Hello photographer, writer, artist, musician, creators & dreamers.
It's been an interesting year. A year ago I took the most terrifying leap into the unknown to discover a side of myself & the world I never truly knew. My wildest dream of traveling, surfing, loving, and writing came true... I didn't think it was possible. But, I'll let you in on a secret - it is possible to live the life that you dream of. It's not easy and it is still, not easy.
I've had a few people reach out to me and ask how I got to where I am. I'm always confused by that question because I am the way I've always been, nothing changed except that I decided to take responsibility for my own happiness & demand what I will and will not do to live my truth. It was a shift in perspective, not in my profession. And that destination that we're all trying to get to, doesn't exist - the place is now & that's all that will ever matter.
Something that comes up quite often is fellow writers, photographers, and creatives wondering how to value themselves and make that transition from passion to profession. Before I can get into the weeds about drafting an e-mail to a dream "client" - let's step way back.
What is it you do?
Who are you?
What do you create?
How do you see yourself vs. how are you perceived?
How are you different?
What is your mission?
These aren't professional questions, these are personal questions you have to ask yourself. Before you can tell the world what you're worth, you best know in your soul that you are worth it.
You have to be ready to believe in your work, in your value, in your talent, in your purpose before you can face the world - because rejection, judgment, and failure are absolute.
At the end of the day, it's simple - you have to discover yourself. The process of self-discovery is endless & evolutionary, there is no regression, even when it feels like it. Start with your roots & realize that every decision you ever made brought you to this moment, right here, right now. Look at your life and see the things you love, that drive you, that inspire you. None of this was an accident, it happened by design. Do more, be more, and surround yourself with those things. Eventually, as you make time & space for what's important to you, your life becomes full, your work becomes worth it, and that "value" will begin to speak for itself.
Sometimes we have to do, go, and be different things to challenge ourselves & develop a new relationship of trust. For me, it's taking myself places I've never been before, the feeling of being lost & making myself and surroundings feel found & familiar. It's about rhythm, timing, and harmony - maybe paddling out into a break I've surfed a hundred times but still have to pay attention the patterns, the ever-changing and shifting moments, to trust myself & know that, I can do this. And to humble myself, through embracing human moments of fear, failure, vanity, jealousy, and loss - knowing that this is all a part of a patient process far bigger than me.