A client called me today to tell me how breathtaking the photo I posted was.
While shooting yesterday it was freeeeezing cold, and the wind almost blew us over. But while my model’s eyes were watering from the frigid wind, she was thanking me and telling me how much fun she was having–like, for genuine realsies.
Because I’m always trying to improve my art and hone my craft, I sometimes get sucked into the vortex of seeing only the flaws in my work, where I want to go, and how much I feel I have to learn. That insatiability is kind of what being an artist is, I guess. It’s what keeps me hungry, and it’s a good thing.
But today I’m reveling in the success and beauty of what I have already produced. I’m focusing on the giddy-energized feeling I had while editing the photos from a recent personal shoot where I experimented with new techniques. I’m letting myself enjoy how far I’ve already come in this incredible journey.
As creatives we so often don’t let ourselves enjoy success.
As soon as we accomplish something, we’re off to the next item on the to-do list, forever refusing to be happy now.
Today, breathe in your success. Make a list of your accomplishments, talents, the things you should be proud of and the things you’ve done breathtakingly well.
This whole artist thing can be horribly lonely, and your own thoughts can be suffocating–refer back to your list when you feel rotten, no good, and downright miserable.
We don’t give ourselves nearly enough credit or happiness. Take a few deep breaths and breathe in the joy you already deserve, the love you already have.
A taste of the personal work that’s filling me up with creative butterflies: