Creativity Myth: If you love math you can’t be creative.

…and vice versa… If you are a creative person you can’t be good at math.

Psst, I have a secret to let you in on: there’s no such thing as right brain vs left brain when it comes to creativity. It takes your whole brain to create. We’re all creative. Even people who LOVE math! In fact, the more you develop your creativity, the more connections you make between both hemispheres of your brain. So, if your “math sector” feels a little weak to you, try boosting your creativity exercises. Today, might just be the perfect day to start!

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Today is Math Story Telling Day! Yay! Think about all of those word problems you use to solve when you were a kid. Who do you think wrote those things? Someone really good at math, and someone pretty darn creative, too! But Math Stories are more than just word problems. They are real stories that stretch our logic skills and our imagination at the same time. They can take the form of jokes, poems, short stories, and drawings, too! They are visual and interesting and full of comparisons such as “if this is so, then that is so.”

This one is for Seamus:

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Your challenge today is to make up a math story and share it with someone. This is so much fun, and just a silly way to connect with people. The more you share your math story the more you will find that you have things in common with other people. Things you didn’t know about before. Numbers have a way of doing that, it’s true!

I find numbers fascinating, particularly in relation to numerology. Numerology is the belief in divine and mystical relationships between numbers and events. Love, love, love it!!! Many cultures use numbers to explain events, predict the future, and create energy in the physical world. The most basic principle in numerology is that all numbers reduce down through simple addition. So a 12,583 can be broken down like this: 1+2+5+8+3 = 19, and 1+9 = 10, and 1+0 = 1, so you are ultimately dealing with a 1. The one and only one! Each single digit number represents personalities, characteristics, and truly tells a story of its own. For example, 2015 in numerology reduces to an 8. When you turn the eight side-ways, it is the infinity symbol. So, in an “8” year, we can expect to explore ideas about balance, abundance and our infinite soul. Numbers can be assigned to the letters of the alphabet (i.e. a = 1, b = 2, c = 3, and so on…). Messages can be delivered through words and numbers. What is the number of your name, your birth date, or your house number? What messages do these numbers provide you with? What stories do they tell? Numerology can provide illumination when other beliefs fall short. I’ll be writing more about this on October 9th.

So, what is the Math Story you are dying to tell today? Oh, and please share it in the comments below, I want to hear it! I really do!

While you are thinking about all of that, there’s a story I want to tell you…

This one is for Donovan.

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A little boy, named Donovan went to the Natural History Museum. He wanted to see the fossilized skeleton of a T-Rex dinosaur! As he stood below it and looked up at its magnificent bones with wonder, he heard a booming voice. He jumped! He soon discovered that in fact, it was not the voice of the T-Rex, but instead of a man. It was the museum docent.

He bellowed, “Well, hello little boy! How old are you?”

Donovan looked at his mother first and when she nodded, he said shyly, “I em free.”

The docent chuckled, “Oh, yeah? Well guess how old I am?”

Donovan thought for a moment and said, “Eew are ooollld.”

The docent chuckled again, “Yes, that’s true, but this guy is older than all of us!” He pointed up to the magnificent T-Rex looming overhead.

“How olll-dis eee?” asked little Donovan.

The docent proudly replied, “65 million and three years, seven months, and six days old!”

Donovan’s mother cocked her head and said, “That’s awfully precise!”

The docent said, “Well, a scientist told me he was 65 million years old when I started working here and that was precisely three years, seven months, and six days ago!”

{Ba-dum-ch}

Need more inspiration? Check out Denise Gaskin’s fantastic website and blog. Now here is a woman whose existence proves that math and creativity thrive when combined!

Have fun writing and sharing your Math Stories, you brilliant, creative, math-loving souls!

Your Creativity Coach,

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Bonnie Kelso is the creator of The ABCs of Conscious Creating. She uses energy healing and creating exercises to connect people to their higher “creative” selves. For more information about her services read about her ACCESS! program or to schedule a consultation please contact her at creatingyourexperience@gmail.com. Are you ready to vitalize your creative life?

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