Neon sign that reads you are what you listen to.
Neon sign that reads you are what you listen to.
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Why is song repetition such a powerful tool?


Learn how to mine your subconscious for creative solutions and ideas to help you get unstuck.

Woman sleeping with morning sunlight coming through the window.
Woman sleeping with morning sunlight coming through the window.
Photo by Gregory Pappas on Unsplash


THINK LIKE A DESIGNER

Craft a compelling story about your work, and if that fails, you better know how to wing it.

Colorful blocks of letters arranged to spell out the phrase little lies.
Colorful blocks of letters arranged to spell out the phrase little lies.
Photo by Paweł Czerwiński on Unsplash

Wax poetically


Your battle scars were hard-earned, and your experiences go a long way towards fitting in.

Chocolate birthday cake with the saying you’re as old as dirt written on it with icing.
Chocolate birthday cake with the saying you’re as old as dirt written on it with icing.
Photo by Jeffrey Bates on Unsplash


Searching for meaning in the forest leads to a divine discovery

British Columbia forest showing young red cedar trees with large cedar stumps.
British Columbia forest showing young red cedar trees with large cedar stumps.
Lynn Valley Headwaters Regional Park, Photo by Jeff Bates


We’re living in unusual times; here are some ideas to help you stop drifting and keep moving forward

Photo by Lauren Peng on Unsplash

Start With a Daily Schedule


Do these four simple things to start your day with intent.

Sunrise over mountains.
Sunrise over mountains.
Photo by kazuend on Unsplash


The lesson I learned from abruptly ending a promising hockey career and channeling all my energy into rock climbing.

Photo by Arthur Edelman on Unsplash.

Jeffrey Bates

Highly experienced creative director writing on design thinking, sports, and life. Design: jbates.co | For fun: createanddestroy.com

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