Thank You for click on my barcode
Just as I probably told you when you clicked on my barcode, I am not panhandlling. I am not looking to monitarily benefit from helping. That is not why I was where you saw me holding my sign, I just wanted to get people to visit this site and understand why I am willing to work on a volunteer basis. The bottom line is that I I need to keep busy at a tune when i am trying to stop my mental health from getting the better of me.
The skills that I am offeriong are conditional of you understanding that my mental and physical health (combined wth this gloal pandemic) prevent me from holding down a job, but that will not prevent me from offering my creativity for.
Could i use the addional income from working? Yes i could do paid work, but not at the risk of it becoming a job that I an not commit to and inevitalby be setting myself up to cause myself more harm.
I am a Creator
Following a New Direction And Focusing on Creating
After closing down my web design business (for personal and health issues), I had to find a new way of keeping my mind active. While I can not work a job or a small business, doe not mean that my skill do not hold value to myself and others.
It is the sense of accomplishment and the pride that I take in seeing my creativity as a used in a productive maner, that keeps me going in times like this. While the primary skills I am offering are my photography and content creation skils, you might also be able to benifit from my business and marketing knowledge.
When I am not helping others with my various skills, I am out there taking photographs of subjects and places that I love to capture. I am also creating video’s of things I feel pasionate about. One of the things that I am most pasionate about is my love and pride of my city.
Over this past year I have watched a great deal of YouTube videos and the one genre that I really liked was the narrated walks around the city. Watching these videos as someone who rely’s on various mobility devices, I was reminded that barriers to access still exist in my city. It was after watching one where the person filming had taken some stairs that my eyes were openned.
I realized that I needed to expand on the the type of videos I was creating. I want to help those like myself to find empowerment, but also help those who do not share the same lens to consider opening their thought process of be reactive and instead be proactive in learning.
I decided to develop a new YouTube channel dedicated to this new genre of narrated “walking” videos with my own twist of educating people to consider mobility when watching my videos. The YouTube channel I created is called RollingWithIan.
Just because I have a message, does not mean that I can’t have fun with creating content.
I continue doing the freelance work along with the portrait and other photography that I am known for, but now i mainly capture images of subjects and themes that I choose.
Writing blogs, social media content and other online content is something I have done professionally for many years. I now choose to write for wwho I want to and because I want to write on a topic they publish.
You might say I am semi-retired because my current physical and mental heath prevents me from working jobs ful-time. howerver, I still enjoy doing web design, content creation and phtotography gigs, but now I mainly do work for barter (and sometimes for gifts).
"Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun."
– Mary Lou Cook
"The creative adult is the child who survived."
"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul."
– Dieter F. Uchtdorf
"You can't use up creativity. The more you use the more you have."
– Maya Angelou