Jeff and I always teach that every artist needs to set aside time for personal projects. Even when it’s busy, even when you’re swamped, you owe it to yourself to do this, creating something for nobody else but yourself. This is what sustains you when the work gets hard, and there will be times that it will, and that’s normal. When you turn your passion into your job, you’ll need to produce inspired work consistently, but inspiration has varying levels and isn’t constant. These are the little bits and pieces — along with the books you read, the music that you listen to, the movies that you watch, and life experiences — that fill your well of reserves, a place to draw from when you need it.
A few months ago, we printed a collection of stories and photos of our travels. They’re not commercial feature articles, but memories and feelings we wanted to gather and keep. I’ve been on such a creative high from putting this together, and I think that has reflected in our work as well. We have a couple of copies in our home which I soak up every now and then, and we’ll be sharing some pages here on our blog over the next few weeks.