Working Smarter – Not Harder – To Be Creative

It’s been awhile! I’ve missed all you amazing people and WELCOME to all the new people who signed up during my canvas wrap giveaway. Lots of new faces around here.

So, where have I been? After Christmas I decided I was doing things the hard way when it came to my photography (and life in general). It was making me not want to sit down and do one of my favorite parts – edit photos – and I ended up with photos just sitting on my memory card, in my camera, forgotten.

Monterey Bay Aquarium - Monterey, California

Monterey Bay Aquarium – Monterey, California

I challenged myself to try something new and STREAMLINE my process. It meant signing up for tutorials and classes, taking time to learn new things, and unlearn my old habits. It wasn’t easy because it meant I had to sloooowwww waaaayyyy down (while thinking in my whiny voice “noooo, I don’t wannnnaaa, I wanna do the longer way that is ingrained in meeeeee”) and keep looking up my notes and tutorials on how to achieve what I was imagining.

That is not an easy thing to do and I know many of us face that same challenge. We create habits and, even though we know there could be a better way, we keep going with those habits because steering the ship in a new direction can be so darn hard.

Universal Studios - Harry Potter, Hogwarts Castle

Universal Studios – Harry Potter, Hogwarts Castle

In the end, it was absolutely worth it. You know that saying “Work smarter, not harder“? That’s my goal is this year. I also came up with a new tagline:

Photographer – Traveler – Dreamer

I feel between working smarter and following my new tagline I am more in line with what’s a great creative process for me. I’ve also been taking care of a work-life balance by working out with a trainer, taking this free 30 Day Push Challenge to be more organized (http://www.30daypush.com/), and learning how to just chillax about all that small stuff so I won’t feel overwhelmed.

And you know what I’ve learned? If it’s not enjoyable – it’s not worth it.
Walt Disney World - Animal Kingdom, Tusker House Restaurant

Walt Disney World – Animal Kingdom, Tusker House Restaurant

 Confession: I never learned the proper way to type and now I type using 2 fingers on my left hand and 3 on my right. I can see your brain twisting trying to imagine what that looks like. It’s not quite monkey at a keyboard but it’s definitely close. I type super fast this way but get crazy looks when people watch me. I know that typing with all 10 fingers would make my life easier but the idea of trying to unlearn years of wacky typing makes me wanna sweat.

Maybe next year?

**Note: The 30 Day Push Challenge is not an ad or affiliate link. Just truly something I’ve been enjoying and wanted to share.

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