Multi-Topic Blog of A Multi-Potential and Highly-Sensitive Creative Mom
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Welcome to Janet's Art Corner!
Hello, I'm so glad you have come to my little creative corner! This is the place where I share everything I'm passionate about and these are a lot of things. Let me give you a short overview of what I'm passionate about and what I want to share with you.
I love all things related to education since I'm an educator myself. If you want to learn more about my education background, visit my About page. Currently, I'm doing additional homeschooling for my kids and giving private lessons in English at our place. Though I love teaching, I don't want to go back to teaching at a school because of all my other projects I'm working on. Apart from homeschooling and giving private lessons, I'm also sharing free and premium educational printables at www.educationalprintables.com.
Writing has been my passion since I could write. I'm an introverted person so talking to people in public has always been a big challenge for me. Writing is the way I love and feel comfortable with to share my thoughts, ideas, experience and opinions. However, it took me over 30 years until I started to share my writing to the public but I haven't looked back since then. I absolutely love writing and sharing it with the world.
Another big passion of mine is art. I have always loved to draw and paint since childhood but have never thought to turn this passion into a part of making my living until last year. My creative work embraces coloring pages, doodling, mandalas, art journaling, mixed media art and digital designs.
My husband and I do encourage our kids to do any kind of creative work and our two kids really enyoy everything like drawing, coloring, doodling, painting and crafting. Our son is an avid drawer. He even gets up early in the morning and draws something before going to school. Our daughter loves doodling. Her favorite doodle patterns are swirls and curls. Here you can learn more about my creative work.
Spirituality, Self-Development, Multipotentiality,
Sensory Processing Sensitivity
Apart from sharing information about education, writing and art on this site, I'm also sharing information about spirituality, self-development and multipotentiality. These are also topics that interest me very much.
Why so many interests and passions?
As far as I know, I have always had many interests and passions and I have hardly been able to focus on only one thing. I have never resonated with the statement that you need to decide for one thing only and I have struggled with it until I found out in 2014 that I'm a so called scanner personality (Scanner is the name Barbara Sher invented when she wrote the books I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What it Was and Refuse to Choose), also known as multipotentalite, multi-passionate, generalist. According to Emilie Wapnick from Puttylike, a multipotentalite can be described this way:
A multipotentialite is a person who has many different interests and creative pursuits in life.
Multipotentialites have no “one true calling” the way specialists do. Being a multipotentialite is our destiny. We have many paths and we pursue all of them, either sequentially or simultaneously (or both).
Multipotentialites thrive on learning, exploring, and mastering new skills. We are excellent at bringing disparate ideas together in creative ways. This makes us incredible innovators and problem solvers.
When it comes to new interests that emerge, our insatiable curiosity leads us to absorb everything we can get our hands on. As a result, we pick up new skills fast and tend to be a wealth of information.
But that's not all. I'm not only a scanner personality, multipotentialite, multi-passionate (the expression I love) or whatever you would like to call it but I'm also a highly sensitive person. Here is an explanation what it means to be a highly sensitive person:
Sensory processing sensitivity (SPS), a personality trait, a high measure of which defines a highly sensitive person (HSP), has been described as having hypersensitivity to external stimuli, a greater depth of cognitive processing, and high emotional reactivity. The terms SPS and HSP were coined in the mid-1990s by psychologists Elaine Aron and husband Arthur Aron, with SPS being measured by Aron's Highly Sensitive Person Scale (HSPS) questionnaire. Other researchers have applied various other terms to denote this responsiveness to stimuli that is evidenced in humans and other species.
According to the Arons and colleagues, people with high SPS comprise about 15–20% of the population and are thought to process sensory data more deeply due to the nature of their central nervous system. Although many researchers consistently related high SPS to negative outcomes, Aron and colleagues state that high SPS is a personality trait and not a disorder;other researchers have associated it with increased responsiveness to both positive and negative influences.
It is not easy to have these special personality traits but I have learned to accept them and deal with them. I have found the Internet the best place to live out all my interests and passions and work on my several projects. I have actually turned all my interests and passions into a business. It's still a small business but since I love what I do, it will gradually grow.
If you are interested in learning more about multipotentialty and sensory processing sensitivity, the following books may be interesting for you:
Refuse to Choose!: Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your DreamsI Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get ItHow to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don't Know What They Want to Be When They Grow UpThe Renaissance Soul: How to Make Your Passions Your Life―A Creative and Practical GuideThe Highly Sensitive Person By Elaine N. Aron Ph.D.The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms YouThe Highly Sensitive Person's WorkbookThe Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When The World Overwhelms ThemThe Highly Sensitive Person in Love: Understanding and Managing Relationships When the World Overwhelms You