I have officially joined the real world. I have a grown-up job for the first time in my life and all I can say is, “I don’t know how everybody does this.” This probably sounds ridiculous, but I’ve never had a regular schedule and I’ve never worked at a desk. This is not to say that I’ve never worked, but that I’ve always held multiple jobs that allowed me a flexible, albeit scattered schedule. Which I kind of loved. Although unpredictable and undependable, I’ve always enjoyed having my hand in many different things. Some say A.D.D.; I prefer to credit my creative spirit. Either way, this newfound normalcy in the real world has been an adjustment. Along with being confined to an office all day (one with an ocean view, but still) and the minor aches and pains (why is sitting so hard on your body?), one of my greatest challenges has been attempting to stay creatively motivated and inspired. It’s only been a little over a week, so perhaps I’m being dramatic. It wouldn’t be the first time. But, at the end of a long day, I’m finding that the last thing I want to do is sit down and write. The LA Survival Guide has never felt like work to me until now. So much so that I almost blew off a shoot the other day. But when I accepted this new position in the real world, I made a deal with myself. I would try this new lifestyle so long as it did not cripple my artistic pursuits. So I forced myself to go. And am I ever thankful that I did because Michele and I came up with some of my favorite images to date. Though I’m still learning to find inspiration within the workplace, this shoot helped me remember that it’s always just outside my door. All I have to do is muster up the energy to wander outside. But, if this shoot isn’t motivation, I don’t know what is.
Viva Aviva “Magnolia” crop top (similar $, similar $$), Rag & Bone fishtail skirt (similar $, similar $$), Iro wedge sandals (similar $,similar $$$), Kelly Wearstler ball cuff, bodychain (similar $, similar $$,similar $$$$), Artelier World Cuff, XIV Karats necklace (similar $$$$), Catbird, XIV Karats and ginette_ny rings (similar), Kevyn Aucoin “Matte Lip Color” in Timeless
Photos by Michele LoBosco