I constantly get asked where I find the time to create such a variety of items in such a wide range of mediums. In addition to the three online shops I also write music and poetry too. And, yes, I make time for all of it.
The truth, as closely as I can tell it is this. Since I was a young boy, creating has been the most important thing in my world in one way or another. What people get to "see", through my online shops, is just the tail end of that lifelong process.
The shops have only been open for two years. But the creativity and passion behind them are a force that has guided me for the last 40 years.
I try new ideas all the time because I have, thru that 40 years, eliminated that angst artists often feel about how "good" their work is. I know when I make something for the tenth time it will be many times better than the first iteration. But I know that my calling for creating is going to make sure that my first iteration is definitely setting the bar high.
If I have one true "passion" in life it is to make things. Now, the list of things I love or have deemed as a passion thru the years is quite long. Cooking, golf, travel, history, mythology, ice hockey, Zen study, building tree houses etc etc from ages 10 to 40 I filled my "spare time" with all sorts of pursuits. . . and they have all served me well.
But there from the start, before and through them all, was the desire to make things.
This is the inherent quality I talk about a lot.
Figuring out what is at it's core is a must for each person to be truly happy in life.
And I can almost guarantee you that your true passion somehow, someway, ties into who you were at a very young age.
It will manifest in a variety of ways throughout the years.
But it will have a raw and undeniable form that you will recognize.
And that form will not be based on how much money it can make you or how many other people will relate or understand it. It may be the one thing that leaves you feeling so very much alone. . . that too, in my opinion, can be a beautiful and healthy thing.
Creating your life, creating the happiness you seek, is inevitably tied to things we have always known in life.
How we can best manifest that in a daily form is ours to discover. . .
And then, when we do, it is up to us to change our lives to accommodate it fully.
So, how do I manage to create so many things?
I simply NEED to. . . more than I need many things that other people fill their days with.
More than I need any of those things I used to list as my "other" passions. . . there just is not time and, if I want to succeed in creating a life from creating, I have to be willing to let some things go
So far, so good. . .
I have 40 years of history and passion behind me every step of the way. :)