One of my goals this year was to actively and regularly participate in Focus 52 (http://twoscoopz.com/category/focus52/ ) and Project 52 (http://project52.org/ ) Both weekly photo assignment, critique and discussion groups online, designed to nudge photographers out of their comfort zone, challenge and inspire them. I rolled out a couple of the weeks bam , bam … then my regularly scheduled life got in the way. First the beginning of school then the death of our friend. So here we are at week six(!) already. It truly IS frightening just how fast time goes by. I am back in the loop. Can’t guarantee I will hit every week but I will try. I WILL! Week six “Still Life” for Focus 52. Sorry for the low res I don’t know how that happened when re-sizing but there is no going back as you know. …
I was reading a post about the importance of networking for business and it got me thinking… isn’t networking what life, not just work, is ALL about?
The principle of “getting out there” applies to every aspect of life. Being present and involved, aware of those around you and connected in your day-to-day life will pay off in many different ways not only in your work. Take a break from your phone (!) Lift your head, meet someone’s eyes and take a breath. You don’t need to be a social butterfly ~ simply say “hi” to someone walking past. We are all on this journey together and making connections is at the core of it. You can’t know where you may meet your next friend, who may be a future colleague, whose day you just changed completely by showing them your smile, opening a door for them, acknowledging their presence, or who you may need help from in the future. I for one am a tech junkie, I admit it. I love what technology can do for our lives. I adore my phone! BUT, I like to think I know when to put it down. I take regular conscious breaks and take my own advice. I have met a few new clients this way, although it’s the emotional/spiritual payoff that is key for me. Simply put I feel better when I am out and about and connected to the world right in front of me. So, put your phone down and look up. You truly never know who may cross your path!
Friends from around the world who I would never have met with my head down. 🙂