I have this quote posted on the top corner of my bathroom mirror (yes, I am one of those people). It reads. I am an Artist. I document interesting and beautiful things. I Make Art.
It's been there since December 2012 and I originally posted the message so I would remember - daily - that I am a good photographer. It was my constant reminder that even an amateur can make, see and enjoy art. This blog came out of that quote.
This past weekend at the World Domination Summit 2013, the I am an Artist message took on a different meaning. A much deeper, more resonate message. In order to understand that, let me backtrack a bit. I am a Govie - a 40+ hour employee of the City of San Francisco. I don't run a consulting business, I'm not a career coach, and while I love to travel (this is being written from an airport) I am certainly not a nomad. On the surface I am not the target market for WDS. But here's the thing (and if you attended, you already know this) there is no target audience, except the desire to love your life and be remarkable in it. And that folks is what I needed to hear in order to own my own version of artistry.
It takes guts to work miracles while working for a local government. It takes creativity to find ways - daily - to keep the motivation alive and thriving for my team and our partners. I have the privilege of doing something I love, something I am kick@ss good at every single day and that is awesome. Absolutely awesome. What WDS2013 reminded me was that those things mean I Make Art every single day, whether I hold a camera, a notebook or a computer.
Lots of conferences leave attendees thinking - there are so many things I should be doing, so many ways I'm dropping the ball. They are like giant week-long guilt trips! WDS2013 was the complete opposite. And that's how you know it was life-changing. It was an opportunity to hear amazing people like Chase Jarvis, Darren Rowse, Tess Vigeland and so many others, admit that vulnerability and fear are really parts of the foundation for making great things happen. Once again, I was reminded that creativity and action are inextricably linked. And in order to be our most creative we need to listen to ourselves, deeply.
From the bottom of my growing Artist's heart - Thank You.