A friend recommended this book to me..
I generally approach any book with the word success in the title with suspicion but since I wholeheartedly trust the person who recommended it I dove in.
Firstly and importantly it is short. I read it during Ewan’s nap time which means the book gets big bonus points for brevity.
I think it’s a book I’ll revisit but on the first reading I took from it that in order to be fulfilled you give your energy to the things you enjoy. Easier said than done!
It used to bother me when talking about careers that people would say ” just do what you love”. I would feel like exclaiming, what, what is it?You know me just tell me what I love doing and I’ll do that.
I would envy people who knew exactly what they loved doing and follow that path regardless of how hard it is. All I could think was that I have no idea what I love to do.
When my mind was so caught up in what I was doing it was impossible for me to think about what I could do.
I haven’t read the book and seen a light but the book talks about when your expressing your talents you are happy and lose track of time and for me that really helped me think about what I enjoy doing.
I think firstly I needed time to be able to lose track of it. When I was working full time I didn’t have this. Now with Ewan I might have less free time but I feel like I have much more space in my mind when I do have time. That’s not to say I have stopped thinking!
I mean I spent so much of my brain power on work that I didn’t have any silent space left. I used to think about the rights and wrongs of things that happened at work, the things that happened to people I worked with, what I thought about the people I met through work, how I was treated by these people, how I treated them, what they thought of me. All of this left very little room for anything else.
Now that I have moments of silent space in the day I have thought about when I do lose track of time and that is definitely when I work on the blog and when I take photographs.
When I think about what I’ll take photos, how it will look or when I keep looking trying to make it better I lose all sense of time. I love that things look bigger, more focused through a lens. I might like how Ewan’s hand looks on Steve’s but when I pick up the camera to take a picture of it I get lost in that little moment and I get to keep it for a little while longer than a glance.
I also get lost writing or reading something I care about. In college I would get lost in research and I loved it. Even the dull tasks of typing up interviews would absorb me. Equally I would get lost in blogs, peoples stories and photos would draw me in. Design blogs did the same. I have seen more painted hallways than you could ever imagine!
All of this thinking made me consider the blog. I have stayed away from too many photographs because the thrift posts get viewed most. I have not really given myself the time to write longer pieces because I have been trying to do too much at one time.
I don’t have any radical answers about how things will pan out with the blog, staying at home, my career, but for the moment I’m grateful my friend recommended a book that made me think and I intend to take a few more quiet moments.
With all of that in mind here are a few moments from this week…