A New Perspective

While visiting Sammie Ann Fontaine in Orlando, Florida, I took the time to go with her to an introductory class for her Master’s Program. The class included some TED Talks and great discussions. It was an eye opening experience. Coupled with a behind the scenes tour of the Masters Film Production Program at Full Sail University, my visit left my world view tilted on its axis.
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How had I not seen the world from this perspective before?
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The first TED Talk video we watched featuring Temple Grandin, writer of Thinking in Pictures. When she expounded on different types of thinkers beyond her own, my eyes bugged out of my head and left me fighting the urge to jump up, pointing at the screen shouting, “That’s me! That’s what I’ve been trying to figure out for 10 years!”
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Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds
Temple categorizes herself as a Photo Realistic Visual Thinker. She also lists three other types of minds:
  • The Pattern Thinker
  • The Verbal Mind
  • The Auditory Thinkers
When she described the problems that Pattern Thinkers tend to have, I nearly fell on the floor. It wasn’t through my strengths that I recognized which category I fell into, but by my weaknesses. Playing up our strengths is easier than dealing with our weaknesses. I spent years generating workarounds for my tendency to reverse letters, numbers, and even words. I got so good at hiding the issue that I was never diagnosed with any type of learning disability.
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The only time I failed to hide this bizarre issue of mine was when I read out loud. Once it’s out of your mouth, there’s no backspace key. What’s worse is making the exact same error out loud three times in a row, when you damn well know what’s coming out of your mouth is not what the text says. On those days, I throw my hands up and either write out what needs conveying or hand it to someone else to read. Horribly embarrassing, but there’s always another way around the cliff face.
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My Mind Imploding Moment passes quickly as we delve into another TED Talk video. I very rarely cry at movies, but motivational videos is another story. If the speaker hits too close to home, it’s all over.
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Amanda Palmer: The Art of Asking
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This video reminded me of what it’s like to be peddling products outside of grocery and department stores. (Yes, I had that job for a whopping three weeks.) Asking isn’t easy, but we suffer needlessly when we let fear or pride stop us from reaching out to others. The worse that can happen is getting a crass insult along with the word, “No.” Learning how to rise above the fear of asking is one of the most powerful tools you can store in your pocket, no matter what you do in life.
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Behind the Scenes at Full Sail University
It turned out that my visit coincided with the once a month Behind the Scenes tour at Full Sail. As I walked the halls behind sets, surrounded myself with familiar sound and lighting equipment, and drooled over digital editing booths, I felt my mind and muscles wrap around that feeling of ‘home.’
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The last speaker we heard in the Live Venue did something I wasn’t expecting (although probably should have). He told us his story. No glamour, no amazing behind the scenes ‘Wows.’ As he told the story, in my head, I watched the past 15 years of my life play out in my mind, but with one difference. Instead of changing my path, I froze up.
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There I was, standing frozen in place again, terrified to take the leap. That Sunday afternoon tour left me teetering on the edge of a precipice that I wasn’t sure I was ready to face.
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About 10 years ago, while praying/meditating, I said to God with tears in my eyes, “I’m afraid to do the things I love.” After the tour which revealed what my life could become, I sat with a delicious plate of food and tears in my eyes. These words replayed in mind. “I’m afraid to do the things I love.”
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As I’m repeating these words under my breath, the still small voice inside my head echoed back the same answer I’d heard ten years ago. “So, do them anyway.”
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You have to laugh at yourself, when you’ve had the right advice all along, but were unwilling to listen. It’s terrifying, but you’ll never know what you could have accomplished if you’re not willing to do the things you love even when the potential fall scares the snot out of you.
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I didn’t jump out the window and sign up for Full Sail’s program that day. A combination of funding and housing just wasn’t in the cards at that moment. (I also have a husband in CT with a full time job that I’d need to uproot for this.) But I’ve finally nailed down what I want to go after. That’s always been my battle.
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What do I want in life?
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Nailing down what Master’s degree I burn for ended an eight year search for my next step in my life. When I arrived home, I resolutely pointed my compass in the direction of my dreams. It will be a long road, but with passion and purpose behind us, there’s nothing we can’t do.
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Hello Interwebs!

This is the part of the day where your brain oozes out of your ears, but you can’t walk away from the computer. Sure, you could cool off in the nice air-conditioned room 10 feet away. Or get a nice glass of ice cold water. Or stick your head in the freezer. Instead, you let the internet eat your soul. There are not enough cat videos on the internet and yet you cannot tear your eyes from the never ending FaceBook wall of doom.

I believe this post is suppose to have relevant information on it. What am I doing here? (That’s on the ‘About Me’ page.) How do I plan to take over the world? (That’s classified.) And how many cats do I have? (There are no ninja assassins in my house.) Since I can’t take over the world with cats, I’m all out of ideas at the moment–wait.

Hang on a tick!

I filmed a vlog before I lost all cognitive abilities this afternoon. Huzzah!

[One hour later]

Did I just spend my Friday night video editing? Yeah, that sounds about right. Worth it!

Next, I’m on my way to watch some Grimm or Star Trek: Enterprise (don’t judge, I’ve already watched all the superb stuff like Sherlock, Dr. Who, & all the Stargates), but I’m wondering… What are your fandoms?