Creativity Hours Complete!

Over the summer I finished up my creativity hours for CAS (or at least, as close as I can figure). I spent my days working out in the mornings for about an hour, then spent the next several assisting my buddy Gwendolyn117 in writing a book series! This consisted of writing chapters, character exercises, and plot formation, and is technically still going on to this day.

Planned and initiated activities

  1. What was your organizational process? I would go to Gwen’s house, then work on the book for a bit. There was never really a set schedule, other than showing up every day.
  2. What did you learn about planning and initiating activities? Was it easy? Difficult? I learned that planning and initiating activities is sometimes quite difficult, considering the individual schedules of two people. Often we would need to work around each others’ schedules and be concious of the other’s commitments.

Worked collaboratively with others

  1. Is working with others generally easy or hard for you? With Gwen, it’s very easy to work together. We often think on the same wavelength, picking up the other’s slack. With anyone else it’s variable, depending on the competency of the group.
  2. Did you have to work with anyone difficult? How did you handle it? At times we were our own worst enemy, and would bicker over plot details we hadn’t figured out. When this occurred, we would take a break, do some individual research, or just spitball alternative ideas until something fit.
  3. Why is it important to be able to work collaboratively with others? The book will never be done unless we work together. The reward for working with each other is getting to see the labors of our efforts on store shelves.

Showed perseverance and commitment in activities

  1. Was perseverance or commitment difficult? Why? At times we would hit a wall, commonly referred to as writer’s block. When this happened, it was very difficult to continue with the project, and we would end up cutting the session early.
  2. Why is showing perseverance and commitment important? The feeling of FINALLY figuring out a plothole that’s been stumping you is a reward in and of itself, but another was seeing the progress we were making in front of our own eyes.

Developed new skills

  1. What new skills did you learn? An in-depth look into what it takes to write a novel.
  2. How could this skill be useful to you in the future? In many ways as an English teacher, but in many more as an author.
  3. How does this new skill make you feel about yourself? Proud. It makes me confident to know that I have a starting point when I begin writing solo novels, and that I’m not beginning as a newbie.
  4. Why is it important to learn new skills? To have a platform with which to start ugrading said skills. These skills also prepare you for adult life.

A Summarized Version of “A Workout Regimen is Born!”

I.B. requires very specific results from any CAS hours, so I’ll paraphrase my first post, which detailed my shared workout regimen with Gwendolyn117, including what goals I hit.

Increased awareness of own strengths and areas for growth

What did you learn about yourself? I learned that I can take a lot of pain, as long as I benefit in the long run.

Did the activity humble you? Boost your self confidence? A bit of both. I learned that my body was not a well-oiled machine, but I felt better about myself after sticking to the regimen.

Undertook new challenges

  1. What was challenging? Why was it challenging? Pushing myself to my limits. I often had to force myself to keep going despite the discomfort.
  2. Have you done anything similar before? No, but I have since.
  3. How did you overcome the challenge? Sheer willpower and the channeling of my ancestors’ strength.

Planned and initiated activities

  1. What was your organizational process? I mapped out the exercises necessary for each day of the week, then for the month, etc.
  2. What did you learn about planning and initiating activities? Was it easy? Difficult? It was easy once I got the hang of it. I learned how to build a schedule and stick to it.

Worked collaboratively with others

  1. Is working with others generally easy or hard for you? It really depends on the person, but I usually get along well with Gwendolyn117. She’s a great gal, and I value her input.
  2. Did you have to work with anyone difficult? How did you handle it? Of course, anyone who has ever gone to school has had to work with someone they disagree with. I usually delegate tasks I feel they would excel at, then attempt to divide the work evenly from there, being patient and polite.
  3. Why is it important to be able to work collaboratively with others? You can’t get much done if you can’t work with others. Often, working poorly with others hinders more than helps your goals.

Showed perseverance and commitment in activities

  1. Was perseverance or commitment difficult? Why? Yes, at times the sore muscles and hard work were difficult, especially near the beginning. As we continued however, I saw the fun in the exercise.
  2. Why is showing perseverance and commitment important? Commitment and perseverance allow you to get the most out of a task, and the best results out of a situation. Had I given up, I wouldn’t have gained the benefits of being fit (and being able to eat what I wanted in the name of “carbo-loading”).

Developed new skills

  1. What new skills did you learn? The ability to create a workout regimen and the determination to keep going on a long run.
  2. How could this skill be useful to you in the future? When I’m older and out of the house, this will be useful, perhaps when I’m in college and super busy.
  3. How does this new skill make you feel about yourself? Pretty confident, actually. It makes me feel prepared.
  4. Why is it important to learn new skills? Because they can be useful later in life.