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    Signs Point To...

    Summer is coming to a close.  Temperatures are dropping.  The long days are stopping. 
    For the self-employed Creative, it's time for ideas of income to be popping.

    Now, I'm a CUSP baby.  I was born at such a time, around 3am September 23rd, that I teeter on  the tightrope between Virgo and Libra. An unbalanced virgin. That’s me 😉

    Today’s horoscope in the Toronto Sun (yes, once in a while I like to read words printed on paper - though it is becoming a dying practice sadly) was interesting to me as I pondered what I wanted my Fall of 2017 to look like.  

    As my life feels at times tangled between two worlds, so did the advice of the Virgo and Libra stars. 

    What I read had a lot about WORK and LOSS and BUSINESS and VULNERABILITY and even EMOTIONS.  Even a somewhat dire warning about being TOO "open" about how I FEEL. Apparently, today at least, I’m to be careful around any business decisions.

    The more interesting advice here, to me, (and I’ve heard SO many variations on this theme): "Keep business & personal matters separate."

    Huh.

    This is an issue that I’ve tussled with most of my adult life.  To me, at some point in my younger days while pondering the workings of this somewhat crazy Universe, I realized it is ALL personal.  We can not separate who we are from what we do, no matter how we try to mentally, morally or legally justify separation of our humanity from 'things that need to get done'.  

    Has this understanding, perhaps, limited my route to fiscal riches beyond my (obviously limited ;) imagination?  Perhaps.   Has this understanding, and my sometimes strong commitment to live from it, let me sleep better at night with myself?  Mostly yes… except when I’m worrying about 'money' of course 😜.

    In my heart of hearts, I’m pretty sure I’ll be okay at the end of the day.  There are other ways to survive and thrive on planet Earth than wielding a huge bank account (though, obviously, it is much more tricky to do so in 2017 North America, and getting trickier).   I know my bank account of Creativity, Compassion, and Curiosity is full to overflowing.  Some will tell me that isn’t enough.  They may be right.  I don’t know. 

    I do know this though: it is ALL personal.  We are all connected. A business exchange is just one of the ways the Universe keeps us turning towards each other and encouraging us to relate and sort through the puzzle of human relationship.

    I think I’ll go with a line from each of my guiding stars:  "Consider (my) current position…" and "Keep (my) life simple, be direct, and don’t let (my) emotions take over."  I can do that much. 
    I’ll love to chat more on this - but rent is due in a week or so.   I’m personally committed to making sure my relationship with my landlord continues to be an excellent relationship.  So until next time, my fine blog-reading Peeps - I wish you well and wish you good things in your always personal life.

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    Soft Launches & Cold Lunches

    Well, my "new" BrilliantEye.ca website is launched.  
    Um.... sort of. 🤔

    Let me explain.  First off, let me tell you that it has taken SO much more energy than I had ever imagined to create this new version of What I Do For A Living. What I thought I'd accomplish in a couple weeks took twice as long.  Was it worth it?  I think so... but this website isn't for ME, of course.   It is for YOU.   So, let me know if I've tossed the better part of a month away on making it pretty and nice. 😉

    Secondly, this project really reminded me of a phrase a good buddy once said to me. "I pity the perfectionist."

    Now, I've got some grey hairs (or "silver" as I like to call it) and I've learned a thing or two in my 50+ years riding around on this strange mudball called Earth. One thing I've learned is that phrase above is a valid one.   I've learned that nothing is ever perfect.  Except, perhaps, imperfection itself. Yet even knowing this truth I did somewhat torture myself over the weeks of building this website from the ground up again.  What colours?  What images? What's MY message I want YOU to know about ME?  What message do I NOT want you to know about me?  etc etc etc.

    Thus, the "soft launch".   Many of you will not read this blog until after I do the HARD launch.  The soft launch is so that a select (and please take no offence if you were not initially included in this crew - take it as a simple fact I spared you some potentially challenging conversations with me 😎) bunch of people can go over this site with their fine-toothed combs or, if inspired to do so, with a big knarly hair brush.   They will let me know what they like and dislike.  They will let me know what is WRONG or, alternatively, NOT RIGHT with this version of the website. They will, in effect, be a first guard for me against the hideous perils of Public Shame and Loss-of-Face that could result from not getting it perfect.   (And I love them, truly, for taking the time ❤️)

    As I worked on the content and construction of the new BrilliantEye.ca, there were many a lunch that sat beside my laptop getting cold as I wrestled with a rogue image placement or fenced with an arrogant pronoun. But, eventually, hunger drove me to look 10 to 12 inches to the left or right of my computer to locate sustenance. And then, after a few distracted bites, I got back to the work at hand.

    Hope you like the site. I really do.  It's not perfectly RIGHT but it, at least, isn't (and I've checked with my peeps on this) WRONG.