I think Thursdays will become my official “need to blog” day. Now, that isn’t to say that I won’t be blogging on other days when I feel moved, but what it does mean is that I have noticed a fairly organic trend in my posting on a Thursday to decompress the thoughts from the week as I move into the weekend and all its own routines.
In the spirit of that, I shall begin…
Last week, I touched on being brave and bold to get where you want to be or to make your life full of a bit more joy, and so I got into my photography class! Yay me! That being said, I also survived my first week of courses and have less than 10 weeks left before graduation. Can I get another Yay me? Of course I can – Yay me!
I was full of pure delight when I saw that for Week 1, it was a self portrait! yeah, if you know me, you know this is something that makes me giddy.
The one thing that made me a bit sad was that I seemed to be the only person excited about it. Being in a class full of people who don’t really care about the art form and see it only as a class to take to graduate was a real shock to my system. Don’t get me wrong, there were people who seemed happy to learn, but there wasn’t the same level of enthusiasm for the craft and I thought, “Man, do I have my work cut out for me when it will come down to discussions and debates”.
One of the toughest aspects for me is the people who don’t care or the elitist designers who think that all the troupes and stereotypes are true. “If you have never worked a camera without film you are a poser”, “digital isn’t an artform” (says the student designers), “it was more artistic when it was film”, “I am just posting so I don’t get a zero”, and I think you get the point. I almost feel like I was put in this challenging environment to make me a better advocate and mentor. Rather than lashing out with the same negativity, I chose to try to explain and encourage different viewpoints on the subject matter at hand.
This week, I got to gush over two of my favorite photographers Brooke Shaden and Lindsay Adler. That was such a highlight! I have learned so much from both ladies so it wasn’t too difficult to write.
However, I am finding that my other classes require a more concerted effort to participate in, but I am doing it all the same. I would be a hypocrite if I complained about designers who don’t like photography if I did the same thing in my 3D class; though, it is definitely challenging and quite time consuming. Last Sunday, I spent most of my Sunday building toy cars in 3ds Max and then animating them to run the track. I was challenged and pushed to my mental limits.
Speaking of being challenged, last Saturday, after an amazing girls night out downtown with my bestie (we got to be crazy youngin’s for an evening and it was nice), I got up and went to my eye exam for new glasses. The best part about this story is that I rode my bike there and back. I took the 5.25 mile ride up, parked over at the local Target, walked to the eye exam, picked out my new sets of specs, walked over to Target to get some Easter supplies for my munchkin, walked to Firehouse for a light sub and drink to ride home with, and then did another 5.25 miles back home in the noon time sun.
Then, I got to work on a nice nap LOL.
It really was quite invigorating to just go out on my own and do the things I needed to do and then be done. Even though there was a fear for my life moment along the way, and another moment where I wanted to yell obscenities at a van with rude people in it, the entire trip was nice. I was rocking out to a station on Slacker radio (one earbud in only) and just cruising along.
This week was also filled with some interesting things that I am not exactly able to discuss yet, but as soon as I know more….
Oh, man, will I open the floodgates with that information!
The one thing I missed out on a lot this week was my yoga practice. I can honestly say that I noticed a giant difference in how I felt and how my mood was effected by this lack of practice. So much so, in fact, that when my boyfriend had to go to a meeting at 8PM, I was tidying up the house and then hitting the mat for some mindful flows and meditation. The best part of it? I was able to center myself and sleep more soundly than I had all week long. This is why my regular practice is so important. I pretty much fell asleep when my head hit the pillow.
I woke up a little groggy, but I also woke up with ideas and creativity. I have a few projects I want to shoot, school willing, and I have a few hang-out critiques I will be leading in the next few weeks so I am preparing for all of this.
Ain’t no man, woman, or child (including my own) gonna keep me from my practice, my projects, my schooling, and getting through to attain my goals/dreams. Well, lets be honest here, the kid might be able to stop me under certain circumstances, but that is it!
And, with all that, I bid you an amazing Thriday and weekend! Hopefully we can meet here next Thursday if I get too involved in that really real world out there!