Santa Cruz, is a lovely central California town a little over half an hour from the South Bay.
As a college town, it’s home to UC Santa Cruz, a world-class research institution. Its lush two thousand-acre campus is covered in gorgeous Redwood trees.
Downtown Santa Cruz is home to many fine eateries, bookshops, record stores, bars, and a kava shop. Wednesdays from 1 to 6 there’s a Farmer’s Market. First Fridays showcase the creative side of Santa Cruz, hosting local artists and artisans…
I should have kept count. There were at least two flat tires and countless close calls driving through snow and ice storms. I probably drove through at least sixty blizzard like days/nights. My car needed an oil change every six weeks. I had to replace my brakes and tires every nine months. After all those years of driving from house to house and town to town to teach private music classes everyday, it was time for a change. It was time to open my own music studio.
To most, it would seem obvious to have made this leap far sooner than I did. From the outside, many saw my job as crazy. The mileage on my car, the lost time between lessons, the weather, why would anyone choose to run a business this way? There is far more work in opening a brick and mortar music business than one might think.
Step 1 Find a Space. Space is a strange thing. I’d like to say that it isn’t all about location, but I would be lying…
Name: Emerian Rich Location: San Francisco Bay Area, California
Give us a sense of what you do; what are some of your creative endeavors? I am a writer, artist, and voice actress. I love writing fiction most of all, but I’ve recently been involved in the creation of a Spooky Writer’s Planner. I’ve also created a coloring book and am working on an ABC book for spooky kids!
If you’re creative in your work life, how does that influence being creative at home or on hobbies? I don’t think creativity (or at least mine) can be contained. I love crocheting, doing diamond paintings, and most recently working with resin crafts. I rarely do the same thing again, so whatever the next craft craze is, I’m up for trying it. What inspires you? So much! My imagination is always cranking out new ideas. It could be the way the light of a lamp reflects off the wall, the shape of the clouds on a morning walk, or a snippet of conversation I hear in line. When I’m studying a certain topic, I will watch movies and videos about the subject to near exhaustion!
What are you working on right now? An anthology of Gothic Romance stories coming out in May and a rewrite of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, also due out this year…
I’m a big one for taking chances, but occasionally I take risks. What’s the difference? Well, taking a chance is acting with the possibility of something happening, while taking a risk is to expose yourself to the possibility of injury or loss. Let me use my own life to give you some clarity.
I once took a chance and auditioned for a stage production of West Side Story–I was Nibbles the Shark–which was definitely not the same as taking the risk of joining an actual Puerto Rican street gang. Taking a chance would have been eating a raw egg as a stunt in high school, but I had to risk illness by eating thirty raw eggs to raise money for the United Way.
Taking a chance that I could dance for nine hours to raise money for the United Way would have been okay, but I had to…
Cultural aspects of food can be varied as well as unusual. If you travel to areas outside of your home, you might have discovered this.
Little things like, in some southern states–I’m looking at you, Texas–you automatically get jalapenos instead of pickles on your burger at some places. For that reason, when venturing to other countries, it helps to have an open mind and have a willingness to try new things in the food category. This does not mean you always have to like it. Just be willing to give it a try.
Read more in SEARCH Magazine‘s Enhancing Your Horizon issue, including Icelandic recipes and an interview with master chef Jökull Tandri Ámundason.
• DIY — Mod Podge • Food/Travel — Icelandic Food • Humor — My Chancy Behavior • Author Spotlight — Emerian Rich • Music — Opening a Music Studio • City Spotlight — Santa Cruz • #Enhancingyourhorizon — Using Tarot in Your Creative Life • Food — Spicy Asian Chicken with Green Beans and Mushroom • Fitness — Using a Treadmill Desk • Autism — Chasing the Horizon • Gardening — Death and Rebirth • Health — Imposter Syndrome • Poetry Corner — Reflection
This season’s magazine is all about taking chances and expanding our horizons. Sometimes we choose to change, and other times we’re forced to by the world around us. It might feel as if we spend most of our time on what we have to do and very little on what we want to do, particularly during the current coronavirus pandemic. However, changing our ways can lead to opportunities.
If you’re cooking for yourself, consider the delight of trying something new. One of our authors, Kay Tracy, explains food from Iceland. Too outside your comfort zone? Brian and Patricia Dake give a recipe for Spicy Asian Chicken with Green Beans & Mushrooms that you can make at home. It’s all about finding the kind of newness that makes you happy to grow.
If you don’t quite understand, try following along with humorist Tim Reynolds as he explains the difference between chance and risk, with examples from his own life. Another author, Michele Roger, discusses the peril of starting her music business. Really, we’re always looking for ways to make the most of our world. So, pull out a tarot deck to expand your creativity, or pull out the treadmill desk to buckle down to work. No matter how you branch out, know that we’re all searching for the right way to travel the roads of life and find our rewards along the way.
And, if you think everyone else has it all figured out, Kristin Battestella talks us through the reality of imposter syndrome. Even when you have it together, the hardest person to convince is often yourself.