Monday, March 27, 2017

When It Feels Like Your Creativity and Motivation are Just Gone!


Hey friends! I know, not much going on here at Poofing the Pillows. 
Crickets chirping. Dust bunnies rolling around.  You get the picture.
Do you ever go through periods of time when you have absolutely no motivation or creativity whatsoever? I'm there right now. Why? I have no explanation. 
Sometimes you just lose your mojo.
So what's a girl to do?


Here's what I'm going to do starting now. I'm dusting off my britches and getting to work! That usually sparks my ideas and actions. It's the old object in motion thing and once you make yourself move it's easier to keep going.  There's so much creativity in this world and it's really not that hard to find inspiration.
A starting place for me right now is gardening. It's time to plant things here in Texas. My poor flower pots are sitting empty -  just waiting to be noticed. Planting is creative and promising. Breathing fresh air and soaking up sunshine is good for you.  We are in transition right now while our house is being built and it seems that would be really inspiring but most of our stuff is packed! All of my favorite things are out of sight and out of mind so for now I can plan and dream. I might even get out my colored pencils and draw a garden design.

I'm going to embrace the new season! Green grass, blue skies, bunnies, birds, and sunshine. I love it all! There is inspiration in the season when life is new and fresh. A person does have to keep her eyes open though and sometimes we I am guilty of being closed off to fresh ideas. 
Spending time with creative friends sure can get my wheels turning. Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Brighten Workshop hosted by At Home with Jemma and Garden Up Green's Carole West. These girls were organized, encouraging, and enthusiastic about blogging and life. I came away feeling refreshed and happy. Do you have friends who inspire you to be creative?
Jemma, Carole, Eilis, Carol, Maria, Barbara, Me
Reading sparks new ideas too. Gardening books, decorating magazines, blogs, recipe books, and sometimes good old fiction can nudge me from a creativity dry spell.  I just purchased this book and can hardly wait to devour its pages. 
Floret Flowers

Comparison is the thief of joy.
-Theodore Roosevelt


I know we've all heard that quote time and time again but do you stop to think about it much? The world looks all too perfect these days with social media. I'm so guilty of thinking I could never do it as well as her... or man I wish I could do that... or if only my something was as good as hers. Honestly y'all. Comparison sucks the life out of me sometimes but it's all self imposed. Please tell me you feel that way too some days.
This post is me talking to myself and you. It's a pep talk of sorts. :)
I'm happiest when I'm creative and productive. Bet you are too. 
So tell me please, what are your secrets when you feel like your creativity and motivation have disappeared?
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47 comments:

Pam @ Biscuits & Burlap said...

Sweet Stacey! Don't you think being away from your favorite things and not in your own home at the moment has contributed to your feeling a lack of creativity? It's just temporary and this too shall pass. You will be just bursting with ideas and projects once you get through this time of transition.

Yes, I go through those times too. I wish I had a sure fire cure for you. Even though it is early spring I think the doldrums of winter do this to a lot of us. Get outside and breathe in that fresh air, saying a little prayer of thanks for blessings and just soak in this beautiful world.

Pam Kessler said...

You've got this! Just jump right back on in and you'll find your mojo again :) I can't wait to get gardening myself!

Janet Coon said...

It's great to gather with like minded friends to give you that boost you might need. Go for it!

Richella said...

Bless you as you get to work! Like you, I think your mojo will return once you get moving--you're right about overcoming inertia!

And girl, you're not the only one who has trouble with comparing herself to others. I think about comparison so much that I'm writing a book about it. Seriously! Let's overcome it together!

Andrea Nine said...

I know your mojo will return and Spring will put a pep in your step. I look at it as a fresh beginning more so than the beginning of the new year!! I try really hard not to compare, I think it is even harder in the Bloggy world with all the perfect pics and creations. Just do you because you are AWESOME!! ;-)

My Kentucky Living said...

I was without my mojo during the post holiday cold winter span. With warmer temps and sunshine I am getting my creativity back.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I am in the exact same boat as you! Living in a temporary rental, while my house is being built (or should I say - today they are actually doing some tree removal etc to start building). All of my favorite things are packed as well. We did not even hang any pictures in this house. So I am trying to find other ways to be creative. My husband I made some European style bread boards and listed them on ETSY. The first one just sold today! I have been interested in basket weaving for a while, and I am waiting for a kit to arrive to try my hand at that. I also ordered that flower book, after seeing your facebook post. Hang in there! Once you move into your new home you creative juices will be over flowing! p.s. are you going to post pictures of your home in progress of being built?

Art and Sand said...

I was feeling like I had lost my mojo because I hadn't done any big projects lately, so yesterday I went out and bought 6 bouquets of flowers at Trader Joe's - my garden is quite ready for cutting yet. I'm going to use my creativity to first do some fun floral photography and then I'll put them all over the house to make me smile.

Patti Estep said...

I totally agree that getting out with other people is a great way to boost your creativity. Especially with friends who lift you up. Sometimes I find that just doing something, anything will help push me forward and knowing that it's okay to take a day off now and then.

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh my word I hear you! I feel like I've been barely skating through life on my blog for the past year or more. A definite dry patch to the point where I thought it was time to close up shop! In my heart I know it's not time though, I just needed to take pressure off myself and spend some time dreaming. Look around and see what needed finishing, tweaking, painting... It's got to be tough to be between homes when that is your creative outlet! Plant the flowers, dream some dreams, but above all, give yourself the time you need to get back to creating. We will all still be here in the meantime. There really isn't a thing wrong with taking a break. In fact, I find my best ideas come when I force myself to do nothing!

VintageSouthernPicks Florence S said...

Sure I have those times! There are days I just want to sit on the couch & veg out...more often than I should, but I don't let myself! I get up & keep going. Then I usually feel better. Season-wise, we are at a transition too...garden is not really "out," but winter is over, at least in the South anyway. I think that affects me for sure. I'm a new blogger so I haven't had many dry periods yet. You are so right about the comparison quote, and I'm guilty of that all too often. I appreciate your honesty.

Tanya said...

Hang in there, Stacey! Spring will certainly bring some creativity to you. I often think about that Comparison quote. So true. I have given up instagram and facebook for Lent, and I find myself comparing myself a lot less and being more content with my life the way it is. Hopefully, after Easter comes, I can ease back into it and not let it dominate my thoughts again.

Brenda Pruitt said...

When I'm feeling like that, I either go the antique mall and just stroll, and let inspiration find me. Or go through out magazines. Then of course there's the garden nursery I most love here in Tulsa that is a feast for the eyes. When is your house supposed to be finished?
Brenda

Kim said...

It's hard to be motivated when you're in limbo, I would imagine. I am sure that once your home is built and you are ready to move in...or at least get decorating...you will be full of energy and new ideas. In the meantime, I love reading whatever you share and you always have the sunniest and smile inducing photos. I love visiting you, because I always know I it will be a cheery read. Now I am off to check out that book! Flowers...yum!! :)

Botanic Bleu said...

Stacey,
When I was growing up and not feeling well physically (sick with cold...), my mother would always say, get out of bed, take a bath, put on some fresh clothes, you will feel better. She was right. I wasn't well, still felt poorly, but better. So, when feeling down mentally, I find the same thing works to reinvigorate my mental state. Get up from where I am, freshen up, and I do feel better. I've been fighting some physical battles that led to mental battles, but am practicing Mother's advice. Get up, freshen up, show up.

Sounds like you are doing that by going to the workshop on Sunday... Each day brings you closer to your new home, and you will have many fresh days with creativity flowing. Life has cycles; you are climbing the upward cycle with peaks to come.

Judith

Katie Mansfield said...

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one that loses my motivation. It looks like you had a great workshop. Great group.

Debbie A Stolle said...

So glad you were able to meet with some bloggers and get refreshed! Gardening to me is also like house cleaning, you do and your mind goes for a walk...breaking from routing can spur that creative juice. Sounds like "You Got This Girl!"

Maria Brittis said...

Such a nice group of ladies, wish I was able to attend such a creative work shop with your all. Looks like oyu all had fun
Maria

JoAnne said...

I often dread yard work but once I get out there the motivation kicks in to make things look nice. Everything is just starting to turn green around here so that is motivating too. Sometimes just getting started is the hardest part.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Spring has Sprung and your house is coming along you are well on you way to taking just another step in living your dream and using those wonderful gifts that God blessed you with!
So great to have you join us Stacey!
Jemma

Maria Elena said...

Stacey, I am there with you and I am not building a new house, so I don't have an excuse. I am just dragging my feet trying to add a bit of Spring decor to our home. I also hope this will pass. I am sure as soon as you move into your new home you will be full of inspiration and ideas. How fun is going to be for you to decorate your new gorgeous home!

Cecilia Bramhall said...

I think it's especially hard when you're in transition- your dreams are on hold (so to speak) or maybe even a little lost in the interim. I've been battling that on and off as we wait to move to the farm - dividing time between two places, not having enough time to finish one project before another one demands your time. I'd lost my joy in the city house. One day I realized I needed to bloom where I was planted at that moment. I literally had to just start working on an area, motivated or not. I also had to quit comparing and trying to do things I thought other people would like; it needed to be what I liked and wanted.
Hang in there. It's ok to go through these times and take stock of things. Just keep doing something. Eventually, your creativity will return.

Jeanie said...

Wonderful pep talk, Stacey, and I know exactly what you mean. Sometimes we look and think our (project, arrangement, garden, tablesetting, art) will never look as good as all we see and it stops us in our tracks. Rather, it must be as "good as I can make it be." And if we like it, yay!

Your garden is perfect as so many things can be done in pots while you are in transition. And the Brighten workshop sounded so wonderful. More than once I've wished I lived closer to your fabulous Texas bloggers and this was just another time. Creating with others really jumpstarts us, doesn't it?

I've been on a semi-creative roll of late -- practicing my painting, decorating for Easter (finally! The house is decorated!), trying some new cooking things... and soon it will be warm enough for the garden too.

I have no doubt you will be back in full gear sooner rather than later. In fact, I think it has already started!

Mary K.- The Boondocks Blog said...

Stacey I went through a period like that right after Thanksgiving and what I ended up doing is just stepping back for a few weeks and taking a break. Blogging is hard work and sometimes we go into automatic pilot which sucks the joy out of our lives. Look forward to your new home, I know that once it nears completion you will be jumping with joy and full of ideas on how to decorate it.

Pam Richardson said...

Stacey, I appreciated your pep talk. Sometimes we have these periods of needing a break and it is ok! When I least expect it something I see or hear resonates with me. Your new house is coming along and can't wait to see how you decorate it! Blessings~

Lincuden Cottage Life said...

I can totally relate Stacey! I always find January to April a difficult time for creativity to ignite! For me, it's the weather.....Glad you are finding your spark again! Just wait until you are settled into your beautiful new house!!! The creative juices will flow!!! Xo

Anne's Attic - Design said...

This year Spring is so lovely to me and I have really been enjoying each and every bud and blade of grass as I walk on my little lane. I love your words. Have a wonderful day.
xoxo Jo

Katie Clooney said...

Great pep talk, Stacey. I know what you're talking about. I go through dry spells. Last summer, I planned on taking a week off and it turned into a month because I wasn't motivated. You have a lot on your plate with the house being built. Have a great week, dear Stacey.

Blondie's Journal said...

I think you are going to really get your mojo on once you get outside...gardening is truly creative (and good exercise) and you have a green thumb. I think in spite of the mono, I am doing pretty well pulling my two homes together. Then again, without the Internet I never would be able to get out and shop for all that I have found!!

Take care!

Jane x

Tammy Lagaly said...

Stacey,
Hang in there... I know it must be hard to be "living out of a suitcase" as my Granny used to say. It's only temporary.(Bet you get tired of hearing that!) Get those pots out and start planting! I am so happy you were able to attend the workshop. I was so excited when I saw it and disappointed when I realized I would not be able to attend. Those gals inspire me weekly! I just know when you start your pots, you are going to feel better!
Tammy

Creations By Cindy said...

I've this feeling sweet friend that once those creative juices get flowing you'll be in full swing . Sometimes though we just need a break . Other times it seems we are in a rut so to speak and struggle to get out . for me right now I'm struggling with just having the "want too " if that makes sense . But in my defense I've been under the weather too . Hang in there . This too shall pass . Hugs and blessings , cindy

Wendy McDonagh-Valentine said...

I think gardening and drawing a garden plan are both wonderful places to start. I am not a good self motivator at all, that's for sure. I have days where it's 2:00 in the afternoon and I have to pick my daughter up from school in an hour and I feel like I've done absolutely nothing. I definitely feel better when I'm being creative and/or getting things done!! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I'm looking forward to catching up on some of your past posts. : ) xo

~ Wendy
http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I have been without a post idea in forever and although Spring is here on the calendar, the snow is just melting here and everything is grey and bare. No flowers to take pictures of, no inspiration to decorate for Spring. I just took my winter d├ęcor off my front porch. I also had hand surgery at the beginning of March so I am trying to work through doing things with my right hand again. I did manage to write a post about commenting on blogs and it only depressed me more! So many bloggers have gotten so busy making money on their blog that they don't have time to visit us little guys anymore. So, yes! I am in a slump! I hope when Spring really arrives here I will be inspired. You are not alone!!

Lynn Bean said...

I so agree! Creativity begets creativity! Have a happy week.

Rita C. said...

Whew, boy, I know the feeling. I was part of a blog hop this week but guess what? I created that tablescape BEFORE spring, before my projects began, and haven't felt like doing ANYthing much since. The house is a mess, don't want to garden while workers are cutting tile on my grass (that's pretty much dead now), even the antique mall booths are suffering. I did manage to get my niece's shower done, but others helped lift me up there. I think I need a vacation....that usually helps sparks a desire to at least change focus and want to write to share.

You looked super cute in your outfit at the Brighten Workshop. New dress maybe? Love the color! Sometimes even a little retail therapy can spark creative juices, but I don't even wanna do that. Hope your building project is sailing along nicely. You've got more gumption than me to be tackling such a project, that's for sure.
Rita

Two PlusCute said...

We all get the creative blues, don't let it get you down.
My little tip? Just relax, regroup and take the time to just...idle. Even machines get some rest.

Rue said...

Well, yes, actually I did lose my mojo. It was brought on by a few things, but mostly I was burnt out trying to keep up with life and blogging.Funny thing is.... in order to blog about life, you need to live life lol Anyway, I think I figured out a way to not burn myself out and taking a break for almost a year with very few posts helped.

I think your mojo will come back in spades. We've been doing this for an awfully long time and we should know that it always comes back ;)

I'm glad you had a good time with blogging friend and I can't wait to see your home, my friend.

xo,
rue

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

You are not alone. It is ok to take a break, besides you have a lot on your plate. Building a new house takes it's toll on a couple. Let spring motivate you and blog when you can. Happy spring.

Maria Zannini said...

I so enjoyed meeting you and the rest of the gang at the blog workshop. I was inspired!

You have an awesome blog. I love everything about it. It's so light and airy and beautiful. I've added you to my blog reader so I can always keep up.

re: creativity
Whenever I get stumped, overwhelmed, or just blah about creating, I step back. I do the exact opposite of creative--preferably tedious and methodical work like cleaning, weeding, or trying to untangle the cords on the back of my computer. :)

There's something about doing mundane things that kind of resets your clock. It works for me, anyway.

A Joyful Cottage said...

Stacey, you're probably more creative right now than you realize. I've seen your Instagram photos, so I know you are creating as you choose finishes for your home. It takes vision and creativity to do that. I think you should give yourself permission not to feel like doing a lot beyond that, simply because building a home is a big job and takes a lot of effort. Even if you're having the work done, there are still decisions to make. Important decisions. I just recently discovered Floret Flowers and may have to get her book. I adore cut flowers. xo

carol@The Red Painted Cottage said...

Stacey, I think we all go through this from time to time. I have spurts of doing so much and then everything just dries up. When that happens, I turn to my friends, watercolor, reading and going through blogs and Pinterest. Sometimes we just need a time to freshen up again, and there's nothing wrong with that. I'm sure once you move into your new house or go to Haven (which ever comes first), you'll be back to yourself in no time flat.

Pat @ bringingfrenchcountryhome said...

Hi Stacey, Sure, everyone has those times. Mine are almost always in the dead of winter. You have a lot of great ideas on getting your mojo back. I enjoyed reading everyone's comments but here's a different take on it. It's OK not to be motivated or energetic now and then. Our culture is so busy all the time as opposed to some European and Eastern cultures that know how to slow down. I think it's fine to take some time out sometimes and just "be." Listen to your body and your mind. It will come back. Hugs, Pat

Eilis said...

You have a huge creative project going on right now in the form of building your new home! I know your hands are pretty full these days and I'm just glad you were able to get away for some girl time on Sunday. It was great to see you!

handmade by amalia said...

Mojo is a fickle friend but the good news is that it comes back as suddenly as it leaves. I went through something similar a couple of years ago. I didn't blog for almost four months and didn't think I'd be back. And then I did come back and discovered that I had found my blogging voice without even realizing it. And, at least for now, being just me is good enough:-) Stay strong! It will come back! A big hug.
Amalia
xo

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Stacey, wow do I understand this too well. Some days we just have to step away for a bit and the mojo flows back when we take those little breaks. I can only imagine how much fun you are going to have when you more into your new home. Inside and out will be amazing and a time of pure mojo fun. Give yourself the permission to save up some creative vibe when you are going to really need it.Love seeing the pic of you girls and so glad you had an amazing time.
Have a great week ahead. I love seeing your progress pics on IG. xo

The Gathering Place said...

I can relate to your lack of creativity and slow mood. It must be a common thing, especially among people who blog. Unfortunately, I don't have any solutions, or I would be trying them myself. Maybe the spring/summer planting season will give you that spark. I am looking forward to retiring in two months and I am so hoping that having more time will help me with my desire to be creative. I do get motivated when I read other blogs. Thanks for the ideas you share!

Jens C. Kruse said...

nice