Whew, what a week! I stress baked large chocolate chip cookies this past week (with this BA recipe – is BA cancelled? Or are they okay now? Either way, I highly recommend this recipe because no dough chilling is required).
I ended the week by helping my brother and sister-in-law take maternity photos – I’m hoping I got at least a couple of good ones in there! The lighting cooperated quite well, actually, but I never know until I look at them on my computer.
I feel like I’ve been in a creative rut recently. “But Ashley, ” you might ask, “Didn’t you just start a job in a creative industry? Didn’t you just spend the last few months creating videos for that nonprofit?” Yes and yes (although my job really is an engineering position, although I do get to see all the cool stuff artists are working on) but lately I’ve been realizing how much I considered dancing as my creative outlet. Although I was just taking class, and not like actively creating through choreography or anything, it still felt like… a place where I could do something artistic. I recently finished Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong, and the chapter I liked the most was the chapter where she’s describing her friendship with two other female Asian artists. In one part she says something about how being an artist in front of someone else is scary. Something like that. I resonate with that, a lot. I’ve always wanted to call myself an artist (and supportive society would tell me, yes! Anyone can be an artist!) but to be an artist out in the public is terrifying.
Anyways, not really sure what I will do. I’m trying to add more DIY projects to my plate (in addition to editing those maternity photos… haha) and hopefully that will satisfy my desire to create something artistic. Who knows. Maybe this can be something that I address in 2021, which is creeping up faster than I realized…
I will end this post with a picture of pizza from Tony’s, because it’s Monday and I would love a piece of pizza right now. Happy Monday!