Today, I found out that I won. Thanking all those who liked the picture, commented, and participated. This definitely means I will have to go to DC soon.

Can you tell I'm excited?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Amused Now: Inspiration Through Words

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Check out my latest poem: Meet Me at Half of Pi

Do you know what inspires me?

Saturday, January 11, 2014

How Do You Rank in Emotional Intelligence (EQ)?

While partaking in my regular Twitter activities today, I saw a post by Burton Brown Sr. regarding emotional intelligence. I just had to review the information because of a past discussion about emotional intelligence. A few years ago, a classmate of mine in my masters program did a review on emotional intelligence. It was very interesting to learn about and hear others discuss it. 

My Score from Psychology

What's Your EQ?
Emotional Intelligence Test
How Did You Score?
Your results indicate a high score on emotional intelligence.

What Does Your Score Mean?
People who score high on emotional intelligence tend to be skilled at interpreting, understanding, and acting upon emotions. They are adept at dealing with social or emotional conflicts, expressing their feelings, and dealing with emotional situations.

It's important to remember that no matter how good your score is, there is always room to improve your emotional intelligence. Consider areas where you are not as strong and think of ways that you can learn and grow. Take stock of your strong points and find ways to continue to develop and apply these skills.
My Thoughts
As you can see above, I scored pretty high on emotional intelligence. As a supervisor, I think it is very important for me to have a high level of emotional intelligence to understand what is affecting my staff's work. My high level of emotional intelligence could be the very reason why I often feel like the Dr. Phil of my office and within my social settings. A lot of people generally come to me about questions, problems, and other matters they may need assistance with completing. In reviewing one of Mr. Burton's last posts today "Please don't get me wrong all human emotion has its place, but it must not interfere with taking the appropriate action to get things done." I do agree with it. I also believe that those who high levels emotional intelligence should be equipped with the ability to redirect others who may need assistance, guidance, or help with certain emotional details.
Thank you for posting this information Mr. Brown.

Heaven Meets Beyonce

This little girl is so precious. You just have to love her.

Friday, January 10, 2014

This is Just Beautiful

This is just beautiful. You have to be very talented to think and create this.

Post by 95.7 KJR.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Meet Me at Half of Pi

Meet me at half of Pi
That’s 1.57079632679
Square units from our starting point
It’s half of a moon
Half of the distance that it takes
For my eyes to encounter yours
Half of the time spent letting true love find me
When all I had to do was meet true love half way
If only Pi would have meant more to me
When I was a Geometry test taker
With no real equation to apply
The rationale of it all
Now I sit here
Carefully examining the equation
D = 2r
Which, if calculated correctly
Displays the midpoint between you and I
If this circle that I speak so highly of
Was reshaped with precision and care
It would morph into something so beautiful
That all those like it could see
a heart
I say with such truth and conviction
Meet me at half of pi
And every day that I breathe this glorious air

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Progression of Inspiration

Legos Exhibit at
Columbus Museum of Art
At some point in time, inspiration has to come from within. It has to be self-sustaining; otherwise how else would you push yourself to keep moving toward your dream? However, until then, below you will find ways to manipulate inspiration.

Inspiration comes in many forms. It can be in the form of thoughts, actions, and other things. When I think of inspiration, I often think about the “Five Senses of Inspiration.” These senses consist of sight, smell, touch, taste, and hear. Sight consists of seeing with all three of your eyes; the eyes on your face and your third eye. Sometimes inspiration is sparked by seeing or being enlightened by something. How many times have you (Writer, Artist, creative soul, etc.) seen something, which sent your mind down a spiraling tunnel of emotionally packed stories, beautiful artistic sunsets, and into realms unbeknownst to those uninspired? Inspiration is sometimes brought forth by releasing our “Five Senses of Inspiration.”

The next sense is sparked by smelling. Have you ever walked in the kitchen of your grandmother’s house and smelled freshly baked cookies? What about ran through a forest, breathing in all the fresh aromas from the morning breeze? How did you feel? Did you feel inspired to eat a warm chocolate chip cookie, run a little faster than yesterday or creatively express how you felt about your environment? Smell can bring out the best memories and have us create everlasting ones.

The next sense is produced by touch. Touching various objects can bring forth many different feelings and emotions to create wonderful masterpieces. Poets, have you ever tried closing your eyes and caressing a wallpapered wall? How did you poetically explain what you found? Was it something like this? The smooth, wallpapered wall with small perforated pieces. Covering a perfectly plain, four-sided resting room. The wallpaper told stories of pierced pencil markings and uneven walls that plaster could not hide. Touch has the ability of allowing people to creatively express themselves in songs, poems, art, and other ways.   

The next sense is created by taste. Have you ever tasted something that left an impression on your mind and inspired you? In elementary school, I remember reading a book about chocolate and how it left an everlasting taste in your mouth. My teacher than told us to close our eyes and she put a single piece of chocolate in our hands. She then told us to eat the chocolate without opening our eyes and then tell the class how we felt about eating the chocolate. In eating that piece of chocolate, it felt like the taste would stay in my mouth forever. It was like wells of chocolate were being produced in my salivary glands. Now I want you to try that same technique; however use your craft to creatively express how you felt about eating the chocolate.

The next sense is created by hearing. Hearing can deal with hearing sounds and noises in nature, listening to the word of songs and poems, or just listening to the tones in people’s voices. How can you express what is taking place? After the few examples above, I am sure you will do a great job with expressing the word hearing by using your craft to do so.  

Inspiration is created in many forms. Some of these forms have not been listed above because many people have their own set of standards regarding what is inspiration. However you are inspired just know that being inspired should be a progression toward self-sustaining inspiration and inspiring yourself from within.

~Have you been inspired today?

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