This past week of “Brass Lamp-building” has been fun for me. I looked at 3 different spaces, one in Huntington Beach and two in Long Beach. Naturally, I started to really envision the elements of my book bar in the space. -There is where I will I put the bar… There is where I will put my stage… And with my vivid imagination, I can see the furniture pieces and interior design start materializing on the walls and the floors. It was hard to contain myself at times, but there are still several other spaces I’m scheduled to see this coming week.
I am now in the final stages of finishing up my business plan by finalizing the last few financial forecasting figures. But in the midst of crunching numbers, I’ve been reading a lot of powerful resources to help me with my business. And during that time, I’ve come to really hone in on what a big part of The Brass Lamp is about for me…. which I will get to in a few moments…
But first I want to pose this thought to you… Did it ever dawn on you that in our 12…16+ years of schooling, we were never really encouraged to let creativity be a dominant characteristic… or for that matter, any worthwhile characteristic. Schools didn’t offer very many artistic electives. In fact, teachers gave us A’s for coloring within the lines so that it looked as clean and proper as the image that you are copying! (Where’s the creativity there??!) Isn’t it funny how creative people and artists across all genres have this reputation for being manic depressive and mentally unstable? But aren’t we all kind of depressive and unstable to some degree regardless of our occupation! (I AM!) We’ve collectively accepted this notion that creativity and suffering are somehow inherently linked. So, we grow up repressing our creative curiosities so that we can be “successful at a good-paying job.” Well, now that most of us are “successful,” by having experienced a 4-year education (and then some), you’ve worked at different jobs and industries, and have finally settled on a job that you’re comfortable with and have invested a good part of your 401k in. Good job, mission accomplished! So now, do you ever think about doing things just for fun? …tapping into your creative side. I think they call that a “hobby.” Yes, that was a word commonly used before Apple created iphones which further led to many addictive pleasures such as Bejeweled, Temple Run, Plants vs. Zombies, and the list goes on. (Side note: I am one of the last people on the planet to still have a blackberry, so I am free of those addictions! Embarrassingly enough, my 60-something-year-old parents both have Androids… they may not know how to use it, but at least they are way ahead of me on the tech trends!) Anyway, my point is…Do you want to go back and entertain your creative side and write, do photography, paint, or create something that has your personality?
Over the past week, I’ve come to learn that I have several friends who are very artistic (I don’t know why I just learned it this week, but regardless…). Specifically, artistic in the sense of writing! Their ability to paint an immensely vivid picture with words is uncanny. Their ability to have you feel their emotions through their words is remarkable. Yet these friends of mine live a very proper and “square” (I say that with affection), professional career life. I wouldn’t peg these people to have such creative energy in them. -Never judge a book by it’s cover! So, I’ve asked a few of them to share their writings on my blog… and although they have very busy schedules, I’m forcing them to walk back into their creative closet, jump and dance around in there, and produce something creative, clever, funny, or just simply good writing!
When The Brass Lamp opens, it will be a place where you can release your artistic outlet!!! A casual-sophisticated place to accommodate the late night creative thinkers and the intellectual wine drinkers. (That right there is my Mission Statement in my business plan.) I’d love to see what books, drawings, songs, movie scripts come out of the Brass Lamp! So, when life gets tough, and you want to take some alone time, possibly take a break form your spouse, children, boss, roommate, hide from the paparazzi, or just get away from the hustle and bustle of life, you’ll have The Brass Lamp to go to!
As for the those who are perfectly content enjoying other people’s art, I’ll have a delicious pairing of pinot noir and red velvet cake waiting for you with an ipad of the 25 most addicting games!!! I’ll play “Words with Friends” with you!
By the way, People, your art and photography will be on my walls. I hope you don’t mind me using the Brass Lamp to expose your work and make money for you! Let me know if you’re not interested in making money!
As the writer of Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert says, “Why should we be afraid of the work that we were created to do…?!”
I look forward to sharing with you blogs written by the most creative people in my circle of trust!