Shake it up, Shake it up!

November 30, 2011

“Shake it up, shake it up!”–Nope, it’s not just an awesome Florence+the Machine song, but a life philosophy–MY freaking life philosophy. So, where has my creative MoJo gone? I could blame classes, I could blame my internship aka cubicle nation, but I blame myself for not tapping into my creative side more often. I’m the girl who made her own Little Debbie’s costume and pranced around the Haymarket to shoot a fun commercial for a class project, the girl who made her own “Risky Business” remake video, and there’s nothing like taking videos when you’re dancing 14,000+ feet up in the mountains, but the bottom line is: me+ideas+camera=love.

I had a much awaited realization this evening after hearing an interview between Christopher Kingsley of Roundus and Clint Runge and Charlie Hull of Archival–their name and businesses speak for themselves, but more importantly they thrive off making an impact and doing what they do pretty damn well. Back in February of this year, I listened to Clint and Charlie speak at the Nebraska Summit for Entrepreneurship about Nebraska’s image as being a flyover state and our national perception (i.e. nothing here, but corn fields, flat land, do we have electricity?)–these must be the same people who think their food grows in the back of the grocery store. This got me really fired up, Nebraska is a beautiful state and we have a lot to be proud of!  Long story short, I was moved by this whole ordeal and two months later I got an internship with our State tourism division. Now, this is where I have to be careful. I like to rock the boat now and then, it only makes sense with my nature to shake things up and a state agency is not a place to do that–I’ve been pretty darn obedient. Nevertheless, as I sit in my office –the ideas start coming to me and sometimes I just have post-its of scribbles at the end of the day. I often daydream about flying to New Zealand and shooting videos on a whim, capturing unusual moments in life. I also think about throwing missiles (rubberbands) and wondering what cubicle they would land in and I’m tempted to stand on my chair to peek over the rest of cubicle dwelling nation.

There’s a big part of me that likes to live on the edge.  I’m not a fan of coasting through life, which is why one of Charlie’s comments struck a chord with me, it’s a good thing to be uncertain. Comfort zones are boring, shake something up. You should always question the status quo. Let your imagination run wild, then run with it.

Ding, ding! I’ve hit my comfort zone and I need it shake it up a bit, right!? As my friend Karen always says, “Girls be CRAAYYZZYY.”

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