Welcome to week ten! Here we are, on the last leg of our journey. The home stretch. Thanks for hanging in with me so far.

Our creative activity for this week is focused on objects. The example narrative, Singing Bowl, should help you dive in a bit deeper. Also, please read the Object Lessons page; it provides some insight into the use of objects in educational and therapeutic contexts. This is the subject of my ongoing research and clinical practice.

Also, there is a skill development resource for this week in which I take the long view about writing skill: it’s going to take some time. Don’t be discouraged that it’s going to take some time.

And, finally, start to work on your self-awareness project. (It’s due in two weeks.) You’ve been completing creative activities, you’ve been reading, you’ve been writing. What does it all mean? How do you feel about it? Where is it leading? Take a look at the page for the self-awareness project. In general, that project is focused on self-reflection – not just about your creativity, but about the wider direction of your path as a person. How are you doing? How do you feel about the projects you’ve completed? How do you feel about your educational pathway? What have you been thinking about in terms of your overall direction as a person, creatively or otherwise? The self-awareness project is about the deep connection between our personal development, our academic development, and our professional development. So, as usual, it’s a very broad project. You can take it in any direction that you like. Start working on it this week.

If you get stuck, let me know.

If you’d like to do a deep dive into some of the related ideas from this week, here’s a short list of further resources:

Further Readings for Week 10: On the Psychology of Everyday Life

The Psychology Of Columbo
How to Talk to Conspiracy Theorists — and Still be Kind
The Best Brands Build Belonging
How Bad is Tech for Kids Really
Walt Whitman on What Makes Life Worth Living
Ten Small Habits that Have a Huge Return on Life
And Then We Grew Up
Off-beat Zen