It's been a little while since we explored the topic of Intellectual Wellness and how to help boost our brain power to increase intellectual wellness. For a recap, please see the article: "Dimensions of Wellness: Intellectual Wellness." Now you should know I have to check in with you all (and if you didn't know, now you do). How did you do? Were you able to boost your intellectual wellness by taking care of your body through eating healthier, exercising, and getting sleep? Maybe you were able to journal, started coaching, or even therapy? Or were you able to get your creative juices flowing? Now, now don't panic if you were not able to do any of the suggestions from the article. Coach Letecia has you covered.
Before we get into today's activity and giveaway, I'd like to take a stroll down memory lane with you. I cannot tell you which day it was or even which year it was. But I definitely remember which class it was, Music Appreciation. Imagine a class with dimmed lights, classical music, and a soft-spoken professor and you have a recipe for me to go to sleep. Mind you, I was from the country and thought I was "hood." Listening to Johann Sebastian Bach, Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven was not my idea of a good time. Mickey Mouse didn't even show up with the mop gang to keep me alert.
Yes, my dear readers, that 1 hour and 15-minute-long class was absolute torture. Yet it was during this class that I discovered how to do what I had been unable to do the previous two years, complete a Celebrity Cipher.
If you are unfamiliar with the Celebrity Cipher, it is a type of cryptogram created by Luis Campos. The cryptogram is created from quotations by famous people, past and present. Each letter in the cipher stands for another letter. The Celebrity Cipher made its way to our local paper with a new cipher being featured each day. For about two years off and on, I would try my hand at the cipher, but then quickly would give up. My little neurodivergent brain for whatever reason has never been good at puzzles or logic games (and somewhere out there are my childhood Otis-Lennon scores to prove it). Anything to do with puzzles or geometric shapes is a no go. My Music Appreciation class changed all of that (at least for the Celebrity Cipher puzzle that is). Throughout that semester, my skill at solving the Celebrity Cipher increased. Eventually, what would take an hour and fifteen minutes to complete I was able to complete in about 30 minutes or less (and for me this was a feat).
I don't get that local paper anymore, so I haven't tried my hand at a Celebrity Cipher in years. However, with a little practice, I believe I can get into the swing of things again. As I reflected this week on what to write about, I thought of those old Ciphers and how it relates to intellectual wellness. Forcing our brains to operate in a manner different from our status quo can often be the recharge we need. When we exercise our brains, we stimulate our cognitive abilities, sharpen our thinking processes, and aid our brain cells in building new cells and strengthening connections between cells which boosts our short-term memory.
Today we are going to grow together so to speak. I am going to stimulate my brain and boost my intellectual wellness by creating a cipher of my own. You will get to practice boosting your intellectual wellness by completing the cipher. However, I am going to up the ante. It is my fervent desire to increase the visibility and reach of my blog and I hope that you can help (and yes there will be something in it for you!).
I am going to post my version of a Cipher. Here is what I need from you to help boost engagement on this site as well as our Facebook page.
Like this blog post by clicking the heart.
Sign up for this site with a valid email (this part will be important later).
Be the first person to solve the cipher and post your answer in the comments below.
Follow and like our Facebook page.
Share our page by tagging 10 friends.
The first person to complete all five steps and email firstname.lastname@example.org with proof will receive their choice of a $25.00 Amazon gift card or a $25.00 Sonic gift card to be sent to their email. It is that simple. I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon!
Sidenote: Once I have a winner, I will take a screenshot of the winner's email timestamp (I am on CST) and post it in the comments below. This way it keeps everything open, fair, and transparent for all participants. For privacy purposes, I will blacken out the winner's full email address.
As always, I appreciate your readership and your support. Please remember, wherever you are on this journey, do not worry about getting it perfect; just get it going. Until next time. Happy reading. Oh, and good luck!
Helpful Hint: For optimum viewing, you may want to pull out the old laptop or desktop to view this blog post. It will help you immensely with the format of the cipher. Trust me, viewing this post on a mobile device will only serve to confuse you.
Today's clue: F equals V
"B D F Q O T I U B D J Q J U T A O T I U S Q N U C.
X S N U Q J U T A O T I U S Q N U C.
N W L O T I U X C T U O H D B B C T I P S N W L
S Q N B Z Q T Z B Q ' X X T I B X."
~A Q B T L O G Q N C C D Q
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