A new calling is calling my name

“Well, I’ve got a lot of callings. You can’t just limit
it to one. … Life’s too short to devote yourself to
a single thing, and luckily for me, I’m interested
in other things. And one must pursue those things.”

~ Charlie Trotter

Acclaimed chef Charlie Trotter announced he’s closing his famous Chicago restaurant, and he this comment above during a radio interview yesterday with American Public Media’s Marketplace. Trotter is turning from cooking to studying philosophy and political theory.

You go, Mr. Trotter! His words rang true with me as I launch a new venture: Clickago Storywerks. My role with the Association of Personal Photo Organizers has evolved from territory manager to member and membership rep, and now I’m in the business of helping people tell their stories and organize their pictures.

I’m a storyteller at heart, which explains why I’ve dutifully kept up this little blog for three and half years. (Hey! I’m now the No. 1 Google entry when you type in “Minnesota transplant blog” — it wasn’t always that way, people! I own that space, and in search engine optimized terms, that means something.)

I’ve been a newspaper reporter, a headline writer, a marketing executive, a communications director and a territory manager. But what’s always stayed the same is that I was working for someone else. Now, I’m going to try a new thing: Working for myself as a photo organizer.

Trotter said something else, too, that applies to people’s photo collections:

“Fine dining is the one luxury experience that’s pretty much available to everyone — not every day or once a week, but maybe once a year, because it only costs something like $100 an hour for the experience. And it takes 80 people to do. Whereas even the lamest plumber charges $115 an hour and he’s by himself. So fine dining is a luxury experience that is available and accessible to everybody.”

If people can spring $100 an hour for a fine dining experience, or $115 an hour for a plumber, I’m betting they’ll invest in a certified professional to help them enjoy their photos, too. While food and running water might rank high on one’s list of priorities, one’s stories and memories ought to be right up there. I spoke to 48 people yesterday morning at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin about organizing their photos — 48 people showed up on a Tuesday morning to learn how to tackle their projects! Like making a soufflé or installing an operational faucet, organizing photos isn’t for the faint of heart — it requires discipline, the right tools and technical expertise. Bring it on — I can help.

I’ve updated my Clickago blog, the little blog about family photos I started when I began with the Association of Personal Photo Organizers. I’ll still share photo ideas, but I’ll be talking about sharing stories in other ways, too, including books and blogs. Click here to see the made-over Clickago Storywerks blog.

Speaking of books, I’m publishing the memoir I finished last summer. Stay tuned for news on that front.

Let’s toast the pursuit of new things!

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One response to “A new calling is calling my name

  1. So exciting!!! I am so proud of you!!!!

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