August Theme: Embrace Your Weirdness

This month we want you to let your freak flag fly! Our August theme is: Embrace Your Weirdness. While it can be difficult to feel weird and different, it can also be empowering and lead to more creative thinking. I believe we all have weird things about ourselves, but the key is seeing that weirdness as an advantage. There can be a delight in not fitting in with the status quo. I’ve always valued being different. I appreciate strange things, and I attribute that to my upbringing.

I’ve mentioned my dad a lot recently, and that’s because he’s a big influence in my life, especially when it comes to my creativity. My dad values individuality; it’s something he instilled in me at a young age. He’s been considered weird all his life, which, to him, is the ultimate compliment. I admire his fluid and nebulous way of thinking—nothing is fixed; everything is questioned and explored. He is quirky (which is endearing, but also gets him into trouble). He recently showed me surveys he made in the ’60s that he would hand to women he was interested in dating. He addressed the survey from the “Erotic Hustling Bureau.” The questions were risqué and seriously weird (they probably wouldn’t fly in today’s culture), but the survey was creative, different and it worked.

“I get obsessed by little nerdy things in my corner that no one else is interested in.”
Bjork

We all have the potential for weirdness and enhanced creativity, but it has to be nurtured. To be more creative, we need new experiences and we need to be receptive to diverse ideas and opinions. This is particularly hard right now—we’re all stuck at home and isolated. That’s why I think art is so vital during tough times. Through art, we expose ourselves to diversity, novel experiences, and inspiration. And it can be done from the comfort of your couch.

This month, we will explore how being weird enhances your creativity, and we will expose you to new books, artists, music, etc., that illustrate how being different is a true delight!

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Author: Taylor Sterling

Taylor Sterling is the founder and creative director of Glitter Guide. When she's not working on all things GG, she can be found reading and sometimes art directing photoshoots for @LolaJayne. She enjoys spending time with her family and eating french fries (not necessarily at the same time, although that's definitely the best combination). Follow her at @TaylorSterling