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Yep, I know it’s that time of year. The time when most people take a vacation of sorts, whether they’re staying in the area or traveling the world. Honestly, it’s been a while since I’ve taken any time off, so I was long overdue. Unlike most of the trips we take in Texas, we decided to head out of the country for a while.

Hey, even creatives need a break every now and again, right?

And you know what? I took no electronics or sketchbooks of any sort, except for my phone of course. I’m not an animal you know!

Even Creatives Need a BreakIt’s amazing what a little time away will do for you. I guess you need to plan on getting something out of it for the travel time to do any good, but you know what I mean, traveling certainly changes your perspective on life and love and everything in between. It seems we get so wrapped-up in our day-to-day lives that we seldom stop to think if we’re even being productive in the grand scheme of things.

Are you doing what you love? Are you with the one you love? Are you living where you want to live?  Is everything you’re doing leading you to the “something better” you had in mind? If you’re like most people, probably not. What I realized during my time away is that I spend a lot of time working on projects that don’t necessarily further my interests in my field(s) of study. In other words, I spend a lot of time doing things I don’t want to do. Why? Mostly to help people out. To be of service to others.

Although that life of service to others is what I chose early on in my life, I now realize that it’s very important to prioritize to the extreme – to only do things that are going to get you where you need and want to go. For me, that means focusing more on photography and web design. Those are the two areas of my professional life that I really love. Any time spent doing anything else (professionally) is detrimental to my future.

I know it’s not New Year’s Day, but hey, we can make resolutions any time of the year.  And I’m not even sure my new priorities are resolutions so much as a new way of life. It’s amazing how being in just the right place and meeting just the right people at just the right time can change your life.

It certainly changed mine.

Was my vacation a success?  Yes, exceedingly so. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.