Curate 2017 - Deanna Kent
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Curate 2017

31 Dec Curate 2017

How will you curate your 2017?


I think creation of every kind starts with an intended emotion—from there (depending on the kind of project), we can consider how feeling will prompt action. Before I make something, I often start with a set of tone words—they help me focus and stay on track. If, in what I create, I’ve strayed from my initial aim, it’s time to try something different, or re-evaluate the words I started with.

When we’re in the thick of something (a project, a campaign, a story… or life), feelings and ideas start flying, and big, beautiful blue-sky (or short-sighted, reactive) thinking can take over. Sometimes we make and do things that don’t match our initial intentions. But tone words can be simple things to check ourselves against. That way, we can more honestly and objectively evaluate our creations.

2016 has so graciously provided me with much inspiration and many lessons. So in the same spirit of the deliberate construction, and thoughtful curation of experiences I aim for in my professional life, for 2017, I thought I’d try making a few personal tone words to check my year against. I might change them as I go. Thankfully, life, like writing, allows for edits.

My 2017 tone words were chosen because I’ve been inspired by someone or something—thank you for everyone who helps me be better and those who will help me stay true to my intentions.


What are your tone words for 2017?

*Image credit to the BC Children’s Hospital project team—Neil Hooson, Keely Portsmouth, Augusto Kapronczai, Jenny Weightman, Amanda Kadatz

  • Dustin Hansen
    Posted at 12:13h, 31 December Reply

    What a great idea! Okay, I’m going to think about this one for a while. I usually do something similar, but calling it a curation makes so much sense. Brilliant 🙂

    • Deanna
      Posted at 12:19h, 31 December Reply

      Thank you for your kind words, Dustin. Happy New Year to you. I know it’s going to be amazing.

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