Ive definitely been in a creative slump for a while now. Pre having Arthur I thought once he arrived I’d have all the inspiration in the world to write and share here on my blog. But the reality of the situation is that my time is much less.
I am just so busy I never seem to stop.
I have grabbed this time to quickly write this as Arthur has gone for a very late danger nap and Sophia and Archie are just home from school and I am watching them play outside in the comfort of our living room.
The realities of having three children mean I am literally here, there and everywhere. I do the school drop off, attend either bootcamp (which I do three times a week) for myself or a musical class for Arthur. And as Archie has only just stared school its half days for three weeks (we are on the last week now) so I do an extra school run midday which leaves me with a very busy schedule and not much time to fit in a food shop and all the other duties that come with being a mum.
Alongside all this I work from home and fitting in work and then seeing my friends on top really has kept me so busy. And actually its a weekly struggle trying to fit everything in. I’ve found myself saying no to a lot of catch up dates with friends because of it, which always makes me feel bad.
Writing that all down now has made me realise that no wonder I have been lacking in my creative pursuits here online.
I’ve become so busy with everything I’ve not given myself a chance or any headspace to be here. I also at times find myself overthinking and wondering what people really want to see here on my blog and then I never end up posting what I want to post because by that time I’ve lost my creative flow with that idea.
So recently I have had a few ideas for content on my blog and i’ve written them down. I hope that will help me keep on top of what I want to share here and keep my inspiration going rather then stopping it completely.
Its so easy to loose our creative flow in the midst of everyday life, but for me it is so important to me and essential to my wellbeing. So its important I make an effort to keep it going and to share everything I want to here.
Recently its definitely made me realise the importance of taking time and creating a space for myself. I used to be so good at it, and when I had the chance or the time i’d write. But since having Arthur and Archie starting school my pockets of time have got even smaller. So I have just got to be a bit more selective with my time.
Find space for myself: I hope this post hasn’t been too rambley, but ultimately what I do to find inspiration when I am lacking is to find space for myself, little pockets of time to let my mind relax and to write.
Workout: I have recently signed up to 6 months of bootcamp, call me crazy but I really want to get back to my pre pregnancy size and feel like I have my body back. I am craving it. It also clears my mind and is a way for me to release my energy and get my mood up. I always feel so good after a really intense workout. I Instantly find myself wanting to go back again.
Reading other blogs: This always gives me ideas for new content on my blog, and when I read something that someone else is passionate about I instantly want to write what I am passionate about. Its quite motivating. Like in any industry of work you are influenced by your co workers to work harder. It works.
Taking time out: Taking time out to enjoy the simple pleasures of life always keeps me grounded and gives me a clear head to get back up and carry on. Sitting quietly for few minutes with a cuppa and a biscuit always buts my world to rights. Its like magic!
There are so many ways to be creative and in a world where we are bombarded with paraphernalia online, in real life, on television, everywhere, IT CAN GET OVERWHELMING. Its important to take five to bring yourself back to centre.
I also like to remind myself that what I do, I do it because I want to , everything I take part in or do in my life brings me happiness. If it makes me happy, it stays in my life and I keep doing it. Thats just how I roll.
I guess every single day is a learning curve both as someone who craves creativity and someone who doesn’t. We are all learning everyday what works for us and how to keep the momentum going when we are in a bit of a slump.
We all pull inspiration from different things so its important we find out what drives our creativity so we can motivate ourselves. Its those unmotivated and un-inspirational times that are most hard to navigate. But rest assured they always pass.
Hope these few little ideas of what I do when I am struggling for inspiration helps you too.