Photo by Giorgio Trovato on Unsplash. There’s a lot that I’m learning at this time in my life, as with all times of lives (lol wut?), but one persistent lesson I’m running into is the importance of discerning between others’ negativity and my own self-worth. Someone threw me a few comments a while ago that keep buzzing aroundContinue reading “Natural Shine”
Ouf, what a change! I’ve been spending some time each weekend blocking out my “ideal week”: categorizing the hours in each day so that I know where to direct my focus. I start with some casual “coffee time” every morning, for about an hour, where I drink coffee and do whatever creative stuff I want.Continue reading “Time Blocking”
What is creativity to you? I’m partial to how we discussed it in many of our university drama classes: creativity as innovation; finding new ways of unpacking the human condition. I also think creativity is specifically the process of finding new ways of understanding each other. And we can’t truly get to know one otherContinue reading “Creativity Is…”
I’ve recently come across the work of Cal Newport. While I haven’t read any of his books, I’m especially drawn to So Good They Can’t Ignore You, his argument that it’s how we work rather than why we work that leads to fulfillment. Even reading the book’s description has made me rethink a few things.Continue reading “Passion vs. Skills”
One of these days I’ll figure out how to envelop my fascination with technology within my passion for creation, instead of the other way around. For now my desire to create is often superseded by a near-addiction to checking my phone. Or watching the 7,654,865 YouTube videos about the MacBook M1 chip. Also this titleContinue reading “I M1 with the Force”
One of the beautiful things about writing these posts (almost) every day is that I’m discovering what I want to say as an artist. It’s not as if I already have something to say and am writing to communicate it… it’s that the act of confronting a blank page (or screen) is helping me developContinue reading “Find What to Say By Starting”
I sometimes worry that the breadth of material I’m consuming on a day-to-day basis is one of many horrible symptoms of living in a distraction-filled world, and that as a result I’m now lacking the ability to focus my attention on what matters. OK so that’s less of a worry than it is a reality,Continue reading “Organizing the Interesting Bits”
Artists are people with something to say. And it often takes guts to speak up. An unwavering confidence in your story, in what you bring to the table, is necessary. We have to have an almost delusional level of conviction to take the risks needed to make an impact.