Here’s to the ordinary.

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I haven’t written in a while. I’d like to say it’s because I haven’t had time or that I’ve been so busy with this or with that. The truth is I haven’t written because I can’t think of anything to say. Or at least anything the world might want to read.

Yesterday was my fourth anniversary of being on WordPress, making it the fifth anniversary of me being a blogger. This blog began as an assignment for my Intro to Creative class. It was supposed to be a creativity blog and I had to make a certain number of posts during that semester. The posts could be about anything, so long as it was “creative.”

When the course was over, I kept the blog up and it eventually became the home of my portfolio, resume, and side projects. Suddenly, the online outlet for my thoughts, observations, and ideas, became a marketing tool for everything Haley. And the innocence behind my writing got lost along the way.

Now I feel this pressure to write stuff that people want to read, so I create content that I hope is engaging and interesting and relevant. But that’s not what writing should be about. I don’t want my focus to be getting internet famous or having a huge fan following or becoming a lifestyle blog that people check compulsively.

I want to make content that gives people an honest look into my world. I know that might only interest a handful of people and it might not go viral or show up in people’s news feeds, but I’d rather share my life as it is than create something artificial for others to enjoy. For my fifth anniversary I want to get back to why I started writing in the first place. And if that means I need to say nothing extraordinary for a while, then I’m okay with that.

So, here’s to the start of something ordinary. I’m ready for it.

Turkish Delight: Day 9

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Our last morning in Göreme, we woke up and headed straight for The Open Air Museum, which consists of more cave churches and dwellings, but they are the most preserved and easily accessible – so we weren’t climbing all over the place and getting dirty. It was super cool, especially to see all the churches, whose reliefs and wall paintings were still visible.

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After that, we hopped in the car and made our way to Kaymakli where we visited the Underground City, one of the many underground cave cities in Cappadocia. There we hired a local guide named Mustafa (we have had great luck with Mustafas lately) who led us through the labyrinth and explained the purposes for each nook and cranny. Originally dug by Hittites to escape enemies, this underground city was expanded by early Christians and then abandoned, providing a great location for local kids to play hide and seek. There were eight floors total, five of which were open to the public. Mustafa ran us up and down tunnels and stairs and was generally the most adorable little Turkish man. And his toupee was fabulous.

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Then we hopped back in the car and made our last road trip back to Istanbul. And here we will stay for the remainder of our trip.

Right Brain Left Brain

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Most of us have heard the “left brain verses right brain” argument enough times to make both sides of our brain hurt. Creative people are said to use their right brain, while more analytical people are said to use their left side. While this is based on neurology, the assumption that one side is “better” than another is not.

In college, I minored in psychology which means that a large portion of each semester was geared toward the study of the human body, and, more specifically, the brain. So I know the science behind the argument that right-brained people are more creative than left-brained people. But I find this knowledge to have severely crippled society and led people to believe that there is only one type of creativity.

In addition to my psych minor, I majored in Creative Advertising, which included a course called Introduction to Creativity. In this class we studied the theories of creativity – yes, it’s a science. And one of the most beneficial nuggets that I learned was the concept of multiple intelligences. Intelligence here is described as having a well-developed aptitude for something. In short, it means that everyone can be innovative, we just use our creativity in different ways.

What are the Multiple Intelligences?

Musical – rhythmic and harmonic
Visual – spatial
Verbal – linguistic
Logical – mathematical
Bodily – kinesthetic
Interpersonal – interaction with others
Intrapersonal – self-reflective
Naturalistic – relating with natural surroundings
Existential – spirituality

Basically, I value the idea of right/left brain, because it’s based on science and how our brain actually functions. But, I refuse to let it define whether or not you can be creative, because our creativity is what makes us uniquely human.

So, what are your multiple intelligences?