JCrew sweater I Club Monaco skirt (similar HERE) I Margaux flats I Similar sunglasses I Vintage purse (Similar HERE)
While many of us are still working from home or having routines that have changed a bit, it is easy to get stuck in a rut. This rut can make it difficult to spark some creativity. Whether you are a writer, blogger, artist, jeweler, crafter, designer, photographer, or just enjoy doing and feeling creative, we thrive off of that spark of creativity.
You aren't alone in this. There are times when I feel a creative slump. My blog is based on having some kind of creativity. Whether it is creativity in putting an outfit together, representing a brand, location, colors, topic, you name it. If I don't feel inspired I don't feel creative.
I have really been working hard on trying to maintain that creative spark. Today I am going to share with you some ways I have used to help you continue feeling inspired, creative, and give you that purpose to keep going.
1. Go for a walk outside
I try to do this at least once a week. Walking in nature really helps to inspire me, especially now that the weather is getting cooler and fall is in the air. I start noticing the new fall foliage, fall decor being put up around the homes, and even the bit of greying in the color of the sky.
Even that bit o coller breeze really helps to put me at ease and in a happier place to allow me to think, breathe, and let those creative juices flow.
2. Explore a new area
This is especially great if you are new to a city or new to an area. I sometimes take my walk to an area of the city I have not been to and explore it. I have been trying to get my family out to walk around and explore these new parts with me, grab something to eat, go to a park, or do an activity in a new area.
This change of scenery and exploration really helps to spark some creativity. Maybe there is something I enjoyed that I want to write about. Maybe there is a new area I want to take pictures in. Maybe there is a color on a house that has inspired something. Regardless, the change of scenery brings me into a better headspace and a better mood to feel inspired.
3. Read a magazine
Often the pictures will inspire my picture taking. It will transform me. An article may give me an idea. There are so many magazines I love depending on my mood: fashion, recipes, interior design, health.
4. Read a book
I admit that I am not as good about this as I want to be. Alot of it has to be time. Between still working full time, blogging, being a wife and mommy, trying to perform my regular workouts for some self care, enjoying Savannah and trying to get out, it is hard to fit in the time to read. I good book can really take you elsewhere.
5. Watch a movie
This particularly has really helped me in regards to outfit inspiration or even interior decor. I often feel this inspiration in older movies or movies set in the past. I've always had an affinity to anything vintage. I love adding vintage elements to my wardrobe. I love looking in antique and vintage shops for decor and beautiful classic furniture. I really take to heart when people say "they don't make it like they used to."
If the aesthetics of the movie are not inspiring, writing a movie review post may just be inspiration enough.
6. Listen to music
Music is so powerful. It really can change or elevate my mood. Other people's creativity poured into the song sparks my own creativity. I often watch the music videos as well if I want to be inspired by outfits, colors, or something visual.
7. Listen to a podcast
There is a podcast for just about anything these days. Maybe a review on your favorite podcasts? Maybe listening to others talk about a specific topic will ignite your fires. Maybe just taking you away from that mundane and putting you in another headspace is enough.
There is a reason why people work on their "mind, body, and spirit" because all three are connected. If you need to work on your mind then try to work on the body or spirit first. Going to the gym to help work out any anxieties or aggression. It can help you feel strong and confident. Do some yoga. This helps to exercise the body and the spirit. I know everytime I have a good yoga session I feel so much clearer in my mind as well.
9. Go to a museum
I have noticed with Savannah is loaded with museums and unfortunately I have yet to enjoy any of them. Between a rich culture of art with SCAD being present and a large amount of historical museums, there is alot to do and visit. Besdies that there are ghost and several other tours.
Most towns, counties, areas have a museum of some kind. It could be a small museum with just the history of that town. It could be art.
If having a lack of change is contributing to this creative slump, then change your surroundings. Maybe you can paint a room, rearrange some furniture, or bring in a few extra decor items to add some pizazz. If there was a house project you wanted to undertake then now may be a great time. Go ahead and reorganize that closet you've been wanting to get to get to.
The act of redecorating needs a bit of creativity so hopefully this could open the flood gates of ideas. It could give you an experience to write about or photograph.
Sometimes we all need a little help and inspiration. Whatever lights that spark for you, go and do it!