I have a secret. Well, maybe not a secret, but something I try not to talk about here. I try to talk about photography. About creativity, and art. I try to talk about things that will encourage others to engage in art, because I so deeply believe we all need art and creativity in our lives. And I deeply believe that iPhone photography is one of the most accessible ways to create art in our modern world. So that’s what you hear about here.
What you don’t hear is the whole story. I try not to talk about how busy I am, how much I have going on between work, and family, and my creative business. I try not to talk about how hard it’s been to find time to create art lately. About how full my calendar is with a teenager in high school, and how much more stressful it is to navigate the ups and downs of an adolescent. Not to mention the projects and travel for work the last few months. I enjoy many great opportunities and challenges in my corporate job, but it all has an impact on my time and energy.
I don’t talk about it because I feel like it’s something we are all dealing with. It feels like whining. First world problems. These things are all my choice, and I could make different choices.
But if it’s more than me dealing with it, why not talk about it? Why not talk about strategies for maintaining personal, creative time when busy? Why not discuss efficient ways to grow as an artist, to grow a creative business while meeting other commitments in our lives? Why not open a conversation here, and get more thoughts on how to manage living as an artist/parent/spouse/student/employee/<fill in the blank> in our modern world?
What do you say, are you interested? If you are, I’ll start talking about these topics more, but I need you to chime in. I need to learn from you too.
Living a creative life is more than making art. It involves the whole person, living in the real world. It’s time for me to acknowledge that truth. I am more than my art. You are too.