Mario Izquierdo Boosting Creativity by Reducing TTP – TTP means how quickly a troll invades a virtual space

By Lauren Williams | January 25, 2023

Mario Izquierdo, in his 2021 Playful Creative Summit Boosting Creativity by Reducing TTP conversation with Alyea Sandovar spoke about the value of learning the hard, boring, repetitive stuff as a foundation for creativity. He is an engineer by training, which he compared to learning how to bounce a basketball before you can play. His training provided…

Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County

By Lauren Williams | January 23, 2023

Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County,, from its home page:   “Domestic Violence Services is a non-profit organization serving Snohomish County since 1976. We are the only program in Snohomish County providing emergency shelter and comprehensive, confidential services to all victims of domestic abuse. Domestic Violence Services provides individual and community awareness programs.”  …

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Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy O. Frost & Gail Steketee

By Lauren Williams | January 23, 2023

I wish I’d read Stuff by Randy Frost and Gail Steketee a long long time ago. Because it’s the first book I would have always recommended, and it is now the first book I will always recommend, to anyone who thinks s/he/they may have hoarding challenges, or to anyone who has suffered the impact of…

I love to cook and I love this cookbook

By Lauren Williams | January 21, 2023

Squid. My favorite cookbook of all time, and I can’t give you the name – I’ll explain later, has a recipe for squid. And it starts, paraphrased, “Everybody starts a recipe for squid with ‘Clean the squid.’ But nobody tells you how to clean the squid. Soooooo here’s how you clean a squid.” Chris Hanson…

Kenn Munk and Annabelle Nielsen – The Introvert Playground

By Lauren Williams | January 18, 2023

Kenn Munk and Annabelle Nielsen launched The Introvert Playground because they recognize that introverts and extroverts play differently. That is not right or wrong, good or bad, it is simply a fact of different minds working differently and having different needs. Most playgrounds are designed for extroverts – large, open areas, offering highly physical activities…

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The Organized Mind by Daniel J Levitin

By Lauren Williams | January 16, 2023

The Organized Mind by Daniel J. Levitin was required reading for my Level II Time Management and Productivity Specialist Certificate from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization. The book is amusing, challenging and ever-so-slightly intimidating. Levitin walks his readers through progressively more challenging elements of our lives: first teaching us how our minds process information, then…

Me & the Bolt Cutters

By Lauren Williams | January 12, 2023

Bolt cutters 3′ tall. Weight 15lbs. I’m 5′ tall. I was swinging that thing around like it was a hotdog I was trying to keep from my son’s unruly dog, Bacon. And now I explain.   I own a garden cart for work. Big basic black workhorse, carries 175lbs. Client taught me about mine two…

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First Time for Everything

By Lauren Williams | January 11, 2023

First time I’ve ever forgotten to check a potential client’s address before I hit the road for a walk-through, my initial assessment where I determine if I’m a good fit for the project and the client decides as well. I guess I can fly to Alaska. All joking aside, it’s absolutely possible to create a…

Jedidjah Julia Noomen – Improvise Your Storytelling: How To Use Improv Techniques For Writing

By Lauren Williams | January 11, 2023

Jedidjah Julia Noomen in Improvise Your Storytelling: How To Use Improv Techniques For Writing, the next 2021 Playful Creative Summit presentation I’ll highlight, focused on a conversation about improvised story-telling in written form with Alyea Sandovar. Sandovar began by asking “How do you, Noomen, define improvisation?” Noomen related her introduction to improv, as a professional…

Rise Above Your Stuff: A Workbook for those Struggling to find Themselves amidst their Stuff

By Lauren Williams | January 9, 2023

Rise Above Your Stuff: A Workbook for those Struggling to find Themselves amidst their Stuff  by Dr. Barbara Jo Dennison and Ms. Karen Kruzan is both a self-help manual for people with clutter challenges and a workbook which can be used as a supplement to their Fresh Start support group programming with therapists. I have…

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