CONNECTING WITH YOUR CREATIVE SIDE
Yesterday morning I was up early to walk from my apartment to my parent's place. They live in downtown Portland, and I'm over in SE, so it's about a 20 minute walk over the Hawthorne Bridge. As I walked, I couldn't help but look up. It was 6:30am and the sun was just rising, hitting the sides of buildings in the most spectacular way.
Looking up at the sun and the shapes it made on the city made me realize just how much of my life I spend looking down. Not only am I literally looking down at my phone for an embarrassingly large portion of the day, but the rest of my time is spent rushing from one place to the next - to work, to the grocery store, to the bar. It felt good to be up before anyone else, walking along when the world was still quiet. It made me wonder what else I was missing.
One of my goals in starting The Creative Chronicle is to slow down a little and return to my roots. I've always loved art. I'm a very creative person, and from a young age I was always writing stories, reading books, drawing, painting, sewing and beading. It's in my nature to pay attention to details and stay up late working on a project until it's done. Now that I've entered the working world I find myself working less and less on creative projects. I read less, I write less, and I can't even remember the last time I picked up a pencil to draw. It makes me sad. The purpose of this site is to reignite that passion, and to shine a light on other creative women who dedicate a portion of their time to art.
Whenever I come across an artist I like, I always wonder about them. What does their morning routine look like? What inspires them? How do they feel when they're creating? With The Creative Chronicle, I want to have a space where people like me can come and learn more about their favorite creatives. It's a chance for artists to connect with the people who follow them. It's also a way to remember how cool it is to learn about someone else's art. When an artist lets you into their world, you come away bonded. I want to capture that feeling, and share it with others.
I can't wait to see where this site goes! I'd love it if there were other people out there like me who miss the way things used to be. Don't get me wrong - I have no problem living in the present. But when I spend more time in my day thinking about my 401K than the subject of my next novel, I get a little nostalgic for the days when I stayed up all night writing, and watched the sunrise in the morning with tired eyes and a loudly beating heart. Just like those mornings, the sunlight I saw yesterday while I crossed the Hawthorne Bridge was warm, inviting, and promised a day full of potential.
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