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Tapping into My Creative Geek Side…

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Before I started knitting and went back to school, I used to post a lot about geek related topics. Over time, between the crafty side and school work, my focus on that has dropped off – at least on this blog. (In reality, it is not something I can let go of – it has always been there.)

When I was at SXSW, I realized how much I missed writing about the geek related topics, and so many of the panels that I attended focused on building community – and for me, about building myself.

So my focus here will be changing. I considered actually closing down – but it is too much of me and who I am. Also, there is a lot of good content in the archives that I don’t want to lose. So instead, I am going to simply refocus the site. Reinventing myself, to borrow the term from Erica. More writing on the craft, less writing about personal things. A new domain and a new name to replace the BigPinkCookie (although it is still very much a part of me, something has always been missing), and a new look.

I feel as if I have come full circle.

The creative blended with the geek. How many of us are out there? I know there are a lot of us out there – I am very fortunate to have met many over the years. Let me know if you are one, and I look forward to your thoughts in the future as I go through this process.

By Christine

Christine is an Avenger of Sexiness. Her Superpower is helping Hot Mamas grow their Confidence by rediscovering their Beauty. She lives in the Heights in Houston, Texas, works as a boudoir photographer, and writes about running a Business of Awesome. In her spare time, she loves to knit, especially when she travels. She & her husband Mike have a food blog at Spoon & Knife.

6 replies on “Tapping into My Creative Geek Side…”


You really are an inspiration and I really only know you through flickr and your blog.

I want to do what you do, be more creative and still be geeky. I want to take more photographs and be better and better at it. I want to go to school and learn more. I tried the knitting and that didn’t work out but maybe I had too much wine.

I feel I am limited because I have a full time job where I am no longer creative and I no longer enjoy it.

You are so lucky to have the time and money to do what you love and what makes you happy. Maybe you can tell me how you managed to do all that you do (SXSW, home remodeling) and still not have to work. I really need to talk to more SAHM’s to learn how to be one. Its not that I don’t want to work, its just I need some time away from the corporate world (11 years so far) and figure out who I want to be when I grow up then figure out how to bring in an income doing that. The web is soo inspirational, I see so many people doing neat, interesting, great things and feel corporate america killed my creativity. I was always the unique one growing up. What happened to me? Want to meet for tea, cookies, a beer sometime?

We haven’t done any full on remodeling, just repainting. The bedroom furniture last summer was a desperate need. There is a lot more to be done on our house, but we will just keep doing it one step at a time.

SXSW was a “business” expense for both the podcast and the photography. I did it as an investment in the future of both aspects of my life. It helped that the fabulous Tara was so kind and let us stay at her house; that left the conference pass as the only cost.

We were fortunate when we got married in an ironic way that my job was terrible and the income was quite low. We bought our house with the budget plan of just Mike’s income, so preplanning has allowed us some room to work with. We live far out of downtown (where I would love to live), but the housing costs are so much less out here. Sometimes you have to pick the trade-offs.

I would love to meet for “coffee” (I don’t like coffee, but love coffee shops) or lunch sometime and chat! I’m a huge believer of us all supporting one another; matter of fact, a discussion last night came up about a local female mentoring group. Wouldn’t that be fun?

I think lots of geeks are creative, and I think I am one, though I have always been creative(it’s a handy survival technique), I wasn’t always a geek. Thank goodness I ended up being both, cuz that’s how I met you…and a ton of other very cool people. I think trying to use the blog, any blog or assemblage of blogs to represent one whole, dynamic, and multi-dimensional person is just not a reasonable request of a blog. You are more than yuour blog or all your blogs. I admit that I try to stick to fiber, if not creative themes on my knitting blog, but honestly, there’s just no way to get all of me on there so that it still makes sense to people. I think even the geek stuff flies way over some people’s heads. So, it’s just a platform for sharing ideas with fellow artists and enthusiasts, and a great way to make friends, but it’s not entirely who I am, and that’s okay.
I think of you at times as BigPinkCookie and I think that’s not a bad handle to have, you are quite unique. But you can call it whatever you want.

Creative Geek 2.0 reporting for duty 😉 But seriously — my title is Tech Evangelist, Genius Creative, and Expert in Group Collaboration. How cool is that? I think we all need snazzy titles that help to define who we are and where we’re going.

And speaking of “all of us” — Christine and I did indeed have an awesome conversation about a women’s mentoring group the other night. We’ve got the domain name, and a logo — all we need now are ladies interested in participating. Any takers???

I’m interested. I just moved to town due to my husband’s new job, and I’m having some difficulty adjusting to being at home all the time, while I’m job-searching. Something about not feeling completely self-sufficient. I’d be interested to hear how SAHMs have handled the paid work to home work transition.

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