Work to Live | Creek Waterfall

“Sometimes I think I’m in the wrong line of work.

Then someone reminds me that life isn’t about being happy, it’s about paying the bills.”

 

This is of course, just a joke.

Life isn’t about paying the bills.  Life is about making time for what you love, while doing what you need to keep yourself well cared for and fed.

Even successful artists may need to supplement their income, so don’t feel that your day job is a life sentence.  Although we may need to work full-time, it’s important to remember that there are options.

Let’s try to find a day job that feeds our interests and adds to our family.  If work leaves you feeling drained on a regular basis, try to find something else.

Even when we feel like we don’t have options, let’s remember that we don’t have to give our two-week’s notice just to look.

We never know what we’ll find.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Nature photography of pink flowers. Une photo de la nature et des flleurs roses.

Fallow Your Path

New Things | Fear

Jasper Aventurine Hamsa Necklace Close

Semiprecious stones, as well as stones in general, have become an increasing interest, especially when it comes to the idea of using them for handmade jewelry.

Despite enthusiasm and inspiration, the beads and stones collected over the past few months just lingered in piles around the house.  It’s so much easier and safer just to think about doing something than to actually try.  What if we fail?  What if we’re not as creative as we’d hoped?  What if it turns out we don’t like this new interest after all, and we’ve collected all these things for nothing?

It’s easy to fear the unknown and the untested, but we shouldn’t let our anxiety stall us from trying something new.  Or even trying something we’re experienced with.  Even for lifelong painters, the blank canvas can still be intimidating.

Let’s not let fear and anxiety keep us from diving into new interests.  We may find a new passion, a new hobby, or not.  But we won’t know until we push ourselves to try and experiment.  It may help keep anxieties to a minimum if we limit how many tools/supplies/etc we get in preparation for this new adventure.  Not only can it reduce financial loss if it doesn’t work out, but we’ll feel less pressure.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Amethyst Pendant Necklace Wire Wrapped River Rock

Always on the Move

Landscape photograph of clouds around the Rock Mountains near sunset.

Life is always moving and changing, just look at the passing clouds, falling leaves, and around our homes.

Interests come and go, and as mentioned before, sometimes they come back around.  Old hobbies can be picked up again, flowers will bloom next year, and old friendships may be rekindled.

Let’s make the most of what brings us joy while we have it.  Life will continue to change, so let’s make the most of every moment and every interest.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Landscape photography of the Rocky Mountains Sunset photography of the sun silhouetting mountains

Passions | Roots

Photography of tree roots exposed along a nature trail.

Interests and passions come and go.  And when we’ve spent years enjoying and honing a discipline, it can be especially painful when the passion for it fades.

It’s important to remember that life is about change.  Nothing is constant or guaranteed to last forever.  We’re constantly growing, so we should remain flexible enough to go where the current takes us.

It’s painful to lose passion for something you used to love, but refusing to let something go and move forward can be even more painful.  We can’t always recapture what was lost by desperate pursuit.

When passions fade, it’s also important to remember that just because passion is now gone, it doesn’t mean it won’t return in the future.

Let’s be flexible and accepting of where life and our interests take us.  Let’s enjoy our loves and passions while they last.  And should they fade, let’s be grateful for the fun we had, and move on to discover our new passion.

Our old passions might come back to visit us someday, but let’s not stay put waiting for that to happen or clinging to what was.  Let’s move forward and see what else there is to love.

-Brought to you by the nostalgia of looking through remnants of an old passion-

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Feelings fall leaves river photography

 

Hollow Pursuits

Old Hollow Tree

Pursuit of the wrong things can leave us feeling hollow.

Instead of chasing wealth and possessions, let’s build community, inspiration, and happiness.  Let’s not dream of being rich, but being happy.  Let’s slow down, follow our interests, share, create, nurture relationships, and learn what true success in life is.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Fall Forest Happiness in a Journey

Sense of Progress

nature, photography, photograph, leaf, ground

Sometimes it feels like we’re going nowhere, leaving us frustrated.

We may feel powerless, stuck.  Sometimes we have no idea what direction to head towards, and that’s even more frustrating.

I’ve been feeling quite stuck lately, which has shown me how important it can be to stick with something throughout the chaos.  That way, even when actively pursuing different paths, we have one thing that we’re consistent with.  We get our sense of progress.  We feel less like we’ve wasted weeks or months.

Plus, when we feel stuck, time can pass agonizingly slow.  Having an interest we continually work on and update (like a blog) can help us keep our sense of time.  We find that what felt like weeks was just a few days.

Let’s always move forward, stay positive, and remember that life’s meant to be explored, whether we know where we’re going or not.

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’

Passions Worth Pursuing

Orchid

What makes a passion worth pursuing?

This is a question I’ve been wrestling with a lot this year.  No, you don’t have to save the world, but how do you determine whether an interest is worth pursuing?

What if a passion conflicts with your values?  Do you abandon your passion, or shape it to closer align with the values you hold?

Much Peace and Keep Roamin’