I know I recently mentioned that I might do more Original Intent posts. As it turns out, though, I'm enjoying the photo-taking part of the project right now, but I'm not so excited by the jewelry-making part. A couple weeks ago, I asked what worked for you in the past year. One thing that worked for me was easing up on self-imposed obligations. The Original Intent project can feel like one of those obligations if I let it. So for now, I'll continue to enjoy taking photos. And I might stash a few away until I'm feeling motivated, not obligated, to create jewelry pairings for them.
I saved the above post and thought about it a while before publishing it. And the more I thought about it, the more I realized something. Some of the obligations that I self-impose are worth imposing. Sometimes I don't feel like working out, but when I feel that way I usually I make myself work out anyhow, and I've never once regretted making myself do it. I have, though, regretted a few times when I haven't made myself do it. That goes for lots of other little obligations (not all of them, but lots of them) that I self-impose - there's often enough payoff that comes from them that they're worth doing. I realized the Original Intent project might fall into the category of self-imposed-obligations-that-have-worthwhile-payoff. So I forced myself to start working on jewelry pairings for the photos that I took and I immediately realized that it wasn't the making of the jewelry that was holding me back at all. The jewelry making actually came easily. I realized instead that it was the next step - the step in which I photograph and edit the photos of the jewelry using a software program that I'm not comfortable with - that was holding me back. Once I figured that out, I asked Barry for the help I needed, I digested as much of that help as I could (technology and I aren't the best of friends, you know), and I worked on the jewelry photos. What I'd chalked up to lack of creative inspiration was actually intimidation. I'm intimidated by many things computer-related, and I was letting that get in the way of my Original Intent project. My self-imposed Original Intent project. Which I'm glad I self-imposed. Because now I know a little more about our photo-editing software. And I've got a week's worth of Original Intent posts to share with you. Finally.