This past weekend, I was stuck in a funk. I don’t know if it’s because July was a deep breath away (which meant that back to school was nipping at my heels), or it was because I’m standing at a fork in the road and I’m not sure which way I should go.
In either case, I was in a funk. I wasn’t feeling much of a desire to do much of anything.
Unfortunately, those moods or days or even weeks, can come far too often when you’re a solopreneur. You have a choice to make…do something or do nothing. Isn’t life always a choice?
I realized that I didn’t want to continue like this, so I chose to do something about it. I figured I’d fake it ’till I made it and I’d get my “creative” on. To be honest, I really had to force myself to do this. It was completely out of my comfort (or desire) zone at that moment.
I should point out that “creative” is a word that I seem to struggle with. You see, I know I’m “creative” I enjoy writing, I can tell a fun story, I can even write an impressive rhyming, guided visualization and turn it in for a project grade in grad school. And I can get my crafter on with the best of them. To say nothing of the fact that my quotable images are looking much better these days.
But…I often find myself comparing myself to my more “artistic” friends.
As one would expect, this leaves me feeling inept. And certainly doesn’t help get you out of a FUNK when you’re in one. [click here tweet this]
So I settled on the quick and easy. I mean, I’m already in a funk, I’m already forcing myself to “fake it” so I might as well make it easy, right?
I hit up Google and searched “how to be more creative.” Yes, I did. And I found a couple good articles – like this one, this one and even this one. I also posed the question to some of my more artistic (as it was suggested that I might want to think of “being creative” differently) friends on Facebook.
What they came back with was a suggestion to color a mandala or two.
So I spent the rest of that evening coloring. I’ll be honest, I still can’t say that I felt that I was being “creative” (um…I was coloring for Peet’s sake). But…it did get me out of my funk.
And it did get me to play around with creativity in other ways.
My clothes that have been pilled up since school let out…they’re hung up and put away. I can now actually walk straight up and into my closet. And I found some things to donate.
My kitchen got a mini-reorg. Nothing too wild and crazy (though Lord knows it needs it), but it’s a little tidier and cleaner than it used to be. And I also got more creative with meal planning and tried some fun new meals (some with and some without recipes).
I cleaned up my linens and my linen closet. The stuff that I no longer need…it’s tossed or donated. The stuff that I might need should we get overnight guests…lovingly wrapped and put away. All those Costco-sized packages of paper towels, toilet paper and tissues…in their new home in the top, out of the way, shelf in the closet.
And I’ve been writing more. I started a daily writing prompt thing (even if I haven’t been “writing” daily, I’ve been pondering each assignment and “writing” those stories in my head).
Heck, I even made my own deodorant. Yeah, I told you I can be crafty 😉
Am I completely over my funk? No. But I’m in a MUCH better place than I was before. And to be honest here, I think I might have discovered a fun new way to change my path and shake things up a bit.
If you’re looking for some other fun ways to get your creative on, check out this infographic from SociallyStacked for some new ideas.
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