If you follow this blog, you’ll have noticed that it remained rather quiet the last couple of months… some stuff about Santa, and that’s about it.
It was for that ironic reason of simply being too busy.
Being busy. It’s the American way, I suppose. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it feels like our default, small talk response to ‘how are you’ has moved from ‘good!’ to
‘OH THINGS HAVE BEEN CRAAAAZY!’
Like having so much to do that you literally feel insane is some kind of badge of honor that we’re all scrambling to wear…
I wasn’t scrambling to wear it, but wear the badge I did. It’s like that old Joe Walsh song says, ‘I can’t complain, but sometimes I still do…’ Being that insanely busy was good for business sure, and I’m certainly blessed by that business, but it was more than a little exhausting and it admittedly kept me from some things I really value.
Things like, creating personal work, spending more time with family, being healthy, and, of course, updating this blog with what’s going on and what’s ahead.
I just finished out 2 full weeks off- time to recover, rest, come face-to-face with everything that gets pushed down after months of being in “survival mode”, and come out the other side feeling a lot more like myself again.
If you haven’t done that in awhile- take time- you might be straying from your own big picture. The best part is, the more you feel like you don’t have time to take that break, the more you probably need it.
stop social media
stop being in meetings
stop wrapping yourself up in the details to the extent you can’t see the big picture
stop running from the things you don’t want to look at it in your own heart
stop being so busy that you can’t even sit down with a book
if you can’t stop for a bit, your soul goes a little sour. We just aren’t meant to run that much without taking a rest. We lose sight of who we are and what we actually care about, until we reach a point where we don’t care about anything.
I care again. It’s nice.
But that’s enough about that… so…
I’m excited about this year. Goal #1 was just to slow down. Listen to see what God is telling me. I’ve done some of that.
So as for what’s next… here’s a quick summary of a couple of things I can tell you about for 9art/Mark 9 in 2016.
#1: NEW PHOTONOVEL
Yep. For you guys who followed my best friend Lance & I when we made ‘Cold Brewed’… we made another one, produced by the Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau. My biggest project to date. More about that tomorrow…
#2: ‘COLD BREWED’ is now FREE
For those who didn’t get a chance to read ‘Cold Brewed’ the first time around, it’s now available for completely 100% FREE on i-tunes. The only catch is that you have to have an apple device (i-pad, macbook, i-phone) to look at it. If you don’t have one, see who can borrow from for an hour or two so you can read through it.
#3: MARK N photography COMING SOON
I’d touched briefly on this last year… I’ve spent some time working on an entirely new business presence that focuses on the commercial/fine art photography portion of my business. The blog you are reading now will, in fact, eventually move over to the new website being created for this. Can’t wait to show it all to you guys.
(this photo, btw, is not me, it’s my fellow photography buddy Brian, and still one of my favorite portraits).
#4: New PERSONAL PROJECTS/COLLABORATIONS on the horizon…
One thing I did make time for late last year was to have a couple of conversations with fellow artists in other mediums, about the possibility of collaborating. So far, I have 2 new projects lined up for this year that I think are going to be incredibly fun and push my artistic limits. I didn’t plan on them happening at all- they just fell into place in that beautifully obvious kind of way.
I’ll keep you posted on these as they unfold.
#5: BOOKING NEW SHOOTS
I won’t dwell on this one bc this post isn’t meant to be an ad. But just to let you all know, I am beginning to book sessions again, for 2016- I’ll get back to shooting as usual next week. If you’re interested in setting up a shoot for your family, business, or wedding- or if you’d even just like to sit down soon over coffee to brainstorm about working together in the future- I’d love to talk to you.