Nada Badran
3 min readNov 18, 2020


In case you missed our October talk

Hi Everyone,

First and foremost, I’d like to thank everyone who attended October’s Creative Mornings session. It was fantastic to see so many people from all corners of the world joining. I’d also like to thank caffeine, the unofficial sponsor and part reason for everyone’s (or maybe just mine’s) attendance.

If you missed the session, and would like to watch it, click here. You can also catch the Q&A with the wonderful attendees here.

To recap, the October theme was transit, a concept or idea that seems elusive to many these days. Since March of this year, much of what we’ve been told to do is to stay put and to minimize our movements. So the transit concept, from a travel perspective, almost resembled a forbidden fruit. Although restrictions have eased over the past few months, many travelers still remain wary of movement and are daunted by city-specific restrictions.

That being said, a transit experience is by no means limited to travel. It’s anything and everything that involves interactions and change and not necessarily a physical one. Any experience that you have takes place across multiple touch points and leaves an impact, regardless of size. Could be human, could be digital. Could last a couple of minutes. Could be eternal. There’s no one simple formula, nor should there be one. So how can we make space for new ideas and creative energy while staying in place? Well by actively working to get out of the dangerous ‘meh’ phase so accurately described by Dr. Jena Field here.

It’s that zone of stuckness when we think about change, but don’t feel uncomfortable enough to do something about it. It’s something we all do, and even have peak times of the year when people worldwide solemnly swear to hit the proverbial reset button and do something about it. Think birthdays and new year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, sad statistics show that we often give up on these resolutions and change promises very quickly (Forbes 2020). So, my 2 fils is to prevent the meh phase from lingering and to stop for joy in every transit. Behold, my transit takeaways:

  • Slow down and enjoy the in-between world. Don’t rush to get to the destination. Enjoy the happiness of the pursuit.
  • Never underestimate your creative powers. Explore things that give you fulfillment. Imagination is a powerful tool, so use it to your advantage.
  • The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences.
  • Only when you fill your cup first, can you really feel liberated and reenergized to help yourself and those around you.
  • Be grateful for those around you

And as so perfectly put by Marcel Proust, ‘the real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes’.

So who’s on board?

A special shout-out to Asmaa and Milo, the incredible duo who recreated the world-famous Whistler’s Mother painting (1871).