I haven’t done a blog post in a while, and fell into that November chaos, which has now flowed into the holiday season. Plus, we got a new puppy, Piper, who is keeping me really busy. Anyhow, do any of you get in a creative slump? I got in one this past September after I came back from one of the most amazing family trips visiting out west. I felt uninspired, was down about a bunch of things and was unable to tackle creative projects. I started to really miss my old life in New York City, and craved that energy and inspiration I felt when I walked out of my apartment building door. Luckily, my creative rut was only short-lived and I made a conscious effort to do things that would trigger that spark and make me feel better.
Here are some things that I’ve been doing when I feel that creative rut coming on:
Schedule time with quality people
Everyone is busy these days, but it’s always good to schedule time with friends or new people in your creative community. It’s so good to get things off your chest and also connect with likeminded people to trigger that spark.
Go out and explore a new spot
I definitely feel tied down some days with all my kids activities and juggling a bunch of projects, but it’s so good to put that stuff aside and go explore. One of the things I always do is find a new neighborhood spot or try a new place in and around my new city. It always makes me feel better and gets the creative juices flowing.
Travel is such a luxury and it’s one of those things that I don’t get to do as much anymore, but when I do it always spurs that creativity. Even if it’s a new spot for just a day trip, travel always fixes everything (at least for me).
Listen to Music
Cranking up good tunes in all different genres makes me focus and helps fuel my creativity. Add a glass of wine in the evening and you are good to go!
Read through a variety of glossy magazines
I live for reading all kinds of glossy magazines, but often don’t have the time to go through them. Making time to read a few, whether it’s fashion or home design, always gives that spark back.
Start watching a good TV show
I am always on my laptop and often neglect TV in the evenings, but now I make an effort to watch some good shows. I am really into This is US, which makes me cry and feel all sorts of emotions, and I’m totally hooked on Stranger Things. Something about disconnecting and focusing on a good show with a great storyline mellows me out, but also gives me some great inspiration.
What do you do to spark creativity? I’d love to hear from you in your comments.
Photos by Cynthia Ragona for Sea Green Photography