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The chocolate chip cookie is the world’s most beloved and popular cookie. It is mystifyingly delicious and emotionally comforting for all who encounter it. A woman named Mrs. Wakefield invented the chocolate chip cookie by mistake in 1930. Mrs. Wakefield, attempting to make her favorite Butter Drop Do cookies realized (mid-recipe) that she had run out of bakers chocolate. She decided, instead, to chop up a chocolate bar into little pieces and sprinkle then into the dough. So when they baked, the chocolate chips melted and the chocolate chip cookie was born. As you can see, the story of the chocolate chip cookie, is one of innovation at the risk of making a mistake. For that reason, the chocolate chip cookie is my favorite thing in the entire world.
The chocolate chip cookie reminds me of myself. No, it is not because I am also brown, small, and loved by all. It is because the chocolate chip cookie and I have many shared qualities. Like me, chocolate chip cookie is unique, inclusive, and adaptable.
No two chocolate chip cookies are alike. That is the beauty of baking a chocolate chip cookie. I will never be able to exactly replicate the distinct soft middle of an Otis Spunkmeyer cookie or the petite oval of a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie from Wegmans. But the chocolate chip cookie is aware that I am my own unique baker and it respects my individual style and approach to baking. The dough is pliable in my hands and accepting of whatever form I choose to give it.
That leads me to my next point: chocolate chip cookies are inclusive. Have ever thought about all the possibilities of chocolate chips that are out there? There are semi-sweet chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, caramel swirl chocolate chips. I think you catch my drift. The chocolate chip cookie is the picture of dessert diversity. It is inclusive of all flavors and has yet to reject any topping combination. The other day, I saw a recipe for a bacon chocolate chip cookie. Clearly, flavor discrimination is not an issue for the chocolate chip cookie. It is accepting of all.
And finally, chocolate chip cookies are adaptable. May times when I have found myself attempting to create a cookie from scratch, I have realized that I am missing an ingredient or two. I have been able to substitute ingredients and still end up with a delicious cookie. The chocolate chip cookie has taught me to be as adaptable in my own life. I have learned to utilize and maximize what I already have. I have learned to improvise and think quickly on my feet. And I have learned to make a masterpiece out of a mess.
Some would say that the chocolate chip cookie is simply overexposed and is just like any other cookie. I’d counter that by saying that the chocolate chip cookie is a metaphor for how we should be in our lives: we should unique, inclusive, and always adaptable. Just like the chocolate chip cookie.
This Christmas, I’m saving up for a dslr camera. In the coming new year, I want to record more memories
and outfits with clearer resolution.
I’m dabbling into legit photography for the first time, so I’m not looking to go broke over a new camera. Also the word “new” is relative. I don’t mind a used camera, as long as it is in good working condition.
I read up of what digital cameras are most compatible for the fashion blogger lifestyle.
Here are a few articles:
In shopping for a new camera, these are considerations:
With all that said, I’m not exactly sure of which camera to get, but I’m partial to the Canon dslr cameras. I know they’re not small but I’d had Canon cameras before and I like their quality. I’m open to cheaper options that still offer me great pictures.
I’ve had my eye on the Canon G12 (and honestly, the entire Canon G series). It delivers dslr quality without the bulk.
I’ve been reading reviews and I’m still unsure of which camera would best suit me. I’m a little out of my element, so I could use some advice.
Bloggers out there, what cameras do you all use?
Ever since I moved up to Syracuse, I have been scrambling to get winter gear to keep me from freezing to death up here. Thanks to 3Fifteen’s 50% sale last weekend, I was able to snag three good jackets to add to my collection.
**These 3Fifteen posts are not sponsored. I just really like their store!**
For the longest time, I have thought I was right brained because I hated math and loved crafting. It turns out that, instinctively, I am left-brained:
At first, I was pretty bummed that I wasn’t more right brained. But then I realized that I’m only 13% more left-brained than I am right-brained! Oh man…what a left-brained thing to say. But it makes sense. I’m a little meticulous about my creativity; I never really haphazardly create things. I always have some type of plan. However, at the same time, I am very curious and imaginative.
Because I’m a
gluten for punishment curious about myself, I decided to dig a little deeper and find out more about myself. I started by retaking the Briggs personality test. It had been a while, so I had forgotten my results. Here’s a snapshot of my new results:
My personality type is ENFP. This test rang so true for me and explained the way I’m wired. Obviously, I only posted the positive things. I can’t give away all my secrets now, can I? As a left-brained person with an ENFP personality, I bet I’d make one heck of a creative problem solver!
I recommend that everyone take this quick test, or a similar one to find out their personality type. You’ll learn a lot about yourself. It’s always great to know yourself, so you know who you’re dealing with and what to expect.
This past weekend, I attended the “One Day Immersion In TV, Cable, and Digital Entertainment” event in New York City. I got to hear from different professionals in the TV and digital entertainment industry, all with diverse jobs, experiences, and paths to their current jobs. The one thing that they all had in common was that they all referred to themselves as “Creatives.”
A Creative. There was that word again. I have been simultaneously enchanted and a perplexed by it since I heard Brian Keenan talk about his experience as a Global Creative Initiatives Manager at Ketchum. Prior to meeting him when he came to speak at Syracuse University, I had never been privy to “life as a Creative.” Although I didn’t know anything about being a Creative, much of what he was describing fit the skill set I thought would go unused in my career. I am a dreamer, someone who stares off into space as my mind conjures up ideas to fill up my idea journals. My frustration has always been that I didn’t have the technical skills to bring my ideas to life. I am an idea-girl, and if I was understanding correctly, that made me a potential Creative.
I went home and did some research. I found a pretty intense flow chart (look at it!) about the traditional requirements for becoming a Creative. While the information is depressing…I mean, helpful to know, it is interesting that the past few Creatives that I have met came into the industry through alternate routes. A few of them got in through freelancing that turned into a full-time offer, one started out by interning, a couple applied with no prior experience and the company took a chance on them. I listened to their stories and came out feeling challenged and inspired. I may not have all the experiences in the flow chart, but I have a creative mind and I am a problem-solver. My life experiences have given me a unique perspective that will help me in this industry.
In my research, I found that Creatives have the following things in common:
Source: Creative Bloq
From what I can tell, there is no exact recipe for success as a Creative. I am determined to learn all that I can from the Creatives around me (and the ones who are a world away). I am even more driven to sharpen my skills and dip my toes into Creative waters.
P.s. I feel like the term “Creative Juices” is actually referring to some type of pheromone that Creatives release when they walk into a room. I swear, they’re all somehow drawn to each other. On a few occasions, I’ve been mistaken for a member of the Creative species. I’m pretty sure it’s because of my glasses and my hair. Perhaps, one day, I can convince them (and myself) that I am one of them. Until then, I will continue to read and follow blogs, I’ll keep filling up pages of my idea journal, and I’ll embrace every Creative opportunity that comes my way.