I'm back! It's amazing what a few days of soaking up the sun, warmth, good, no... AMAZING food, and super creative vibes will do for your soul. I'm back from Austin, TX and I'm feeling incredibly energetic and inspired. Austin is such a rad (can I even say "rad" if i'm not from the west coast?) fun, and colorful city. I love it there. I love that the city embraces "weirdness" which is evident in the "Keep Austin Weird" signs I saw everywhere!
First of all, if you ever go to Austin, plan accordingly and bring elastic waist stretchy pants. Seriously. I wish someone would have told me to pack my yoga pants because I totally needed them. There's no good way to undo the button on your jeans and walk around. Trust me on this. Austin has so much amazing food. BBQ from The Salt Lick in Driftwood is the best. No lie. The smoked turkey and sausage were to die for. Tex Mex from Chuys was soooooo good and Hopdoddy had the best burgers... I'm drooling thinking about it. Maybe it's because I'm starving. Since arrivingback home, it's nothing but salads for me, but that's a story for another day.
So now I'm home and it's back to the daily routine, except that now I'm super inspired to keep taking photos, keep painting, start sketching again, and to keep working on my new-ish art/photography shop. While I'm still filled with a lot (A LOT!) of self doubt, I need to keep on truckin' and moving past the fear/worry/doubt. I've been listening to some really good creative & business-y podcasts during my soul sucking commute home from work (Raise Your Hand and Say Yes and She Percolates are two of my favorites) and the message that resonates the most for me is to do your thing and keep doing it because the world needs it. It may seem kinda mushy or woo-woo, but sometimes it's nice to be reminded that there is value in creative works and it is important to express them and for other folks to hear/read/see them.
Moral of the post? It's really okay to be weird so own it and do your thing! I'm going to be over here doing my thing and If you'd like to receive periodic updates, to chat, or to just keep in touch, feel free to sign up for my newsletter. I'd love to hear about what you're doing/working on! Let me know in the comments section below or send me an email. Let's connect!