Here's to Creativity

There's been a lot of talk going around the blog-o-sphere about people feeling like they lost their way. And that's a talk I took to heart. And I want to take a moment to talk about it.

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I started my blogging journey many years and many blogs ago. It became a resource for me to continue writing and share my creative abilities. I wrote about what everyone else was writing about. And I crafted what was popular. I always loved my crafts, but I never felt they represented what was "ME" and what was the best of "MY" potential.

I attended SCAD for a semester in Fall 2006. I absolutely did not enjoy it. I loved the city and I loved my friends. But the classes were a far cry from a challenge. And the teachers were not great at teaching. I found myself in a position of "What the heck am I doing here". Most of my friends who were seniors and Alum were without work and in major student loan debt. Attending private art schools can cost between $40-$70k a year when you factor in tuition, living expenses, school supplies, art supplies, summer semester, travel to and from college and home to visit. And I couldn't handle that. I couldn't handle that I'm paying as much as a law school student to a attend a college for a BFA. So I left. A year later I tried art college one more time, and spent one year at Memphis College of Art. I felt even less challenged and decided that rt as a career was just not me. (Spoilers, I work in IT now and LOVE it!)

But art is still very much a part of my life! I graduated high school with 9 credits of Art, 4 of which were AP art credits. I instructed art at camps, led creative projects at day cares and while I was a nanny and babysitter. I worked for 2.5 years at a Pottery Painting studio and instructed all the private classes and birthday parties. I was living and breathing art.

But once I dropped out of college, I was no longer learning. No longer teaching and no longer doing what I loved. And so I turned to blogging as a means to share my creativity. But even still, I felt that I wasn't doing what I wanted but instead what everyone else cared.

And so, I made a promise to myself recently . I promised myself that I would take a break and just unplug. I have been sketching for a long time, and jotting down ideas. I've been working on a number of prints and developing new styles. I'll be opening an online store later this year and submitting designs to Tshirt sites. I'll also be slowly transitioning my blog into a Tumblr-style format. Because what I really want my blog to be is a reflection of me. Of my creativity. And of my life.


Thank you all so much who have been a great part in my life and through this journey. I've made some amazing friends these past few years and hope to make plenty more.



Here's to creativity!

4 comments:

  1. Stephanie, I can very much relate to your post and it's super timely. I took a break from blogging a while back, about two and a half weeks, though I intended it to be permanent.

    Recently I've been thinking a lot about blogging, about what I love to do - truly love and not what others love, about validation via blogging, about creativity, about how we are digitally versus the real world, about connection and so much else.

    And I made a decision, when I typed up my last post on my blog that it will be my last post. I want to focus on me. I want to be more a part of this world, physically. I too will be opening an online shop. I might just switch the blog name to that shop, once my stuff is done. And I've thought about writing another blog, after abandoning this one, because the one I have now is honest and me but not 100% what I want. If I were to be 100% what I want it would be all text, no pictures and just a place where I write my thoughts on different aspects of life. It would be similar to my favorite blog, zenhabits.net (for he and I see eye to eye on a lot, on writing and otherwise).

    So I can totally relate. It sounds like we are going through some similar things and maybe one day I can finally meet ya. That would be nice.

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  2. Just so you know, I'm here for you and your journey to blogging for what you love instead of what is in the mainstream!

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  3. Blogging is all about you, so make it into a reflection of that. Make your blog into an extension of you, whether you want to post a thought, a single image, a new doodle, what have you. Skies the limit!

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  4. I have been MIA from the blog world basically all summer, attempting to post as much as possible, but really not keeping up on what's going on in the world... hence why I am just now commenting on a post from forever and ever ago.

    Anyway.. I think it's so rad that you're rediscovering what you want this space to be and how you want to utilize your creative energies. It's amazing how we can all get into funks and forget about the hobbies that we love. I look forward to seeing your sketches and t-shirt designs and to seeing where you take this space.

    I hope you're doing well!

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