Do You See The World Through Different Eyes?

I believe that my creative mind is my greatest weapon. ~ Anonymous

People with creative personalities really do see the world differently. So, what is it about designers, such as myself, that make us show the world things that are new, refreshing, different – perhaps even a bit off kilter – and maybe even things you never imagined before?

To get all scientific on you right off the hop, did you know that neuroscience has actually proven that people with particularly creative mind have brains that are wired differently to individuals with less creativity?! (This now explains a lot about my life, LOL!) What’s even crazier is that the HOW has yet to be explained. Scientists know it has to do with different personality traits, certain behavioral patterns, family and social influences … But to me, those feel like the obvious answers.

So, what traits are most common with individual creative minds of the world?

(I know you’re craving to pick up a few if your creativity has been low lately – blame it on the ever-changing moon – or you feel you don’t have a single creative bone in your body – which isn’t true).

From what I’ve observed throughout my lifetime of living amongst many creative individuals, and being one myself, it all starts with the daydreaming. Some may say it’s a complete waste of time but those of us living the right-brained life beg to differ. Daydreaming is FAR FROM a waste of time. It is actually where we make our strongest connections with our ideas. It allows us to put things in motion, finish that mind puzzle and look at things, beings, life, music, art, behaviours, colours, styles, etc. in different ways. Ways that may not make sense at first glance but they’re all buzzing around in our brain for a reason. These realistic daydreams show us the possibilities, which we can then act on.

Another quality trait high up on the spectrum would be the way we’re always asking questions, which I like to call “challenging the status quo”. We want to make a huge impact on the world, the way things in the world are viewed. Truthfully …EVERYTHING! We want to make a difference. And that is why we, creative individuals, are always in question mode. What if I …? Why can’t we …? Why wouldn’t this …? How do I …?

So, no … we’re not trying to agitate everyone around us. We’re trying to push the boundaries of what’s already out there. Define the world as it is yet redefine the possibilities. All at the same time.

Which brings me to my next point … THE ZONE.

If you have someone in your life who lives on the edge of the world because their mind is always elsewhere (re: in the zone) – in creative land – you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about. This “zone” can even happen when we’re not working on a creative project. But our minds never stop. There’s always that next idea or ways to work on making the current one bigger. Better. So, this flow of always being “in the zone” is in a way of like we’re ignoring the world by tuning into other emotions or thoughts. Or maybe to some of you, acting like an alien. But the zone is a real thing. We’re not ignoring you, honest. It’s just that our minds work in mysterious ways and it’s almost as if our brain is locked in an impenetrable bubble. Not even sound can get in … Nothing. Not until that idea has been implemented full-force or planned out strategically in our minds. (Hence why Pinterest for creatives can become a minefield … Literally lost for days!).

And through all this is how us creative individuals form patterns and connections …

Daydreaming is the purest form of being. Take that away and one suffers. Visualization is daydreaming with a purpose.

In order for us to truly create and contribute to the world, we have to be able to connect countless dots, to cross-pollinate the ideas (let’s call these “building blocks”) we’ve mustered up in order to combine and recombine these pieces into new and shining masterpieces! And the more building blocks we have at our disposal, the more interesting our masterpiece will become. So, really … every new idea is really just a mashup or a remix of previous ideas. And when you add the knowledge we have with certain platforms, devices, mediums it creates a true “big bang” power of brand spankin’ new experiences! After all, the more knowledge one has, the more connections can be made.

Most of us also battle project multi-tasking because something always feels unfinished, difficult or not as “perfect” as we wanted so we abandon it (maybe not forever) and get distracted by our next BIG IDEA (or if anything like me add an “s” to the word idea, LOL!). For me, this usually doesn’t happen with my business or the needs of my client’s businesses but with my creative side projects.

For example, here’s a list of the art projects I currently have on the go (you’re seriously going to say “good grief!) …

I have 3 beautifully started but not quite finished “me sized” canvas paintings (a medussa, a tree and a jellyfish with many more ideas hidden on sketches in a secret place in my art studio), a handful of half painted craft projects, a shelf I’ve been refurbishing for a couple weeks now (the top just needs marbling – but that’s so dang messy!), 2 pieces of driftwood that I started woodburning art designs on (still learning this new hobby – it’s a  long n’ slow process), a stack of Christmas crafts I began creating, hmmm …. about 2 years ago now (LOL!), a book I wrote but still needs a cover designed for it and a short stack of adult colouring books that I keep getting as gifts (and buying for myself) – which I love but never have time to colour in. And this is just my shortlist!

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. ~ Steve Jobs, Business Magnate

It’s not that I don’t want to be working on all these glorious projects. It’s just that I LOVE doing so many dang things on so many different creative levels that I can never quite sit down and finish one project at a time (on the art front). Because for me it depends on my creative mood … Do I feel like painting, sketching, reading, researching new ideas/techniques? Or do I feel like being a messy artist? A soulful painter with jazz music flowing in the background. All depends on the day I had and the mood I’m in.

And that’s a wrap! This isn’t a true full list of all the traits that come along with living a right-brained life but the ones that I feel are top of the list.

So, to end things off today on a fun, creative-filled level (cus that’s what I do best!) … here’s a “Fun (yet proven) Facts” infographic that I think you’ll enjoy …

When the creative mind is unleashed and understand its true nature, it’s unlimited. There’s nothing you cannot do.
~ Byron Katie, American Author

Let me ask you this … How do YOU see the world?

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Crystal Kordalchuk

Crystal is an artist, a writer, an organizer, a dreamer, a doer, and down-right proud of it NERD!.

Struck with a love for #AllThings creative at a very young age, Crystal dreamed of a life fueled by her passion for creating and bringing the stories and images in her mind into reality.

As she worked toward her dreams, she earned a diploma as a Computer Applications Specialist then another in Graphic Design and from there began to develop her extensive background in multimedia and the arts. She began her worked in the magazine industry as a layout designer and had a succession of design jobs thereafter. It was her role as a graphic/web designer that gave her the first real glimpse of her future. Soon she began a side job as a freelance designer while keeping one foot in the corporate world. A spark was lit! She turned her freelance gig into a full-time business combining design work with her other passion: creating organization from virtual chaos.

Crystal is one of the most organized individuals on the planet. She is by all means a Zen master of her crafts. She excels at helping others become “untangled” and provides her clients with tools to run their businesses smoothly while she takes care of the details behind the scenes. Thus Virtually Untangled was born. A successful business where her work as a top notch creative in graphic and web — with a twist of virtual assistant — married into one amazing place where clients can come with their virtual messes and become magically untangled. Crystal can always make sense of even the most unorganized chaos and offers a virtual detox of order and peace, so her clients can get busy doing the work that they love the most.

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