May is blogiversary month. June is the beginning of my 5th year of blogging! To celebrate, I’m serving up a slice of lovely decadence. Chocolate and vanilla cheesecake with pecans and caramel drizzle—a mouth-watering taste of goodness.
My very first post, the one that started it all was The Blank Canvas in 2005. I never intended this blog to be a vehicle to promote my business. I wanted it to be a peek into the life of an artist, a storyteller’s journey. A pulling aside of the curtain sharing with you the story behind the scenes.
If you follow my blog, you know it’s’s been very quiet. May is the month that I hit the reset button. I’ve been reevaluating my relationship to my business—my art and the path I’m traveling. Business is very slow, as it is for many in this economy, yet I’m busier than ever finding my life.
Upon reflection, I’ll say this was the year of travel. My first trip to Mexico, a life-changing workshop with Jesh de Rox, a trip to San Antonio, Texas with my wife and then Seattle for the annual Microsoft CEO Summit. This summer we are vacationing with our girls in southern California. The girls have grown up so incredibly fast and I’m in awe of life that never slows down.
This month alone, I’ve celebrated my 10th wedding anniversary with my beloved and I will see my oldest daughter graduate from high school with a 4.0 grade average, beginning her life as an adult. This may be our last opportunity to share a vacation together as a family as we’ve done in years past. A moment to hang onto all that we love and treasure— a family of 5 beautiful souls sharing life.
I have much to share with you in the upcoming months, including thoughts about the direction of my work in the coming years. I’ve felt a transition coming for years now, but recently it all came together for me in a beautiful way. I intend to show up every day for my work. I am going to distance myself from the creative process. Practice being in the moment and staying connected to life. Let go of the outcome, the end result and the labels and pressure that I feel from everything around me. To do otherwise would be like trying to swallow the sun.
A photographer at Jesh’s workshop had a beautiful phrase inscribed on her body. A thought—a frame of mind that I intend to keep present in my thoughts. Live in Love.
Be brave my friends and Live in Love!