Opening yourself up to new things
Opening yourself up to new things
Sometimes I find it really interesting the journey life can take you on when you start to open yourself up to new opportunities. I know that change and new things can be hard to take on sometimes. We all get in our comfort zone and it’s hard to leave that place where we feel comfortable and take on something new. But when you open yourself up to new things you will be amazed how much you will grow.
As an artist I constantly get inspired to create new things. Sometimes it might just be creating a new type of image, doing something I have never done photographically. Sometimes it might be starting a new venture like this website was. My normal routine would be to get inspired start planning things out and then a little bit of doubt would come in and make me put the project on the side for awhile. After a few weeks it would be out of my mind and I would be on to the next thing.
Last year I finally came to the conclusion that failure really doesn’t matter. What other people think of me doesn’t matter and that fear and doubt shouldn’t make decisions for me. I told myself that if I got a vision to do something I would see it through completely. There have been a lot of things I have been doing this past year that all haven’t worked out the way I might have thought from the start but have been such an amazing experience so far. This website actually just began as an idea I had to give people that took my workshops a place to go and get some additional information. I thought I could add a tutorial a week and just give them something to keep growing after taking a workshop. After the first few weeks though other people found the site and I started getting more and more traffic from all over the web. I started posting more and more articles and more people kept coming. It turned into something so much larger than I would have ever imagined and I have some really good things to come later on for this site.
Another thing that I started a long time ago was writing a few different books. Even after graduating with a photography degree I still have always loved to continue growing my photography and love reading photo books. Some books I would go through quickly and feel there were a lot of things missing from the book or I just couldn’t connect to the book for whatever reason. I thought I could do something better and always had a few ideas in the back of my mind. But then the memories of english 101 and other writing classes came into my mind and killed those book dreams. I had never really enjoyed any writing classes in school, I would always rather be out with my camera taking photos. If you would have told me years ago that I would have been writing a book I would have told you that you were crazy. But that started to change a few years ago as I started more and more blogging for my photography website. I realized that I did really enjoy writing as long as it was writing about what my passion was. So I picked back up a few small book ideas on photography and have been slowly working on them the last few months. I don’t expect anything to be done anytime really soon but am working on them on a weekly basis!
So why the lengthy article today without any photos (don’t worry photos will be back tomorrow!). Really two things I want to share with you all. One is to always pursue your passion and don’t let anything get in your way. Even though it might not turn out the way you thought it would, the experience alone will be worth it. And second I just wanted to let you know how excited I am for a few things I am creating. From some additions to this website to a few learning tools I am working on I am more excited today than I have been in awhile. I have been working hard on some books and other products that I hope are going to be a great help for many of you and at an amazing value.
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P.S. I do have one thing that will be coming out very soon that will be really cool. I can’t let the cat out of the bag yet, but check back tomorrow for some more news!