Free your mind

As I set out to learn programming I am surprised at how STEM has opened a door to creativity. Here is an interesting news article on how STEM can help people become innovators.

I am currently reading a book called, “A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers will Rule the Future”. The below image does a good job on capturing the book.

I originally found the picture on Pinterest. I reposted it on Instagram because it reminds me of my husband. His brain is the left, and my brain is on the right 😉

I am currently in the fourth chapter of A Whole New Mind. I would like to share what I have learned thus far. Daniel Pink, the author, states that our country needs to shift from the “left brain thinkers” to the “right brain thinkers.” The intent of his statement is focused on innovation and creating a better future through ingenuity. Essentially, we must transition out of the Information Age and into the Conceptual age. To accomplish this transition we must follow “the 6 senses that guide our lives and shape our world.” They include:

Design
Story
Symphony
empathy
play
meaning

Thus far the book is great and I am really enjoying it. The quote below I found most interesting.

“Good design is a renaissance attitude that combines technology, cognitive science, human need and beauty to produce something that the world didn’t know it was missing. “ Paola Antonelli

I believe the 6 senses described, do in fact shape our world. My best ideas are realized while I am playing with my children, running , blogging, painting a picture or even taking a photo. This is when I am engaging my right brain.

I have included two links below to Ted talks that have empowered me this week. I hope you enjoy watching them. Free your mind!

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Hacking my Education

Today I begin on the journey to #hackmyeducation.  This is all new to me.  I never attended college and currently work as a full time, stay at home mom.  I heard about #uncollege from my husband and now mentor (@sorriv).  This recently began while I was thinking about my second career.  And technology peeked my interest.  Technology is the field of study I would major in were I graduating high school and about to attend college today.  Most importantly, it is the field of work I would like to spend my time improving.  It also happens to be afield where many women have chosen not to go.  
 
With my husband and mentor, we have designed a curriculum that combines a liberal arts foundation with a programming concentration. The intent of this blog is to share my experience (both successes and failures) with the world.  My goal is to show that combining a desire to succeed, the vast amount of open source educational material, a dedicated mentor, and global network of support, anything is possible. Because, we can learn anything.
Why code?  This is a career field with limitless possibilities.  And technology is baked into every aspect of my daily life so why not shape it with my vision?  All that being said, I haven’t taken a math class in over a decade and I have never taken a computer course.  If I wanted to learn something that was completely out of  my character.. that would be foreign to me and challenge my mind in every way, this is it. It is also a career path that more women need to step into.

I hope that by sharing my experience it will encourage other women (from young girls to other stay at home mothers), or #uncollege’d individuals to overcome their fears and reach a level of self satisfaction and accomplishment while achieving their goals.

I have begun this journey by reading a book recommended by my mentor (@sorriv) and refreshing my math skills.  The book is titled Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg. This link will take you to her inspiration Ted talk.  The math class is pre-algebra and I will be leveraging Khan Academy.

 
I will continue to update this blog and my Twitter account (@erinnorr) throughout this journey.  Feel free to follow along, offer any advice, encouragement, or help along the way.
 
Erin