Don't you feel like you don't have enough time to be creative? Life always seems to get in the way. I've wanted to make a fall wreath for our porch and caramel apples for a month now, but haven't gotten around to it. A couple of weeks ago I guest posted at pve design about how I (try to) stay creative, and I realized I haven't been taking my own advice... I'm ready for that to change.
1. Unplug. Every single day.
In the busyness of life, its easy to feel guilty for turning off your cell phone. "what if someone needs me?" But
I've found that when I stay constantly connected to my Ical and to-do
lists, I can't be creative. We have 'no tv' nights where we just listen
to pandora and sit on our porch and talk.
2. Walk it out
the fresh air and sunshine being good for you, notice what you are
drawn to and document it. Photograph your point of view, try the new bar
down the street, play with texture. I constantly find myself picking up
rocks and leaves, and what I'm drawn to shows me what I'm craving more
3. Bed Time
Some of my best ideas and projects have come to me when I get in bed before I'm tired. Just let your mind race.
4. Work with your Hands
was huge for me when I was in college for architecture and we were
constantly expected to be developing different designs and ideas. Some
days I would have NO inspiration and no idea what I wanted to do. So I
would come into studio and just start working with different materials
with my hands, shaping and seeing what forms would come. You'll be
surprised how much you can create without trying to.
5. Something new
always find something new, no matter how little, refreshes my
creativity. As simple as a new notebook or pen, fresh flowers or a gold
paperweight on my desk sparks my interest.
blogging world is pretty special and I'm constantly inspired by the
creativity of my 'bloggy' friends. Whenever I'm stuck in a rut, I stalk
my favorite designer or blogger, look through pinterest. Don't let it
overwhelm you, get excited for those who just went for it and get inspired.
What do you do to stay creative? Maybe I can get around to the wreath this weekend...