Sure I Love My iPad…

December 16, 2011 , , Carina Thornton
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…and my smartphone and my iPod, just like any other gal. But I’m not quite sure why since they are a complete contradiction in who I am! How, you ask? Let’s jump back just a little bit.

This past summer I participated in a Creative Live webinar given by Tamara Lackey. During the course of the workshop there were several eye-openers that were of particular interest to me. The first, and the most important for me, was a simple question. Who are you? Not “what is your profession?” or “what is your role” but a much more complex “Who are *you*?* In other words, when you strip away the daily roles you play and your profession, what is it that makes your soul come alive? What makes it shrivel?
It was a lot easier to come up with the second part! What makes my soul shrivel is the frantic pace at which the world has begun to move. The constant stress and overwhelming chaos driven by the perception that there is a race to be won at the end of every day and every moment. The battle seems to fought in the workplace, on the roads, in the stores and even in our own backyard. I can’t keep up. Let me rephrase… I have no desire to keep up. I need quiet and nature and to slow down enough to notice what and who is around me. I assure you, this is not meant in judgement of anyone! I know plenty of extroverts that absolutely thrive on the fast pace. Sometimes I even envy them. But I am forever the introvert and have embraced my own limits. Which brings me to the point of this seemingly pointless post!

What makes my soul come alive and what in the world does it have to do with my photography business?

This winter, Fuzzypants will be undergoing a bit of a facelift. A fun new website, a touched-up logo, new products and updated, boutique packaging. But what should it look like? How should it *feel*? How do I want it to make my clients feel? To answer these questions, I took a long hard look at the things that I love and found a common thread. I loved that my grandparent’s house always looked liked 1955. I loved that no matter how difficult the day or the week was, Mom always made homemade “gravy” and meatballs on Sunday morning – just as her mother did. I love that my Christmas tree carries ornaments from not only my childhood but those of my parents. I love dusty antique shops and I’m absolutely addicted to pyrex and aluminum kitchen tables and vintage linens. And the clothes! Is there anything prettier than a 1950’s swing dress?? I could go on and on but I think you see where I’m going with this! I would love to have lived during that time. I may be romanticizing it but it just seemed so much simpler. Priorities were different. Family time was important. A vacation was a trip to see family in the next town… or a summer evening on the stoop with your closest friends.

I want to take a little piece of that – of me – and bring it to my clients. Fun. Care free. And even a little bold.

Here is a peek at the updated logo. The shiny, new website and gorgeous new products will be launched in the new year.
Thank you for making 2011 such a successful year for Fuzzypants and for me personally. I met so many great people and animals and I look forward to meeting more of you in 2012.
Wishing you the best of Holidays and the Happiest of New Years,
Carina

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