Creative Jam: University of Oregon / Comfort In Confidence
By the time I found myself in Eugene, Oregon in front of a handful of young design students and established creative professionals (seemingly either a few years younger or a few years older than I) I had written three versions of my presentation, share two of them, and was ultimately feeling a little more sure of myself.
When I originally applied to this residency, it was only about six months prior that I had established my level of “not giving a shit” about what anyone else said to me; that from then on I was taking my passion seriously, and stopped treating it like dismissable side hobby of a dream. I took responsibility for my passion, and encouraged myself to be courageous enough to embrace confidence in the specifics of what I truly loved making. No matter the day job I took-on to pay the bills, I would never let go of my love for creating.
Now I am the direct result of that extremely definitive moment. As this residency rounds it’s halfway point, I am feeling the assured confidence in what I do and who I am because of it, and that feeling burns a little stronger every time I have the opportunity to talk about it (which I may never have had outside of this residency).
So by the time I found myself in Eugene, Oregon in front of a handful of design students and creative professionals, I knew myself a little better. Better than two months prior at my first Creative Jam. Better than six months before that, interviewing for this residency. And the six months before that, when I only started to explore my potential.
Good Eats, Smooth Drinks
There is an ENTIRE street of coffee bars. COFFEE. BARS. YO!