Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The "Apparently I'm Slow" Hiatus

The title says "Apparently I'm Slow" as if that awareness is new to me... as I further analyze, it's definitely not. It's not new knowledge, I'm just being forced to come to terms with it again as though it were new. Really, if I've heard it once I've heard it a hundred times; it's been a constant battle for me. In our high-tech, fast-paced, multi-tasking, greater-productivity, what-was-new-last-month-is-now-old society, there is little tolerance of "slow."

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
~Kenna

****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"

Coincidence?? ;)

12 comments:

Kathy said...

Absolutely awesome photos....we should all slow down and always stop to smell the roses!

catherinesherman said...

I appreciate your plan for an internet hiatus. It's so easy to spend a lot of time on the internet, where you can learn and enjoy and interact. Sometimes, though, I feel as if I haven't accomplished anything, so I'm going to try to limit myself online, too. It's been so cold here for so long that it's easy to stay at my computer, rather than get out into the world. I am grateful that you do spend some time online to share your life with us and post your gorgeous photographs! They're very inspiring.

Allie said...

A great post on something I struggle with on a daily basis. This is why I have been less present on etsy for a while. The balancing is hard for me. And when I do check in, I realize all that I'm not doing, and that adds to my feelings of not getting enough done, not working hard enough.....and that starts another cycle.... Enjoy your hiatus! I'll miss you and look forward to your return! Take care, hugs, allie

Lucie Wicker Photography said...

Love the back lit tree! Stunning!

Robin Road said...

This is a good lesson for all of us Kenna. Good for you in taking time out for yourself.

We'll be here when you get back!

UrbanJunkies/zuppaartista said...

my dear kenna, enjoy your internet hiatus! it is so understandable. you were there for me when i was going through my "mental health weeks" :D. i'm about due again myself! :)
the cyber-world is daunting and i think it is good to take breaks! just at least you come back because your cyber pals will miss you! me being one of them! :)

beautiful photos btw! and fabulously written post!
have fun, relax and just B-R-E-A-T-H-E...
MANY besos to you! xo-m

Danangib said...

It's easier if you work on a basis of a priorities list.
Your photos are amazing, I liked them a lot.I'll miss your posts.
And.... Happy Easter !!!

Julie Magers Soulen said...

This seems to be a common phenomenon that I hear from many artists. I support your online slow down and hope to follow your example! I love the back lit tree!!

Rebecca Anne said...

As always, your photos amaze me. I'm grateful you take the time to discover way to capture the beauty that is all around us.
Slow down, enjoy the walking path rather then the highway. We'll all be here when you get back.
Rebecca

Printemps said...

Beautiful pictures and that clarity in picture is that "slow". Deeply it means patience which means suffering.

Wonderful Easter!

aliceinparis said...

I know, the internet can eat up a LOT of time and make one feel stressed. So much to do so little time. Enjoy your leave of absence.
Love your photos:)

Kirigalpoththa said...

That picture of the tree is fantastic!