What’s more terrifying: Not having a clue what you’ll be doing from one week to the next, or knowing exactly how you’re going to spend each and every day of your life for years in advance? For me, it’s the latter. I like that my future has more questions than answers.
The only two things I can say with certainty about the rest of my days are that I’m gonna travel and I’m gonna design. Other than that, I’m making this up as I go. My life is not shaping up to be a straight path, but instead a meandering scenic one full of detours and a few wrong turns. That route is a lot more interesting, I think.
My over-arcing goal is to not live anywhere. (Did I just say I want to be homeless … ?) I am actively trying to move more than I stay still, because I believe if I get too comfortable, I become stagnant. This is one of the many reasons that travel is a top priority for me.
I am currently working toward acquiring artist representation, establishing myself as a freelance typographer and lettering artist, and saving enough money to live my transient lifestyle more comfortably and at a faster pace. I don’t want roots; I want to be able to come and go as I please. I am trading security and stability for experiences. This sort of lifestyle comes at a price, but thank goodness it’s only a monetary one. I still have my soul, and I pour it into everything I do.
There is so much of the world to see and so many things I am determined to do before I die. My Bucket List is currently at 145-ish items to complete (and counting), and 90-ish items accomplished. How much of real life can possibly be lived if I’m stuck in the same commute every single day, watching time pass me by only to reach a desk I must be chained to for 40 hours a week? Oh, I guess there’s always vacation—two weeks a year, if you’re lucky. So that’s the only time I can allot to actually have a life, when it’s convenient for everyone else? Why is that the way things have to be? Who says? That’s not living; that’s existence. And I demand more.
What I want most out of life is to live a full and interesting one, to experience it fully, to truly enjoy it, to share love and kindness, and to do work that matters. (Is that so much to ask?) I’m determined to find a happy medium between running the Rat Race and floating around as a 21st-Century flower child. Not all who wander are lost, and I know my destination: That Goldilocks Zone of structure and spontaneity, the freedom to explore and live life while also earning an income doing what I love from anywhere and everywhere in the world. I’m currently en route.
I believe in having a job that doesn’t feel like work. If you’re going to spend 40-ish hours a week for 40-ish years of your life working, it should be something you enjoy doing. If you’re going to spend your time and energy to help someone else achieve their dreams, it should be for a cause you believe in. Your talents should be utilized to their fullest, and your contributions should be valued. Accept nothing less.
I believe in doing work that matters. I have learned that I am not fulfilled unless I feel what I’m doing is meaningful and important, but I realize that sometimes the end product itself is arbitrary. In those cases, what matters instead is how it feels to express yourself, or how you grow and develop along the way.
I believe words matter. Language is powerful, and whether written or drawn or spoken, words need to be crafted carefully and treated with respect. I feel called to communicate and express ideas as clearly and articulately as possible, through the combination of written word and illustrated image.
You’re familiar with the phrase “It’s not what you say, it’s the way you say it.” I disagree—I think it’s both. Fine artists use paint, brushes, color, texture and pressure to create a picture and express their point of view. I paint pictures with letterforms. I draw my thoughts (and other people’s thoughts), with the ultimate goal of giving words a visual voice. I aim to enhance their meaning and to give more emphasis and clarity to their message, in order to bring attention to ideas and concepts that I think should be noticed. If you’d like to know more about how I accomplish this, check out my Artist Statement.
I believe in making the most of every opportunity. I believe in grabbing what you want out of life, because nothing is handed to you, nor guaranteed. Don’t wait for things to happen; make them happen.
I believe that travel and education are two of the most important things in life. Travel challenges everything you ever thought was normal. It tests you as a person, forces you to adapt to new ways, and therefore inspires growth and self development. And with nationalism on the rise, travel is more important now than ever. We need fewer citizens of countries and more citizens of Earth, because the entire planet is our home, and the global populous are our neighbors. We may all be from different places, have different backgrounds and beliefs and values, but that is what makes us interesting and also what makes us human. Our differences should be celebrated, not discriminated. I want to understand where people are coming from and see things from other perspectives, in an effort to be a better citizen.
Through my travels I have discovered how incredibly fortunate I am to have had the hand I was dealt at birth. Unfortunately, in many places, education is not a right but a privilege. It should be more highly valued and more freely given. I would love to be part of bringing it to other people. Knowledge and the means for self sufficiency are empowering.
I value meaning, purpose, authenticity, respect, growth, quality, detail, efficiency, organization, travel, and education. These values govern the majority of decisions I make, both personally and professionally.
My bare essentials are scraps of paper, pens and pencils, good coffee, and old music. I must always have something with which to capture my thoughts and to express myself.
I think in lyrics, and may have actually been a jukebox in a previous life.
Generally I only like to consume media that I feel will help me grow in some way. This goes for music, books and movies. I am drawn to music from the mid-century, especially the 1960s. I’ve detailed why in my Artist Statement, as the era is a major influence on my art. I enjoy reading books on typography, graphic design, and color. It thrills me to discover why things are the way they are, espcially when it comes to the science and history of visual communication. I love sci-fi movies because I am always intrigued by how the writers create their own rules and laws of governing those universes, and because the stories always have a message to convey.
I don’t know where I’m going (geographically speaking), but I know who I am. I’m an old soul and a free spirit. I’m an eternal optimist. I’m a lover, not a fighter. I’m a traveling typographer. I’m a visual communicator. Above all, I’m a work-in-progress, but I’m trying to get a little bit better every day.