It’s too easy to overthink things, at least that’s what I think ( ha ha). It happens to me quite often that I have some free time, with loads of potential, and I get a bit panicked! That’s so weird isn’t it? I can come up with a list, a plan, or a theme and all of these strategies can help, but I do have days where I am kind of frozen. I can’t put pen to paper, sew a stitch or type a blog post. I can be swamped with little comments from my inner critic questioning what the point is. Stopping every idea I have in it’s tracks, BAM. Or I can distract myself with domestic duties (always plenty of those to do) and suddenly the day is gone.
The other day when this happened, I told that voice to be quiet, I said something like “you know, you have had 40 years or so of telling me I can’t draw, of criticizing my creative attempts, stopping me from being brave and just doing something because I enjoy it, now you can be quiet for a while”. And I kept drawing and it was good. ( and then a week later I had a “frozen” day).
Of course I have done things which I am pleased with in the last few years so most of the time that voice isn’t there. But for some reason with drawing or artistic endeavours it speaks it’s mind loud and clear. So today when faced with a day off and an agenda to have some creative me time. I used this strategy. I JUST … STARTED!
After the school drop off I drew a little picture of something that caught my eye when I was driving, (and I liked it). Then I cleared the kitchen bench and pretended I was turning it into my studio ( “shut up voice, I can have a studio and be artistic today”), I looked through my arty supplies and just picked something to start with, some watercolours. And then I started mixing colours and making shapes. Some colours were a bit yucky, it was very simplistic , but you know what… I liked it, I had fun and then it inspired this blog post. So YAY!!! And it’s only 11 am and the day is still young.
So if you find yourself a bit stuck like I get sometimes,my words of inspiration for the day are. “Just start, even if it’s 5 minutes of doing something you want to be doing, or learning about or creating. Starting feels good, and it can lead to more”. And if starting is too hard, have a cuppa and give yourself permission to start some other time.