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Feeding the Soul | Charlotte Fine Art Photographer

Feb 28, 2014

It is really funny, no…serendipitous how things seem to come to pass when you most need them.  Lately I’ve been feeling a little less like “me” and a lot more like “the-girl-that-everyone-thinks-I-should-be”.  It’s exhausting.  Life, work, family obligations all weigh heavily on my mind and heart; I’m always afraid to let any one ball drop.  Every once in a while though,  I need to do something for myself.
Last weekend was about me.  It was about being somewhere surrounded by people that shared a passion for creating art, and for learning.  I had the pleasure of attending Deb Schwedhelm’s last US workshop in Tampa, Florida.  Simply put, Deb is amazing.  The workshop was amazing.  I built it up a great deal beforehand too, which sometimes can lead to a let down, but this was the opposite.  It was everything I had hoped for and so very much more.  I know that sounds trite, I just don’t have a better more unique way of putting it.  It’s just true.  I went into last weekend feeling like I had to give up on a part of my work that I love simply because it might not ever yield a measurable success.  I left feeling like I can do whatever I want BECAUSE I love it.  Successful or not.  (hopefully, everything I touch will turn to gold, lol…but I’m just not going to wait around for that!).

I feel renewed, recharged and most of all, confident in my future direction.  Deb told me something that I shouldn’t have needed to hear, but hearing it (for the first time) from someone that I admire and respect literally lifted a weight off of my shoulders.  I have a creative soul.  She believes it.  I need to believe it, and I need to feed it.

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