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Creativity Sparks | Creative Space | A Creative Haven

 

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I’ve been doing a little soul searching. Really digging deep. Thinking about how I can be more deliberate with my life.

In general, I’m pretty successful with that as it is. I dream, scheme, and plan. I make intentional choices about my time. I go big, and I push myself to take bold steps and be brave. But I figure a little extra soul searching can’t hurt anything, right? Right.

From all this thinking, here’s something I’ve come up with: I want to bring more of myself into this site.

You see, I have another site called In Search of Squid. I adore that site. It was truly a living document of my life as I struggled to find what it was that I loved, the things that would make my life meaningful and worthwhile. I wrote on that site for years about my journey. And then one day, I found that I outgrew it. Not in a bad way, mind you. More in a…wow, I’ve figured out what I love, I’m no longer searching…kind of way. And so In Search of Squid didn’t really fit me anymore. Because — Squid Found.

Fast forward to today. I started this new site a little over a year ago. Initially, it was meant to document my journey as a photographer. But then I sort of missed the personal aspect that was In Search of Squid. I missed telling stories.

Thus, as my journey has grown, so has my purpose for this site.

I’ve struggled a bit with exactly how I should post here. What do I write about? Do I only write about photography? Do I include the personal stuff? Do I expand to include my passion for yoga?

I haven’t known what to do, so I’ve continued posting, and I’ve continued pondering.

And in the last couple of days, it hit me. My life, my passion — it’s all about living a creative life, doing what I love, and being intentional with those choices. And there it is, exactly what this site should be. Sometimes, yes, it’s all about photography. But sometimes it’s about so much more than that. And I want to share that too.

It’s a continuation of my journey. It’s personal, and it’s me. It’s a creative haven for my work, for everything that I love. It’s my stories. It’s a way for me to connect with my online soul sisters, my in real life friends, and the myriad of other awesome creative women that somehow find themselves in my little corner of the internet. It’s my place to share art and photography and yoga and adventure. It’s an honest look at the beauty that is this life of mine.

So yeah. That’s a peek into what I’ve been thinking. And I thought I’d share.

Here’s another tidbit, in case you don’t know: since setting up the art room, I have been full-on OBSESSED with creating. I am absolutely in love with painting. I can’t remember the last time I felt this way. It’s almost surreal. So while the iron is hot, I’m totally jumping on this bandwagon and taking it as far as it’s willing to take me. I hope you’ll join me for this journey too!

Until next time, my friends, sending love and light.

xo

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Creativity Sparks | Three Loves: Photography, Yoga, and Painting

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(photo taken on a recent trip to Zion National Park)

I mentioned a few weeks back that in my other life I’m a high school science teacher. Yesterday was the first day back to work after summer break, and I’ve got to tell you, it was haaaard. Mostly because my school-year life is so drastically different from my non-school-year life. And what I mean by that is…I get up at 4:30am. Yuck. Yes, let’s just say that together — YUCK.

I wake up that early for a couple of reasons, but let’s be honest, one of the biggest reasons is because I’m a slow poke. I like to eat breakfast while checking emails and scanning Facebook. I like to clean up the house in the morning. And I always work out in the morning. You see, I have to get my yoga in or I’ll be a sad sack all day. And no one wants a sad sack at work.

The beginning of the school year always makes me start to think of the future and my plans. My plans for teaching and my plans for my photography business. How does it all fit together? How long will it all fit together? What do I want to accomplish this year in my photography business? What to I want to change or adjust?

Some people ask themselves these questions at the end of a fiscal year or at the end of the calendar year. But I can’t help it. I think in school years. My year begins and ends in August.

Anyhow, I’ve been toying around with these questions, and I thought I’d share some of my thoughts with you. You see, my vision for my photography business has drastically changed in the past year or so. My focus used to be on private clients — portraits. I wanted to focus the majority of my work on portraits. Because I do love portraits. And styled sessions. And senior sessions. And headshots. I’ve had a lovely time doing this work.

But I’ve noticed something — my teaching side is calling me. I love to share my experiences. I love to show people what I know and help them get to where they want to be. I really get a kick out of seeing another person’s work transform because of something I’ve helped them learn or inspired them to do. It’s an awesome feeling.

And so I’m playing around with the idea of incorporating teaching into my photography work.

I don’t know exactly what my business model will look like yet. I’m working on that. The ideas are too big and too broad at this point to say for sure. But here are some of my ideas.

First, diversify. I’m a bit of a renaissance woman. I like to do a little bit of everything. And when I do just one thing for too long, I get bored. So why force myself to do just one thing? Instead, do different things. Who says you can’t do several things and do several things well? I say you can. So why not? I’m looking into selling select travel prints. I’m checking out what it would take to develop an online course. I’m considering the possibility of teaching in-person workshops and hosting creative retreats. I’m learning about licensing. I learning about self-publishing e-books and traditional publishing. I’m brainstorming and outlining and creating. And I’ve got to tell you, I’m stoked!

Second, incorporate yoga. As you know, I started adding yoga to the website a couple months back. Yoga drives me. It keeps me sane. It sparks my creativity and gets me in the zone. It quiets my mind and enhances my thought process. It does so much for my life, my creativity, and my photography. I want to share that with you and help you start your own yoga practice. I believe in this so much, I’ve decided to get certified as a yoga teacher. I’m looking into yoga teacher trainings, and I’m planning to join a training probably this coming winter or spring. In part, I’m doing this because I simply want to deepen my understanding of yoga and deepen my own yoga practice. It’s part selfish. But it’s also about feeling more confident in sharing that love of yoga with you.

Third, share my paintings. This is totally new. Few of you likely know my love of painting. Some years I paint very little, and other years, I paint a lot. But I’ve learned something — the more creative work I do, regardless of the type of work, the more creative my photography becomes. It’s a bit of a snowball effect. I once received a great piece of advice: when I’m in a creative rut with my photography I should step away from it for a bit and do something creative that is totally different. Paint, draw, write, whatever inspires me at that moment. This advice has been crucial to my growth and confidence as a photographer. Stepping away from my camera and into my paint world refuels me. It helps me see the world differently, see colors differently. And before you know it, I’m off with my camera, working on a totally new, inspired project. It started as a self-care ritual and has become a crucial way to avoid burnout. And I want to share that part of my life with you. Perhaps it would spark something in you that helps you avoid burnout too.

So that’s what I’m thinking about. Those are some of the ideas I’m tossing around. I’m excited! And I’m particularly excited to share this part of the journey with you. I don’t know exactly where it’s going to lead. But I do know it’s going to be somewhere awesome!

xo

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On Creative Community, Sharing My Process, And Introducing Yoga

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I’ve been working on all kinds of projects behind the scenes over here. And brainstorming. And I’m SO excited to tell you a bit about it!

Traditionally, this blog has housed only my photography. But there’s so much that goes into creating beautiful photos. And I want to share my process with you.

You see, I’m a teacher at heart. As a matter of fact, in my other life, I am a teacher. Did you know that? I’m a high school science teacher. It’s funny because teaching was not something I planned, rather something that just sort of happened, and, it turns out, I’m pretty damn good at it. I love teaching. I love my students. I love when a student gets excited about something I showed him/her how to do.

And I want to bring my love of teaching into my life as a photographer. I want to share with you how I create the images I create. I want to share with you ideas for spurring creativity and sparking your imagination. I want to share, and help, and maybe even inspire you. Through teaching, I want to bring together a community of creatives that support each other.

Because what could be better than a community of like-minded women, sharing with and helping one another?

Some of my dearest friendships started through blogging, social media, and the like. It’s such a beautiful thing when your passions and your friendships collide.

I live in Las Vegas, NV. Anyone who lives or has lived here can tell you that it’s not the most community oriented city. Don’t get me wrong — I love it (and I’ll tell you the many reasons I love this city in a future post), but finding community out here can be tricky. The city is pretty transient, and the industries are mostly built around hospitality and casinos. All of this is just fine. But when you’re seeking out a community of artists, creative souls, and creative entrepreneurs, it can be sort of difficult.

So I thought on it, and I realized — if the community I want to be a part of doesn’t already exist, why don’t I just create it?! So that’s what I’m setting out to do. I’m setting out to make this blog and website a hub for creative souls — photographers and artists and yogis.

Yes, you read that right. I added yogis to the mix too! Why? Because I’m a total yogi. Do you recall my previous post in which I talk about being a bonafide yoga addict? I start every single day with yoga, and I don’t think for a moment I would be the photographer, teacher, or creative soul that I am if I didn’t start my days this way. It helps to release stress, challenges my body and mind, and gets my creative juices flowing. So, yes, I’m going to bring yoga into the mix. I’m going to share with you what I love about it and why it’s such an important part of my creative process. I’m going to share poses and pictures and flows.

Maybe you do yoga too. Maybe you don’t but you’ve always wanted to try. Maybe my yoga posts will inspire you. And perhaps you’ll find that yoga spurs your creativity too.

So there’s a little peak into my brainstorming these days: creating community for creative souls, sharing my photography process, and bringing yoga into the mix! I’m excited. And I can’t wait to get this party started!

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