Self-Care Ideas for Each Type of Intelligence

by Maria Koropecky, Ammolite Wellness Coach

When you hear the word “intelligent,” what comes to mind?

Toronto Reference Library
Love the Toronto Reference Library! Photo by Matthew Henry, Burst

Brainy, whiz kid, genius, prodigy, brilliant, smart, or my personal favourite, rocket scientist…

I always think, “good at math” first but I know there’s way more to intelligence than being able to ace a calculus exam.

Chances are that if you weren’t good at “reading and writing and ‘rithmetic” (as the old song goes), you felt like something was wrong with you and school was a chore that you had to endure until you could escape.

Sadly, many people slip through the cracks and never graduate even though they’re smart and brilliant in their own way.

What if our education system nurtured and celebrated kids with different intelligences other than the traditional, linear thinking ones?

What if kids with a knack for growing vegetables in a garden, or reading other people’s energy, or inventing new games to play, had room to explore their talents in the classroom, too?

In 1983, American psychologist, Howard Gardener, described 9 types of intelligence:

  • Naturalists (like animals and plants)
  • Musicals (like playing with sounds)
  • Logical-Mathematicals (are good with numbers and problem solving)
  • Existentials (will ask life’s big questions)
  • Interpersonals (are people-people)
  • Bodily-Kinesthetics (are physically coordinated)
  • Linguistics (like playing with words)
  • Intrapersonals (are self-aware)
  • Spatials (can visualize in 3D)

If any of these intelligences resonate with you, I’ve come up with a list of self-care activities that you can weave into your life – starting today – that will play to your strengths and preferences and will be like music to your ears!

Honouring and understanding your own intelligences and ways of being and of perceiving the world, is empowering!

And if you happen to stumble upon a self-care activity and a career that speaks directly to your intelligence, you’ll feel like you’ve hit the jackpot and you’ll be able to soar to new heights!

1. Naturalist Intelligence

Naturalists relish interacting with the natural world and have an affinity for plants, animals, rocks, and Mother Earth.

Good Careers: Botanist, Chef, Geologist, Naturalist, Veterinarian, Wilderness Guide

Self-Care Ideas: going on a nature walk, wearing crystal jewellery, petting a cat or dog

Maria Koropecky Ammolite Wellness Coach with Dragonfly.
Naturalists have a way of communicating with wildlife.

2. Musical Intelligence

Musical geniuses have rhythm! They work with sound and can create emotional responses by changing notes, pitch, rhythm, timbre, and the tone of a song. They’re also sensitive listeners and can pick up on nuances others may miss.

Good Careers: composers, conductors, folio artists, musicians, performers, rock stars, song writers

Self-Care Ideas: going to a concert, listening to music, writing poetry, singing in a choir, playing an instrument

3. Logical-Mathematical Intelligence

Logical-mathematical intelligence is the ability to solve problems by coming up with theories then calculating, quantifying, and figuring out the number sequences that work. Math is the language of the Universe and it helps us to perceive relationships, connections, and patterns and it brings abstract concepts to life.

Good Careers: accountants, bakers, computer programmers, detectives, entrepreneurs, financial advisors, inventors, mathematicians, realtors, scientists.

Self-Care Ideas: Working on a crossword puzzle, reading a murder mystery book, organizing a collection

4. Existential Intelligence

Existential Intelligence is about asking the deep questions of human existence like: What is the meaning of life? Where do we go when we die? and How did this whole she-bang start?

Good Careers: astronomers, life coaches, monks, nuns, philosophers, priests, rabbis, spiritual teachers, writers, yogis

Self-Care Ideas: Looking at the stars in the night sky, meditating, journaling, travelling to sacred places

Saint Mother Teresa 3rd class relic.
Saint Mother Theresa

5. Interpersonal Intelligence

People with Interpersonal intelligence are good with people and have the ability to connect and communicate well with others. People-people are the leaders among us, know how to read feelings and motives, and are good at influencing others.

Good Careers: actors, life coaches, politicians, social workers, teachers, talk show hosts

Self-Care Ideas: hosting a party, putting on a play, talking with friends, teaching concepts to another person

6. Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence

People with Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence are very aware of how their body moves through space and time. It’s about having hand-eye coordination, dexterity, and balance. It’s also about learning by doing and feeling.

Good Careers: athletes, dancers, magicians, massage therapists, personal trainers, surgeons

Self-Care Ideas: dancing, getting or giving a massage, playing a game of tennis

7. Linguistic Intelligence

People with Linguistic intelligence have the gift of the gab and also write well. They have the ability to express ideas and concepts in meaningful ways. They like communicating with all kinds of people and playing with words – for Linguistics, puns are fun!

Good Careers: journalists, life coaches, novelists, poets, public speakers, standup comics

Self-Care Ideas: journaling, reading, telling stories, writing a blog post

Journalling is very therapeutic. Photo by Samantha Hurley from Burst

8. Intra-personal Intelligence

Intra-personal intelligence is a personal awareness. It’s the ability to understand and appreciate your own thoughts and feelings and by extension, the human condition.

Good Careers: astronomers, life coaches, monks, nuns, philosophers, priests, rabbis, spiritual teachers, writers, yogis

Self-Care Ideas: meditation, reading, taking a yoga class, travelling, writing

9. Spatial Intelligence

Spatial intelligence is the ability to visualize in three dimensions. People with this intelligence are the artists among us and they can rotate an object in their imagination and see it from all angles, as if they’re physically holding it in their hands.

Good Careers: architects, artists, designers, engineers, painters, pilots, sailors, sculptors

Self-Care Ideas: Day dreaming, doing a jigsaw puzzle, drawing pictures, play a game of pool, walking a labyrinth

sketching heart in book.
Artists help us see new perspectives!

How many of these intelligences do you recognize in yourself?

Hopefully my summaries of the 9 Intelligences will help you gain some personal awareness of what makes you special and unique in our diverse world.

I’m sure you’ll find that you have an affinity for more than one of these intelligences and they each complement each other in some way.

The truth is, you can be successful in life with any combination of these intelligences.

Don’t ever let anyone else make you feel bad or wrong about your unique talents and gifts and your way of processing information! The world needs what you have to offer, so shine your light!

Whenever you feel down, keep this in mind: If we were all just good at math, the world would be a really boring place!

Keep Art and Jim in school!

About the Author

Maria Koropecky is a Wellness Coach and Blogger who specializes in self-care. Maria is currently accepting new wellness coaching clients. If you’d like spiritual guidance on this topic, please make an appointment for a Crystal Mapping session with Maria today!

20 Ways to Save Money on Gas for your Car

by Maria Koropecky, Wellness Coach

Initially, when I heard that gas prices in Victoria, BC were going up to $1.619/Litre for regular gas ($4.61 US Gallon), I was angry. It’s crazy how expensive it is to fill up a car these days.

HHR car.

I suspect the jacked up gas prices are politically motivated — something to do with the pipeline from Alberta that BC is protesting.

From what I understand, the rest of Canada is paying 25-50 cents a Litre less than we are. Well, you have winter, we have high gas prices. Take your pick.

Regardless of the reason behind the gas price spike, (1.539 sounds like a bargain now) this is actually a great opportunity for all of us to go even more Green and do what we can to drive our cars more mindfully.

We can’t afford to waste this precious natural resource and until we figure out a way to get around without burning fossil fuels, we all need to drive our cars less.

Look at what people did back in the 1970’s when there was a huge gas shortage — cars got smaller, for one, and fuel efficiency became the buzz words for new car sales.

As a Wellness Coach, I’ve been brainstorming some ideas on how to save gas, save money, and be Greener in this uncertain Canadian climate.

20 Ways to Save Money on Gas for your Car

  1. Keep to a gas budget. I’ve started at $35/week which is $5/day. If you spend the same amount every week, then the fluctuating gas prices per Litre won’t bother you as much.
  2. If $35/week doesn’t seem like enough for you to get around, think about where you can cut back on your driving before raising your budget.
  3. Instead of driving your car, consider alternative transportation — taking the bus, or riding a bike, or walking on your two feet can get you from A to B too!
  4. Make sure your car is being maintained regularly. I had the oil changed in my car today and I got new tires last autumn. Tire pressure and clean air filters also help with fuel economy.
  5. Don’t carry any unnecessary weight in your car and try to distribute the weight you’re carrying evenly across the whole vehicle.
  6. Don’t let your gas levels go below 1/4 of a tank. Riding the line is not good for your engine.
  7. A cool Litre will go further than a warm Litre so try to refill your gas tank first thing in the morning when your tank is cool. This will give you more bang for your buck because as the gas warms up, it gets thinner and more volatile, which decreases it’s shelf life and you’ll end up paying more for less.
  8. Same goes for the gas station. Don’t fill up just after their tank trucks have left the station or in the middle of the afternoon after a lot of traffic has come and gone. All of the gas will have been stirred up and will be more diluted with air.
  9. If you’re running errands, try to turn 4 trips into 3 trips. The less often you start your car, the longer your gas fill-up will last.
  10. If you and your neighbours are heading to the same place, why not suggest a carpool?
  11. Keep to the posted speed limits. Excessive speeding burns more gas faster.
  12. Don’t accelerate too quickly.
  13. Don’t idle in one spot for too long.
  14. Don’t ride your breaks — nobody likes a tailgater!
  15. Pay attention to weather conditions, road conditions, and road construction sites. If you don’t need to travel, don’t.
  16. Use air conditioning instead of rolling down your windows because nowadays, the A/C will create less drag for the vehicle than wind from your open windows.
  17. Don’t pay for fuel by credit card because you can potentially be paying interest on that $50 purchase for years. That will make the already expensive fuel price that much worse! Of course, if you collect air miles and don’t keep a running balance on your credit cards and pay off your cards each month, this one doesn’t apply to you.
  18. Just like you’ll find seat sales and better deals on flights on Tuesdays, buy your gas for your car on a Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday. Prices often go up on Wednesdays to Saturdays, but stay lower during the first part of the week.
  19. Consider driving a Green Hybrid Electric Vehicle.
  20. Join a gas co-op if there’s one available in your area. We have one here on the Island and each December, I get a nice rebate cheque!

At the end of the day, be grateful! Not everyone has access to a car, a valid driver’s licence, car insurance, money to spend, and decent roads to drive on. In many cultures, having a car means freedom, so enjoy the ride!

And instead of getting angry about gas prices that are out of our control, get creative and resourceful! Do you have any ideas to add to the list? Please share them with us in the comments.

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Love this Song! Thanks, Natasha!

Unwritten, Natasha Bedingfield

I am unwritten, can’t read my mind, I’m undefined
I’m just beginning, the pen’s in my hand, ending unplanned
Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten
Oh, oh, oh

I break tradition, sometimes my tries, are outside the lines
We’ve been conditioned to not make mistakes, but I can’t live that way
Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten
The rest is still unwritten
The rest is still unwritten
Oh, yeah, yeah

Songwriters: Danielle A. Brisebois / Natasha Anne Bedingfield / Wayne Steven Jr Rodrigues
Unwritten lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Unwritten
“The rest is still unwritten…”

I’ve adopted Unwritten as my own personal theme song for this year. It’s so upbeat and fun and inspiring and the video makes me smile.

I’m going to sing this song to myself whenever I like! Maybe even dance a little, too!

I’ve always liked this song, first released in 2004, even though it made me a little uncomfortable — I didn’t quite get it — but now some of the lines really jump out at me.

“Open up the dirty window” — it’s like, let some fresh air into your past and let it breathe.

“So close you can almost taste it” — I feel like I’m on the verge of a breakthrough and it’s within reach.

“Release your inhibitions” — that’s about accepting yourself as you are and just going for it.

“No one else can feel it for you” — you can’t look outside of yourself for validation or live vicariously through other people.

“Live your life with arms wide open” — that’s about surrender.

“Today is where your book begins” — You can only create from here, the present moment.

“The rest is still unwritten” — Endless possibilities.

Wow. That’s a really powerful song!

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to live your life as your most authentic and vulnerable self — no shame, no inhibitions, no fear, and be able to connect with other living beings on a genuinely deep level — no egos, no games, no agendas — just being and letting things unfold naturally?

How refreshing is that?

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The Top 1970’s TV Shows that Influenced my Life

On Friday nights, back in the 1970’s, when I was a kid growing up in Nova Scotia, I used to love opening up the hide-a-bed, popping a bowl of popcorn, choosing a bottle of pop from the Poppe Shoppe, and watching the TV show, Donny & Marie.

top 1970's tv shows that influenced my life.

Maybe you can relate to the days when TV’s were:

  • square,
  • when they were either black & white or colour,
  • when they had rabbit ears that never quite sat in the right place for best reception,
  • when you had to turn a chunky dial to change channels,
  • when remote controls were a luxury and some even attached to the TV with a chord,
  • when there were only three major networks,
  • when there was only one TV in the house, and
  • your parents said, “Don’t sit too close to the TV or you’ll hurt your eyes.”

If you can remember those days, you’re probably a Gen-Xer (born between 1961 and 1981) like me.

When I think back on all of the TV shows I used to watch when I was a kid, I’m struck by how inspiring many of them were.

I have a CD of TV show theme songs which I listen to every now and then when I need a little pick me up. How can you not feel better when you hear, “Who can turn the world on with her smile…” or “Well, we’re movin’ on up…”?

Yes, listening to music is part of practicing self-care and I like to call it, “Music and Sound Therapy.”

The theme song lyrics are really empowering, especially for women, who were breaking new ground in those days and the messages are just as powerful today!

I believe these TV shows from the 1970’s shaped my values and my dreams and expanded my ideas of what was possible for me to do in my life!

My Favourite 1970’s TV Shows

  1. Donny & Marie
  2. the Carol Burnett Show
  3. the Mary Tyler Moore Show
  4. the Brady Bunch
  5. Wonder Woman
  6. the Bionic Woman
  7. Charlie’s Angels
  8. Happy Days
  9. Laverne & Shirley
  10. The Love Boat
  11. Bewitched
  12. Little House on the Prairie

I know these TV shows might be a little cheesy and campy in today’s world, but that’s part of their charm. I, personally, appreciate their wholesome inclinations.

As you may have noticed, these TV shows, in their own way, are all about striving to have a better life, regardless of your humble beginnings.

All it takes is a little love, creativity, imagination, resourcefulness, smarts, physical fitness, a sense of adventure, a sense of humour, and close friends and family!

How about you? What are some of your favourite TV shows from your childhood? Please leave a comment and share your memories.

If you also watched and enjoyed many of the TV shows I mentioned (though of course there are many more) when you were in elementary school, please contact me.

Perhaps I can help you navigate this next chapter of your life as you approach perimenopause and menopause. Yes, Gen-Xers are currently in our 40’s and 50’s and that’s worth celebrating!

Let’s continue to carry the torch of empowerment and keep running the good race!

Wellness Coach Maria Koropecky Ammolite Wellness.

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