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The Best Creative Advice

In Thoughts on August 31, 2014 at 4:33 pm

…that I’ve stumbled upon yet. Am I really qualified to tell you which advice is good and which is crap when pursuing your creativity? Hell no. I haven’t done anything creatively great in my life. So, what I’m here to say is that this guy has a great idea that we should listen to simply because it is laid out in a way that hasn’t been done before. He expands upon how to “cultivate” your passion and, what I found to be most important, how to recognize opportunity that may lead to a new, more fulfilling passion. Read:
‘FOLLOW YOUR PASSION’ IS CRAPPY ADVICE: AN INTERVIEW

How many “passions” have you had in your life? When you were 8, what was it? Working on your boy/girlscout badges? What about 15, a specific sport? What about when you were 18… did it change? Mine did. All of my areas of interest have generally stayed in similar categories but my “passion” has changed. My focus when I was 18 was to become a makeup artist. I’ve always been great at it, and I loved learning about products and colors and techniques. Fast forward three years and I can’t learn enough about great works of literature and the emotions and histories that inspired them. I still enjoy doing makeup, but it’s no longer my passion. Why? Because I pursued it with room for growth. I built an expensive makeup kit, accompanied my friend who, at the time, was an aspiring (now successful) model to each of her photoshoots and did hours worth of work for free. I teamed up with photographers and began doing other models’ faces – actually for decent money. I researched cosmetology schools to go to, what type of makeup field to pursue (film and fashion are two VERY different things), and all the while I was focusing on how to better my craft.

See, I worked wholeheartedly on pursuing my passion, but something changed. I took a British Literature class and it sparked a new passion for me. I realized that I enjoyed reading poetry more than I enjoyed being a makeup artist. This didn’t happen overnight. As I read for the class, I realized how much poetry could influence my life; how it could help me make sense of things and find new ways to view life. I continued doing makeup for a while, but semesters after that class I was still going back to my textbook and finding new poems. I finally changed my major to English Literature, and as time went on, my interest in makeup artistry burnt out. I still enjoy doing it but I feel that now I’ve found something that makes life worth living. Maybe that sounds extreme, but it’s how I view great writing. Had I not taken the opportunity to learn more about this new interest, I wouldn’t have found my new passion. Likewise, had Steve Jobs not seen the opportunity to make money by selling Apple computers to everyday people, he would not have recognized his passion for being a technological innovator. Computers would have remained only an interest in his life, second to his passion of eastern mysticism. Jobs combined his former passion with his new interest, which shaped his inventive ideas and allowed his new interest to cultivate into a lifelong passion.
The point here is: You can have multiple passions throughout your life. Life isn’t black and white, it’s neutral warm, mauve, and brownish black. So do not allow your current passion to cloud your view of opportunity in new interests. Passion makes life worth living; do not hinder your opportunities to cultivate new passions.

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-C

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Greektown, Chicago

In Lifestyle on April 28, 2014 at 3:16 pm

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I have so much to say about these past 24 hours that I don’t even know where to begin. I arrived in Chicago with my mother and sister yesterday morning- I think the plane landed around 8 AM. Our first stop was Lou Mitchell’s for breakfast per the suggestion of my second cousin and let me just say this now: Best. Coffee. Ever. I am a coffeeaholic and have had a cup everyday for 7 years now. I try local coffee shops everywhere I go because I feel that it gives you a good grasp on the culture. Lou Mitchell’s coffee was perfectly bold without ANY bitterness. It felt so incredibly inviting and had the most amazing flavor that cannot be compared to any other roast. 

When you first walk in to Lou Mitchell’s, a heart-shaped basket filled with fresh doughnut holes is (kindly) shoved in your face. It is a traditional Greek gesture to offer something sweet upon arrival, and sweet it was. I definitely cheated on veganism to have a taste. The hospitality did not stop there as the staff was so sweet to us throughout our entire experience.

 

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View from atop the National Hellenic Museum

After a wonderfully huge breakfast we ventured into Greektown. We spent ages at the National Hellenic Museum (half of the time shopping for gifts for family members). Most of the information exhibited includes details on the lives of Greek immigrants and the wins and losses of combining Greek culture with new American life. It was intriguing to my family as we don’t know very much about our transition into America (I believe my great-grandparents immigrated in the early 1900s). At the top of the museum is a rooftop patio with a great view.

 

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Back at the Museum’s shop, I couldn’t stop myself from buying “The Romantic Poetry of Greece: An Anthology” that has each poem in both Greek and English. I can read Greek phonetically but so far I only know the meanings of less than 100 words. One day I do plan to learn the language, though. Something I found odd about the book was that the collection of poems is from 1880-1960, practically a century behind the British literary movement. As we speak of Romantic poets let me add that I found the best quote by Percy Bysshe Shelley at the museum- see picture below. Actually I am very biased. The quote is great to me because if there’s anything you need to know about Greeks it’s that we are full of pride and Shelley only helps reinforce our feelings. 

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A lunch in a tiny kaffenion in Greektown, lots of walking, and my first taste of deep dish pizza at Uno’s completed the day. So far this morning I have walked down to Starbucks for a soy latte and enjoyed the sound of rain in the hotel with a great city view. If this isn’t bliss I don’t know what is. Stay tuned for more posts on Chicago and this fabulous hotel we are staying in!

 

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The view from our hotel room and let’s be honest here, can it really get any better than a view of Bloomies?

 

 

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-C