Show Me Your Projects and I Will Tell You Who You Are

2019-04-23T18:42:36+00:00April 2019|EXPRESSIVE INTERESTS|

Lately, I've met a lot of people who are pre- or post-retirement and I wonder about their interests and projects.  What will they do with their time and resources when they transition somewhere from full time work to full retirement?  It's the ying-yang situation of both a crisis and opportunity. What you do affects who you are. That’s because personal projects [...]

How to Express Yourself Through Music Nostalgia and Reminiscence Bumps

2019-02-24T16:45:00+00:00February 2019|EXPRESSIVE INTERESTS|

Psychologists call it music nostaglia, I call it groovy.  However as a psychologist, I am tempted to delve deeper into the phenomena that I experienced last night while dancing to 1960's psychedelic rock and roll and knowing all the words and tempos, as if I was a teenager again.  "How could that be?," I asked myself this morning.  The answer [...]

Time is on my mind. Yes, it is.

2019-01-24T23:40:34+00:00January 2019|EXPRESSIVE INTERESTS|

Time is on my mind and on my side.  Maybe because it's winter, a time for reflection during cold, grey days.  Maybe because I am thinking about packing for my upcoming beach vacation. Maybe because I was just quoted in Entrepreneur on the best time to ask for a raise.  I am not alone with this preoccupation.  Time, after all, is [...]

Natural Polymath meets Expressive Age

2019-01-22T22:54:05+00:00January 2019|EXPRESSIVE INTERESTS|

If you have many deep, expressive interests that you tend to incorporate into life on an ongoing basis, perhaps you’re a natural polymath!   What? The term “polymath” is usually reserved for those whose actionable ideas are in the top one percent of skill sets because they have integrated at least three very diverse domains into one.  Think Galileo, Darwin, Jobs, [...]

Will 2019 be the year of Expressive YOU?

2019-01-12T15:00:49+00:00January 2019|EXPRESSIVE INTERESTS|

It's the second of 50 more weeks in 2019.  Will this be the year of Expressive YOU? I coined the term "Expressive Age" to re-brand existing stereotypes of aging.  It represents the idea that there is a time in life when circumstances allow for greater self-expression.   You have more freedom of time and resources to pursue your interests.  Usually this [...]

“…to your own taste.”

2019-01-02T22:54:12+00:00January 2019|EXPRESSIVE INTERESTS|

Journal of Eugène Delacroix (1798–1863). On the last page of his journal, 19c French artist Eugene Delacroix wrote: “The great artist roams his domain, and there he offers you a feast to his own taste.” What is so striking about this 150 year old statement is that it relates to everyone now—not just great artists.  As you express [...]

I Express, Therefore I Am

2018-12-06T18:51:37+00:00December 2018|EXPRESSIVE INTERESTS|

Move over Descartes!  I express, therefore I am. Lately, I've been thinking about self-expression.  In other words, how do we express ourselves through the activities and interests that we pursue?  Clearly, there is some intentionality at play!  We don't just take up expressive activities, for example, in career, fashion, genealogy, or travel by accident.  Or do we? There's a theory [...]

How do you re-fresh yourself?

2018-12-04T22:13:15+00:00November 2018|CAREER, EXPRESSIVE INTERESTS|

How does a city re-fresh itself? Perhaps by installing a Poetry Jukebox for people in a hurry.  I think of it as another version of slow down and smell the roses.  But what is shown here is a place to stand still and hear poems recited at a kiosk.  How do we "re-fresh" ourselves, particularly after the end of a [...]

Does Expressive Age fit you?

2018-10-26T06:03:37+00:00October 2018|EXPRESSIVE INTERESTS|

Photo by SR. Would you like to be called a “Perennial?” Images of flowers come to mind. No, not for me. Nonetheless, Clare Ansberry is onto something. Her recent Wall Street Journal article “Forget ‘Senior Citizen’—Aging Baby Boomers Search for a Better Term” reports how many baby boomers don't want to identify with unflattering labels. Like it or not, [...]

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