04 Jan 2018:  From Transition to Realization

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The end of 2016, and all of 2017, were pivotal times for me.  2017 was the year that I stopped living a dual life and went all in on being a full time creative.  In this, my first post of 2018, I’d like to talk about that process.  I’d like to talk about goal setting and about what I will be creating and offering in 2018.  This will be a long post but stick with it… I am so excited and think it will be worth the read.

Change is rarely easy, but it often brings new opportunities that we wouldn’t otherwise have.  In my case I can say that the shift to being a full time creative was not made entirely by choice.  For as long as I can remember, I have loved being a paramedic and serving my community as much as I have loved being a working creative.  Paramedicine taught me about people, which made me a better artist.  Art taught me about peace and mindfulness, which made me a better paramedic.  Strangely enough there was an overlap and a synergy between these two careers.

Life is funny though, throwing you curve balls you don’t expect.  As much as I loved my career as a paramedic, and valued the work that I did, that same career brought me PTSD.  The process of healing from my PTSD made me realize how intense the pure joy is that I experience when working as a photographer and a writer.  Even

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