After writing the first blog post titled Naturally Gifted, I had coffee with my very good friend Vidette Vanderwiede from the blog I Am a Soul Mama. Vidette is one amazing woman. She writes and teaches all about creating a connected, soulful, art-inspired life. As we talked about my thoughts on being naturally gifted verses inspired by passion to learn a new skill regardless of perceived talent, she reminded me that the urge to create is also a gift. I sat with that for a minute. Then it dawned on me...the passion is the gift! Well, of course it is!
When we have something calling to us so strongly that we cannot resist the desire to explore it further, that is the gift of intuition guiding us to the next steps on our journey. An idea ready to express moves forward thanks to the gift of passion. Passion drives us from idea to creation. It give us the desire to start studying, researching, practicing or creating, putting energy into making it happen. You may have an idea to create a particular photograph but until you take steps to make it happen, it remains an idea...a wish...a thought...not yet shared or appreciated by any one other than yourself.
So...what does this all mean. It means...if you have an idea about something you want to create, take a single step today to create it.
Inspired by this idea, I've challenged my Emerging Photographer students to join me in a 12 Days of Holidays photography project. Starting Sunday, December 14, I going to take a photo a day until Christmas morning. The photo can be of anything...a candy cane, house lights, a pet playing under the tree, a child wrapping gifts, a store Santa or something completely unrelated to the holiday. Maybe you want to capture something each day that makes you feel grateful or each day's sunset from a different location. Be creative. Uncover the idea and add your passion to make it something you can share! Then share it with me each day on my Juli Isola Photography Facebook page. I can't wait to see all that we can create in 12 days!