If someone told me six years ago that I'd be an artist and creative business owner living in Sacramento today, I would have laughed until I cried. Laughed because given where I was (Los Angeles) and what I was doing at the time (healthcare management), it seemed preposterous and cried, because it would have seemed a frightening prospect. However, here is exactly where I am, with many days of laughter and tears behind me (and more ahead, I'm quite sure). This path isn't easy, and for those who are looking from the outside in, I repeat: this isn't easy. But it is so worth it.
I recently shared a bit of what that path has looked like for me with Comstock's Magazine, the premier monthly business publication serving California's Capitol region, including Sacramento and nine surrounding counties. I spoke with Jennifer Snyder, who, besides being a fantastic writer and a fellow creative entrepreneur, is the voice behind the insightful podcast, Creating Your Own Path. I spoke with her last summer about my unusual path and was glad to revisit and update her on the changes that have happened in the past year. Sharing my trials as well as my triumphs is a little unnerving but gives me a greater appreciation of the journey and a compassion toward myself that I sometimes lack.
Check out the article and comment below if what you read resonates with any part of your own path. One of the many things this past week has taught me has been the importance of making deeper connections and finding commonalities with a greater effort to understand our stories. I'd love to hear yours.