My First “Created” Experience

When I was about 10 years old, I would gather all of my neighborhood friends and create plays. I’m not talking Thespian caliber but the story of the growing flower had some serious potential. Remembering that glorious play specifically, it was an early indicator about my desire for creating experiences.

It was July, and the summer was especially hot that year so we spent more time than normal indoors. I had been hard at work created the story about the growing flower and decided it was time to bring in the actors, aka my neighborhood friends. Like any great director…

Curiosity and Desire

The old woman slowly sits down upon the tree stump. Wrinkled checks lead to a turned up mouth as she smiles at the eager young lady in front of her. The old woman’s wrinkled hand reaches for the ceramic mug on the ground beside the stump and, as if time were of no consequence, she slowly pulls the mug up to her nose. A few more wrinkles appear as her smile grows larger and her eyes close to take in the aroma of the magical ingredients in the cup. …

Photo by Armand Khoury on Unsplash
Photo by Armand Khoury on Unsplash
Photo by Armand Khoury on Unsplash

I have always considered myself a very ambition person. Especially once I discovered my field of human-computer interaction I set a path ablaze and I was ready to change the world with my passion. Give me any challenge and my ambition would drive me and subsequently most of the people I worked with to go above and beyond the call of duty. Now most would say this is a very good characteristic. It looks great on a resume and lends towards many line items. …

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On my road to creative and conscious living, there continues to be a concept that is a key foundation element for my own spiritual growth and for what fuels my life trajectory. There is no one word for this concept but the closest I have found to date is Dharma. And I’ll add as I do to most of my philosophic understandings, a hover. What is Dharma with a hover?

Let’s start with Dharma. There is no accurate western interpretation of dharma so naturally, as I conducted my research on this term, I found the definition and meaning were incredibly…

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Root Down To Rise Up

My body is in downward facing dog. For the non yogi readers, this is a common inverted position in yoga where your body is in the shape of a ‘V’, your hands are extended in front of you, your ears are between your bicepts, and your feet are shoulder distance apart with your butt in the air and your chest pressing to the ground. Downward facing dog is typically a part of the flow sequences which translates into, I’m in downward facing dog a lot during any given yoga class.

Back to the mat..there’s me in downward facing doc. It’s…

Photo credit: Paige Bradley, her personal site.

I enter into the world again after my 2 years of unlearning (as I like to call it). There is something I feel important to share, something that I cannot imagine openly admitting in my professional world before my unlearning years. This something is that…I’m scared. Yes, I have all the fear you would expect when starting something new — feeling wobbly on my legs, butterflies in my stomach, nervous to launch. These are all “safe” covers for a fear that has a depth I don’t often hear addressed.

The deeper fear that is almost crippling to me is how…

Andrea Peer — Journey Crafting

User Experience Strategist, Researcher, PhD in HCI, World Explorer, Entrepreneur, Writer, Educator, Synthesizer — Living creatively and consciously

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