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A Little To The Middle

I’m weird. I picked Marketing as my major at Spring Testing (as a senior in high school) almost a decade ago, and never looked back. I always somehow knew that I loved the mixture of business and creativity. In high school, I loved math and numbers, and spreadsheets, and symmetry (I get that from my Dad). But then I also loved nurturing, and interpersonal relationships and creativity (I get that from my Mom).

So when looking at the big expanse of major choices, Marketing seemed right. And it has been right. I loved my undergraduate career, loved my first few jobs where I got to be in the field of Marketing and work in it. And I’m loving now, where I’m studying a different side of Marketing, through Strategic Communication. I know I’m in the right profession.

So, have you ever heard of left brain vs. right brain?

According to About.com: “each side of the brain controls different types of thinking. Additionally, people are said to prefer one type of thinking over the other. For example, a person who is “left-brained” is often said to be more logical, analytical and objective,while a person who is “right-brained” is said to be more intuitive, thoughtful and subjective.”

I’ve always considered myself a middle of the road type person. I’m not usually too extreme (unless you play me in co-ed softball), and I’m fairly stable (unless you take my pillow). But I always hoped I skewed a little to the right and was a more creative person than analytical. Maybe a little more Janis Joplin than Bill Gates?

Today I saw a blog post from a professor here at LSU about working with her students to understand the left brain tendencies of executive managers versus the right brain tendencies of creatives working on an advertising/marketing project. She then offered a quiz to see what brain-type you were.

My worst fears came true. I’m perfectly symmetrical.

Right Brain/ Left Brain Quiz
The higher of these two numbers below indicates which side of your brain has dominance in your life. Realising your right brain/left brain tendancy will help you interact with and to understand others.
Left Brain Dominance: 9(9)
Right Brain Dominance: 9(9)
Right Brain/ Left Brain Quiz

I am no more dominant in my spreadsheet skills than my clarinet playing skills. My blog writing is equal to my poetry. My fashion choices are no more superior than my stapler choices. I love a good ROI report just as much as a good Degas. Devastation.

BUT! What I think I can glean from this is: I can be both. I can be your business-type and speak the language of the executives, but I can also get in the nitty gritty with the creatives. This could prove useful in the world of marketing….right? (subliminally HIRE ME!) And I’ll just have to live with being symmetrical, even in my brain.

For those of you interested, here’s the link to the quiz: http://www.intelliscript.net/test_area/questionnaire/questionnaire.cgi

Let me know what you turn out to be!

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What I’m Loving/Not Loving This Week

Things I Am Loving This Week

1. Planters Nut-rition Energy Mix — YUM

2. Being able to follow all the NSYNC guys on Twitter. Oh the depths of insanity I would have gone to had Twitter or Facebook been around when NSYNC was the light of my life. Probably a good thing.

3. Sticking to it! It’s now been four weeks since the start of the new year, and I’m still going strong on working out and eating better. This is usually where I leap fall off the bandwagon. Here’s some blogs that are helping me along: http://www.skinnytaste.com/ and http://www.canyoustayfordinner.com/

4. February is almost here! That means: DISNEY WORLD, baby and wedding showers, BBQ supper club and Valentine’s Day!

5. The Big Bang Theory. Hi.lar.ious.

Things I Am Not Loving This Week

1. The realization that my two favorite LSU shirts have holes in them. Bad omen. LSU can’t catch a break lately. 😦

2. Bad dreams. For some reason the last few nights I’ve had really bad dreams, and I wake up feeling sick and irritable. No bueno 😦

3. This Honda CR-V campaign. Don’t get it. Are you advertising NOT making big and exciting life choices because you should instead buy a car? Although the addition of Ferris Bueller may change my mind…

Happy Monday!


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Why the picture?

Welcome back!

So you may ask why I chose to include a picture of myself in the header, staring at myself in a mirror, on a day that was all about me [and Jason too!]…the wedding day. Self-involved much?

It means more than you think.

This picture was taken right before I walked down the aisle on my wedding day. I’m in my home church lobby, looking in the mirror for one final touch up. Right to my left were the doors that were opening, my dad waiting to give his youngest daughter away and the foggy windows clouding up a muggy wedding day.

This moment represents the last time I looked at myself as just me. Single me. One half of a whole me. Right before I saw Jason for the first time that day and we started a new adventure together.

This moment represents my transition into a new life.

BUT it doesn’t represent a lost me. I’ve found in all my wise years of marriage [a year and half to be exact!] that being married does overtake me, it enhances me. I’m still that same girl, looking in the mirror, but with a partner, a friend for life, a constant smile maker.

It was an inflection point in my life. And one that I’m glad is captured. It creates a jumping off point for more depth, more insight and more understanding of life through a new filter. The filter through which I’m sharing my life with you. Hooray!


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The Start of Something New

I’m a modern Ophelia. A small town girl caught in a bigger-than-life world. I’m a graduate student, but an aspiring professional. My goal in life is to make my Most Likely To Succeed title in high school a reality, and then write a book about it. I’m a wife. Sister. Daughter. Friend. Mother to Sadie i.e., human dog. Chocolate-milk lover. And according to Myers-Briggs, a caregiver. In short, it’s complicated.

I’ve shared thoughts and musings on previous blogs, found here.

But this is a new chapter. A time to breathe more life into my writing. Not just when I’m introspective or blue, but now more to write about my life, which before I considered dull. But then I started looking at the blogs I follow most. And there was a common theme. Normal, everyday women, who took time to talk about their everyday life and the beauty, hope, adventure, excitement they pulled from it. I think I can do the same.

Cast of Characters:

Me!

Hubby-extraordinaire Jason

Sybil Sadie the dog

And there are so many other people in my life I want to tell you about it, but that will come with time. I hope to share and to connect with this space, make it more than just a public diary. I hope you’ll join me along the way. I’m not promising a rose garden, but maybe a few blooms along the way to remember.

stephanie