Declutter Your Creativity

When you feel fear, you are on the threshold of something great. When you step through fear, there is always love on the other side. - Shaa Wasmund

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How do you keep your creative brain decluttered when your life is madness? 

How do you stay on task and productive when you're constantly on the move? 

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These are all questions I have always struggled with, but with our recent move to Europe my creative brain has felt even more dismantled. In an interesting way, I have looked at it like a challenge to dig deeper into my creative purpose. Instead of continuing to run around in 50 directions, what would it look like to jog steadily in one? 

I think we all can agree we would eventually get where we wanted a little sooner if we stayed on course, but staying focused with full creative tanks requires effort. 

Here are a few new things I have been trying to keep my body and creative soul clear and on track:

  1. A Green Drink: I love Amazing Grass products. I now crave it and it totally fuels my mornings. If you're not in the habit of downing greens in the mornings - try it! It has changed my world.
  2. Do Less, Get More: My new read from Shaa Wasmund. I made it a new goal to read 5-10 mins in the morning to help me set an intention for the day. She has so many good snippets of inspiration and I write down the ones I can carry through my day. 
  3. One Girl Band: New podcast that fellow photographer, Anna Purna recommended and I love it so far! It is geared toward women entrepreneurs and so far I love the advice she gives on honesty and staying productive.
  4. Coffee Shop Life: I am always surprised how escaping the physical clutter helps clear my creative juices. 
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-Tara 

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Narrowing Your Creative Path

There have been points along my creative path I wasn't sure where I was headed. Everything felt like a BIG unreachable dream and I wanted "all the things."

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Somewhere along that path of stumbles, I was unknowingly defining my passions more and more.

It was easy to see what others were doing and imagined myself there. I wanted to travel the world and I wanted my photos to be meaningful. I wanted them to “help” the world.

How crazy of a dream was that!?

At the beginning there were so many bridges to cross it felt overwhelming. I wondered if I had crossed the right one, or wasted so much time going in the wrong direction.

Now I look back and see how each bridge crossed was somehow leading me in the right direction. Even if a bridge felt like a detour, it brought a lesson, new knowledge, a fresh outlook and a story that is mine. 

MY POINT

It's hard when you want to quickly go from point A to point B - enjoy the path of stumbles. Perfecting your craft and narrowing down your niche takes time and continuous effort.

When it doesn't resonate with everyone...you have started to narrowing your creative niche and I believe that is an awesome path to be on!

-Tara 

Lakota Women's Stories - The Rosebud Reservation

This past weekend at the Rosebud Reservation was beyond what I could have ever imagined. I can’t tell you how honored I was to not only get to hear the Lakota Women’s stories, but to document them as well. 

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Saturday night we sat there listening to one of the women’s stories and tears started gathering in my eyes. She was one of the most amazing women I have ever met. She poured out her heart as she spoke of hurt, hope and healing for her people.

It was a surreal moment as I listened to her words and I could feel my world getting smaller in that very moment. Thank you to my dear friends at The By Grace Foundation and The White Buffalo Women's Society - you have opened my heart in a special way. 

Full story coming soon! 

-Tara