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the Lainie List.

being good brothers.
  1. my Creative Type. a fun creativity test.
  2. window box goals.
  3. 3 keys to selling with confidence
  4. overlooked. obituaries overlooked in the NY Times
  5. prompt talking. it might change how you tell stories.
  6. we’re all making parenting harder than it needs to be.
  7. Canadian play money for kids
  8. create a professional looking email address with gmail.
  9. healthy snacks for kids
  10. Bob + Paige. I want to get my haircut here sometime.
  11. Teva Harrison remembered.
  12. How to use your enneagram type for content creation.
  13. why flight attendants don’t drink coffee or tea on flights. and why you shouldn’t either.

the Lainie List.

just over here, playing with playdough in a captain’s hat.
  1. Business owners, don’t build your digital castle on someone else’s land.
  2. Google’s CEO Doesn’t Use Bullet Points and Neither Should You | Inc.com
  3. Olympic medalist, Rebecca Twig, is homeless in Seattle.
  4. would love to do this in our house.
  5. this quilt is gorgeous.
  6. mycreativetype.com is a fun and insightful quiz for creatives. Try it.
  7. incredibly meaningful gifts you can give to your kids.

Listen to the Universe.

I hear you.  Message received.

I was working on my computer one day, when suddenly a document appeared on the screen. It was someone’s academic paper…



I didn’t recognize any of the names.

Did someone send it to me by accident?
I went to my Shared with Me folder.
Nothing.  
The document wasn’t there.

Did I click on it when doing a search?
I Google searched the title.
Nothing.
How the hell did I get this?

And how amazing
to get a random paper
about a topic I’ve been thinking about
for 3 years

Something that I know
deep down
is what I’m supposed to do,

I just don’t know how
to bring it all together
yet.

I also love that the paper was written December 3, 2014.
December 3rd was my Grandpa Pud’s birthday.  
December 3rd was the day he proposed to Grandma Lainie.  

I’ll take it as a sign.

I’m not usually a big woo woo person,
but I’ll take this.
I’ll hold this one close.
I’m going to figure it out.

a wall in our bedroom where I collect inspiration and ideas.
the front cover of the paper is top right.

Note from Lainie:

I did a search of the course code.  It seems as though THEA 250 is a course code for an undergraduate course out of The University of Fraser Valley.

And I told my Mom the story of getting this paper. She smiled. She told me about her experience with something similar. While she was working one day, a window popped up on her screen with a job posting. She had no idea how it got there. It ended up being for the job that she’s currently in.

What’s your Creative Type?

Carolyn Gregoire wrote a fun quiz to determine your creative type.

You need to try it. It’s only a few questions and my results were bang on.

(image from mycreativetype.com)

According to the quiz, I’m a visionary.

My Creative Strengths:
Full of big ideas, ability to see potential and possibility everywhere

Untapped Potential:
Using your visions to fuel consistent daily action

Ideal Collaborator:
The Thinker

You live in a world of infinite possibilities, preferring to see things not as they are but as they could be. You know that life is limited only by the boundaries of your own beliefs, and you’re driven to push the limits of, well, everything.

Emotional, passion-driven, and full of ideas, the VISIONARY combines a vivid imagination with a desire for practical solutions. Your introspective and intuitive nature is balanced by a keen interest in the world around you and a desire to contribute to society.

Charismatic and expressive, you love sharing your ideas and visions with others and creating community around shared values and ideals. Your greatest gift? The ability to see the spark of potential in everything and everyone, and to inspire others to see it, too. You’re able to guide people toward an invisible horizon with a rare generosity of spirit and strength of conviction.

Don’t get stuck in the dreaming stage, VISIONARY. Your greatest challenge—and true power—lies in learning to take consistent daily action to create the future you envision.

Seek out the “voice of reason” of the THINKER type to help you take a grounded, rational approach to your creative work. The THINKER’s deep perception and probing intellect lend a powerful clarity that can bring your visions into sharper focus.

So needless to say, I need to find some thinkers out there to help me get my ideas together and out there! Take the quiz and let me know what you get.

the Lainie List.

“Cheese!”
  1. Does Play Make a Difference? How Play Intervention Affects the Vocabulary Learning of At-Risk Pre-Schoolers. (article)
  2. when a friend opens a new restaurant, it’s so exciting. Three Monks and a Duck. Go check it out.
  3. MOO. love it for stickers and business cards.
  4. I now have a new crush on Thoreau and Emerson.
  5. the wrong way to visit Iceland.
  6. a friend shared this video of Walden (the summer camp). it’s beautifully put together.
  7. leather pencil cases on Etsy.
  8. If I had my life to live over again…
  9. 5 Easy Steps for Making Picture Books for Your Kids
  10. Do you know what drives you?
  11. Creative Mornings Talks
  12. the 3/50 Project. a good reminder for us all.
  13. Brene Brown is coming to Netflix! Call to Courage.
  14. my 100 day project is coming along…

If I had my life to live over again…

If I had my life to live over again,
I’d dare to make more mistakes next time.
I’d relax.
I’d limber up.
I’d be sillier than I’ve been this trip.
I would take fewer things seriously.
I would take more chances,
I would eat more ice cream and less beans.

I would, perhaps, have more actual troubles but fewer imaginary ones.
you see, I’m one of those people who was sensible and sane,
hour after hour,
day after day.

Oh, I’ve had my moments.
If I had to do it over again,
I’d have more of them.
In fact, I’d try to have nothing else- just moments,
one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day.

I’ve been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot-water bottle, a raincoat, and a parachute.
If I could do it again, I would travel lighter than I have.

If I had to live my life over,
I would start barefoot earlier in the spring
and stay that way later in the fall.
I would go to more dances,
I would ride more merry-go-rounds,
I would pick more daisies.

– Nadine Stair, Louisville at 85 years of age


I love everything about this. The perspective that one has at the end of their life… it’s something that I would like to have now.