These are my blogging prompts for today:

  1. Random Confession. It’s good for the soul!
  2. “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift

Random confession of the day: I am living a lie.That’s right, it is the brutal truth. I am a photographer, and I am not. I am also a logistics manager, then again I am not. I want to live the way I am living right now, right here. The fact that I am on vacation is merely a plus. But what I really mean is that, leaving all my misgivings about the current winter in New Jersey aside, I do not like the cold in general. But I am living and making a living in New Jersey, which, lets face it, is warmer than a lot of places, but also much, much colder than many.

Usually you would think that flying in four and a half hours from sub-zero day temperatures to plus 30 °C average day temperatures would mean quite an adjustment for one’s body. One that usually takes a few days, especially if you pair it with fairly high humidity and strong sunshine and very warm nights, too. Yet, after just one day and night, both David and I said, forget about the a/c, which we had running the first night, and lets just open the windows and start the ceiling fan. Not only did we not freeze and employ thick comforters, but we slept wonderfully to the sound of the crashing waves without any noise from the a/c. In less than a day and night we had already adjusted. What does that tell us? Both of us believe that we were born to live in warmer climates.

It does not mean that we don’t like working in New Jersey. But with all the modern technology I cannot help but wonder how necessary is it really to have an office in a fixed location? Yes, there sure are jobs, in fact a lot of jobs, which require you to be in one certain place. This post does not apply to those kind of jobs. But I am convinced that I could do my job from just about anywhere. As long as I have a fast and reliable internet connection. Something that even to this day is not available everywhere – yet. But it is part of our future and our connectivity will grow further over the next years exponentially.The thing that is not growing as fast is its acceptance.

There is the personal acceptance. Ask yourself: How much are you personally embracing new technologies? It is a fact that they are part of all our lives, no matter if we embrace or resist them. They will not go away, but only grow. What do you do? How do you feel about it?

Then there is its acceptance by businesses. Or not, as it is another case of very mixed beans just as it is with the personal acceptance. There are those modern businesses that have no offices at all. Think about working with your laptop and headset from your favorite coffee shop or book shop or even the beach. Because all you need are the connection and the hardware to make that connection.

And then there are companies that require you to come into the stuffy old or new and air conditioned office, spend and work there 8 or 10 hours, then go home and come back the next morning. Day after day the same rut. Day after day, me personally, I feel I am loosing a little bit of my creative juices. Creativity does not go along well with ‘same ol’, same ol’. Or does it?

I don’t mind too much the restrictive, sometimes boring routine of an office to keep my creativity in check.

I need my sometimes boundless creativity to balance the routine of the office work.

I guess I just need them both. I want it all. And I need it all. Truth.

So, there’s my confession of the day: I really want to live and work here – see photos below – in a warm climate, with the ocean at my back door and a roofed terrace to work in the shade. Possibly paired with the occasional ‘break’ a.k.a. visit to a real office (in NJ?).

But, I guess I just have to shake it all off and deal with it, because most companies, including the one I am working for, are not ready for that kind of radical move into embracing current or future technology. I’ll readily admit there are far, far worse things than living my life as is. And this being a vacation ‘only’. But it does not mean that I cannot dream and hope, right?! And why does home have to be in a cold, wintry NJ? Sigh…

Well, as another song goes ‘it never rains in California…. but it pours’ which is also true for our Caribbean paradise of Bonaire. Today is one of those days that has frequent changes of wonderful sunshine and then within minutes there are clouds everywhere and it pours, man, it pours… Which, of course, makes for good rainbows. And we all know what lies at the end of the rainbow, right?!

bonaire, caribbean

Bonaire, Caribbean, rainbow

Very-Inspiring-Blog-Award-photop.s. I have just heard that Cathy over at Curious as a Cathy nominated me for the ‘Very Inspiring Blogger Award’. By accepting it and playing along today I am obeying by these rules:

By accepting this award, I agree to follow these rules for the Nominees:
1. Thank the person who nominated you, and link to their blog.
2. Display the award logo.
3. Nominate 15 other bloggers (more or less) and include their blog link for others to find. I choose to pass this honor to 5 fellow bloggers, for now until others come to mind, who always inspire me:

✓4. Leave a comment on their blog, to let them know they have been chosen.
✓5. Mention three things that inspired you the most during the past few weeks.

  • The amazing talent and art out there on the interweb, some of which can be found in my Saturday linky here!
  • And online course that I’ve been participating in about creating digital art
  • The diversity of nature: Snow and ice back home in New Jersey, sunshine blue skies turquoise ocean here in the Caribbean

Are you feeling inspired? I am! :D

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self portrait, Claudia Willison, ImagesByCW

Claudia is founder, owner and soul of ImagesByCW Photography. Born in Germany, traveled though Europe and Australia, she currently lives with her American husband in New Jersey, USA. She blogs about what she loves: Photography, art, internet and computers in general, as well as cooking and windsurfing. When not working she enjoys reading, music, windsurfing and listening to the sound of waves and the wind, preferably together with her husband.

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