Our Shutterstock Portrait Studio Is Live!

Did we snap your photo? Thanks to our global sponsor Shutterstock for supporting our event in April and facilitating our Portrait Studio. We were able to shoot over 100 portraits of our attendees and their bright & shining faces. Huge thanks goes out to our photographer, Stacy Keck for making us all look like the pros that we are! Check out the full gallery here!

QUICK FIRE QUERIES: JENNY AMARANENI

Our series of random questions that dig a little deeper into the minds of the people holding the mic.

What is your favorite virtue?
Compassion

What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
Listening to dirty south rap from the 90’s and 2000’s

What phrase do you find yourself repeating all too often?
When you act the worst, you need love the most. My mom always says this quote. I try to remember it and act accordingly. It’s a process!

Biggest pet peeve?
A big pet peeve of mine is when people say they will do something and they don’t.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
When you find yourself at a crossroads and uncertain about what to do next, be still and ask yourself what is the next best step.

Who or what inspires you?
The blessings in my life continuously inspire me. I am very aware of how blessed I am to live where I live, to have countless freedoms and opportunities as well as supportive friends and family by my side. I realize that billions of people do not have these blessings. If I can find ways to make life easier for them, I’ve successfully shown my gratitude.

How do you stay centered?
I always make time for my relationships with my husband (just got married last week) :), family and friends. Maintaining those relationships is so important to me.

What has been your biggest challenge building your business?
Trusting the process. In our business, we’ve fallen down 100 times and have gotten up 101. After the 50th time, you begin to question if you’re on the right path. In those moments, I get still and ask myself what to do. A small voice tells me to keep moving forward so I do.

How would you define Serendipity?
I came across the definition “pleasant surprise” and that really resonates with me. Beyond that, I like to think of Serendipity as a sign that you’re exactly where you should be.

Favorite place in San Diego?
The end of Law St. in Pacific Beach. It is magical at sunset.

Happy Monday, Morning People! Looking to re-live moments from last Friday’s talk? Head to the November Project’s Creative Mornings gallery to check out some photos from the event. 

Our series of random questions that dig a little deeper into the minds of the people holding the mic.

What is your favorite virtue?

Optimism

What is your favorite vice?

IPA’s

What phrase do you find yourself repeating all too often?

“I think you are crushing life, my friend”

Biggest pet peeve?

Pessimistic people saying anything

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

You don’t need an end game. End games are for people with no imagination.

Who or what inspires you?

The Co-Leaders of November Project tribes all over the world.

What word would you use to describe San Diego?

Untapped

How do you stay grounded?

Calling my mom/wife/brother

What makes a moment memorable for you?

Being able to share it

Favorite place in San Diego?

Balboa park at sunrise


For more information about Brogan and his work, check out the November Project. We’re excited to have Brogan share with us on February 17th at the San Diego Central Library. More event info here.

We tend to measure our lives by days or years, but what we seek in our dreams and cherish in memory are the moments that define us.

Think of moments, not as a page in a book, but that one highlighted sentence in a sea of letters. With a surgeon’s precision, you can point at defining moments that altered the trajectory of your life. The challenge of our times is not to chase after moments, but learning to embrace the one we have right now and do well with it.

The theme was chosen by our Montréal chapter and illustrated by Patrick Seymour.

To our highly creative brains, a sound is never a sound. These vibrations that pervade our lives contain layers of meaning—a range of questions, intentions, and purposes.

Even the absence of sound contains a world of uncertainty and curiosities, sometimes peace.

The theme was chosen by our Dublin chapter, presented globally by Wix, and illustrated by Derry Dillon.

Quickfire Queries :: Emily Belden

Our brand new series of random questions that dig a little deeper into the minds of the people holding the mic.

What is your favorite virtue?

Offering to reach things that are high on the shelves at grocery stores for short people, A.K.A. random acts of humanity.

Favorite guilty pleasure?

Binge watching Teen Mom OG.

What does fantasy mean to you?  

NSFW. Just kidding. But you’ll have to attend Friday’s talk to find out.

Favorite cliche corporate stock photo? (Pensive around the conference table is a personal fave) 

Blurred-out people walking in the winter time, lens focused just on a bright red shopping bag.

What phrase do you find yourself repeating all too often?  

“Can I sub the soda for a milkshake?”

What’s your favorite song?  

50 Cent - In Da Club

What keeps you grounded?

When a roll of dog poop bags falls out of my pocket at a cocktail party.

Who or what inspires you?   

A blank word doc and a giant glass of red wine.

What’s your favorite fantasy/fiction movie series?

Stranger Things.

What is your biggest pet peeve?   

People who move at a glacial pace in their job role…i.e., post office, deli counter, etc.

Who is your favorite author?  

Gillian Flynn, specifically for her book Gone Girl

Favorite place in San Diego?  

Taco Surf PB - best Cali Burrito hands down.


For more information about Emily and her work, check out her website. We’re excited to have Emily share with us on November 18th at the San Diego Central Library. More event info here.

“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living,” said Dr. Seuss. “It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.”

The realm of fantasy is a space for us to imagine possibilities that seem beyond our reach. The bridge that connects the seemingly impossible with the possible is the greatest gift of our species: creativity. Together with Shutterstock , we’re exploring those possibilities by rallying the community to share fantasies and ideas for what it means to live #InACreativeWorld

Join us this month on November 18th to hear from author Emily Belden on this global theme! 

Our brand new series of random questions that dig a little deeper into the minds of the people holding the mic.

What is your favorite virtue? Service

Favorite guilty pleasure? Chocolate

What does transparency mean to you? Transparency is sharing context for decisions that are made

Favorite cliche corporate stock photo? (Pensive around the conference table is a personal fave) Oh, it’s the aerial shot of the team all looking up

What phrase do you find yourself repeating all too often? Always wanting to find out why things work…the question of WHY.  OR…Sorry I’m late

What’s your favorite song? Together is Better by Aloe Blacc

What keeps you grounded? My team, my sister, and those close to me

Who or what inspires you? Those who devote their lives to a life of service  

Is there such a thing as too much Why? Is that a trick question?

What is your biggest pet peeve? People who take up two parking spaces.

How does the value of the Why vary from generation to generation? No

Who is your favorite author? Tom Clancy

Favorite city (probably San Diego)? New York!  DUH!

Huge thanks to Simon for playing along with us on this. His new book, Together Is Better, is available now and he will be signing copies on Friday after his talk. We’re excited to hang out with everyone on Friday and can’t wait to share this month’s theme of ‘Transparency’ with you!

We’re excited about the opportunities our city has in furthering the progress of making San Diego a creative city. Adobe MAX 2016 is coming to San Diego, and we’ve been gifted a free pass to give away to one of you!

Adobe MAX 2016 is a creative conference hosted by Adobe in which they bring together inspiring speakers, talk product releases, and put together an awesome lineup of musicians and mixers to keep the party going.

You won’t want to miss this, and we want to get you in for free! We’re hosting a PhotoshopBattle contest and will select the winner. This contest will require the use of Adobe Photoshop.

Objective: Create an image that is related to this month’s theme of ‘Transparency.’ The final image MUST include the application of this photo of Nate and his likeness in a funny way. Deadline for submission is midnight on October 21, 2016.

Contest Rules:

1. Applicant must be a registered user & member of our CreativeMornings San Diego community.
2. Application must be submitted via Instagram post with the following hashtags: #cmsandiego #cmtransparent #adobemax #maxsd2016
3. Application must be submitted via Instagram post with the following user tags in the original caption: @creativemornings_sd @adobe
4. Image must include a tie to October’s theme of 'Transparency’
5. Image must include this photo of Nate and his likeness
6. Image must be appropriate for all ages. Any inappropriate submissions will be reported and ineligible for contest
7. Deadline for submission is midnight October 21, 2014.

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