Today is the fifteenth day of Kat McNally’s August Moon. I have participated in her Reverb projects in December as well as her April Moon offerings, so it was a no brainer for me sign up for August Moon again this year. it comes at just the right time for me, I believe. There is a lot swirling around in my head and heart these days, and I’m looking forward to using the opportunity that August Moon gives me to work through those things that are rattling around inside of me.
Today Kat gives us the following:
What if there was no need to wait until you’re “perfectly formed”?
… today, on our penultimate day together, I invite you to do it now.
Do whatever. Do something. Build a website. Claim a tagline: you can always change it later. Use a Nôm de Plume if you’re not ready to share your journey with the people who know you: I still do. Get business cards printed and practice introducing yourself.
Don’t wait until you have it all figured out. Pick something easy, something scary. Just start. And keep going.
What if what you are doing right now was actually your destination? What would that mean for your journey?
It’s funny that business cards are mentioned. Last year on my Christmas list, I put “business cards for the blog.” Didn’t get them.
One of the things that I had on my to-do list for the summer was to create business cards for myself as a writer and photographer. For me, it’s slightly awkward when out in public and either writing or taking photographs, particularly when you’re taking pictures of someone else. It would also be nice to have them available to hand out at those awkward moments, but I never quite got around to it. Not because I was waiting for something but rather because there were other big tasks to accomplish – end tables to paint, a light house out of clay pots, linings to sew into drapes. Stuff. But I think I’d like to make that happen in the next week or so.
The other thing is that I’m asking folks if I can take pictures of them…or their babies. I’m not being shy about it. I want and need the experience, and I don’t mind putting in the time. Plus the babies are cute. I’m also accepting offers that make me a little uncomfortable. Engagement photos? Well. If you’re patient with me and don’t expect the moon and the stars, I’m willing to try. Birth photography? I’m honored and frightened and willing to try.
I’m saying yes when in the past I would have said no. I’m accepting that if this thing is to make a change, then I have to be the one to make the change. And right now, recognizing that is enough.