I love my 30’s.  As I’ve gotten older I’ve figured out several things: how to generate excitement within myself, find balance as needed, and enjoy responsibility (most of the time…). 🙂  In the past I would sometimes choose to ignore things that weren’t so pleasant.  I thought that if I gave them too much attention it would spoil the good things I had going on.  I would secretly hope that they would just go away without having to deal with it.  Now I realize that life is a combination of the good and the bad, the easy and the hard. You just have to suck it up and work with what you’ve got sometimes.  And while it may not seem worth it while you are having to deal with the not-so-pleasant, you will feel that much better afterwards for getting those things taken care of – thus making the good even better.

Do you know what else I find to be true?  That the more energy you put into making something you want happen, the more likely it is to come to fruition. That may not seem like rocket science, but a lot of people just sit around waiting for life to happen to them.  It doesn’t work that way.  Energy breeds motion.  You can’t always predict where you will end up once the wheels start turning, but you always end up somewhere better.  Something happened to me very recently that I could have never predicted, and it’s because I was focused on a specific goal.  I was rewarded with something bigger than my imagination could have come up with on its own.  I will be telling you guys soon about this over the next month or so as I can. I will tell you that it doesn’t have anything to do with my book – I think I will have to have it finished in order to shop it around.  However this does help tremendously with my ability to complete it.  Ok, I’ll stop teasing you now since I can’t say much more than that.

I have a great community of peers in Birmingham, Alabama.  We have so many artists of all kinds – chefs, musicians, filmmakers, writers, fine artists…masters of all kinds of mediums.  It is a great little city.  It makes me wonder about other little pockets of awesome people in different places all over the country, and even the world.  And new communities are developing every day, even without ever meeting each other face-to-face.  Yesterday a little group on Facebook popped up for  Birmingham Instagramers, and it reached over 45 people within just a few hours. We all know each other well just from viewing photos on a little iPhone app’s stream.  I think that is a really cool thing.  I feel like I know each one of them personally, just like some of you feel like you know me just from reading my blog.  It’s an extended family of sorts, and allows people you may not know very well to support you in a specific emotional way.  It is becoming more and more common as we become intimately connected through the internet.  Things like Face Time and Skype are also breaking the communication barriers for the way we connect with others, especially long distance. Or even just down the street.  I think this will eventually allow us to lead richer emotional lives by teaching us to adapt with technology.  Someone you love is never more than a click, or an iPhone tap, away.