So, I had fully intended on writing this post about feeling overloaded and overwhelmed by technology lately. I feel like between facebook, email, texting and my newest love, Pinterest, I am hooked to the internet and cannot just sit and be still. I spend way too much time checking status and pinning. Last night I could hardly even sleep because my mind was racing. I kept thinking my phone was dinging one notification sound or another. It was ridiculous. But then today, to pass the time at work, I started looking around on Pinterest again (such an addict after about 2 days!)...and I think I should refocus my attention to "all things in moderation". Stay with me on this one...
The more time I spend on this site, the more I decide I love it. It differs from my other addiction (facebook), in that it is actually Inspiring. Encouraging. Creative. I have felt more inspired to be be creative in the past 2 days than I have in a long, long time. This site is all about sharing great ideas and cultivating stronger passions/interests within yourself. This isn't "all about me" and isn't so self-involved. The other thing I love, is I don't have to think up anything to "google" about. I have come across more helpful tutorials and articles this week than I could have dreamed to look for otherwise. One photography article has really hit me today: "21 Things You Can Do Today to Change Your Photography Forever". This article is real and straight-forward. I love how encouraging the author is, while telling you like it is. I learned there are definitely some areas I need to work on.
The main idea I'm going to put into action TODAY is starting a Facebook Fan Page for my photography. Until this moment, I had myself convinced I couldn't put one together unless I was going to become a "Professional Photographer". This is SO not the case! The author points out that this is a great way to stay motivated because we all love to hear our friends and family comment on our work. Since almost anyone/everyone is a photographer these days, I just felt like I would really need to get "better" before I started putting my stuff out there on a separate page...but I was really, really wrong! This goes hand in hand with a conversation Jason and I had yesterday. I was still mulling over "business" names- mostly to avoid calling it "Annie Warren Photography"...how boring! I really like what he had to say: "If you really love one name more than the rest, just use it. It doesn't matter how many other people have it; if it's the one you love, it's the one to use". Later, I did add "Lifesong Photography" to my pinterest site. I had trouble getting many of my photos to load, but at least I took that first step.
All of this to say, I am tired of my self-doubt. It's time to step out of my comfort zone and take some new risks. No one was ever rewarded for sitting on their butts! (But, I also intend to cut my social network time WAaaay down when I'm home!)