I’ve had a rather crazy schedule this fall season, mostly because of travel and a few deadlines that were wearing on me. Starting in September I traveled to Utah, Nebraska, Washington, California, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, and New York. I wouldn’t trade a single one of those moments for anything. Each taught me something about myself and about the world. Travel can be difficult, especially alone, but goodness it can be so illuminating. Even with all the middle seats, layovers and delays, I am so thankful for the experiences. In two weeks I go back to Seattle for creativeLIVE, and a week after that journey to Australia and New Zealand for two weeks.
In all of this craziness, with the year coming to a close and inspiration running deep in my veins, I decided I could use some simplicity this week for my Promoting Passion video. I recorded my screen while editing my latest picture, though it froze a quarter of the way through so I finished the video by including screen grabs of the editing process thereafter. Sometimes all I need to feel the calm is some inspiring music and the reminder that life moves at the pace we set, and we always have the option to change it. But right now, I’m going to enjoy each minute and taking home a lesson from every journey.
…take a moment to savor the beauty in your life.
Create something unexpected. Do something to remind yourself how amazing the world is. Take a walk. Make a piece of art. Give someone a hug. And above all, create your dreams.
Andrea Gore - This post helped me take a long deep breath. <3 Thank you. <3
brookeshaden - Ahh good good, that was just my goal. I needed one, too 🙂 Xoxo
Margherita Introna - As always Brooke, thank you for sharing… I absolutely love the hints of colours and tones you’ve added to this image. And of course, I just love the connection to nature and natural elements <3
brookeshaden - Thank you Margherita! Coloring an image is my favorite part 🙂
Paulo Alexandre Carvalho - Working on it… Have a good week, Brooke. I love the image.
brookeshaden - I know you always are 🙂
Sabrina m - thanks Brooke. I was just doing some editing myself for my end work in photography. Trying to create a surreal picture. You always give me so much inspiration and today isn’t an exception. Thanks for promotion passion!
brookeshaden - Thank YOU so much for being here and for creating works of art!
chrystal kelly - Brooke
Of course your magic carpet is a leaf! Brilliant! Beautiful colors and I love the feeling of serenity and magic. It is nice to think we all have a little bit of Alice in us but some of us are a little more willing to jump down that rabbit hole! Have a great week! xoxo
brookeshaden - I couldn’t see it any other way 🙂
mike epner - Love the direction…hope you explore this further!
brookeshaden - Thanks Mike! Lately I’m so enamored with simplicity and nature <3
Mehmet - Hey Brooke thank you so much for everythink . You are my teacher I always following you .
brookeshaden - Aww thank you so much Mehmet! I appreciate you 🙂
Andrea Bonora - your work it’s fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
brookeshaden - Thank you Andrea!
Thomas Oscar Miles - love this! such a beautiful message! And i will create my dreams! 😀
brookeshaden - I believe you will!
Mariana Peralta - OMG, is amazing :DD!!!
You are the best!!
brookeshaden - Thank you Mariana!
Amanda Deskins - I wish I had your drive running through my veins. I want to do artistic pieces of my daughter, but don’t know how to get started or how to find the time. You are such an inspiration and can’t wait to see you on CreativeLive again. Many Blessings to you and yours.
Talaina Fisher - This is so fantastic! I just wanted to say thank you for inspiring me so much. I live in rural Arizona where there are no photographers or photo classes, so your videos are what taught me how to use photoshop! I attended a summer program at California College of the Arts for photography this year, and I never would have been able to make it without your help. I am now applying to several art colleges, and it is all thanks to you!
Jen Sulak - yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay
and i know what u mean. bwhahah!
i had a crazee couple of months…and finally breathing.
i wish i could make both CL and Australia….but i need a longer breather to BREATHE into my next dreams <3
Tina - Brooke
I just love your work !!!
Kisses from Sao Paulo, Brazil
Tanya Wallis - Hi Brooke, Love this video. Thank you for inspiring me regularly. You mention coming down to Australia? will you be hosing any workshops or talk while you’re here? Cheers Tanya
brookeshaden - Hi Tanya! Thank you so much for your kind words! I will be coming to Australia for the first two weeks of December (and NZ, too!) and will be hosting 5 one-day workshops in Sydney, Melbourne, and Auckland. If you have any interest there are some spaces left for NZ, and a wait list for the others (2 people just cancelled, so chances aren’t bad of getting in if you want!). Just let me know which email address to use and we’ll notify you should something open 🙂
Triin Raa - It`s so amazing what You do. Your art work is so inspiring. Thank You for sharing it. Greetings from Estonia
Hildegunn - thank you for sharing! 🙂
Suzanne Holsted - Brooke this is beautiful, taking something so simple and creating a story. I have followed you (from Auckland New Zealand) since your first creative live class, you have inspired me to tell my own stories through creative imagery. I have made similar fast forward edits and I would love if you’d take 2minutes to go have a look here’s one: https://vimeo.com/105079395. I want to share it. My website also has a page “The Dark Room” with moer creative work. I shoot in landscapes such as in Huia, Waitakere Ranges Auckland. When you are here for your workshop (I so would love to meet you!) but anyway, you should definitely consider West Coast as a backdrop / scenery. Moody, dark, historical, beautiful, inspiring.
Thank you for being an ever shining light in the world of artistry.
From the deep south!
Elead - Hello Brooke! I love your photography and it inspires me a lot. So i have seen lots of video clips and i really wish to attend your workshop but am in Nigeria and i cant. Sad anyway.
Helen Curtis - Brooke, what a delightful blog you have! I have just ‘discovered’ you and your beautiful words and pictures; you are so very talented, and you blend the two together so well.
I look forward to reading more, to seeing more, and to learning so many things from your shared inspirations. Blessings, Helen,
PS: we’re a very arty lot here in Adelaide/South Australia; you would just fall in love with our “little” city, not to mention the rolling vineyards and pristine beaches! 🙂