Inner Excavate-along: finding community

On to the last two chapters of Liz Lamoreux’s Inner Excavation: Exploring Your Self Through Photography, Poetry and Mixed Media.

Liz is leading a couple hundred of her friends through seven weeks of inner excavation on Flickr, on her blog, and through subscribed posts.

The first sentence Liz writes in chapter 6 (titled “I open my heart…”) is “You are not on your journey inward alone.” How refreshing and encouraging! She encourages us to look at how we open our heart to other people in our life and how we might want to invite some people to be part of our creative travels.  WELL…

This is perfect timing because I just had the pleasure of meeting one of you in person! The community that has formed here on Poetic Aperture has been a welcome surprise and it’s been heartwarming to find and connect with so many fellow creative souls through your comments and your own blogs.  I feel solid friendships with so many of you and definitely do not feel alone in anything anymore, knowing there is someone out there who understands the need for creative expression, or the difficulties of being a stay-at-home parent, or the obsession with capturing life through the lens.

Most rewarding is that I have been authentic and wholely myself during this entire blogging adventure and have been blessed with that resounding YES you feel when you find real connections.

I accompanied my hubby to Chicago on a business trip and got to meet Eydie for a long lunch and some art store shopping.  I must admit that before meeting, even though I felt sure we would get along well, I was nervous.  Our afternoon far surpassed any expectations I had and by the time we hugged goodbye I was soaked in feel-good encouragement and support for my artistic journey and so much more.

Eydie and I talked about why we are holding back, waiting for just the right conditions before we move forward, whether it be starting an Etsy shop for her AMAZING jewelry creations or trying to do more with my photography on cards or in print.  I think each of us needed to hear from someone who believes strongly that we have talent and something original to express and that we should move forward.

We also talked about reaching out to artists we admire, how the community of bloggers and artists that we follow is small… and that it’s not too lofty that we couldn’t participate.  Eydie kept saying, “What am I waiting for?” and I got goosebumps each time, excited for her and for myself.  We listened to each other talk about how hard it is to let go in raising our girls, about various classes we have taken, about blogging, about energy healing, about our creative endeavors, and so much more.  We didn’t want to say goodbye and ended up in a bookstore poring over magazines with mixed-media art, altered clothing, and gorgeous photography.

Finding kindred spirits, and I have found so many in the classes I’ve taken over the past couple of years, is such an affirmation.  Meeting one in person makes me feel very brave and confident… like I reached inward and took a huge leap instead of sitting back on the sidelines as usual.

Chapter 7 of Inner Excavation is about creating something (like artwork or a journal) with the photos and poetry we have written over the past few weeks.  Right now, I don’t feel the need to do this, but I know that I will be taking what I have learned from Liz and the other contributors and incorporating it into future canvases and projects.  I am writing more now (poetry even!) and even if it’s just a phrase that comes to me, a word to add to my word list, or a quick thought, I’m recording it in my journal.  Overall, I feel good with what has come forth from within.  I know it is a life-long journey to know oneself and I have more tools now with which to explore.

In case you missed the other Inner Excavation posts, here you go:

Update: Linking up with the July 2012 edition of the Post of the Month Club.

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7 thoughts on “Inner Excavate-along: finding community

  1. how awesome naomi! it really is a wonderful thing to have made these connections with other bloggers. i’ve really enjoyed following along on your inner excavation journey. thanks for sharing it.

  2. How beautifully put – your post is so uplifting, and how awesome that you got to meet a fellow creative online friend in person! I actually own this book you talk about, but had no idea about her blog or Flickr. I will have to investigate – thanks again for sharing your encouraging thoughts, Naomi. 🙂

  3. Beautiful post! I follow Edyie online and have enjoyed her blog for quite a while. How cool that you were able to meet in person and enjoy some face to face time. I have enjoyed Liz’s book tremendously, and know that I will keep going back to it for a very long time.

    Thank you for sharing this lovely part of your journey with us.

  4. Naomi,
    I came here yesterday to connect with you and just before I hit the “post comment” button, my computer zoned out on me (it’s just not behaving).

    So I’m here today, to tell you how much I LOVED the time we shared together. Even though it was the first time we met, it truly felt like we have friends for a very long time. You know, like the kind of friend that when you get together, it’s like no time has passed. That’s exactly how I felt when we shared our stories, fears, dreams, and creative passions. It felt like I was reunited with a “forever friend”. I loved how we parted by giving each other the gift of inspiration and encouragement.

    I am very excited for us to move forward, towards our dreams and creative passions. We defiantly need to reconnect so that we can be the gently nudge for each other.

    Our next photo together will be of us showing our creations in one of our favorite magazines. How fun will that be? Here’s to us ~~ moving forward.

    Big hugs to you, my friend.
    Eydie

  5. Oh Naomi, what a gorgeous post to link up with the POTMC – thanks! I’m so delighted to see the pleasure you are deriving from this bloggy caper. Fabulous. J x

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