Seriously though.

I think sometimes we deprive ourselves of trying things that really could bring new joy into our lives. Don't quote me, but I believe this is mainly because of fear. Fear of failure, fear of commitment, fear of not enough time, fear of judgment, or simply fear of not knowing. I'm not sure where this comes from and why we put this stigma on the "unknown," but honestly, it kind of sucks.

There's really nothing worse than meeting someone with hopes, dreams, and SO MUCH potential, but they're scared to make the next move. They say "someday I'll do this" instead of "I do this" because they don't want to commit to something they don't already know the outcome of. It, in all seriousness, breaks my heart.

I say this because I've literally been that person. I cringe thinking back on when I was saying, "someday I think I want to be a photographer," and now knowing it's one of the things that brings me the most joy and feeds my creativity most, I wish I started sooner, but then again maybe I wouldn't appreciate the craft the way I do now. I've seen my friends, colleagues, and acquaintances do this dance and wonder if they'll ever make it, and chances are you might, but you definitely will never know if you don't try.

The weirdest part: every time someone bets on themselves and learns to not care about the outcome or who chooses not to live in fear of being judged is truly the happiest. Those same people take the good, the tough, and in between and appreciate it for what it's worth and learn from it. There seems to be an understanding that this life is all temporary, and nothing is guaranteed, but not from the point of view of fear, but from the point of view of opportunity and experience to learn.

As we go through our day-to-day, it's easy to get caught up in "what you do" and putting yourself in a box. I do this a lot by thinking things like I'm a photographer, I take and edit photos, but actually, I'm a hell of a lot more than that. I'm creative. I love to style; I love to play. I need new mediums to change my perspective, or I need new subjects that allow me to play with light and try new things. That's what makes me, me, and what makes my art my own. Those experiences, that practice. Understanding the importance of play and bringing new ideas to the table, and inspiring ourselves to not necessarily do more but to try more is so important.

I've learned that my best work typically comes after being able to "play." In this case, my play consisted of a blank cake purchased from Publix at 8:00 AM on a Monday and some half-dead flowers from the grocery store's floral department. It was on my heart to try something new and give those flowers new life, and I'll be damned; I had a good time doing it and felt so inspired afterward.

I hope you take the time to play and create - even if you're scared this week because, trust me - it's worth it.

Cheers friends!