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Living An Artistic Life of Passion and Purpose - Part 2: My Story

A week ago or so, I posted about the importance of passion and purpose to the artistic life. This time, I want to get personal. Building on Tuesday's post, I want to talk about another journey I've taken in my search for creative fulfillment.
As many of you know, I used to work a very challenging day job that often results in high levels of stress. There are times when my day job interferes with my ability to create, times when my creative well runs dry. It’s understandable. I write the equivalent of 40 to 50 novels each year. Except, these aren’t my books—they are reports and other types of documents needed for the job. Continually creating at that level proved exhausting. The more tired I was, the more my art suffered, the more resentment I started to feel. Instead of diving into stories as a way to process and nurture myself, I detached and hide.
So much for living from my passions.
After a few years of this kind of tug-of-war between my life as an artist and my life as the…

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