Photo Essay Series
By Jenny Leigh Hodgins
This is the seventh of my photo essay series featuring images from YourCreativeChord’s newly designed 2020 nature photo calendars. The calendars include monthly self-care themes highlighting strategies for nurturing your creativity and inspiration.
I love the changing colors of autumn in Kentucky. The colors vary from fading green, burnt orange, bright yellow, to vivid red and gold. The season’s brisk, cool air makes walking or cycling outdoors a refreshing excursion. Dependent on the crisp, changing winds, the sky incessantly morphs between clear blue with sporadic, cottony white clouds to expansive layers of shadowy grayness that intermittently blocks the sun.
Gazing upwards, this particular sky was like a sci-fi effect from a movie. The rich red fall leaves of the trees against a vast, grey force of a sky that seemed to be descending upon earth portrayed an ominous and dramatic scene. Yet, the sun poked its way through a large oval from within the darkest clouds, emitting a brightness that contrasted everything with its light.
This fall image reflected the struggle within my own heart between succumbing to the stress of my challenges or looking for that gleam of light behind it all. The sun, piercing its way through these heavy clouds in the sky brought me a transcendental message.
Rather than giving in to the darkness within my life, this photo reminds me to keep moving forward with hope. Shifting my focus to find light within the picture of my life, and challenging what’s ahead of me with the strength of that cheerful mindset gives me the necessary momentum for achievement. More than this, I gain personal development of my character.
I know how easy it can be to give in to negative self-talk, or be swayed by the suffering of others or the world. The contrast of the sun’s light piercing through grey clouds in this picture represents hope. Hope means believing in my ability to accomplish my goals and manifest my full potential as a creative person.
Having hope also means I believe in my capability to handle any obstacle, including transforming difficult relationships, financial, health, business problems, and psychological tendencies. Hope doesn’t end with belief in the self, but extends to the belief that others have the same positive, vast potential, too.
The light and color of this photo refines my mindset to find the good in myself and others. This good eventually translates into the power to win over all forms of darkness, through revering the inherent dignity within every living being.
This is not a flimsy, fantasy-based optimism, but rather, firmly grasping reality’s challenges with a determined spirit to move things toward the positive with relentless hope. It’s looking for the best in the situation, others and myself no matter how dismal things may seem. Finding that positivity and taking action based on this reality-grounded, spiritual optimism creates the light we need to break through to a new level for creating value.
For me, this photo’s message is simple; Look to the light.
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by Jenny Leigh Hodgins
Is your creative flow clogged?
Or do you just want to tap into your creativity?
Do you fight with insomnia, negative self-talk, overthinking, or depression?
Do you struggle with how to progress as a pianist?
Are you having difficulties keeping up with your caregiver responsibilities?
Are you searching for a joyfulness in your daily life?
I've struggled with all of these! As an entrepreneur, caregiver, composer, writer and hobbyist nature photographer I share my personal tips that work for tapping creativity, and inspiration! I also interview other professional creators, from artists to writers, to composers and creative experts.
And it’s not ALL about struggle! There are moments and even full chapters and books about riding that wave of joyous creative output, refreshed balance and spiritual momentum!
I offer TONS of valuable FREE content on empowering strategies for nurturing your creative and inspiration that I have used and still practice.
All of these topics, from music to creative flow to handling stress and strengthening spirituality, are branches from the same roots.
Everything is interconnected. It all flows from the same core of spiritual, physical and creative energy.
When we take care of one area, it reflects in other ways, too. We're complex, deep, light, funny, serious, talented, methodical, rebellious, sensitive, bold beings, and everything in between!
The different things I blog, talk about or teach, reflect the holistic interconnectedness of a creative, healthy, spiritually well and whole person. Like YOU!
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As a creativepreneur, caregiver, Buddhist, single 50+ woman, I have MY particular journey. The reason I’m launching YourCreativeChord is to SHARE what gives me creative and spiritual energy so that YOU can be empowered, too.
We have the ability to use every difficulty we experience to encourage others. This is what the Buddhist concept of 'karma into mission' means to me. We have our unique set of challenges so that we can learn how to manifest our full potential. In the process, we become leaders by example, helping those around us stand up, too!
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