Over the last few months, my business has been very busy. So busy that I have had little time for play.
I have recently come to realize that when this happens, I must get back to basics. I must continue to CREATE. I mean make new things, work on new projects.
As I fill orders and focus (like I believe someone who owns a business needs to focus) I realize that I am getting into an unhappy rut.
And what do I have to be unhappy about? I work from home, have a wonderful husband who supports my endeavor, love what I do.
But creative people must be creative! And when I’m hyper-focused on getting orders out to the exclusion of channeling my creative juices, I become stuck.
And I’ve been stuck. How do I know this? Because I don’t look forward to the new day. Because I don’t rush to go to my office. Because I dread filling my next order.
So I backtrack. I give myself time to play. Schedule it in. Plan it. Be spontaneous as an idea comes up.
The Artist’s Way by Julie Cameron suggests scheduling an “artist’s date” once a week. And I’ve been slacking!
So, this week I entered a nautical craft contest using 4 different kinds of ribbon. I challenged myself and it was fun! Today I found several crocheted doilies and thought, “What can I do with these besides resell them?” Pinterest to the rescue! I can make scarves, attach them to tops, jean jackets. Now my biggest concern is narrowing it down to one idea!
I’m back to being ambitious, back to being joy-filled. Back to being EXCITED! And when all of these things happen, I can FLY through my orders as I look forward to my next exciting new project.
Creators – never stop creating! It’s in our blood and to stop creating, even for a short time, stops the fresh flow of ideas that makes us who we are!
So, what fresh ideas will you allow yourself this week?