Ahhh!!! Welcome to Photo Thrive! I am so excited that you are here. I am moving my writings from my personal artist website to here. For the longest time I wanted to create a photo/art blog but never had the courage to do so. I figured, everything that needed to be taught was already out there. Additionally, I am very much still a student of my craft. This lack of confidence always held me back. But the truth is, there is no one out there like me. No one out there who has the same experiences as me and no one out there feels the way I do.
Before I dive further into this post and go off topic, I want to share a little bit of personal history with you. When I graduated from college, I felt that I had some lack of knowledge on what to do next with my life. I felt that I had no direction as far as an art career and I wasn’t quite ready to pursue a life of creating art to display in galleries. What I needed in that moment was a steady income and a good job. So that is exactly what I set out to do. At the same time, digital photography was just growing and my lack of digital photography knowledge (at the time) was really holding me back. But the one thing that I always said (and still do ‘til this day) is that when all is said and done and I’ve had my successful Art career, I want to go back to college as a professor and teach my students what I was never taught. This class would be a “street smarts”, “lessons learned” and “do this not that to avoid these pitfalls”.
Circa 2007: My college senior thesis show.
So with that being said, let’s get back on track. I have been taking notes on what Photo Thrive should be for over a year. I didn’t want it to be a whim but I did want it to pair with my work. Ever since I read Start With Why by Simon Sinek I felt that I needed to really give thought to my purpose and my “Why”. Well, I have always wanted to Leave this world a better place than I found it. However that “Why” is too broad so I narrowed it down to this: To help and inspire other to have the courage to follow their hearts through action. I still try to live my life with my initial “Why” but everything that I do as a career is with the second in mind.
Do you have a why?
The notes on what this blog should encompass are as follow:
1 – Live an Inspired life
Inspiration and passion are two HUGE components of my life. I believe that our intuition and heart should help to influence a lot of our actions. Let me ask you this: Have you ever had a moment in your life where something inside of you kept wanting you to try a new career, hobby, or even take a different route to work but you ignored it? I have. You know what happened? I got into the worst car accident that I’ve had in my life. On a less dramatic note, passion drives so many of us. Have you ever sat at your desk at work and either felt so much love for it that you lost track of time or hated it so much that you felt intensely unmotivated to do anything? I’ve had both. We all have 24 hours in a day. I would much rather spend those 24 hours doing something I love than something that I hate and watch my life tic by.
2 – A space to be Inspired
Yes!!! I don’t plan to make Photo Thrive all about me. I’ll work in some artist features or posts that include other artists. Additionally, I will work in behind the scenes on art and how to think outside of the box (this challenges me every day so I will share with you what I come up with!)
3 – A space to find your tribe
We all need a tribe. I had this conversation with my husband the other day when he told me that he felt like he really stood out at his place of work. I told him that he just needed to find his tribe. Often times we are surrounded by the wrong tribe and our beautiful uniqueness stands out like a sore thumb. Don’t change who you are. Instead, take it as an opportunity to find your tribe – the group of people out there who share the same interests as you.
Photo Credit: Kim Winey Photography at Promoting Passion Conference 2017
4 – A space to share who I am
A little selfish perhaps but it’s true. I know that I have a lot to offer and I want to use Photo Thrive as a way to be held accountable to sharing.
What do I want to accomplish with Photo Thrive?
- Share my thoughts and work
- Share feelings
- How I find inspiration
- What moves me
- What can help others
- Lessons learned in my art journey
- Sell things like: textures, workshops, products, etc.