My name as a writer or even a photographer wouldn’t grab you and my style is constantly evolving to the point where even I wonder who is putting pen to paper.
I’m still growing and I’m happy with that - you will know my name one day.
So what am i blogging for right now?
I’m here as your complimentary nudge, just in case as the weather cools down, you feel the need to creatively hibernate and not attempt much else during the winter months.
Don’t be ashamed, we have all been there. Slippers become more appealing, a cup of tea turns into ten and wrestling your dog for the best couch space is a common occurrence. All this is definitely acceptable, as long as you don’t give in to the hibernation completely.
Winter is the perfect time to start a new project, or even learn a skill you’ve been attempting to master for months but can’t quite make it through the YouTube tutorials for. Some of you will literally be snowed into your homes and there has never been a better time of year to get productive.
And what about motivation? Find it – create it if you have to. That alluring minx is a necessity in crusading through the layers, picking up those paintbrushes and consistently moving. When you are still climbing the slippery ladder to success it isn’t easy to remember why you put so much energy into such an emotional rollercoaster, but there is a reason.
Somewhere beneath your mother’s scarf, those oversized mittens and a wardrobe of winter woollies, lies the comforting blanket of why you do what you do. Something drives you to get back up again, pushing your foot in that door - which I swear must be set to automatically close ninety percent of the time.
You love what you do and that really is everything.
Now before you roll your eyes, exclaiming you’ve heard it all before and right now a chocolate brownie would be the more sensible life decision, hear me out.
Remember the part of your work that drives you, that evokes passion throughout your soul. The real reason you do this.
Devotion to your craft is something no amount of ‘maybe next time’s or we’ve decided to go in a different direction’s can take away from you.
Before you wanted to make a living from your art, or cared what anyone thought of it, back when your creativity was so enjoyable because it was just for you – that is where your devotion lies. That is the feeling you need to draw on when it seems easier to rug up and remain dormant till summer.
The feeling we get from trying and failing, will always be better than the feeling we get from never trying at all.
So refuse to remain in your pyjamas this winter through fear of being misunderstood, or the worry no one will like your work. Take a hold of your creativity throughout the chilly season and make something amazing come from being stuck indoors.
Stop with the excuses, the tea and the wrestling matches, they are a distraction technique the self-sabotaging amongst us will recognise all too well.
And most importantly, do not give up. Because the only difference between artists that make it and those that don’t is determination.
* On a minus sixteen degree day, we had finished shooting on the outskirts of Whistler BC, bought some dark red lipstick, took a few deep breaths and braved the incoming snow storm to capture these shots.
Tanika was an absolute trooper and i promise we got her straight into a heated car after this! Darkness quickly moved in with the cloud, but bringing photographs to life i had pictured in my mind months before hand was extremely heart warming. So thank you to this beautiful girl Tanika Hoffman, Pacha Light (for the ice breaking moral support haha) Billabong, Destination British Columbia, Tourism Alberta, Geckos Adventures and most importantly nature for making this extremely brief shoot one of my favourite moments of the entire trip. #magic #goodforthesoul