A Long Pause…The Hiatus

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I went on hiatus.

Presently, you are most likely on a hiatus, also. One you did not script.

This pandemic, the reactions and interventions individually and collectively have placed us all on some sort of hiatus.

A hiatus is any interruption or break in our normal, fluid lives and the continuity it inserts into our lives; a disruption of our daily life, its work, series, actions, roles, and a reverberation from each of these changes.

We’ve all had these seasons of pause into transition, with births of kiddos, changes in jobs, education, business, family dynamics and needs, health, focus, deaths, opportunities, and interests.

About four years ago I started replacing my time with other things and people.

I met my husband, Jack. I fell in love. Love and relationships can be quite disruptive. (I smile here!) My focus changed. I started working on project after project with Jack. Many days from sun up to sun down. I worked arduously and kept inordinately busied.

Changes bring us in to unsettled spots. We are in transition. Transition is not always adventurous but more like hard and hard work.

I made some mistakes. I never gave myself time to write. My creative thinking and literal walking with God, changed. The projects and type of work I did consulting were put on hold and in my mind, better left to others as I was in a new space and time.

Relationships changed. I felt estranged from some friends, family, and those I worked with in non profits as well as business groups. I fell away from much of my “tribe.”

Sometimes it feels like things like this are forever, and that brings grief. But in all actuality there are seasons of times, seasons which prepare, which plant, which harvest, and give rest.

It is hard to trust the seasons to do their jobs.

So, I drank more coffee but had less time for “coffee.”

Priorities had changed. Yet, strangely, even though I was letting go of so much known, I knew I had to–like it wouldn’t work to try to hold on to past ways. Like doors were closing and funneling me into different directions. So much good was happening yet it was amidst a season of much loss and change during this transition time (loved ones passing was especially hard). 

Etc. 

Let’s jump to you!

Have you found yourself in hiatus status and wondering when it will be time to go back or to move into something new. Do you feel like you aren’t ready. Like it is all a bit riskier?

Interruptions in life, especially those not “planned” by us, can be scary. It can feel as if things are out of control, and maybe they are: out of “our” control.

You know, this is where faith in God’s sovereignty, His plans and ability to work in our lives brings hope and solace–and direction.

Aren’t we all in a time when we must acknowledge life is out of our control? Maybe that is okay because God has not abandoned us; He still has a future for us, a vision, a plan.

He is holding that plan.  He is entrusting you with it.

Do you have a vision or a seed of a vision? Seeds do grow when they are planted and cultivated. Trust the timing.

My personal hiatus is coming into a transition. I won’t be doing any about faces, racing to what was but rather trusting God for what will be. His purposes and plans for you and me are good. They are meant for an expansion of what God has put into you to do–and to be.

The world needs you and me. 

Take Hope with you into the future. If you need someone to work with, I am back in business. If you need a helper via a workbook, I suggest you pick up my book, get busy, and enjoy the process along the way.

~Annette

 

It’s Jack’s Turn!

Sometimes things are long overdue. Jack has been shooting photos, film, video, as well as editing and animating practically all his life. I would estimate the hours he has spent comprise years worth of work.  And a huge portion has only been seen by him!  So, with a push and a little hand-holding I persuaded my husband into taking one of the gallery’s months to show a bit of what Jack “sees” and does! What he calls–Shooting the Mind’s Eye!

So…

It’s Jack’s turn! And finally the public’s turn to see a sample of Jack Anderson’s still photos.

jack art bio photoLast summer my friends opened an awesome new eatery in one of the trendiest areas of Lane County: Downtown Springfield.

When I first saw the walls in the then soon-to-be-opened, Cheesesteak NW (all super yummy, organic and fresh regional foods) I knew the walls begged for artwork and artists shows!

Time passes, we eat scrumptious foods and the walls still call out to me! I asked the owner, Teri and she talked to her husband, Steve. The consensus was, “Yes, wonderful, but we are too busy.” That’s where I came in to help set it up and gather artists to run month long shows starting monthly on the 2nd Friday to be part of the Springfield Art Walk!

Come join us the evening of Friday, January 11th at Hope Gallery inside Cheesesteak NW! You may come and go as you please but–a word to the wise: come hungry and eat there!

Address

Below is a hybrid bio-artist statement for Jack.  

Jack Eldon Anderson of Eugene, OR

“Shoot Your Mind’s Eye”

January 11th through February 7th, 2019

At “Hope Gallery” in Cheesesteak NW

521 Main Street, Springfield, OR 97477

Artist Statement

Imagine, an overly creative, energetic boy running around his Cal Young neighborhood of Eugene with eyes peeled for great shots or lined up through the lenses of cameras. Now morph several decades forward: add formal education, skills, experience, professional equipment, and like-minded creatives. Here we meet, Jack E Anderson!

Jack was inspired early on by his older brothers’ photography and creative pursuits. His brother Bill gave him his first quality camera—a 35 mm while in 7th grade. That camera had been a hand-me-down from their older brother Rob. They sparked and ignited Jack’s exploration of the arts. His parents, seeing his passion for film and animation encouraged and supported his endeavors, building animation sets, loaned him a movie camera, and provided endless space and time for him to edit film—and then searching out the best college for him (Cal Arts).

“Shoot Your Mind’s Eye” was primarily shot with an iPhone 7. With the quality of the camera on the phone and the easy accessibility for use, Jack captures intrigue and beauty wherever he goes! With years of experience he “senses” the compelling nature of the shot’s composition and lighting, with the angles and perspectives at a seemingly innate level, taking what seems common or inanimate and bringing it to life.

It is Jack’s hope that he can inspire you to “push the button.” To take your cell phone (or camera) and create! “Shoot your mind’s eye!”

See more of Jack’s work and ways to purchase prints at JackEldonAnderson.com