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The Unexpected

Akram Taghavi-Burris
Akram Taghavi-Burris

There are only 42 days until Christmas, can you believe that? Where does the year go?

It seems that every month I find myself asking where has my time gone. Lately I’ve been feeling like I haven’t been making good use of my time. I’ve been so unmotivated and tired all the time.

Lots of reasons have lead me to this, the recent move , the new job, plus I recently discovered I have a vitamin D deficiency, which could be causing me to be tired more than other people.

Whatever the cause is I’ve been hating it. I’m a creative person and I’m only really happy when I’m working on creative projects and life right now doesn’t give me the opportunity to do that.  

A few days ago it was Hedy Lamarr’s 100th Birthday. If you are unfamiliar with Ms Lamarr, she was not only a talented actress but also an inventor. Hedy along with composer George Antheil, drafted designs for a new frequency-hopping spread-spectrum technology which they later patented. The principles of their work are now incorporated into modern Wi-Fi, CDMA and Bluetooth technology.

Hedy’s story shows that creative people are often creative in many fields, even if they are only known for one. There is a quote by Hedy stating , “All creative people want to do the unexpected.” Then it hit me, that’s what my creative self has been missing, the unexpected!

I’ve been for far too long doing what everyone thought I should be doing or what I’m good at. Yet, there is so much more to me. Thus, I’m going to now focus on doing the unexpected. That’s what 2016 will be about, for me. I’m going to take a leap of faith and do something that I’ve longed to do for quite a while, but my practical self kept me from doing it.

I’m really only at the planning stage, but I will be focusing on this moving on into next year. It probably however, won’t be until summer before I can really reveal any details, but I’m excited and hope that you guys, my readers will be as well!

Wish me luck with this idea of doing the unexpected and maybe consider doing the unexpected yourself.


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  • This year, goodness, has it flown by at the speed of light! Though to be honest, I can’t even remember the last time a year felt slow. To a degree, 2010, but even there, it was still over in a flash.

    I’m really looking forward to the holiday seasons. Just the usual (time with loved ones) plans at present, but that’s a-okay. I the merriment and fun of this time of the year so much! Hoping to start decorating next week, but time will tell, as I know I have a busy schedule in the second half of November.

    It’s awesome that you’re going to focus more on the unexpected in the coming year and with all my heart, I wish you nothing but the best with your exciting goals.

    Big hugs & many sincere thanks for all of your terrific recent blog comments,
    ♥ Jessica

  • Doing the unexpected sounds like fun! I look forward to seeing what you get up too.

    And I love that thought, that creative people are creative in multiple fields. I feel like I always thought creatively no matter what I was pursuing at the time, and I can see you are the same in your teaching (and I like to think I was in mine!)

    • Thanks for sharing Tanith,
      I’m excited about my 2016 plans and can’t wait to share them on the blog, but I’m still in the planning stage, so it will have to wait, a little while.
      I agree with you when it comes to creative people I believe they kind of have a creative thinking process when it comes to any task.

Akram Taghavi-Burris

designer, writer, educator, tech nerd, crafter, baker, sewer and vintage collector, who Brings Creative & Crazy Ides to Life.

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