Ah Monday...a new day, a new week. This morning I made an early commute from Raleigh - about an hour and half drive. Not my normal drive, but I've been spending weekends in Raleigh with Dave and friends. I miss the energy of a growing city. Also, the driving has been therapeutic, although I know it's not earth friendly...tisk tisk. But, some of my best ideas have come from a long drive of being alone with my thoughts.
I work as a textile designer out in the good ol' country...literally. On my drive I pass farms, donkeys, lakes, and fields of tobacco and corn. Yes, seriously...donkeys and cows. Being inspired by nature is one good thing about working in the country...getting lunch is a whole different story! These photographs by Javier Tles remind me of country mornings when the air is just right and the fog lingers out over the fields and lake. I love their mystery.
During my drives I've been pondering whether to stay in North Carolina or move out of state to a larger city. One side of my says to stay...you have friends, family, and support here. The other side says...you are young and should be soaking up a big city! My concerns are leaving my support system and going broke in a big city, or staying put and always wondering "what if?" I also feel there is a stereotype for successful designers - they tend to live big cities like New York or Los Angeles. Is this the case? Do you HAVE to live in a big city to make it? I'm so torn on this topic...either decision I make I'm giving up something. My apologizes if this is heavy for a Monday, but I would love your input to ease a curious mind -
What determines where you live? Is it family, friends, career, love?
What are the pros and cons of where you live?
Monday, August 25, 2008