guest post: ashley turner
feed your soul.
the past couple of years i have often felt like my life has been one big transition, but then again isn’t that what life is? growth, exploring, and creating our lives is always going to feel like a big transition to build the life we want or hope for. it’s just a matter of how we handle and walk through it. being a part of today’s creative world where everything is so global, accessible to anyone, DIY on pinterest, and we can learn almost anything on youtube…as a photographer lately i have found myself often overwhelmed anytime i am surfing the web, logging on to facebook, or even pinterest for that matter. so much so that i have been turned off by all of the mass social media. in a sense i have let it discourage me more than i have let it inspire me because it has lead me to comparison and visual overloads have blocked my own visions. and you know what? it’s taken me a while to admit that i’ve felt a little visually drained.
recently, i stumbled upon one of my favorite quotes of all time that i believe to be so true:
“to be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” –ralph waldo emerson
i believe it to be even more true in today’s world where we are blossoming with more creative people everyday which deep down i think is a beautiful thing to be in a society where most want to inspire others. with that being said, i think the magic behind all of that is being true to ourselves in all of these crazy transitions and the process of building a creative life in a society that is so influenced by social media. the only way our creations, writing, yoga classes, or whatever your path may be will soar is if we embrace our true colors and let them shine so bright. so wake up each day and embrace yourself and all that you’ve got stirring inside of you. feed your soul little by little very day and watch it grow and guide you.
take risks. dare yourself. start creating that masterpiece you are unsure about. experiment with different mediums. cuddle in bed with a book that feeds your soul. do something little you’ve always dreamt about. publish that blog post you wrote but are too afraid to put yourself out there. sprint straight into the ocean and dive in the waves. walk around your neighborhood barefoot and feel the wind hit your skin. surround yourself in the ones who make you feel most ‘you.’ and promise yourself with as busy as life gets you will do at least one little thing for yourself each day to be the truth you’ve got stirring inside of you.
when we create from our heart we are free. when we create we feed our soul. and when we feed our soul, we grow. so i’ll leave you with one more quote i love by kurt vonnegut and a photo that i recently took while working in uganda that might shine a little light in your life:
“the arts are not a way of making a living. they are a very human way of making life more bearable. practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. dance to the radio. tell stories. write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. do it as well as you possibly can. you will get an enormous reward. you will have created something.”
about ashley: ashley turner is a southern california based photographer who is most inspired by people, the life of their spirit, and she thrives on making her subject comfortable and able to exude inner beauty through her images. check out her blog!