Friday, April 23, 2010

the writing on the inspiration wall

Over the last few days, I've been hearing one question quite often:

"So...uh...what's next?"

While I have no definitive answer [if there is one thing that the last few months have taught me its that long-term plans, even the best laid ones, rarely work out the way you expect], I do have a general direction! I want to take time to follow the advice that's been hidden [in plain sight] on my inspiration wall for quite some time:

dowhatyoulove
via Sotheby's Institute of Art promotional mailer

maketimeforyourart
by the lovely + smart Aimee Dolich : buy yours here.


lauren's advice
courtesy of my past-student Lauren Foster


stayinspired

and, of course, this.

without the option of failure

How's that for starters? Care to join me? You don't have to lose your current job to begin the one you love! And, if you've already made the switch from the life you liked to a life you adore, please share. If this is your dream, share that too. Let's stay inspired together!

23 comments:

rachel awes said...

great inspiration indeed~
adore that aimee
& adore you!
xo

Cheryl said...

Count me in!

Jan said...

I love inspirational quotes Suzanne.
If only life didn't keep getting in the way - I might act on some of them.
:)

Laure Ferlita said...

Love the post! Especially the quote "stay inspired!"

I made the switch after my job was outsourced 2.5 years ago. I now have a life I adore, but what I'm learning as there are still those days, I still have the same insecurities, I still have stress, just not the "I'm going to throttle the boss" kind and whereas I can't say I love it everyday, I can say I love it more than anything I've ever done! And yes, you have to stay inspired because it's up us as the individual to make the dream come true. Daily.

It is amazing to see all of my former lives come to play at this moment in time of my life, in some way, sometimes big, sometimes small, informing what I'm doing. All those experiences (even the crappy ones) are paying off!

General direction vs. detailed plans are good - especially when you're trail blazing - it makes it so much easier to make minute by minute changes!

aimee said...

you are well on your way suzanne! you have are so gifted and i know you'll find your way. you've tucked in a piece of wisdom here that i'm going to call out: "take time". when settling into a new direction, the big bang way sometimes works, but just as often, taking it slowly gives you time to experiment - and then those choices and experiences can become part of you in a way that they wouldn't be if you brought monumental change on yourself all at once. that just sounded like a big load of psychobabble. but that approach has been really helpful for me. (to be brief: i should have just said "enjoy the ride.")

(and thank you!)

Anonymous said...

I am a professor too and in the same position. (and hoping the change -when a new job actually comes---goes smoothly).

Lynne said...

Oh Suzanne! I've been so disconnected from blogland that I somehow missed some news? Are you no longer teaching? If that's the case, then it is a HUGE loss for all of the students that will not have the opportunity to experience your amazing teaching style & talent!

Email me if you want to chat or brainstorm... I may even have a few ideas to send your way.

Big hugs! Trust the somewhat trite adage that when one door closes, another (better!) door always opens! It really is true!

Lynne

ArtQwerks said...

Hi Suzanne! You have received an award on my blog!

mick statham said...

inspiration?...inspiration?..had that once..I think?

cindy said...

a few years ago, i made the switch and then i lost it. i'm going to recapture it and take the first step on wednesday. you can hold me to it.

i would recommend this movie - http://www.sonyclassics.com/thesecretintheireyes/. we just saw it yesterday and i'm still inspired by the message.

you'll get there because why shouldn't you?

Audra said...

As one of Suzanne's students this year, I can tell you that the department will greatly miss her!! I know my classes with her have inspired some fun artwork I wasn't aware I could do and others that I found challenging and painful to get through, but the end result gave me a great sense of accomplishment.
Suzanne, your love for your work shines through with each class and I'm so sad you're leaving. I do know that whatever you do, you will continue to inspire others to do what they love.

Tania said...

I think your sort of inspiration wall needs to live on my inspire wire. Have been pondering the whole self sabotage bizzo of late - but nothing like the threat of the next birthday (FORTY!) to get things moving...

cindy said...

i just read about this program this morning -
http://tinyurl.com/2aypfya
i worked in consulting for years and their program looks really interesting & engaging.

Karen Sandstrom at Pen in Hand said...

Hmmn. Yes, I care to join you.
I left my (very good) writing job almost two a year and a half ago to go to art school and study illustration. It's a privilege, it's exhilarating, it's fun, it's hard and ... occasionally, it's a humbling, heart-crushed-against-the-rocks kind of experience. I never, ever regret doing it; and yet sometimes I wonder at the difference between what I thought it was going to be like, and what it is.
Anyway, like you, I'm now way more responsible for keeping myself inspired so that the new life I adore doesn't just become a life I kinda like.

Queenie Bee said...

"make time for your art" - loving that one! I soooo need to start drawing again. Maybe this evening.... Thanks for all these inspiring quotes!

Johanna said...

Thank you for sharing this! I Will join you too, sooner or later. I am trying to figure out right now what to do with My life and I Love your inspirationsl Wall. I think I need to make an inspirational Wall as My first NeXT step.

Genine said...

your post is so inspiring.

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Your blog is always such an inspiration ...

Shigune Matsui said...

You have some great inspiration in your sketches, I see. I LOVE them! I too am a fellow sketcher, and I would love for you to see my sketches at www.inkladendiary.blogspot.com and www.thelunaticsdiary.blogspot.com. If you like, you can comment, and subscribe :p

Julie said...

You spoke about blogs in one of my sister's classes this semester and she was greatly inspired and in turn inspired me. I imagine you will be greatly missed there, but I'm excited for your future.
Whatever you do, I hope you keep blogging about it!

Jessica Mott said...

Yeah, I'm drowning under the responsibilities of my life and cannot focus on either what I should be doing or want to be doing, so my wheels just spin. I'd love to be inspired to find some direction and creativity.

suzanne cabrera said...

For all of you who responded so sweetly to this post...I want to say thank you! Your support means SO much!

Rebecca N. Hassan said...

yes please!!