I managed to get to bed early last night, but I didn’t fall asleep right away. Tucked under the covers, I let my mind wander (and wander and wander) for more than an hour, and it was actually kinda nice.
Does this happen to you? — Do you get the feeling there just isn’t enough time at the end of most days to decompress (when did our to-do lists get so long?!?)? I think it might be why I feel stuck in a creative rut.
This “stuck-ness” happens to me every once in a while, and it isn’t limited to creativity. Have you ever gone through a time in which you felt like a hamster on a wheel, like you were repeating the same tasks, mistakes or bad habits over and over again? I have, more than once.
Last night, as I lay in bed, I tried to think of ways out of my rut and remembered something that’s worked for me before: writing an inspiring list.
This morning I asked friends on Twitter to share some of their inspirationsâ€¦
By using a list of things (quotes, songs, people, pets, paintings, poems, books, precious memories, flowers, collectible coins — whatever they are) that move me as jumping off points for even MORE ideas, maybe, just maybe, I’ll find a way out of my rut.
It’s free and easy if you’d like to try it with me. All we need is something to write with and a seat someplace quiet for a few minutes.
Step One (there’s really only one step): Write a list of things that inspire you.
Sometimes I find it easier to start with my eyes closed, and I don’t think you have to put a lot of deep thought into it, either. If something moves you in any way, add it to your list.
Here are some of the things on mine…
The ocean. I love the scents, sounds and colors of the ocean and how I feel when I’m there — at peace and one with nature. And when I’m in the sea, my body and soul feel weightless, free, like I’m connected to everywhere and every thing.
Impressionist art. I find the soft brush strokes soothing, and the colors appear to float in the air before my eyes.
Dope lyricists. I’ve been listening to Wale (pronounced Wa-lay) practically 24/7 since Thursday. The beats are great, but his lyrics are even better (recommended if you like Kanye and/or KiD CuDi). His songs tell stories and remind me of why I like blogging — because it’s like opening a doorway into someone else’s life and letting them step back into yours.
Traveling. I get a kick out of seeing new places and experiencing new things, even the parts that involve language barriers and getting hopelessly lost.
Driving down to Key West in Florida, November 2009
Positive people. While the list of things I’ve done wrong in my life reads like a novel, one thing I got right was marrying El Hub. His optimism warms my heart like a ray of sunshine. Aww, so cheesy!
TIP: Even if your list doesn’t make a lick of sense to you now, keep it for a while, and let it simmer. It could plant the seeds of ideas in your head that grow up to be the trees you climb to get out of your rut.
Sending you extra love and good vibe-age today…
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. If you feel like it, please share your list of inspirations in the comments.