When you are the type of person who has a lot of different interests, it can be hard to find your identity in the world. There are so many different aspects to our personalities. We may have a variety of strengths and skills yet, we wonder how these might fit into our overall mission in life. It’s enough to make you feel a little bit of an identity crisis.
I’d always been a creative type but studied the sciences in school and became a dietitian nutritionist as a trade. However, more creative interests begged for attention and I found myself split where I should pursue my time. It felt important to “make a living” at my studied trade, but it also felt important to spend time on activities that got me really interested and excited. I wondered if there was a way to combine all of these aspects of myself into one lifestyle, something that was more integrated, and that’s when I came up with the artisan life concept.
This week I talk with another artisan of integration, Nathaniel Glosson. He identifies in a similar struggle, where he has passion and strength and skills in quite different areas, yet he is able to find a way to blend these into his lifestyle. He calls this blending his “craft”. During the week he teaches high school english and in his free time he studies astrology and helps others understand and interpret the many varied aspects of personality and astrological influence by studying their natal charts. And he enjoys the artistic and hand-on experience of creating visual representations of what he sees in the form of painted charts and jewelry.
Listen to what Nathaniel has to share about “The Art of Blending” in Episode 3 of The Artisan Life Podcast.
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Learn more about Nathanial Glosson:
Astrological Chart Readings
Nathaniel Glosson on Facebook
Homegrown Artisan Market
What is Amy Making: A Personalized Daily Planner
This is an example of how I “beautified” one of those magnetic promotional refrigerator calendars. I wanted to look at it and be excited to pick it up and take notes, so I covered it in foil wrappers I had saved from chocolate bars. Ha!! It was a fun way to “upcycle” junk mail.
Make a Colorful Drawing or do a “Grown Up Coloring Page.”
This year for I received an “adult coloring book” as a Christmas gift, which was filled with very detailed drawings of a variety of animals and nature prints. The funny thing is that I also gave these books as gifts! I think it was the gift idea of the year.
I didn’t think I would enjoy coloring such finely detailed sketches, but after getting into it, and using fun gel pens and fine tipped markers, It actually became a very relaxing and focused activity. Right now, you can find a great selection of these coloring books at Michael’s Craft Store.
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Have you made a successful blend of your strengths and interests? How did you make it work? Please share a comment below!
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