Own Your Truth

As creatives we’re always finding inspiration in others’ work and figuring out who we are as artists.

I tend to get stuck in emulating what I see others do and where the trends are headed. These trends have told me to prepare a much needed cup of coffee that takes at least 4 minutes to brew, wrap in flannel and don moccasins, to hike the pine-rimmed summit of a western mountain. Cue the cinematic music and we’ve got it made.
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While I do, in fact, enjoy every last one of these things (especially as I just shared photo evidence while cheesily posing with our Chemex), I just discovered that my innate style is different than this. And it was a ridiculously freeing moment. For me, it happens to be Back to the Future and neon lights. Something I never imagined I would let guide me. But this is my current theme and I feel a peace that this is “me.”
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I came across this awesome quote by C.S. Lewis and it has become my mantra:

“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”

I challenge you with this sentiment. Take from what resonates with you and let that be your guide as you find your style, your voice. Let’s stop striving for originality and tell our truth. It’s a lifelong process and it very well may change over the years, but it’s all you. Own it.
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