It’s probably no surprise to you that I love doing things with my hands, be it crochet, sewing and other DIY things (and writing!). And if I don’t do it for a while, I get itchy and I miss it!
Being creative is more than that, more than the DIY in itself, more than inventing new things. To me, it’s also about doing things differently, thinking out of the box, coming up with innovative solutions to a problem, etc.
However, sometimes, our creative flow gets blocked and we feel like we can’t get there anymore. Until some day something happens to unblock it! One of the best compliments I had from my first circle, back in December, was from one of the participants who said that she came home and immediately took all her DIY stuff, and starting crafting again. I loved hearing that!
But obviously, there are other things you can do to get back to feeling creative than coming to my circles (although you are more than welcome ;-)), so here are my tips for you!
- The 1st thing is about headspace. When you are (too) busy with the day-to-day business and getting there only one day at a time, you don’t have any headspace, so no space for creativity either. So how can you get more headspace? Can you do less? Can you stop doing some things? Can you delegate anything? Can you spend less time on Facebook ;-)? Can you meditate more? I am happy that the holidays are coming, as it means a bit less work for me and more time for me 🙂
- Make it a routine. In my Be Do Have list, I had as an item to do at least 1 day of DIY per month. And the only way to do that is to plan it in your agenda. And it helps to do it together with a friend… In my case, I plan time one month ahead with my friend Michele to do some sewing together. Even if I don’t get to do more, that’s already something that’s happening. And I write every week, to you, of course 😉
- Start small. Taking your pencils and buying yourself an adult coloring book is already something you can do, and there is no time limit either way. If all you have is 10’, it’s already something! But know that if you start coloring, time might fly without you realizing it 😉 so set a timer! Another activity that does not take up too much time is to do a wild flowers’ bouquet. Go for a walk, gather them and arrange them nicely in a small vase.
- Challenge yourself to look at things in a different way. If you look at your home, and you want some change, look at it as if you were discovering it for the first time. Then ask yourself if things could go at in different place, what could you add, what could you remove…
- Don’t pressure yourself to “get there”. If writing is your thing, don’t expect from yourself that you are going to write the novel of the year in one go. On the contrary, what you need is to write regularly but for fun, for the pleasure of writing, so that you can let yourself go, and you will see later what you can do with what you wrote. If it’s painting, then just go and paint. For the fun of it. For being so much into the painting that you lose track of time…
- Get in touch with beauty. Go for a walk in nature, observe the leaves appearing on the trees, the flowers wanting to bloom, listen to the rustle of the leaves, to the birds. Or go in the city and admire the architecture of the buildings, the brightness of the colors, the light of a sunny day…
Have a wonderful week! And let me know on the blog how it went for you!
Much love, Madeleine