I try to spend a little time each day wandering the woods around my house to get some inspiration, recharge and get ready for a day in the studio. I always seem to find something to pique my interest. Sometimes it's the textures on the tree trunks and other times it's the critters wandering around in the leaves. But, most importantly, it's the time that matters when I'm contemplating the next step.
Most of the time, though, I spend doing a little daydreaming about where I want to be, where I'm headed and how I'm getting there. Life's a journey and if you're not careful, it will pass you by in a blink.
I'm spending a little extra time in the woods these last couple of days because I received sad news about an ex-coworker the other day. He was 38 years old and passed away unexpectedly, leaving behind a wife, a daughter that's 7 and a son that's 3. It's very sad and it just makes me think about my own mortality and what I'm doing with my life. I finally feel that I'm on the right path and some days it's a struggle to stick with it. I know that I'm lucky to live the life I have and I'm grateful every day. So, I push through those days where motivation seems to be stuck in the mud and remember how precious life is - not just my own, but the life going on around me in the woods.
Normally, I procrastinate on setting goals and mapping out steps to reach them, but this small reality check has really spurred me into finding the motivation to stay on track. One of the goals is to get started on the eBook I mentioned working on several months ago. I outlined my ideas and began to map the pages, but realized I can't take the photos myself, so I have a photographer coming to consult with me about the project to hopefully get the ball rolling in the right direction. It's scary and exciting all at the same time, so I just have to jump in and make it happen.
Running your own business is definitely not easy and it's true, you work harder and longer than you ever would working for someone else, but when the orders come in and the students learn something new, it's all worth the long hours and tedious tasks.