Staying inspired through the chaos

When I look at my calendar widget to the right, I can see that I haven’t blogged much in the last two weeks. I think it’s mostly because my work has been insane. By the time I get home at night, I am zonked. I am lucky if I can stay focused long enough to commit to eating at home and choosing something fairly healthy to eat.

After supper, I sink into the couch and curl up into my favorite position in the nook of Scott’s arms drawing in his heat and love. Ahhhhh – it feels sooo good! After about an hour of couch cuddles and TV, I have been doing remarkably well at pealing myself out of my fav comfort zone to do Pilates. Kudos to me! But walks have been out of the question – it’s freaking cold and snowy out!

After all that is done, I am ready for a bath and bed.

In times like this, when work just seems to take the stuffin’ out of me, I feel like my “home” creative brain shuts off completely. All I want to do is get warm and watch TV; my motivation seeps away leaving me with a long wish list left untouched.

How do you keep your creativity and your commitment to writing when you already write all day, every day, and under great pressure to boot? How do I turn the juices back on?

I was wondering if creating a habit of writing is what I am missing – setting a specific time aside every evening where I go into my office, shut out the world, and write – about anything and about nothing – for the blog, for my journal, for shits and giggles. Whatever. If I just wrote – with no intention and no prescription. I bet that type of set-up would help me through the tougher creative times such as these.

What do you do to keep the creative juices flowing through the times of chaos or fatigue?

On a happy note, I ordered my birthday present. A bit early considering my birthday is mid-March but I like a nice, long birthday season. The Kindle should be here in a couple of weeks. I already perused the long list of books and marked a pile into my Wish List to download once the little gadget arrives. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it – happy birthday to me!

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  1. Hello Again 🙂

    I keep a file of things that inspire me. Pictures, videos, quotes, songs, and such. That makes my creative juices start floating again. Also, when I am completely uninspired I go on this site called “stumble”. You make yourself a member (completely free), choose the subjects you like (books, art, etc) and then click stumble. It leads you to various websites related to the subjects you chose. I usually spend about 10 minutes on there and find myself re-inpired.

    I am so glad you ordered your Kindle. If you are anything like me I am sure you will love it!

    Hope that helped in some way,
    Isabel

    • Hi Isabel – thank you for the fantastic suggestions. I had never heard of stumble and am going to check it out today. Sounds like exactly what I am looking for. I also created a corkboard this morning to pin up things of inspiration so here’s hoping I am well on my way. Thanks again and I will definitely keep you posted on the Kindle experience. It should be here the first week of Feb – woot woot! 🙂

  2. I look for things that I see a somewhat different in life. Or pick a certain line out of a song and build from there.

    • Thanks so much Duke – great suggestion! I can always draw a lot of inspiration and motivation from some good music so perhaps I just need to turn off the TV and crank up the tunes! 🙂

  3. Ooooo…a Kindle. Will love to hear your thoughts on it. I received one as a gift and am still “making peace” with it. It seems like you already have a plan of attack for use and downloading titles.

    For writing, I can relate so much to what you said about feeling a bit “all written out” at the end of the day. I lost my writing spark and direction for the five years I spent churning out business writing (proposals, marketing material) for work. I’m in different career now, but still have to steal moments or carve out corners of time to get it done. I don’t every day, but am far better at my focus now and completion of projects. Part of it is setting goals and another part is expanding the social aspects of my writing world (including blogging) and more reading. Also having multiple notebooks around so when something hits me, I can write it down to come back to later. I’ve heard others swear by doing morning pages, but I haven’t ever done that regularly. Mine would be night pages. 🙂

    • Making peace with it – love that! 🙂 It should be here the first week of Feb so I’ll keep you posted on my thoughts and experience. I am hopeful since I am absolutely a gadget girl. And although I love the feeling of a book, those darn creases can drive me nuts so I am thinkin’ I’ll love it.

      That’s it exactly – I churn out business writing all day so when I get home at night – I feel totally tapped out, especially when work is in overdrive (which seems to be the case most days now). I find it works better if I actually do my blog writing at work on my lunch hour since I seem useless when I get home but those often get eaten up with deadlines and urgencies – it always comes down to prioritizing doesn’t it? You are right, it’s about purposely carving out those moments, to make creative writing happen. Love the idea of having multiple notebooks all over the place. That would work wonders for me because I often have great inspirations for something to write at the most inconvenient times! 🙂 Morning pages wouldn’t work for me either – I have a terrible time draggin’ my sorry ass out of bed already. LOL! Thanks again for the great words of wisdom and suggestions – they will really help!

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