We are busy here at MFCH, and although I have a wonderful team working with me, I find it difficult to carve out time to write here on the blog. Staying creative is a challenge. 2024 is the year when I promised myself I get back to writing regularly. I have missed the blog and missed the moments of sharing that the blog brings. So if you’ll have me back, then here I am!
To jump-start my reawakened writing habit, I’m starting a new series called ‘So The Thing About …’. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be focusing on situations and things I come across as a publisher, entrepreneur, Instagrammer, and ‘older’ woman trying to balance her daily life with an unexpected full-time job. I hope you like this new series, and I hope you’ll feel encouraged to share your own experiences in the comments below.
So the thing about staying creative is just that …. You have to stay creative.
For me being creative is as important as breathing, I literally feel ill at ease if I have days in a row with no opportunity to get creative. Also, I have the added pressure of knowing that my creativity has a direct influence on the content of our social media and websites.
When we get busy, or too deep into a routine, it is so easy to get into a creative desert, parched for inspiration. But I have discovered that when I feel like I’m running on empty, it is possible to jump-start the machine and get those juices flowing again. I can literally force myself to be creative, even when it doesn’t come easily, and quite quickly it will take effect.
My easy go-to is flowers. Foraged in the garden, or shop-bought, it’s not very important, the main thing is to start playing with their shapes and colors and enjoy the process of bringing together a beautiful arrangement.
The next step is to take photos. Again, this is not a given. Sometimes the light doesn’t work, the flowers don’t pop, and the composition is off-balance, but by pushing myself and making it fun I get there in the end.
There are a zillion ways to get creative …. photography, painting, pottery, writing, cooking …. The thing is to get the ball rolling.
the more you create, the more creative you become
and the more you want to create and the better you get.
Now it’s your turn to tell us about your need to be creative, and how you avoid ‘running dry’.