Minding the Mapping

I have used the technique called mind mapping before I knew what it was. Where you start with a central idea or theme and then write out or draw notes around the idea. Lines or shapes are usually drawn from the main idea outward to the details or supporting ideas and themes.

I’m sure many of you have done the same thing, I think it is in the human genetic code to doodle with your noodle in this way. 

Being the curious person that I am I decided to do a little research on the subject of mind mapping. There are many sites reference this technique and quite a few ref Tony Buzan as the inventor of mind mapping. In my opinion I think Mr. Buzan came up with name of mind mapping but I feel that it has been in use long before he began to teach the concept.

Here are some links to checkout the process, how-to’s, software, and a bit of history about mapping out the thoughts in your head.

1. The Mind Mapping Site – A good and informative site reference the history of mind mapping. 

2. Mind-Mapping.org – Information here about what it is, how to use it and the history of mind mapping.

3. Lifehacker.com – A rundown of five tools for mind mapping

4. Teaching Village – Mind Mapping for writers

5. Mindmapping.com – All about the mind map

6. Google – Images for mind mapping

7. Tony Buzan – Tony Buzan’s site explaining what mind mapping and how to mind map.

8. MindTools.com – Good information about mapping and other tools to use in daily life.

9. Uber self improvement – A self help site that has many techniques to improve your daily life as well as mind mapping.


There are many, many, many more resources out there for using mind mapping techniques not only for writing but also for work/daily life projects.

I think that the best advice for using mind mapping, graphic organizers, etc. is to just have fun with it. Allow your creative mind to step in and draw out what you want to accomplish.

Have a beautiful weekend and remember to be good to each other. 🙂 

Stomping the Inner Critic

I admit that there are times when my Inner Critic goes into overdrive and tries to kill my creativity. And I equally admit that sometimes I just roll over and let it happen. That way I have an excuse as to why I didn’t do anything creative. That was then (in a not that long ago time sense of things). Now when I feel the inner critic poking around and trying to bring me down, I try to reason with It and if that doesn’t work I stomp on It.

Sometimes literally. Really. Not joking here. I go for a walk either outside or on the treadmill in the fitness room (of the apt complex). It’s working quite well.

Sometimes the inner critic would jump up and down screaming that I’m not perfect so how dare I try to be creative (in anything). Harsh little bugger It is. Speaking of perfection you should check out Alicia Mckenna Johnson’s blog post from yesterday.


The inner critic (no more caps for you) can be insidious as well. Whispering little things like, “do you really think you can do that?”, or “Why do you think you are good enough to do this?” And while it still says those things. I just stomp it out before it has a chance to take root and grow into a garden of pessimism.

Okay I’m done rambling for today.

It’s your turn. How do silence the inner critic? 

Grrrr! Snarl! Blerg!

This is how I feel after spending a little over a week trying to come up with a new blog name.

It’s not going well. I’m frustrated, irritated, and flabbergasted.

Maybe I should just give up on something creative or whimsical and just use my name.

Any ideas? Does using my name sound like a good option?

My muse is just sitting there laughing at me. I bet she knows the answer and is just waiting for me to finally see it.


Have a wonderful Wednesday. 🙂


(p.s. It’s easier than I initially thought it would be to change the name. lol. I found the updated support info. At least I think it’s easier. Well I’ll find out soon.)

Wednesday October 5, 2011

That is the most mundane, normal, and yet oddly odd blog post title I’ve yet to write. And it only has to do with the date I posted this and not the actual content of the post itself.

Today’s post is about how you can inspire others to realize that they are great. I’m not sure I even know how to do this myself but it was on my mind this morning. So here are my ideas in list form:

1. Tell them directly. Just stand in front of them or sit them down and tell them that you think they are great. Flaws and all that they are great. Okay maybe leave out the ‘flaws and all’ statement because that could start a fight/argument/break-up/ego smash.

2. Write them a note. Just don’t start it out with ‘Dear John’ or ‘Dear Jane’ unless that is really their name and you really feel that they are dear to you. Otherwise jsut a note (even a post it note) stating that you think they are wonderful , great, awesome, or maybe they can accomplish something great (other than getting up on time) today.

3. Cook or bake something for them. Okay this mostly applies to those who you are close to, family, or spouse/GF/BF with. Otherwise it might look and feel weird to randomly give someone a baked item. You could maybe take someone out to lunch in lieu of the baking/cooking idea. Lunch would work for a co-worker. Unless it could be construed as an unwanted advance or affection then that could lead to trouble so maybe you’re better off with number 1.

4. Post it on their Facebook page, tweet about it, or blog about them. But if that is too weird then just go with number one.

5. Offer to walk their dog, give catnip to the cat, a bag of sunflowers for their bird, a nice little castle for the fish, fresh food for the reptile, or something akin to any of those. But wait – that could seem a little too much unless again you are already close to that person. It could be misunderstood (not sure why) as you being aggressive. In which case again – go with #1.

6. Wash their car. Who doesn’t like a nice clean car. And if they notice you had it detailed well than all the better, right? I mean a clean car smells great, looks great, makes you feel great. And that is what this post is all about making someone you care about feel great.  But giving more thought on this one, perhaps it could be seen as car theft. So go with number one.

7. Call their family members and ask where the great person is because it seems like they’ve been hiding from you and all you want to do is show them how great they really are. But do it in a nice way otherwise, you may get smacked with a restraining order. Geez, some people make it so hard to let them know how you feel. You know?

So after I typed all of this out I read it over a few times looking for typos and such and now I think that #2 – #7 could really get a person in trouble. So forget everything except number 1. Tell someone they are number one in your life. And that you appreciate how much they make your life better by just being there and you can’t imagine your life without them and..no, no, no…. hold on. let’s try that again.

Go with number one. Tell someone they are great.

I hope this post made you smile like it was supposed to do.

Yes. Just go with number 1