This week's But First Coffee is about reflection. No video today. Just taking a moment to think about refection. Whether you are reflecting on a project, something going on in your life, or how far you come. It is such a great way to keep you grounded and to ensure you are on the right track.
I recently took a trip to Corpus Christi, Texas. I haven't been back there in quite some time. While there I began to reflect on how much my life has changed since I lived there.
I lived in Corpus Christi, for 6 years. During that time, I got married, became a mother, got divorced, learned to paint, got my first mural commissions, finished my associate degree, and dreamed of a better life for my kiddo and I. It was a place that created the foundation of who I would become.
It wasn't until I returned on this trip, that I began to have this realization.
I drove around to see all the places that were once significant to me. As I drove from place to place, I realized that my world, was once so small. It was a series of places on just a few roads. Quiet, repetitive, and limited. My world now, crosses continents and seems to only be limited by time, money, and my imagination.
The most pivotal moment for me on this trip when the realization that the things I so longed for and dreamed about, became dreams I not only reached, but surpassed. I felt so much pride when I realized how much I overcame since I left.
When you take time to reflect, something amazing happens. You begin to see how all of the things that happened, were essential to the place you end up.
Refection isn't just beneficial in this facet. It is also a wonderful tool to use when you are designing, or creating. It helps you step back to a more objective point of view, to gain a more clear understanding of why you are creating or designing in the first place. You then begin to ask and answer the questions...
what do I hope to gain from this?
Am I on the right path?
This week I plan to take the opportunity to use this new point of view to reassess my plans and honor my past present and future self. I hope you will make time to do the same. Have a wonderful week.
Ellie McIntosh, grew up as a creative thinker. Inspired by her father, a furniture designer an inventor and musician, she took the path to creativity. Her artistic journey has taken her as far as France, Switzerland, Monaco, Italy, Spain, Germany, Morocco, and many places throughout the United States and Mexico, where she utilized various