This little holiday present 'survey' project ended up getting pretty intense. Maybe I am just drinking a lot of high-ABV beverages, but I am overwhelmed and *moved* by the responses. It started with asking students about their favorite smells, which led to tastes, then I asked about visuals, which then added to the sense of touch. Sound is just in there all over the place - as we are all dance students, geeez Lou-iiiise. Yes, we were gonna cover *all* the senses. I felt pretty clever, and figured I could Pinterest the snot outta their responses. Each student's response was a little gift - I read them slowly, as if I was slowly unwrapping a long-awaited gift. One of those gifts where you didn't even *know* you wanted it, much less how badly you wanted it. It has taken me days to get in the mind-frame to tackle it, because I had to take it in and mentally prepare for all the resulting inspirational rabbit holes in which I would fall. (Too many prepositional phrases there, BUT brb - let me go pour another drink...)
OK, I am back! I tend to do Pinterest before bedtime (in hopes of inspiring cool dreams - also the dog baby is asleep and not causing mischief). And, this one really has taken me to so many places, in time as well as spaces around the world. *what is with all these damned prepositions???*
Anyway, doing all this has made me admit something. I *must* officially identify myself as an artist. *cringe* In my corporate job, I make fun of the fact that I am that sleazy, glossy-brochure-making marketing chicque who can hold a conversation with engineers. 15 years of truck manufacturing will do that to a gal, especially when the engineers are not always ugly...hmm. (I'll talk about our pocket protector slogan project another time...)
In my artsy roles (dance teacher, metal smith, general crafter, and board member for a Chicago neighborhood chamber of commerce) - I don't like to identify as any of those roles, since I am a random artsy person who taps into her business experience to somewhat succeed. Plus, I really get all Judgy McJudgy Pants when people ramble on about their Profession during the introductions. Quite possibly, I am a self-loathing bitch or just REAL BAD at promoting myself. But, in the end, I am that dreamer - busy thinking of a theme for the next thing - in traffic, through a development program review meeting, and definitely during any kind of PowerPoint presentation making. (How many times can we say something is 'robust' or 'innovative'???)
So, yeah - that's me right now. Take a look at all the ideas in my head, in all the 276 pins below. (They are, in fact, robust.) I don't know what I will do with it yet, but as a creative-type, teacher, marketing scumbag...and, artist...I am nourished.
I surveyed the students on their favorite scents...of course there were some seriously earthy overlaps...