This is my fifth & supposedly final daily blog behind the scenes post (though I do have an inkling I might have something to post tomorrow too), you can view yesterdays here. I'm summing up what I've been up to lately all in one week! Today is about what getting out of the non-creative quagmire and staying in the space of creativity.
So at the beginning of the week I posted about my 2016, how uncreative it was and how it has turned around, well in this post I'm going to share how I did that - because when you are feeling that stuck/uncreative/emotional/depressed even, it can be hard to see a way out of it.
Unfortunately I think the main thing it comes down to is something you don't want to hear when you are in that space, in fact it might be the exact opposite to what you want to hear, but it is changing your perspective. Shifting your attitude, yep, told you you don't wanna hear it! But I think deep down we don't want to hear that because we know it is the thing to do that will work. Therefore all our resistance bands together to try to stop us because it knows 'this is gonna be hard'. Your fear and resistance wants you stay where you are, where you are is safe, what's 'out there' isn't safe; it's unknown and it's uncomfortable. So in-spite of everything inside you telling you you can't shift your attitude, that you can't look from another perspective you have to choose to if you want change. When you do this you can then take the steps that will actually bring you out of it...UNTIL you do this though any steps you take will be futile, because what they are doing is dealing with a symptom, not the disease.
So I had to shift from 'this year has been so rubbish/unproductive/uncreative/hard/emotional' to 'I still have x amount of week's left, what can I do in that time to end 2016 with a bang?' It was not easy, nor done in one motion, but once I shifted an inch I did little things to ensure I grabbed it with both hands to gain another inch and keep that momentum going.
This is how you stay creatively on it,
you do not let the momentum you have
(any momentum, not matter how little)
Once I could feel this momentum again I increased my little things to big things - I created the class I mentioned earlier this week, hired the right coach to keep me on track and created the 'Maker's Meet-Up' Group on Journal Workshops to be a creativity 'staying on track' hub for people to bring their projects, creative issues & wins and support one another on our journey:
We meet up each week on fridays, share our projects & have a chat (the chat function on Journal Workshops goes on for all of friday, it's super fun!). Here is the video I posted in today's 'Meet-Up' to give you more of an idea about it:
If you think this might be something that is useful to you
here is the direct link to the group:
I also have to say accountability is one of the biggest things to help you stay creatively on track...I know people always say this but it is because it is true. This is why my hiring a coach has been the best thing I could have done for myself, but she does cost me a bomb - here you are getting a supportive creative environment for nada, so what are you waiting for?
Can't wait to see you over there
Ciao for now & Happy Weekend
PS here are the Links to bits mentioned in the vid:
The new class Rock Your Online Shop Has 50% Off ONLY Until Monday! You can join here: http://journalworkshops.ning.com/group/ryos
RAW Intuitive Journaling Class (process I'll be doing to re-adjust & reconnect): http://journalworkshops.ning.com/group/rawij
PPS I have been mentioning this a lot but it is because TODAY is the last day you can get the 21 Secrets Spring 2015 edition (to which I contributed a class) before it disappears for good. Yep, tomorrow it will be no more, gone, adios - forever! Here is the link http://bit.ly/2ggCDlC & if you use the code 'RETIRE' you will get $30 off!
PPPS Want something free from me to creatively keep you on track? Sign up to my free newsletter & you will receive a copy of my ebook 'How to Get on (& Stay on) a Creative Roll' plus lotsa other art goodies absolutely free (& immediately!): http://eepurl.com/BHv-1