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Spring Refresh

Good morning.  Are you sitting down?  Do you have a good cup of coffee?  I hope so because this is gonna be a little long and maybe a little deep.

I know it's been months since I wrote a post, and I'll be honest, I'm not gonna apologize.  I've been working on some personal growth.

At the beginning of the year, I did something I've never done, I picked a phrase to lead me through the year - "Inward Acceptance."  When I picked this phrase I really didn't think it would impact my life that much.  I was wrong.  It's five months later and I'm in such a different place.  I've been exploring a lot of things, so of which are a bit more personal than I want to share here, but good things have happened and are continuing to happen.

I dropped a lot of things and opened myself to my own talents and started telling the world I'm an artist.  This was a HUGE step for me.  I've spent several months drawing, painting and working on things, beyond my card making comfort zone.  This was such an intricate part of my "Inward Acceptance."  The art has done well and is growing slowly.  Check out the art on my website - Inked Inspirations by SLMP.

I feel that my art now has roots and I'm ready for the next two things on my list - writing and photography.  Honestly, it's more like one thing as they are so interwoven.  I started working on writing a few weeks ago and a friend gave me some amazing advice - "Be true to your voice, avoid writing for the reader."  If you're wondering what that is supposed to mean, stick with me.  She went on to explain that if you write for the reader your work will sound forced and your authentic voice will be lost.  No one wants to lose their authentic voice!

I started this blog because I missed writing, but it was starting to seem like I didn't miss it enough to actually write regularly.  Turns out, I've just been forcing my voice, trying to write for the reader, rather than just writing.  I lost my authentic voice.  It's time to get that back.

Beyond the writing is the other facet of my creativity - photography.  I've been taking pictures for over two decades.  Yeah, go ahead and do the math.  I'm 39 and I've been shooting since I was in high school.  I've lost touch with my camera.  It's sitting in a cabinet and it might even be a little dusty.

In October of last year, I started digging through my archives and started a photography blog - Stacy Petersen Photography.  I've taken some amazing shots and I crave this hobby in the nicer weather.  It's time.   Time to dust off the camera bag and start wandering around with my camera again.

So that's it.  That's where I've been and where I'm heading.  Back to me, my creativity, my soul.  I hope you'll come along, but if you don't enjoy what happens along the way, don't feel guilty if what I write doesn't fit your life anymore.  Go find your authentic voice.

Live life, enjoy food, make art, travel, journal, photograph it all.