I mentioned on Monday, that I plan on switching things up around here. And I thought, I'd let you know what's up, just in case it may help ya'll out too! Last week, Lauren stopped by and graciously offered one of her favorite reads; The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp. It's really helped me reassess some of my priorities and identify where I'm falling short on my creative process. Here are a few of the changes I am working on, that may in the end lead to fewer posts but a happier life and with any luck (as she suggests 'prepare to be lucky') better images!
SCHEDULING CREATIVE TIME: As of late, I've only been picking up my camera in my spare time. But, I going to be taking a better look at the week and plan time to work on creative projects. And that includes letting go of distractions (hello social media, that means you IG & FB) and setting myself up for success, waking up early before the kids, plenty of healthy food rest and uninterrupted family time.
This quote, rocked my world:
CREATE EVERY DAY: Simple enough but it's always been a hard one for me. In the end, a healthy amount of discipline and work ethic is the only formula for success and it's about time I FULLY embrace it.
The next idea is a new one for me:
PERFECT PRACTICE: I've been a little lazy when it comes to my learning process. I slack and don't record the settings in the journal so when the scans come back I can't learn from my mistakes. I could go on and on, the point is I plan on perfecting my curriculum and sticking to it. And in order to hone my skill and find my own photographic voice, Twyla suggests, "Traveling in the paths of the greatness, even in someone's footprints."
SWEAT EVERYDAY: Pretty self-explainory, but come on people this is hard! I plan on honoring the connection between the body and mind and taking a yoga class or workout every darn day! Enough said.
ARTICULATING GOALS: At the start, I wasn't so sure where this journey would lead but as I continue to process it all, I am beginning to realize what it is that I'm searching for. It's a lot harder to get to where you are going when you aren't sure were it is you want to go, it's something I've been wrestling with for years, and now I'm pretty sure I know! You see for so long, my passion for photography surpassed by skill level by a devastating amount. "Without skill, all the passion in the world will leave you eager but floundering. Combining the two is the essence of the creative life." And there it is, so simple. So true. So I'm setting out to develop my skill to meet the intensity of my passion to create images that I am truly proud of. In doing so, I have a feeling the process will be in itself a form of art therapy leading me towards a life full of happiness and joy!
And in case anyone picked up on the hints that I may reveal something on Day 100..the sad news is, it isn't done yet. But, there is even better news! One of the beautiful gifts I've received through this creative process is the clarity of values and priorities, and too many nights this week I chose sleep and time with family over hours at the computer. But, I have faith, that eventually it will come together.
Come back tomorrow, and I will tell you the behind the scenes story to this image!