People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.
Thomas Szasz, “Personal Conduct,” The Second Sin, 1973
I have the privilege today, as part of my Tuesday’s Talks to be presenting you Marcie Scudder. I have been reading her for a while now, as one of the many voices of Vision and Verb . Her writing and her photographs are always such an inspiration to me. She is on her journey of discovery and I enjoy knowing many of us are there together.
Without further ado…
- Tell me a bit about yourself…(as much or as little as you feel comfortable with)
Some call me a ‘Renaissance Woman’..a someone whose interests are broad and far-reaching. An Architect by profession and training. A photographer. A writer. A yogini. A mother..a daughter..a sister..a wife..a friend. I prefer to think of myself as a ‘Jill-of-all-Trades’…a someone who wears many different interchangeable hats – sometimes all at once and at the same time. I’m a lover of all things beautiful….a seeker of truth…a collector of life’s little details. I’m a big believer in the power of ‘practice’. I’m found – now – in middle-life..loving the possibility of redesigning and recreating and always – the hope to begin each day again.
- What made you decide to blog?
I first started my blog as a personal challenge to myself to practice daily seeing and capturing the world thru my camera’s lens. I’d been walking the same walk for years..and had just recently taken the time to stop and look and see. At the time – I knew very little of this blogging world and this wonderfully supportive and inspiring community. It was my son who suggested I do this.
In the beginning – I posted only photos..no words. More recently – and with the creation of my latest site – I began the practice of writing to challenge myself creatively.
I had initially thought that my blog would be a one year project. What I didn’t know was that the one year would grow into two..and now into my 5th with no forseeable end in sight.
- Where does your creative inspiration come from?
Much of what inspires me comes from the natural world that surrounds. I love the quiet and solitude of the early mornings..and the light. I’m a very internal person. Much of what I find..comes from my daily walks and within.
- How do you juggle family life and blogging?
Honestly – I didn’t start blogging until my youngest child was in high school. I don’t think I could have managed work and family and a daily blog when my kids were young..and their demands great. They are now – all three – mostly grown and gone..leaving me more time and space to pursue things that I love.
- Do you remember the first comment on your blog?
Hmmm…I can’t say that I remember exactly what that comment was about. I do remember that it was about a photo of two swans whose heads formed a heart. It was both a thrill and a surprise..never having experienced a ‘comment’ before.
- What did you discover about yourself while blogging?
Mostly – I’ve discovered my voice. It often terrifies me to think of putting myself out there. But – here..in the comfort and safety and relative anonymity of the world wide web – I began to take risks. I learned to quiet the inner critic and experiment. I found myself growing in ways and directions that I never imagined. I found strengths that I never knew I had. Somewhere along the way and during this blogging journey –I uncovered and discovered myself.
A big Thank you Marcie for you time and for having played with me today 🙂
It is such a pleasure for me to be learning a bit more about every women I get to interview. Each time, I see that no matter what our circumstances are we are bound by the same curiosity towards finding more about ourselves and our world.
The photographs on this post are courtesy of Marcie 🙂