How do you renew your creativity when it is flagging?
Do you listen to music? Spiff up your entire house in a frenzied cleaning spree? Disappear into a novel for a few hours?
As I transition from part-time freelance writer to full-time, creativity is on my mind a lot. The other day I was feeling quite overwhelmed and rather daunted by this change in my life.
Since I was fretting about it, I assigned myself the job of taking an hour or so to just sit out in the sunshine and get settled and restored.
I spread oatmeal toast with butter and jelly, filled a cheery green cup with blueberries, and toddled out to the back yard with a stack of cookbooks pillaged from my friends kitchen.
For a while I just sat with eyes closed, feeling the hot morning sun warm my skin and dry my hair. I reminded myself to take a few deep breaths and could feel the stress ebbing away.
After a bit I dug into my breakfast then cracked open the first cookbook. Soon I was shaking my head in wonder at stunningly decorated cookies and cakes. I have no desire to do such painstaking work myself, but I was in awe of the detail and beauty of each little creation.
The next book was my favorite and I can’t wait to track down my own copy. It is the oh-so-brilliant and inspiring “The Improvisational Cook” by Sally Schneider. After reading only a few pages my creative self was off and running, darting this way and that with one idea after another.
It reminded me again of how much we need each other. Yes, we can and must work hard on our own, but sometimes our better selves and ideas are brought out by the inspiration and creativity of another.
A few days later I went outside again. I had more blueberries – sure love those little beauties – but this time I had my journal in tow instead of more books to read.
I find great comfort in putting pen to paper, letting random thoughts and snippets of ideas filter down into coherent sentences and helpful to-do lists. Slowly but surely general dreams are simmered into specific plans of action, and frazzled nerves are calmed.
Although my life is still crazy, taking time to get renewed has eased my anxiety and given me clear priorities. It’s going to be a good week.
How do you renew your creativity, luvs?