Juggling Life as a Multipotentialite

Juggling Life as a Multipotentialite

Do you ever feel like you have so many plans and ideas, but no motivation to get any of them started? That’s how I’ve been feeling for the past couple of months or so — and it shows in how much I’ve been updating my blog. I only realised in the last few days that I’ve posted only three times in TWO MONTHS. Two months!! That’s ridiculous.

It makes me frustrated because I spent a lot of time (maybe too long…) redesigning my blog from the ground up, but I’ve hardly been using it! So… why is that?

It’s not because I’m lazy… it’s actually because I want to do way too much. Let me explain by introducing you to the wonderful world of multipotentiality.

Juggling Life as a Multipotentialite
 

 

What the Heck is a Multipotentialite?

Have you heard of the term ‘multipotentialite(multi-potential-ite)? It was coined by Emilie Wapnick, founder of Puttylike, and is used to describe people who have passions in multiple things, no matter how unrelated those things might be. Here’s a better and more in-depth explanation from Emilie herself:

“A multipotentialite is someone with many interests and creative pursuits.

Multipotentialites have no “one true calling” the way specialists do. Being a multipotentialite is our destiny. We have many paths and we pursue all of them, either sequentially or simultaneously (or both).

Multipotentialites thrive on learning, exploring, and mastering new skills. We are excellent at bringing disparate ideas together in creative ways. This makes us incredible innovators and problem solvers.

When it comes to new interests that emerge, our insatiable curiosity leads us to absorb everything we can get our hands on. As a result, we pick up new skills fast and tend to be a wealth of information.”

Source: Puttylike

Multipotentiality is for people who don’t have a desire to follow any one path; for those who have interests in so many different areas and want to pursue every single one of them.

It’s for people like me.

As soon as I heard the term multipotentialite and listened to Emilie explain what it means, it instantly struck a chord with me. It was like she was describing me in every way. It was the epiphany I needed: I’m not lost. I’m not so bad at everything that I can’t pursue anything as a career. I’m a multipotentialite!
 

 

The Challenges of Multipotentiality

But being a multipotentialite comes with its challenges. Sometimes, I often think it would be easier to have that one passion that I want to follow; that one goal that I can work towards. I see people with a dream career who work their way through their goals, travelling down that very specific path, and are satisfied when they get there.

Instead, I’ve got a list of goals, a whole bunch of passions, and no desire to follow one of them in particular. Maybe it’s a good thing. It gives me variation, and it gives me so many things to explore and learn about. But it also means that I feel overwhelmed by the options, like I don’t have the time to get through them, and I sometimes wonder if I ever will!

That’s why my blog has been so deserted recently. It’s definitely not that blogging doesn’t interest me anymore, because it’s still my most favourite hobby! But recently, my brain has been so bogged down in SO many ideas that I’ve fallen into a huge slump. I always think that having a ton of ideas will make me work in overdrive to accomplish them, but for me, it’s the complete opposite.

I have an awful habit of thinking too much about these ideas that I don’t actually do any of them. It just pushes me into a slump so big that I don’t want to do any of them, and then I worry that I’ve deserted all of my ideas for too long, which makes me not bother doing them at all. And that’s not ideal!

 

My Goals For 2018

So now that we’re over halfway through 2018 (what?!!), I’ve decided to make a real effort to get some of my goals accomplished. I want you (and myself) to keep me accountable, so I’m going to write down some of my goals right here. If I come back at the end of the year and realise I haven’t done a single one of them, I’ll be disappointed in myself. Like a disappointed parent. But… I’m my own child. This is getting weird.

So, without further ado, here are some of my goals for the second half of 2018…

1. Go to YALC, have a wonderful time with my fabulous friends, and attend at least 3 workshops (last year I only attended one, so I want to up my workshop game!).

2. Start a bookish podcast and chat with some amazing bloggers and authors (if I could interview an author I love, I’d be well happy).

3. Take part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in November and at least attempt a first draft of a novel.

I could carry in listing a million different goals that I want to accomplish, including starting a YouTube channel, opening an Etsy store, and so much more (these are literally all plans that I have fully formed in my multipotentialite head), but for the sake of my sanity and actually getting things done, I’m going to focus on those three in particular.

The first one of my goals reminds me: YALC is only ONE MONTH away!! I’m going to be writing a post soon (again, if I write it here, I hope it’ll keep me accountable and I’ll actually do it) about my tips from attending all three days last year, as well as some of the things I’m looking forward to and the books I’ll be taking with me. If you’re attending YALC this month, let me know in the comments and we can fangirl together!

 

What now?!

If you’ve read this much of my rambling, I applaud you. I’ve been in such a huge blogging and reading slump recently, so I’m hoping that by writing a post explaining why, it’ll get me back into the swing of things. (Three blog posts in two months is shameful.)

I’m currently reading Clean by Juno Dawson and I’m loving it, so I’ll definitely be reviewing that once I’ve finished it. I’ve got a few other posts hopefully ready soon too (and I found another one in my Google Drive that’s FULLY WRITTEN and I never published it!!).

I’m coming back, blog! My indecisive multipotentialite brain WON’T DEFEAT ME!

To find out more about multipotentiality, watch Emilie Wapnick’s TEDx Talk below or read more about it here. If you find yourself agreeing with everything she says like I did, please let me know and we can discuss it together! 🙂

I’m Charlotte: media graduate, virtual assistant and avid reader. I’m a Hufflepuff, a space fanatic, and I love to write about books. More about me…

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My 20-Inch Haircut for the Little Princess Trust! 🎉

My 20-Inch Haircut for the Little Princess Trust! 🎉

For years, I’ve had crazily long hair. I had my hair cut a few years ago and it was very short – the shortest it’s ever been (except when I was a baby, duh) – and I hated it! I have a long face, so very short hair looked a bit stupid. So for the next few years, I just let my hair grow and grow.

Until the end of 2017, when I decided to get it cut.

This year, I decided to get my crazily long hair cut for the Little Princess Trust, a charity that makes real hair wigs for children and young adults who lost their hair due to cancer and other illnesses. This is how it went!

Of course, I wasn’t going to let all this hair go to waste! In the UK, there’s a charity called Little Princess Trust. LPT make wigs for children and young adults who have lost their hair due to cancer and other illnesses. I got a point where I was sick of my hair being so long, and I knew that there are so many people out there who need it a hell of a lot more than I do. So a few months ago, I set up a fundraising page and pledged to donate 12 inches of my hair.

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A Little (Well, Quite Long) Life Update

A Little (Well, Quite Long) Life Update

For ages, I’ve been posting fairly regularly – at least a couple of posts a week. You may have noticed it’s been a whole 9 days since I last posted anything, which is so unlike me. There is a reason, though… a pretty big one. My sister Emily and I are moving house!

It's been a whole 9 days since I regularly posted, but all for good reason - I'm moving house! Here's a little life update explaining where I've been.

Since we both graduated from university we’ve been living at our parents’ house. We’re 22 now (both of us – if you didn’t know, I’m a twin!) and we felt ready to find our own place. Being identical twins and best friends, we’re in pretty much inseparable so naturally, we really wanted a place together! (It also helps that neither of us have any interest whatsoever in relationships. We might live together till we’re 90.)

I’m going to write about the whole process – who knows, if you’re thinking of renting a house for the first time (in the UK – no idea how it works elsewhere), it might be useful for you!

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My Room Transformation – Creating the Perfect Work Space!

My Room Transformation – Creating the Perfect Work Space!

When I finished university, I was lucky enough to land my perfect job, and it meant working from home. It also meant that I really needed a decent work space. I was doing all of my work on the sofa downstairs or hunched on my bed, and it wasn’t great for my muscles. It meant only one thing… a room transformation was in order!

I work from home full-time, and I really needed a decent work space. So I set out to transform my tiny bedroom and create one! Here is the before and after!

I had a trip to IKEA with my mum and splashed out on a desk, and we spent a whole day transforming my little space. There’s a little sneaky before and after, but I’ve got loads more for you. I took photos as the transformation progressed, and it’s great to see how different it looks. It looked so messy and cluttered before, and now I love it! Let’s have a proper look, shall we?

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Why Disney’s ‘Moana’ is My Perfect Summer Soundtrack

Why Disney’s ‘Moana’ is My Perfect Summer Soundtrack

It’s a miracle… we’re actually getting some sun in the UK!!! We’ve had four whole days of sunshine IN A ROW, which is unheard of in Wales. This is the time when everyone flocks to Barry Island (our closest beach), ice cream is flying off the shelves, and seagulls are in full force. I love it!

When it’s sunny and bright outside, I love to have a summer soundtrack. Music puts me in such a great mood. If I’m out walking the dog, I like listening to music that almost makes me skip and sing along. (I may have actually done so a few times, when there’s no one else around.) In this post, I’m going to tell you why Disney’s Moana is my perfect summer soundtrack!

It's actually sunny in the UK! I love to have a summer playlist, and this year, it's Disney's Moana. It's just the perfect summer soundtrack!

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My Favourite Places to Read // #BEDM

My Favourite Places to Read // #BEDM

fave places to read

Yesterday I spontaneously decided to hop on a bus and go to Southport, the nearest beach town to where I currently live. The weather was amazing for the second day running so I really didn’t want to miss it! I walked through a huge park, walked to the end of the pier (Southport pier goes on for miles), and had some lunch in a cute cafe overlooking the sea right at the end of the pier. I also sat down in a little park with a bandstand and a fountain and read a couple of chapters of Relativity by Antonia Hayes, which inspired me to write this post: my favourite places to read.

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