Dear Creative // 1 of many to come

I want my life's work to mean something. Heart wrenching, raw, truth. 
I love the creative world; the arts. From a young girl, I knew there was something different about me, something that set me apart. I just didn't know what that was. I sort of always "fit in" but kind of didn't. I believe we all have gifts and Lord knows I put up so many fronts, fogged my mind and subconsciously fell into the "routine" of a "normal" life, because having a gift or being a little different isn't always an easy path. I am just now opening myself back up to my gifts, its a glorious, painful process. 
For me, it's like there's always something missing and I know this is the process, man. I know that when the time comes I will have that "oh, this is exactly what I've been waiting for", moment. This is what it's all about. (I probably need to pray a little more, but thats a whole other subject)
I love the wonder of producing a piece, one filled with intent, purpose, love, light, all that good, amazing shit. I love the fashion and lifestyle pieces; but what I really want is to document life. Human behavior, in all states of mind. We all go through so much. So, here's an open letter for my creatives.


Dear Creative, 

You are strange; your anxiety riddled mind wonders in self-doubt. Please feel all of this and please push past this. It is a moment, please flow in your magnificence. 

You won't always know what you are doing, it will come to you. Flow.

You will be judged. This too, is ok. People will wonder what you are doing and who exactly you think your are? This is your F U E L, enlighten them. 

Dear Creative, pay your dues, work hard, but under NO circumstances let someone take advantage of you. Be bold, be kind, be assertive- pick your battles wisely, have patience, stand up for yourself. 

Dear creative, do no get caught up with the titles and the "connections" and the "who knows who"- what's meant for you will never pass you. Creative, build strong relationships. Strong meaningful ones. Creative, be the bridge you are so afraid of burning. 

In every negative situation you encounter there is a lesson, there is preparation for the long road ahead. 

Dear creative, if something doesn't feel right- it probably isn't. Trust your intuition. 

Dear creative, please cast out bitter thoughts. You have so much to offer the world creative. Share your gifts.

Dear creative, Jesus loves you. 


xx, Zae

And since, this is a photo blog, here are some of my favorite images. Which you've probably already seen on IG, but thats ok. :)

Instragram: @thezaelist

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