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in this house work is not synonymous with 9 to 5,  i’m a stay at home mom, so that’s a given. aside from that “job”, i work at developing my skills as a photographer with the hope that i’m turning those skills into something that is (somewhat) profitable. matt has a regularly scheduled job, but by no means is it typical. his job allows him time off to pursue his own endeavors whether it’s showing his own work, teaching sculpture or traveling for commissioned jobs.  we are fortunate to have found ways to express our artistic selves  and call it work, even if at times we were just scraping by.

as adults we strive to feed that craving we have in ourselves to create something and we do our best to keep that same desire thriving in our children. it is such a natural and integral part of who they are and it manifests itself in so much of what they do every day (and we love to play along, too!). some days that creativity is expressed through song, personal style, full on body art or just good old play. as parents we believe it is crucial that they keep these creative desires alive. we hope to show them through the work that we do and the passion we have for it, that they can choose to do what they love. we want them to know that work can be synonymous with creating (in its many, many forms). though it is likely they will not  go down the same paths that we have, our wish is that their love to create will be of service to them no matter what road in life they choose and no matter what that road is, they can always be creative.

“if your work isn’t what you love, then something isn’t right.” – talking heads

how do you work at unleashing your creative beast or doing what you love?

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  1. April 4, 2012

    Working on my photography/still finding focus/looking for work that will allow me to do both

    • April 5, 2012

      i hope that will balance out for you. sometimes getting to that point is the hardest work of all (and then keeping that balance).

  2. April 4, 2012

    Working on my photography/still finding focus/looking for work that will allow me to do that

  3. Kate #
    April 4, 2012

    I have my camera at the ready all the time. I can’t go to sleep at night unless I take at least 10 photos that day. That creative part of me is now engrained into my day as my running is or hugging my kids first thing in the morning.

    • April 5, 2012

      i love when that need to create just becomes second nature. photography was that for me, too. i can’t imagine not having my camera near me at all times. and if i’m somewhere where it’s not feasible to have it with me, it drives me crazy!

  4. April 4, 2012

    Love the post, like the quote! It is so true.

    • April 5, 2012

      thank you! it took me a while to learn how true that statement is. it’s a bit of advice i wish someone had told me long ago!

  5. allison mcd #
    April 4, 2012

    last year’s 365 project was a good one for me … a way to meld discipline and creativity. i got to be creative every day, but sometimes i sure had to work at it because it didn’t necessarily come easy. i learned to (1) make time and (2) to follow the natural creative flow when it showed up.

    • April 5, 2012

      it kind of amazed me how much can be learned from doing a 365 project. since i was taking pictures almost daily before i did my 365, i was surprised at how much discipline it actually took to follow through and complete the project. it’s so worth the work in the end though, isn’t it?

  6. April 4, 2012

    I love everything you wrote. It is so evident in the photos you share of your two that you are doing such a grand job.
    Yet as much as I love these words, I had a hard time taking my eyes off Henry and his concentration.

    and his sculpture looks a bit like Giacometti, no?

    • April 5, 2012

      wow, thank you! i don’t feel i adequately expressed my true feelings on the subject, but i’m a visual person, not a writer. it’s obvious to me that henry really pays attention to matt when he sees him working, he’s so comfortable working with clay. it’s a medium that is good for him because it allows him to easily change the composition, he can be so hard on himself when drawing and things don’t on paper the way they do in his head.

      i love the giacometti reference. it does remind me of his work!

  7. April 4, 2012

    You nailed it on so many points in this post! I learned the hard way, after many years I will never get back, how important it is to do something that brings you joy.

    • lifeineden #
      April 4, 2012

      Yup, I was just thinking the other day that I wish in high school or even college someone had me take a test to taught me how important it is to consider certain needs when seeking a profession/vocation. I never realized how important it was to me to actually create SOMETHING in my work. My first career did use my hands along with my mind, which I now know is important — but I didn’t CREATE anything, nothing tangible. Now I know that is key to my happiness.

      And like damiec — that face (and sculpture) is grabbing all my attention!

      • April 5, 2012

        right, amy? that’s why it’s so important to me now as a parent. i think when i was younger i had the need to create, but i was never a priority. undoubtedly, becoming a mother and creating art/messes with the kids really showed me how great that need was. and really, utilizing your creativity can come through in so many different ways.

    • April 5, 2012

      thank you! it took me a long time to figure that out myself, and sometimes i think i’m still on that journey. at least i feel as if i’m heading in the right direction.

  8. kathy #
    April 4, 2012

    I love your post, it makes me want to talk about my husband. He’s a mechanic. I know…exciting stuff. But here’s the catch. He loves it. He’s passionate about it. The man can fix anything. He truly amazes people with what he can do. We discussed the roads not traveled in regards to his career choices, and you know what he said “I’m passionate about this, working with my hands makes me happy”. Spoken like a true artist!

    • April 5, 2012

      creativity doesn’t have to be just about creating “art”. i’m sure your husband has had to utilize some creative thinking to solve problems in his line of work. he’s fortunate to be doing something he’s passionate about!

      • kathy #
        April 5, 2012

        your exactly right, but as an aircraft mechanic we keep the creative part of his job hush hush.

  9. Jill #
    April 7, 2012

    I wish I was a creative person, but I know at my core I am not. I can follow directions (hence I knit). I can tell you what I like (hence I photograph the same shit day after day). But creativity? Not something that I think I even know what it is.

    • April 8, 2012

      jill, i have to disagree with you.
      are you not the teacher who was singing run dmc in class while teaching relative pronouns?
      if that isn’t creative teaching, i don’t know what is. and it’s just one of the reasons you kick so much ass.

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