To saying building your own business as an artist is “hard work” is like saying the Cliffs of Moher “get windy.” An accurate statement, but lacking in the emotional depth that is impossible to explain, without standing at the edge in person.
Bello and I are standing at the edge right now and words often fail me. What I can share is my pride. My pride in a man with the heart and soul of an artist and the head of a businessman. In all my years, working with people in different countries, companies and industries, I’ve never met anyone with more focus. He refuses to multi-task, it does not work for him. He decides to make something happen and it does, through pure drive, determination and dedication of all efforts.
Once we committed to our new life and hit the road, he spent every moment of every day getting an e-commerce capable site built, by himself. I watched him select the platform, build and populate the site, test print houses, start a blog, begin writing, posting and syndicating content on social platforms. In one month, by himself.
Bello’s only outlet outside of this work, has been his daily 6 mile run and dinner where he finally gets a glass of red to wash down the hard days work. To Art and sharing the way he sees the world with others, Bello is devout.
Yesterday, Bello allowed himself just 3 hours outside the house in the cold Ohio Winter. 3 hours with his beloved camera in his hand, creating again. His first 3 hours, returning to what he loves doing since our trip to Arizona, New Mexico and Utah in January. He misses these moments but he knows where his focus needs to be at the moment and he keeps it there, to grow his business.
I saw him breath, shift his focus, heard that familiar click pause, click, click. He gave himself just the afternoon to return to what he truly loves, the process of creation. The place where his mind is focused, his heart is free and his spirit soars. The place he finds peace, the process of creation.
This morning he woke again, and went straight back to work in front of his computer, the determined businessman.
To my Husband, my beloved Bello, I promise to do everything I can to help you gain the freedom to live more of your life creating. This blog post is a tribute to your heart, determination and Art. I love the way you see the world and find beauty, even in the middle of Ohio, in the middle of winter, in the middle of the cold. You inspire me.
Ti Amo Amore,
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“The deeper the blue becomes, the more strongly it calls man towards the infinite, awakening in him a desire for the pure and, finally, for the supernatural… The brighter it becomes, the more it loses its sound, until it turns into silent stillness and becomes white.” Wassily Kandinsky