Having a life coach is probably one of the greatest investments I’ve made recently. My main reason was to get my priorities and identity straight. My identity consists of spending time with Jesus, being an artist, art educator, wife, mom, nanny to my niece twice a week, being responsible for the health and life of human beings, the family budgeter, cooking, cleaning, staying fit, eating healthy, and looking somewhat put together while juggling all of these things. I’ve got A LOT going on and time management, prioritizing and organization are not my areas of strength (I’m an artist). I also feel like I’m fighting an internal battle at times with who I am and who I want to be. It’s freakin hard to be all of these things at times.
If this sounds like you and you are dealing with an internal battle and feeling like the struggle is super real, a life coach might be what you are needing to get some peace of mind and some grounding in your life. My life coach is Sarah Siders. Her goal is to help you prioritize, get your life organized, work on your identity, take risks, live out your dreams, and come alive. If you aren’t sure you want to commit to a life coach, she is giving free consultations right now. Check her out!!
I’ve been working with her for the past three months and in that time, I have pinpointed my ideal clients, got a legit website up for Jazzmin Earl Photography, figured out my photography style, figured out what my priorities are and how to keep life flowing in a somewhat nice cadence. I’m not struggling as bad and am actually feeling accomplished and confident in many different areas of my identity.
There are artists that paint to music, but I can actually paint THE music. I’ve been seeing colors and images of music since I was young. I just figured everyone else could too. How did I figure out that this was not the case? A few months ago I stumbled on a video, Masterclass Pharrell Williams Maggie Rogers. At 7:16 Pharrell and Maggie talk about seeing music. They call this synesthesia. Holy crap there are people like me that SEE music?!
This year I will blog and paint what I see in music. While also chillin with my little peeps. Send me your favorite instrumental piece or your favorite hip hop beat. I’ll try to paint it.
Back in 2003, in my painting studio in undergrad, I painted the following piece but was shut down because I was told that anyone could paint to music. But today I realize not everyone paints or sees music. So I’m starting over. I’m going to try again. I plan to create a weekly piece. I’m hoping the more I do, the more detailed I can become. It will be a good learning experience.
My most recent piece was inspired by “Alaska” by Maggie Rogers (the song you hopefully were able to hear from the shared link above). The song inundates with layers, movement, color…images. Here is a glimpse of what I saw. Songs don’t last forever so what I am learning is you paint small with materials that can create quickly as you live and see in that very moment, or you replay the song continuously until you have finished your piece. Similar to mastering a song.