Hello and happy Friday!
If you read my February Goals post, you know that I needed to change website platforms and I’m in the middle of that process. It is a lot of work behind the scenes and it is almost there. If you’ve been wondering why I have been radio silent, it is because of that. The new site should flip over soon and Lord willing, I won’t have to do this again for a long time.
In the meantime, I’ve been shooting a lot. It is so nice to be flexing my creative muscles in new ways, or frankly, just using them at all. (Often what I need to get out of a funk is to shoot, but when you are in a funk, the last thing you want to do is pick up a camera. It’s a tricky place to live.) At the same time, I don’t like what I have been creating for myself lately. It’s fine. It’s proficient and kind of pretty, but not exactly what I was going for. I think that this is the way a creative life is.
Am I a good photographer? Yes. Do I doubt myself sometimes? Also yes.
I don’t doubt my abilities, but what I do struggle with is getting the vision in my head out in the way that I saw it in there. Sometimes, the end product is better than I envisioned. And other times, like now, it is just meh.
Why am I telling you this? Because if you are a creative like I am, I need to remind you that this is how creative life is.
A creative life is hard and amazing and exhausting and exhilarating and tedious and freeing. It all of those things. Sometimes all at the same time. And sometimes it feels like you are alone and without talent and never going to get there.
But you are.
Just keep making things. If it doesn’t work the first time, make it again. Don’t like the result? Try something different.
I am not just telling you this for your ears, but also for my own.
This weekend, I am going to go back into the studio and try again. Maybe I’ll be happy with the end result and maybe I won’t, but I’m never going to get better or be satisfied if I don’t try.
WHAT CAUGHT MY EYE THIS WEEK //
I’m so proud of my sister and her partner (in life and business). They were reviewed in the New York Times last week and I cannot wait to get back there for another incredible meal.
This commercial. It’s about time! I like to remind my children (my husband does just as much around the house as I do, if not more) that we do not live in our house alone. We all need to care for it.
If you don’t care about the story before the recipe, keep scrolling. But don’t complain about it when you are getting free content.
Selma Blair, thank you for the awareness and your bravery.
In the same vein, what I wish I knew before a chronic illness.
Why don’t parenting blogs talk about raising teens? I have my theories…
I love this story about going grey. As someone that started at 18, I can relate. (I’ve colored my hair every 5-8 weeks since then.)
I’m here for this. Clare is Ava and my favorite. We love when she makes a homemade version of something beloved, like Cheetos.
So interesting. What happens you experience a big financial windfall?
An easy way to elevate some grocery store flowers.
Yikes. I saw this a few days ago downtown and it really creeped me out. A German tradition I don’t think I love.
I’ve started doing this on Friday nights. I think that this tradition might stick.
Things to try when you are feeling uninspired.
This koala is feeling herself.
This is a brilliant idea. And one that I think that we need and *hopefully* are going to see more of in the future.
This was so spot on. And for my kids who have lived everywhere, it also nailed them too.
Grab your tissues. This one is a doozy.
One of the things we are most looking forward to about moving this summer is getting a dog. He/she is going to be spoiled rotten.
Controversial. There is clearly one right answer and it wasn’t this authors. Although I appreciate his scientific approach.
WHAT I’VE BEEN READING //
Girls and Sex: Navigating the New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein – This should be required reading for all parents of preteens and teens. Not the easiest read (if you blush easily, your gonna blush at some of the language, but it is the language that our children are using), but one that is so important for our children. Guys, the world isn’t the same as it was when we were kids and learning about sex. While the book is about girls, it is also about boys and their relationships with women and sex. I resisted reading this, but I am so glad that I did.
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