Brand marketing strategist, epic morning person & enthusiastic about books, baking & sending birthday cards.
Shit happens. Just make sure it happens responsibly.
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A yoga stretch to unwind their spine, especially if they sit at a desk all day.
Kaitlin’s CreativeMornings activity
I think of this juxtaposition. On the left there’s weird. And on the right there’s wonder. And wonderful. And on the left, there’s also wrong . . . But what if it's not wrong? Is it our opportunity in the creative industry to show that something that seems weird, something that doesn’t fit in our normal purview of what we think is normal . . . But what if we have the opportunity to show that what’s different can actually be beautiful? And we can be in awe of that and it can be wonderful? And you can see that. You can see someone in that way. And you can feel seen in that moment.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say it’s the creative community’s opportunity—maybe even responsibility—to create wonder in this world, that badly needs it right now. Maybe it’s the creative community’s responsibility to see, create and scale wonder.
We thought let’s turn growth on its head a little bit. It doesn’t have to mean mass sameness. Our values should be reflected in this growth.
To us, it was like, well if we’re going to start this company, we want to start something that’s going to make the world just a little bit better than when we found it. And those people who come into contact with us, we want them to leave with a little bit more than when they met us. Otherwise it’s not worth doing.
Do you have anyone in your life who’s like that, who kind of turns your wonder into action? I sometimes call it, “calling me on my bullshit.”
We seem to really like to grip about time management with people, but it's very rare that I overhear co-workers or colleagues being like, "so how do you fit in alone time?"
We understand the frequency, the cycle, of that restoration activity with sleep. And I realized it is the same with some of these other things.
It's like saying, you know what? My life is crazy right now, so I'm not gonna sleep for five days, but then I have a two-day window where I'm just gonna sleep the whole time for two days, 48 hours, done, catch up.
Some part of my brain understands that taking a two-week vacation in the Bahamas or whatever, some sunny, beautiful place, isn't going to make up for the things that are massively missing in my life.
It helped me realize that so many of the details of my life...I'd advocated and I'd gotten creative about how to get them in my life.
Don't just think of work things, think of any activity that makes you feel pumped. Or your version of pumped.
In case restorative and growth don't really fit how your brain thinks of those two states, I encourage you to come up with your own words.
Psychologists kind of think about it as growth versus restorative states. I call it progress and self-care.
There's a lot of neuroscientists that essentially think of symmetry as these two things...dopamine and endorphins...and then on the other side...serotonin and oxytocin.
But here's the weird thing. It's 100 years later. Most of us here have pretty different workplaces, right? And we're still using the 40/60 [working/free hours per week].
Anyone know how many hours a week on average we work in the U.S.? It's 47. 47 is the average.
When I get out in the world and I’m giving talks to zoos and aquariums and science centers who are not, who don’t think of the arts as their main thing, I get to teach them that you know why this works? Because art is an important language and you have to know how to use it.
...we are seduced by the beauty and color and wonderful things that we can get in plastic.
I’ve always liked to do art that people can touch, that isn’t precious.
We are doing it to educate a global audience about plastic pollution specifically in the ocean (it's now considered one ocean, by the way).