For a number of my photos I have grown fond of using Topaz Lab’s products, particularly Topaz Adjust. I also receive their email newsletters and recently enjoyed an interview with Anne McKinnell. A couple of years ago she worked as a software consultant in Victoria, BC, but then decided to trade it all in for a life on the road in an RV as a photographer! Her rationale at the time was that she didn’t have much of a choice. Her life was not what she wanted, and photography made her happy. I so admire her ability to listen to her heart’s calling and then act on it.
Now that she is living her dream, she says: Photography constantly helps me change this negative part of myself so I can be the person I want to be and live the life I want to live. Now when I go to a place I am looking for beauty and because I am looking, I find it.
We are continually challenged by the American lifestyle, and our lack of happiness and fulfillment in spite of doing everything we believe is supposed to bring us these very things. It’s tiring and frustrating. And we invest a lot of time, money and energy into things that are supposed to pay off and lead to a happy life, but thus far we have not found any gold at the end of the rainbow. Instead, we continue to search for answers to very difficult questions.
My sense from the interview is that Anne does not have children, which make following in her footsteps as a family a bit challenging (not that we would want to anyway). But we do seek the happiness she has found, and believe her advice on how to get it makes a lot of sense: avoid debt and learn to need less stuff. Amen! Now, if we could just sell our house.