Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Left-Brain, Right-Brain, Any Brain Will Do

I’m a right-brain thinker. I’ve known this long before I knew the "proper" terminology. Or, that there was even terminology to describe the type of thinker/learner people are. I realized early on that I...  uh… am a unique thinker. In fact, that’s all I ever do—think, think, think. Sometimes my thoughts don't make sense, nor can I always explain myself.  Sometimes I can even be a deep thinker.  Look.Out.

For those of you who forgot this information from your Psyc 101 class, I’ll  explain the differences—in "Tena terms" of course. Let me start with a disclaimer: I am not a psychiatric professional and am not playing one on this blog.

While most people have both left and right brain tendencies, one side usually dominates the other.   
Let’s say you want to make a gumbo (“make” means “cook” in Cajun talk). You locate and read the entire recipe and lay out all of the ingredients ahead of time. You wash, cut, and measure out everything in exact portions and line it all up on the counter next to the stove.  Everything is added to the roux in the order it is on the recipe and cooks for the required time.  If this sounds like you, then you’re a left-brainer.

If you’re like me, a right-brainer, you get inspired by the weather or a smell (or who knows what) and you reach for the pot.  After you start the roux, you randomly start adding ingredients from memory or instinct.  You eyeball the amounts without thinking too much and make adjustments for the ingredients you’re missing. The gumbo cooks until you feel like it’s ready—without timing it—or until it just smells like gumbo.

These days, while I’m still a right-brainer, I would be happy to have any part of my brain working properly.  Between stress, age, hormones, and life in general, things are getting lost in this brain of mine.  Sometimes things just bounce right off of my rapidly wrinkling forehead. UGH!  Do you have those moments when you are just scattered?  Lately, these moments seem to be week long events.   

NOTE TO SELF: 1) Call coochie doctor about increasing hormone dosage. 2) Be more of a left-brain thinker.

In the morning when I get to work I attempt to organize my day. Since I am a teacher I have set class times, so that’s already organized for me.  Then I sit quietly and read a devotional and/or say a prayer. Next, I type my To Do list for the day (or at least make a mental note of it). However, with my present scatter brain tendencies, I’ve been making myself type it into my calendar program, which then syncs to my iPhone so I have it with me at all times.  I have no excuses, right? Ha. With all this preparation and technology, one would think I am one organized, put together chick. Don’t be deceived. The trick of always staying organized and on task it to actually READ YOUR LIST throughout the day.  Herein lies the problem.  After I type the darn thing, I rarely go back to check things off and see what’s next.  Maybe that’s where my right-brain tendencies kick in.  While I stress in total chaos, a rigid structure of any kind sends me into a panic attack, of sorts.  The other thing that's happening is I’m the queen procrastinator.  But isn’t procrastination a part of the whole right-brain thing?  Shoot, who knows? Good grief.

What I do know is that I need to get my rear in gear and get back to my art.  I’ve procrastinated enough (I think). I am test driving a new smaller camera (Canon Power Shot SX30 IS) and “plan” to join the picture a day Project Life thing over on Becky Higgins site.  I also plan to COMPLETE an art journal page a week, or if not that, complete a specialty project.

Today, I am in the midst of planning an art journaling summer camp for girls. What a great outlet for young girls, right?  I’m having some trouble locating a site to hold the camp. I want a place where I don’t have to pack up the TONS of “stuff” every day and unload it in the morning.  I need a place where they can spread out to journal in private,  join back together to share ideas and techniques, and "create" over the pages and leave them to dry.  Oh yeah, it has to have running water too.  (If my home were large enough, I would do it there, but I essentially live in a birdhouse.)  I’m running into some issues—like the cost—eeech.  Pray that I find the perfect place to pull this off because time is running out.  I need to earn some money and I really WANT to do this.

Suggestions or ideas would be appreciated.  I’ll keep you informed of my progress – hopefully I'll remember!!!



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