I fought my first post grad slump by moving to Sweden for six months. For my second, faced with a more empty bank account, I had to get a bit more creative. When I thought about what was really stressing me out it was the fact that I had all of these thoughts running around my head without any organization... career goals, charity work I wanted to do, adventures I want to train for, family, friends... and I couldn't simplify any of them.
Early this week I made a trip to New York City for a couple days of visiting with friends and plotting my move to the city. While walking on the High Line one day, feeling pretty inspired about my relocation, I decided it was time to finally simplify those many goals in a way that could help me at this transitional time in my personal and professional life. Could I put them into categories? I honestly don't know if I made up the idea or I subconsciously saw it somewhere but I decided to choose symbols for important things in my life and see if it could help me to plot my goals better. Here they are!
The sun is my career symbol. As a filmmaker and photographer, it's all about chasing the light. But I can never forget that one of the best places to watch the sun rise and set from is an airplane. I must always remember that traveling is not a break from my career but an integral part of it.
The moon is my charity symbol. It's all about knowing my privilege and making sure that I always make time to give back. I have a lot of ideas about how I can teach my skills to others to empower and inspire people to create their own art. I am far from having a solid idea of how exactly to work on these plans but hopefully I can develop it in the near future.
The mountain is my adventure symbol. I grew up hiking and skiing on vacations with my family. But since becoming an adult I haven't done a very good job of incorporating adventure into my life. This symbol is to inspire me to get in shape and start planning which mountains I want to summit.
The tree is my family symbol. Trees are essential for creating oxygen and are an essential asset to our planet. Family is the glue that holds everything together. While I work to build my life I cannot forget that I would be nowhere near where I am today without my family. I must constantly work to spend time and support them.
So there you have it. May this bring me direction and inspiration moving forward!!!!!