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Challenges and Intentions

I have a full time job, two wonderful but crazy kids, a husband, a house to keep up with, friends to be friends with and I’m sure a million other things I’ve forgotten. (It’s been a long cold medicine and coffee filled day. I’m feeling very floaty right now!) Something I have gotten quite a bit in the last few months in differing forms is “it’s amazing how you have time to create with everything going on in your life! It is so inspiring!” I don’t want anyone to think I don’t appreciate the appreciation I am receiving from those statements. I am beyond happy and humbled to be inspiration for others. But these sentiments got me thinking: how do I stay creatively active with an already full and active life?

So I’ve pondered and what I hope to present is a list of tips/thoughts/motivations and other random stuff that helps keep me moving forward on projects.

  • First and foremost I am creative and active in those pursuits because I have to be to feel fulfilled. If you want to be creative you will find time just like with any hobby. I think when we are in school we have a drive instilled in us to finish projects because of grades. As adults working on our own projects their is nothing pushing us to finish something except ourselves. This leads me to my next point.
  • Reward yourself. The key to this is planning the project out and planning me the reward as well so you can use it as motivation to keep working. It doesn’t have to be big and fancy. It could be an evening of ice cream and Great British Baking Show! A new pen. A Ferrari.
  • Planning. It often seems like creativity and planning/organization are at opposite ends of the spectrum. However, the only way I get to work on my projects is by looking carefully at my week and my projects and writing down when I’m going to work on it. It is also extremely satisfying to cross things off a list.
  • Be kind to yourself. These habits take time to build, like anything else worth doing, so be kind to yourself if you fail. It is alright! Also be kind to yourself by breaking projects down into small achievable goals that way you can make forward progress even if it’s super small.

I hope these ideas help. It’s not a perfect plan and it may not work for everyone! Just keep trying! The arts help make life human and in these times we desperately need that!

Cheers!

 

 

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Artwork for a Valentine’s Card I am working on! 
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Music Monday

This weeks musical theme is Hans Zimmer.

His music has a sense of movement and rhythm  that keeps me propelled in whatever creative avenue I am working. He has inspired many many pieces of writing as well as artwork. He can capture the sound of waves, or the beating of a train against the tracks all set against beautiful melodies!

Hans Florian Zimmer (Frankfurt, Alemania, 12 de septiembre de 1957) es un compositor de bandas sonoras cinematográficas, pionero en la integración de música electrónica y arreglos orquestales tradicionales. Es ganador de premios cinematográficos como los Globos de oro, BAFTA, Emmy, Saturn, Grammy, además de un Óscar de la Academia por su trabajo en El rey león (1994), premios a los que ha sido nominado en otras 7 ocasiones desde 1988 con Rain man.

 

Personal Opinion

No such thing…

There should be no such thing as a guilty pleasure. If you like some piece of music/tv show/celebrity no matter how corny or trite own it and go with it–if it makes you happy that’s all that matters!

I have interests that range from science geek (physics and entomology rock!) to sci fi nerd and include many obscure music genres/old movies/comic books in between. If you don’t like them, that’s cool. We can still be friends. Doesn’t matter to me. And I hope it doesn’t matter to you. My hope is that as I raise my daughters I can teach them this. Like what you are going to like. Be a nerd if that’s what others need to call you to make themselves feel better. Be a geek, a dork whatever–just be kind and compassionate and like what makes you happy.

Listen to your own voice your own soul, too many people listen to the noise of the world, instead of themselves. #livepurposefullynow #powerofpositivity #positivewords  #inspirationalquote  #quotes

Inspiration · Movies · Personal Opinion

456: fearless weirdos

So this post may be a slightly self indulgent opinion post–but maybe not.

Some Background:

I have a half hour commute and most of the time that is spent doing what I call ‘head writing”–writing out scenes in my head. Some mornings, however, are rough, and on such mornings my mind tends to wander and ramble about things I enjoy: music, television, books etc instead of intense creativity. This rambling of the mind coupled with my deep rooted need to analyze EVERYTHING I tend to try to pinpoint what acutely specific reason causes me to like or dislike something.

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Some More Background:

Having recently purchased a new vehicle with a spiffy sound system and an AUX input, Toddler and I have been jamming out to Styx, Journey, Led Zeppelin, and best of all Queen. Freddie Mercury’s wide range, poetic lyricism as well as witty ‘middle fingers to the establishment’ really just jive with me–and really the guitar riffs are just awesome all around! That coupled with several different articles about Freddie Mercury and Queen popping up on my social media pages has made me think the universe wants me to think on this a bit: Why does Queen speak to me so much as music and more broadly what is it about 80’s adventure/sci-fi/action movies that appeal to me so much?

This article really helped the epiphany come to fruition. It talks about Queen’s connection to some strange and ‘weird in that 80’s sort of way’ science fiction movies and ends with a wonderful quote.

“As Freddie showed us, it takes a handful of fearless weirdos to keep things moving forward.”

Suddenly it all made sense: 80’s movies never felt the need to explain the weirdness (for the most part) they just were what they were–quirky, odd, dark, strange adventures. To me most of the movies today that even come close in strangeness feel the need to give so much exposition and backstory as to why things are weird. I get it, times change and people want to understand the villains not just watch them cackle and wear terrible prosthetic makeup and outlandish skull armor (Here’s lookin’ at you Skeletor!). I love that these films from the 80’s were fearless in their strangeness. Watching these movies growing up and listening to these artists (Oh, to have heard a duet between Bjork and Mr. Mercury!) let me know in a subtle subconscious sort of way that I should be fearless in my own weirdness and never feel the need to explain why–to be myself no matter what anyone said.

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I was very young in the 80’s itself so I did not really get much of this till late 90’s when I was old enough to be aware of differences in culture through decades and I understand there were a lot of terrible about that decade–AIDS epidemics, recessions,  terrible drug wars, rock bottom economy to say the least. I am, however, glad there were these pockets of fearless weirdos to show that there was light at the end of the tunnel.

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