Posts Tagged ‘creativity’

Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb12: celebrating the successes of 2012, honoring the challenges of 2012, and planting the seeds for a rich and rewarding 2013. December is the perfect time to reflect on the year that has passed and start to manifest dreams for the new year.

Day 27 – How did you make time for creativity in 2012?
Looking back, is there one creative time or one particular creation that stands out for you? (Maybe you could share it here?) How will you continue (or start) making time and space for your creative passions in 2013?

I consider myself to be a really creative person, and that is shown most notably through this blog, the lessons I plan for my classes, and in the way I help students develop stories in journalism and layout ideas in yearbook.  The other way that I’ve really shown my creativity is in the way that I decorate my home.

In 2013, I’ll continue all of these things, but I’d also like to tackle a few more crafty pursuits.  I’ve seen several “want to do” craft ideas on Pinterest, including:

275564070919482324_eCr466vv_c Motivation marbles

17944098485604795_12a2R0AJ_c crochet

228909593530410270_OV2TZ041_c Jazzing up soup cans for a “wow” container, thanks to mosaic marbles.

108508672241516758_iBilg276_c Art journaling

2013 is going to be the year that I really tap into the creativity inside me that is waiting to bubble up to the surface.

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Everything, if you ask me!  And I need your help to figure out what I should call this blog.

You might ask why I’m thinking of changing it.  Well, the answer is simple, I’m not sure which weight loss surgery I’m going to have.  I thought I was 100% for lap band, but lately I’ve been having my doubts.  And then ScaleWarfare shared her thoughts with me, and I’ve been re-evaluating.  Not to mention the fact that my surgeon wasn’t in favor of doing the lap band surgery.  He highly recommended either the VSG (Verticle Sleeve Gastronomy) or the Gastric Bypass.  So I’m in the process of researching, reading, watching, and listening in order to figure out which surgery is the best one for me.

Besides that, my domain name is about to expire, and before I pay the money for another year, I want to go with a new name.

I want to avoid tying the name with the surgery type.  BellainLapBandLand is very limiting.  I can’t even think of a good one for VSG.  So I’d like to go with something that’s more about the journey or the destination, rather than the method.  I could go back to Bella on the Beach, making it a reference to my ultimate goal of wanting to wear a bathing suit at the beach and feel comfortable while doing so.  Or I could go with something completely new.

That’s where you come in.  From now until July 6th at 9pm, Pacific Time, please leave your suggestions and ideas in the comments to this post.  The person with the winning title will get a prize.  I’m not sure what to offer, so give me some ideas for that, too.  I’m thinking an Amazon/Starbucks/iTunes gift card, but if you have something else in mind, please let me know.

The Rules:

  • The title should have “Bella” in it somewhere.
  • I like alliteration, although it’s not a must.
  • I’d love it to incorporate the idea of “Do Life,” but it’s not a deal breaker.
  • Wittiness is always a good thing.

Be creative and have fun!!

I reserve the right to use any combination of titles submitted in the comments to create my final blog title. 

Update, June 29th: I’ve decided to go back to my original, Bella on the Beach.  So the contest is cancelled, but I appreciate the entries and the ideas.  Some of them were very close to being chosen, but none felt as authentic as my original title.  I’m not going to pay for self-hosting (so the url will have .wordpress in it), but instead, I’m going to pay Meghan Murphy for some new graphic design work for the header and another surprise.  Stay tuned for the updated look.

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