Hello friends. It's been awhile. As per usual, my job has been keeping me extraordinarily busy. But there's good news! In a moment of extreme anxiety, I finally plucked up the gumption to ask if I could work significantly less for awhile so I can get my feet back underneath me. I plan on taking the extra time to recultivate my creative spirit and pursue my artistic endeavors. I plan to adventure more, spend more time with the people I care about, and spend more time with myself. And sure, it's a hefty pay cut, but the wonderful thing about it is that I can change it whenever I want. I said that 2018 would be different, and so far, it's turning out to be that way.
I've been thinking a lot about art and contemplating what I wish to do with my creative mind. Those of you who know me know that in a past life, I was a musician and I was pretty darn good at it. Sometimes I pick up my guitar and it feels so comfortable. For a few moments, I get to feel like the angsty teenager I was when I discovered my love of songwriting. In the rare moments when I perform, I feel weightless. However, the passion I once had for music isn't there anymore and that's okay. There's an overwhelming part of me that hopes that it'll reignite someday. But for now, I think I'd better focus on what I am passionate about.
I'm thinking about a conversation I had several months ago in a coffee shop with my friend Joshua about how creativity is such an evolving creature. Because it is so attached to who we are as people, it would seem natural that our creative endeavors would grow and change with us. That being said, I do believe that there are parts of us that simply are, and I think this notion is also applicable to the types of art that we gravitate toward. When I was an adolescent musician, I constantly wondered why I always gravitated toward visual artists rather than other musicians. I suppose it makes sense now that I've developed such a love for photography, but back then, I didn't have a clue. Don't you love when the pieces finally fall together?
This post has been little more than a random ramble, but I'm glad to be here sharing little pieces of my world with you. Rest assured, I've been working on all of the goals I mentioned in my last post. It's been a bit slow going with how busy my job has been, but better late than never, right? I have a ton of photo posts in the works because I've gone on a bunch of little adventures over the past couple of months but simply have lacked the energy to write them up for you. I did some gorgeous headshots for my beautiful friend Michelle that you can find in my gallery! Also, be sure to watch my most recent vlog about my hike at Neahkahnie Mountain at the Oregon Coast.
As always, thank you for your enduring support while I've been figuring things out. I feel like all I do these days ponder my existence and thank you fine folks for sticking with me. There's more to come, I assure you!
Until next time.