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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Sabbatical Comes To An End

10:15 AM 9 Comments
One of my favorite thinking spots
Funny how several months ago I thought a simple two week hiatus would fix all my ills and I'd be back at it renewed and refreshed in  no time. Suffice it to say, it really didn't work that way. Life happens. Health concerns happen. Career angst happens.

I found my self increasingly unsatisfied for some reason. I was no longer truly happy doing what I do - whatever the heck it is that I do!

I wanted to be an "outdoor communicator"  but made the very grave error of comparing my work, my style, my whole being as an outdoor photographer and writer, to those who had mentored  me, to those who I admired.

I whined on a nearly daily basis to my blogging mentor and outstanding blogger The Hunter's Wife. The Hunter's wife has been doing this a day or two, has a great following and is well respected in the blogosphere. It's just gravy for me that she is my pal and one heck of good friend.

I'm quite certain that the ring tone and text alert on her phone for me probably shrieks "Danger! Whiny Nutjob again!"

The Hunter's Wife wasn't the only one I drove nearly off the edge. I find Stacey Huston's ability to "Focus in the Wild" awe inspiring. Her images and words never fail to take me to a better place, to inspire me, to make me strive for better images of my own.

I am highly suspicious that Stacey's ring probably is very similar to The Hunter's Wife's.

I badgered and beleaguered my editor Jeff at Heartland Outdoors.

At last - I have found my path!

However because these folks are not just outdoor communicators that I admire and trust, they are also my friends, they tolerated all the madness, they listened, they advised, (sometimes with brutal honesty), and they helped me right my ship so to speak.

These fine folks helped me to understand that I must stop comparing myself, and do what fits and feels right for ME. They helped me to understand that I am enough - what ever path I choose.

So I've determined that what I love the most is just wandering aimlessly in the outdoors and bringing my outdoor experiences to all 6 or 8 of you that follow the Wild Woman over hill and dale. And for me - that is enough.  I will be more productive and prolific than some, I will be less than some, but I will BE ENOUGH!

I have to go wander now...after little to no rain for months -finally we have had rain, I'm sure there's mushroom's popping out there somewhere that are just waiting on me to find them!