The creative process can be both brilliantly beautiful and a frustrating “I want to pull my hair out” experience. We commonly hear the term writers block used when writers struggle with new ideas. I’ve definitely had a writers block, but the past month has been a more all encompassing block….like a creative block. All creative projects have been taking longer than usual to come together. I’ve spent a couple weeks trying to design new hang tags for Give a Damn Goods tees. Something that should probably be done in a couple days, but I can’t get what I want in my mind to translate to Adobe. I keep thinking, oh if I come back to this it’ll come together. To be determined…..I’ve tried a change of scenery and going to different places to work. This helped a bit with my focus, but creativity isn’t something I can force to happen.
And it’s not just work projects….I tried to DIY my wedding centerpiece last week and it was a shit show. What I thought I wanted in my head was not what I wanted once I got it laid out. I eventually figured it out, but it took me about four days and a melt down with my mom on the phone. Yes, it was dramatic. But hey it’s a painful process when those creative instincts refuse to cooperate. This isn’t the first time I’ve had a creative block and when this happens I try to reflect internally to figure out what is hindering my creativity? I’ve noticed a pattern…typically my creative blocks have to do with pressure or stress that I put on myself. These pressures are usually thoughts I’m not 100% aware of and have to figure out why they’re occurring. And figuring out what is not allowing my mind to think freely can be a tricky process…making it even more difficult to be inspired. But I think this time I’ve figured it out.
Lately I’ve had this voice in the back of my head telling myself to get my shit together because the holidays are coming. I love the holidays with all my heart, but they get crazy. With partnerships for The Honest Consumer, traveling to visit family, & holiday orders/markets for Give a Damn Goods, it’s something I have to be ready for because it usually all hits at once. So I think knowing that time is coming and feeling overwhelmed about not knowing where to start in my preparation has been hindering my creative abilities. Which makes me feel a little more stressed out, but hey I’m handling it okay. Oh and probably all the wedding planning jazz that’s in the back of my mind too. We’re about six months out and I feel like there’s a lot to do, but don’t even know what it is. So I’m just taking it day by day and hope I come out of this funk soon.
Running a business, a blog, planning a wedding, and struggling what to focus on is exhausting. If you have any tips on how to get those creative juices flowing I’m all ears. But hey, this post came together in an hour as a conscious stream of semi-readable thoughts, so maybe things are looking up. Stay tuned!
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