|Photo by Amber Clark, from SteamCon IV, Seattle|
I managed to update this blog quite regularly when I still had a full-time job (as in working for someone else), compared to the last 6 months where I have been working for myself. Which is admittedly, also very much a full-time job, which I was already doing ON TOP of the other job. But truthfully, I managed to write a lot of my blog posts on my work breaks/lunches - where I needed a mental switch-up to keep creatively producing for someone else. Nowadays, I just switch from task to task, project to project, and my breaks are usually outside and away from the computer, enjoying Seattle and the fact that I can do my grocery shopping at 2pm if I damn well please and work until 2am if I feel like it.
It hasn't been for lack of ideas of stuff to write about - that's for sure. I've been keeping a running list - on paper, online, and in my head. But I haven't sat down to write any of them into posts.
I'm not a big fan of resolutions. I don't want to say "In 2013, I'm gonna get back on track about writing my blog! 2 posts every month!" because that doesn't really work. Instead, I need to further explore the self-scheduling that happens when one runs their own business(es - cause essentially I'm a performer, instructor, designer, artist, illustrator, booking agent, etc), and frankly, I really enjoy writing these posts and especially the feedback that I receive from y'all about them. This is part of my creative process, and part of what I teach and believe in, so I think it's important to verbalize it regularly - just as it's important to pay bills, make stock, practice, etc. The key thing is to figure out how to do it best, what works? Is it something that be planned?
And I'm sitting here thinking, wow, 2012 is almost done - and there's no way I can say "oh, where did it go?" because OMG, a LOT happened for me in 2012. I quit my corporate job. I moved over 3000 miles from Providence to Seattle. I did a cross-country tour, and have done several coastal mini-tours with bands. I started a new relationship. I began new collaborations. I made two new websites for myself to replace ones I haven't updated in years. I put on a hugely successful dark fusion bellydance event. And so much more. How the hell did I squeeze all of that into one year? And 2013 is already shaping up to be one very busy year.
So I'm not going to beat myself up about my posting schedule, and I'm not going to make any resolutions about being a better blogger.
Instead, I'm just going to share the following:
I am thankful for the blessings of change. I am thankful for amazing friends and family who honor, respect, love, and support me. I am especially thankful that humming inside of me is the kind of drive that makes things happen (and it's because of those friends and family that I have the extra power to do it and keep it humming.).
You can wish and ponder and imagine anything you want. But it's not going to happen if you don't do something about it. Don't resolve to make something happen. MAKE IT HAPPEN. Don't have the money/time/energy to do what you want? Ask yourself why. What can you do to get around those obstacles? There is always an option besides "that's just how it is" if you apply belief, some elbow grease, and get moving. No one else is going to do it for you.
So what is it that you want to do in 2013? And how are you going to make it happen?