Last week, I totally lost my creative mojo and had a serious case of the blahs. There I was, surrounded by all of my crafting supplies and there was no desire to make a card, color a picture, pick up a stamp, read a book or anything else for that matter. I realize we all go through these little lack of motivation moments, but what I want to know is why. Why do we hit these creative walls that stop us dead in our tracks? How can we overcome them? What can do to find it again? When do we decide to follow our mojo and go on a mini hiatus?
TAKE TIME FOR YOU
For me, as I am sure it is with a lot of you, I have been so busy, that I totally forgot to take time for me.
And when we live, breathe and thrive in a creative industry, our creativity merges with our work. So where do we go to “relax”? To take time for ourselves, to be creative?
Honestly, I think we need to step outside of our creative comfort zone. Do something that will challenge you, that will get your creative juices excited again. By stepping outside of your comfort zone, you get away from the monotony of doing the same thing over and over again. Even if you are making something different every time, it is still repetitive and your brain settles into a groove of complacency and if you are not careful, you will end up taking it for granted and losing the spark that you once had.
By trying something new, your excitement level increases, you find other ways to be inspired and let’s face it, there is a good chance you can take that new-found interest and incorporate it into your hobby of choice, breathing a new life into something that was becoming stagnant and dull.
STEP AWAY FROM YOUR CRAFT TABLE
We may not like to pull our clothes out of the dryer, because they are perfectly safe and you can always refluff, but stepping away from your craft table and doing a bit of housework, may be an easy way to force your mojo to come back. If you are dreading opening the closet door for Spring cleaning, consider cleaning your craft room instead.
- Tidy up your desk
- Swatch your inks
- Give your MISTI a bath
- Catalog your stamps
- Go through your paper scraps and get rid of the little pieces you’ll never use
- Color code your crafting supplies
For those of you who cross stitch, sew, knit or crochet;
- Re-organize your floss
- Wind the bobbins you have been putting off doing and go through your patterns
- Re-introduce yourself to some of the projects you haven’t gotten around to yet
- Become excited all over again by what you find
- Refold your fabric
- Organize what you have, plot out future projects
- Start making your list of what grand kids are getting Christmas jammies this year
PLAN FOR YOUR CREATIVE JUMP START
If you aren’t feeling the desire to craft, plan for when you are.
I hate to say it, but let’s face it, Christmas will be here in no time. Start making your list of who is going to get Christmas cards. Are you planning on selling your cards at any craft fairs? What do you need to make and when should you start those projects? Maybe this is the year you decide to make your significant other a handmade quilt, go through magazines and Pinterest to find the type of quilt blocks you want to make, head on over to the fabric store and look for colors and prints that will go with your bedroom.
Do the initial planning phase so when you are feeling more like yourself again, you know what it is you need to do.
GET AWAY FROM IT ALL
Or simply go outside. Take a walk. Enjoy the spring weather. Plant flowers, read a book on the patio, take pictures of your pets frolicking in the yard or the flowers starting to bloom.
Get out of the house and go see a movie, walk around the mall, go for a short drive out of town, do something a little out of the ordinary to help you jump start your creativity.
Depending on the time you have to work with, plan your mini escape around your time constraints. Taking a few minutes and eating your lunch outside and not at your desk, could be a quick and easy fueling station.
If you feel compelled to force the issue, grab your MISTI and make a slew of the same cards to send out to family and friends. They don’t have to be anything fancy, just something simple to spark your creativity.
Mindless work is a nice way to be “doing” without the stress of “creating” something new.
When you get into that nasty rut of life, remind yourself it’s probably your brain telling you to take a break. Don’t ignore it. Step back, do something different, recharge yourself, relax, organize, clean, plan or binge watch 24. I hear that’s a great way to spend a weekend.
Just don’t worry about losing it, your mojo will come back and when it does, you are going to be on fire and ready to conquer the world!
If you would like to hear more about Losing Your Mojo, listen in to our podcast! Let’s face it, sometimes that funk includes not wanting to read all the words on the screen.