The Laboratory

Sunset over the Kolob Reservoir near Zion National Park © Raymond Hines
Sunset over the Kolob Reservoir near Zion National Park © Raymond Hines

Welcome to the Laboratory, where I share what works and what doesn’t as I pursue a new way of making a living.

 One of my journeys is to find a new way of making a living, especially via creative arts — be it writing, photography, art, etc.  After spending half my life making a living on the business side, it’s time for me to figure a way to do it on the more artistic side.

Segueing into something different with no certainty it will work can be scary and at times intimidating… But I may as well plunge into it and see what happens rather than do nothing out of fear.

It always seems impossible until it’s done.Nelson Mandela

There is a leading school of thought that says you can’t make a living from doing what you love… But I did it in the first half of my life via GatorCountry.com; I don’t see why I can’t do it again following where love leads me to create.

Doing so does require a good deal of trust in plowing forward… Something I have learned very much during my nomadic journey across our continent by following the wind wherever it takes me — it’s lead me to so many wondrous things, places, and people that have moved me deeply.

Believe in yourself. There is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.Christian D. Larson

In the laboratory I plan on keeping it pure, i.e. no in your face techniques, hype, and such. There’s far too much of it on the internet these days and it’s not how I grew Gator Country. It was all organic and it works, even if it might take a bit longer.

In the beginning, I’ll be experimenting with a lot to find my groove, so please bear with me — it’s how I find my way, much like wandering in nature; paths will crystalize and simplify.

For now, at this very moment, I am very much focused first on the nomadic journey — that going with the wind wherever it takes me — and taking pictures and words as I go. Eventually, when the time feels right, I’ll dive into the laboratory and start figuring things out. 

Stay tuned to my blog and join me along the way. : )

P.S. If you’re doing sort of the same thing — this finding a new way of making a living, I’d like to hear from you — post a comment below. We’re never separate — it’s all a shared journey.

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