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If you need something new in your life, follow along with me on this blog, Create & Change. Together for 365 days, we will take tiny steps to make something new. As you move along, report back along the way. 

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Day 176 - Cookie vs Caramel.

Day 176 - Cookie vs Caramel.

Day 176 - Hi ho! Friday is here. It's judgement day today. That is, I have entered a bake-off. If I haven't mentioned it before, I would call myself a baking maven. Am I a professional? Nope but do like to fiddle in the kitchen. Am I competitive? That's an understatement. Let's just say my family has banned me from playing Monopoly for the rest of my natural born life. What can I say? Baking and being competitive are in my blood. 

Today, I entered a bake off with two desserts submitted. The first, a monster cookie, containing all the right sweet and salty ingredients to light up the pleasure parts of the brain. The second, a homemade salted caramel that has been deemed by many "throw a man overboard and I'll take his" delicious. I spent six hours yesterday baking and perfecting these desserts.

More importantly, I have realized a contest is a great way to flex creative thinking. A contest provides constrains on creativity but opens up the mind to think strategically. For example, the contest submission today required the item to be a dessert, contain a rainbow and be on a plate. After some intel, I discovered that peanut M & M's are a favorite of some of the judges. I therefore tailored my entry based on the intel and carried the rainbow theme right down to the serving dishes. Well, it seems like creativity and strategy go well together like peanut butter and chocolate.

If you haven't guess it yet, today's project will be to enter a contest. The contest must stretch you in a creative way. It could be entering a pie eating contest at a local fair, a short story contest through a local newspaper or a national photo competition. Here are a few links to popular contests:

The Week Magazine Weekly Contest

Short Story Competitions

Eating Contests

Photography Competition

Code Competitions

Drawing Contests

Get those creative juices flowing. Go ahead and share your contest projects or any creative project up on the Create & Change Facebook Visitor's post page. It's just waiting for you to post your creative work. Well, I need to get back to deciding if the monster cookie or caramels will win. Have fun creating and see you tomorrow competitors!

Day 178 - Party Animals.

Day 178 - Party Animals.

Day 175 - Rainbow Connection.

Day 175 - Rainbow Connection.