I know it’s been really quiet around here lately. Lately as in… this whole year. Yes, I feel blogger shame. Even though I’m not sure that I’m actually a blogger. See, I’ve been feeling a huge disconnect in myself lately. I’ve been too far away from my creativity. I’ve been bogged down with blogging research (and then never blogging!) and business research (and never implementing it) and I think I have analysis paralysis. It’s taking a huge toll on my creativity, which is of course not a good thing.
And yes, technology. Bored? Check my email. Browse Pinterest aimlessly hoping to be ‘inspired’. Check in on Facebook (I love my friends, but honestly I don’t need to be doing this all the time!). I don’t want to disconnect from these things entirely, but I think I need to really start to be more intentional with my time. The real problem for me is that I think I’ve forgotten how. When I have a quiet moment, I find myself not really sure what to think about. Maybe nothing? A new design? The display design for my upcoming art fair (Traverse City!!)? I find my mind blank and then still turn to my phone or computer for ‘help’. Which is no help at all.
Eric and I are going camping in a couple weeks. We’ll be gone and off the grid for 8 whole days! I’m beyond excited to pack up and get the hell out of dodge for a while. No internet, no phone reception, no 9-6, no demands. I’m hoping this time away will be an awesome start to a more deliberate use of my time and my energy/creativity. I’m excited about the possibilities. I’m excited to just be in the woods for a while.
I might bring some Thoreau or Emerson. Or maybe just my notebook. My plans are to observe, revel, collect, marvel, be inspired (without pressure to get inspired), see a shooting star, dip my toes in the frigid waters of Lake Superior for the first time, listen to the trees and the waves and the birds and the wind.
How do you get in touch with your creative self? What’s your favorite way to disconnect?