2017 has gotten off to a pretty fantastic start. I've been working with the coolest people, and really having the best time creating. You know those times when work doesn't feel the least bit like work? Yeah, that's how I'm feeling. Motivated, inspired, enthusiastic.
I came to the realization a long time ago that I'm much happier, and create more freely, when I pay less attention to what's going on in the blogging and photography industries. Work my butt off and release good work into the world, and not worry about what's going on in the world around me. Don't get me wrong, I love online inspiration (I really like the internet. Really. Like a lot), I love learning from other talents (and supporting each other - such a crucial thing), and I love reading about new ideas + researching + learning + bettering myself as an artist and creator. But also? Moderation is key. Too much and I think it all starts to cloud our vision, and distracts us from who we really are as creatives. We all start to follow the same path and that gets boring, repetitive, and not very exciting (and certainly not very creative) - and it sort of squashes our potential, and all the good things we have to offer, and our abilities to think outside the box. I try to collect bits of inspiration, knowledge, tips, and tricks when I can, without getting too caught up in thinking, "Well, this is how the industry says I should do things, so I better freaking do it this way!" And, maybe it has to do with my personality type, but that kind of thinking makes me feel really limited. It's kind of suffocating, and not at all inspiring. I don't want to spend time + energy (that I could be using for clients and rad projects) trying to keep up with everyone, or worrying about trends, or the next big design thing, or a lot of rules, or what's "in" and what's "out." And I have absolutely no desire to start comparing myself to others. That is not my cup of tea, at all. I just want to work, collaborate with awesome people, create cool stuff, and have fun doing it. And if it resonates with others, that's amazing - seriously. And if not? That's cool, too. I'm not here to please everyone. And you know what? That's a really freeing/awesome/wonderful thing. I'm just here. Creating. Collaborating. Making mistakes. Trying again. Having fun. And not really putting energy into what other people think.
I'm just doing my thing, without worrying too much about approval from others.
And really, none of us are here to please anyone, or change ourselves to fit a certain mold. And I think the world is so hard on people about that - trying to conform others to do things a certain way, or have a certain creative process, or be a certain type of person, or creating unhealthy competition between people, instead of creating a community. Not all competition is bad - sometimes it's healthy, needed, and can inspire us to be better - but there's definitely a fine line. And so much of the time, people get trampled, attitudes get real crappy, and everyone spends so much time trying to prove themselves, that everyone starts to lose perspective. Phooey! It can all be a massive bummer sometimes, and all I can say is: just do YOU. It can be scary, but it's worth it. Take people's opinions, rules, and snark, and just push it off a cliff. You have amazing potential, talents, skills, and ideas - don't let anyone tell you differently. Find a good support system that let's you be freely you. Be that support system to someone else. Create stuff you love. Do what's best for you & your clients. Period. The end.
Do your thing, and forget the rest.