Somehow it is already November. We are less than two months away from a new DECADE. Ten years ago I came to Korea, and also left, thinking I wouldn’t be back. Yet here I am, right in the middle of yet another autumn in Seoul.
This month was all about Inktober. Inktober Inktober Inktober. Planning for the prompts, sketching, stamping, filming and editing. Honestly it was the attempt to film and upload for all the prompts which really took up a lot of time, but I’m glad I at least tried it, and I definitely learned more about how to use my editing software.
(Started my new 1/4 Year Diary I mentioned before from ALL WRITE SHOP. One month in and I like it so far!
I briefly scrolled through my camera roll and it really is just all Inktober until the last week, when I traveled to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur for work. It was my third trip to Bangkok and first to KL. As with most of my travel destinations, since I only go for work, I always leave wishing for more. I purposefully kept some Thai Bhat because I would like to return to Thailand and visit Chiang Mai someday. A lot of Korean creatives around me have spent time there, and they recommend it as a place for artists and creators. In between all the work, I did manage to take some photos and videos of inspirations I’d like to incorporate into future creations, so hopefully I will do that! Below is a random sampling of some bits.
I put together clips from three days in October for my last uploaded Inktober video which I think sums up the non-travel part of my October (outside of work) pretty well. Eating Korean food, exploring the city, consuming all the handicrafts, and trying to just enjoy my time here. Watch for the music–I recorded (with permission) a violin and acoustic musician duo busking, and it’s just beautiful. And a testament to the power of music–the gorgeous performance definitely elevate my generally boring clips.
Finally, I’d like to thank my blogger friends who left such nice comments on my last post. I actually meant to post to record and share my Inktober workspace, but you all picked up on my discouragement and shared such kind words. Just recently though, I listened to the latest episode of Creative Pep Talk, How to Find your Style and it really helped get me over that creative funk. I also want to write more about this later after I’ve fully digested everything, but I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who has wondered about “how to find your style.”
The bottom line for me: I am in “The Gap” phase of my creative journey where I have good taste, I know I’m passionate about creating, I’m experimenting with all the bits that influence and inspire me, but it’s just not quite cohesive yet. So I’m totally OVER feeling insecure about not having a distinct style and REALLY just excited to keep exploring and experimenting. I just need to persevere and push through this mish-mash experimentation phase to find my style, and I’d really like to thank my blogger and IG friends who have been so supportive. THANK YOU! 🙂
In that vein, this post is part of Su’s Changing Seasons Challenge. I have met some lovely creatives through this community, so I’m ever grateful to Su for hosting. Please check it out to see how other creatives have spent their October!