I’ve always been a day dreamer. Sometimes I feel like it’s procrastination, but after I laid in bed until 9:30 yesterday morning (mainly because if the Middle TN weather that woke us all up at 3am and I was exhausted), I realized that this is my time to day dream. I’ve never been a morning person, but my internal clock goes off, and I am just not ready to get out of bed.
So, I pick up my phone. I read emails, think though my day and week, read articles in business journals and on blogs, check in on what my friends are doing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and (now) Vine… even the social media is a great way to learn. The people I follow share uplifting messages, pictures and posts, so I don’t feel like I’ve just spent 10 minutes in a black hole. (That’s Pinterest. Last Sunday I sat on the couch with my husband and didn’t say a word for 10 minutes. I’m a talker. And that blew his mind.)
Then, I MUST create. I always have to have a project. Even outside of stationery. Last week, it was my Mardi Gras wreath, and there are countless other half-finished projects strewn across the house.
When I came across an Instagram post this morning, from friend and fabulous photographer, Sara Rose, I was intrigued to learn more. It was a quiz from Archetype.
An Archetype is defined as a specific pattern of behavior that describes your soul. Your Archetypes are the blueprints of the soul.
So, I took the short quiz.
Let’s state the obvious. Yes, I am mostly creative. But, I realized that the other two chunks surprised me. I was also surprised at how balanced the categories were. For sure, someone who can’t live without a Sharpie in her purse for occasional on-the-go creative outbursts would be at least 50% creative??? Maybe ther is more to me than that?
The Creative woman lives to express herself and is happiest when she’s making something, whether it’s a dress, video, novel, song, dessert or website.
If you’re an Intellectual, you’re always seeking knowledge and wisdom.
Visionary women see important things before others do and make new rules that change the world.
I thought it was interesting to take the quiz 2 more times. Two were much like the one above, but the first time, there was NO Creative and about 15% Caregiver and about 25% of Advocate. I have always thought of a caregiver as a teacher, mother or nurse type. And it is that. But, my mind may have been changed. Archetype describes it as someone who lives to give and be useful.
If you read the description for Intellectual, it’s not about being the smartest person in the room. It’s about seeking knowledge. I’m an observer. Actually (and surprisingly) an introvert. My “outgoingness” is a learned behavior and does not come naturally. I always question the rules. I may not break them, but I always challenge them. Why is something done this way? Can it be done better? And how can I help? For me it’s about efficiency for myself and for others. Helping. (Caregiver & Advocate)
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Which brings me to something else I was going to post later this week. I am on a team of young professionals, called Next Nashville, who have a vision for Nashville and the families who live among us in poverty. We are just getting it off the ground and are looking for other passionate volunteers to help us support the Martha O’Bryan Center in breaking the line between poverty and potential through education.
It’s way too much to share, because they are doing so many ground breaking things, but education is the keystone. From cradle to career. Education for single mothers, single fathers, children, youth, adults, career support, knowledge, cheerleaders, supporters… Surrounding the entire family with love and knowledge.
If you are local to Nashville and want to learn more, we’re having a get-to-know you event February 12 at the Martha O’Bryan Center in East Nashville.
(Some of you may be thinking, “Oh, I know that place. It’s the one off Shelby Avenue in Cayce Place Homes.” Yes, it’s a “bad part of town”. And it is NOT a day care, according to popular stereotypes. But how will it ever get better if we ignore it and think that the people living there don’t want help?)
If you are not familiar with the Martha O’Bryan Center, you should be. They are doing some amazing and shocking things over there. It’s helping make, not only East Nashville a better place, but Middle Tennessee as well.
I’m proud to be the voice behind the events, social media and the brand of this group, so if you follow us, you’ll be hearing it from me.
Learn more and register for our get to know you event at openhearts4mobc.eventbrite.com/
Thank you, Sara, for the inspiration.
Did you take the quiz? Any surprises?