So... while my tendency to stop and smell the flowers,
wait for the right lighting,
and pause to appreciate the beauty all around me does contribute a great deal to my personal growth and growth in photography,
it detracts from my overall efficiency and productivity. I owe many of my photos to "taking my time" and yet "being slow" makes me less able to effectively network, market my work, track inventory, process sales, etc... I know those of you who manage to work, comment on 30 blogs a day, create and "C&C" treasuries continually, turn out new creations regularly, AND keep up on all the ning sites, facebook, myspace, twitters, flickers, n' others. I tip my hat to you and would love to know *how* you do it (perhaps joining the ranks of the chronically sleep-deprived, which I also fall prey to, but often serves to make me an even slower zombie)...
For now, I leave the debate of the advantages vs. disadvantages of "slow" (as it applies to my life) in someone else's hands (and head). I've come to realize that the only way I'm going to complete the big projects that keep getting moved from one week to the next on my calendar, is to enforce almost a complete internet hiatus on myself for a bit... perhaps a week or two. I'll check Etsy, fulfill orders, and limited email, but that's probably about it. I'll spare you the details of the "to-do" list (yes, taxes are on it, with about a dozen other time-taking tasks I've put off for too long).
I'll just ask that you please excuse my absence for a bit...
and hope that we can "catch up" when I get back (assuming you're not on a leave of your own). :) Upon my return, I will finish another of the "projects being put off" and finally compile one of the "tribute" posts I've planned, featuring some of the wonderful works of artisans and crafters whom I've come to respect so much...
In the meantime, I'm sending warm wishes and smiles! :D
****8/09: Could NOT resist this brief update-- I was directed to read a new article Etsy published... "Carl Honoré on The Power of Slow"