Just Need Time…

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The last few weeks have been really busy between life and work. I have absolutely no complaints, but sometimes in these busy times my creativity wains. It may be one of the most frustrating things as a creative. Call after call of pitching ideas, developing new designs for brands, developing content for this space, and being present when we are with clients can really drain your creative energy. This used to scare me and leave me ready to give up, thinking gosh I am not truly meant to do this. Those times were bad especially because I was working alone and had no one to pick me up and say, “Come on let’s go take some time to refresh or we got to keep going.” At times it put me in a pretty dark place emotionally because creating is everything to me. I would feel a little like I had lost my capability to use my legs or hands for a period of time. Creating and making is such an extension of who I am that when it doesn’t pour as freely or come as easy as I know it should I feel pretty lost.

Here I am again, right now. I have been trying for nearly a week to develop the words and content I needed this week and gosh I feel pretty empty. I know now that this is normal and that all I need is to say is that I need some time to get lost in my own world. I need to make no firm plans so I can give my head the space it needs to float and relax enough to remember again how to flow well. Maybe it has happened from flexing the muscle too much lately, maybe I am tired, maybe I have relied too much on outside inspiration, or maybe I simply have not settled long enough in a while. I am not sure, but I felt I needed to share this with all of you.

After a weekend of working and some late nights, I am looking forward to taking time to be home and have some alone time for a while. I have been trying hard to not fill the calendar in order to give myself the space I need to be the best I can. Over the years I have learned that though I love people, my introverted self needs and wants the sound of my favorite record swirling in the air as the cool breeze blows in the windows. I need time to sit along the shore, watching as the water lapses with every breath. I need that stillness and I need time to take care of myself. When these things are removed I can find myself here, uninspired and with an empty creative tank.

I am pretty excited to find this time for myself and have some quiet the rest of this month and next. Even with a growing list of deadlines and to-dos, I try to leave myself the grace I need to do what I need in order to be the best I can be. Saying no is important, and I am feeling better at saying it a little more.

Have you ever had these times where your creative-tank felt a little empty? What do you do? Funny how it can creep up on you huh?

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  1. I totally understand where you’re coming from with this, and it’s actually really helpful that you’ve taken the time to write about it because I’ve been feeling it too but haven’t been able to accept it or even been able to combat it. Thank you for providing some inspration on this dreary Monday night (both outdoors and within myself!)
    xoxo

  2. I absolutely experience this. I experienced quite a spell of it recently! I always find that when I take time to live life and do other things…and not passively, it all comes back around. So when I feel like my creativity is lacking, I spend more time reading–fiction and non-fiction in topics that I am curious about. I spend more time listening to music. Having conversations about whatever with good friends. And my creativity/inspiration comes back.

  3. I love your honesty and your heart. Thanks for sharing with us, Megan, you’re a gem. I think showing ourselves grace is key to finding our spark again, it’s so so important. Take that time to be kind to yourself, and find peace in whatever you can – whether it be sleep, or sitting in nature, or listening to records. No pressure. No expectations. Just be. I hope you find yourself feeling renewed in no time. You have the support of all of us 🙂 xox.

  4. Thank you for sharing such an honest post, Megan. It really is comforting to know that I’m not alone in feeling creatively drained from time to time. I hope you are able to take the alone time that you need to refresh and renew your creativity – I know this is the only way I am able to remain present with both myself and my clients.

  5. Oh absolutely !! It’s a really awful feeling and can definitely be hard to shake sometimes, especially if you feel over worked and not time to really slow down and relax. But I find even just going for a five minute walk can heap a lot just to refresh your brain a bit and it’s really important to just walk away sometimes and come back to it, especially if I feel like I’ve just hit a brick wall. It’s amazing what just walking away for even just five minutes and taking your mind off it can do. I definitely find sometimes that I feel like I just want to quit and everything’s to hard but then sometimes you can come back to it later and realise actually it wasn’t that hard at all. 🙂

  6. Yup, totally know the feeling. I’m currently on a two month hiatus (at least) from my blog because of it! I’m afraid of getting rusty but I’m even more afraid of burning out if I keep going full force.

  7. Funny, I reached this point last week some time. I’m more of an extrovert, so setting time aside for myself is lower down on my “must do” list…. but man, when I need that alone time, I need it hard. And it sure does creep up fast.

    My solution last week was to disconnect from social media for a bit – focus on the people in front of me more. That seemed to do the trick, for a bit anyways 🙂

  8. We all need this time away. This post says it well, Megan. Enjoy your time. Soak in the things that make you feel peaceful and calm, relax. See the beauty in God’s Creation. It is so very beautiful.

    I take time to walk and see people every day. I am an introvert but at the same time seeing people makes me smile 🙂 It is my time away from duties, my staycation. I love it!!

    Have a beautiful day!