There’s that thing you want to make.
That trip you want to take.
That decision you can’t fake
when it feels like all’s at stake.
Don’t overthink it through,
Don’t cry until you’re blue.
Just buckle up your shoes
Because there’s something you can do!
That was me channeling Dr. Seuss to bring you today’s Creative Fridays message in poetry form.
And here it is in prose:
Last night I was working with a group of my private coaching clients (part of the Thriving Artist’s Program). Each of them are working on a creative project that will be presented at December’s showcase event. Everyone was at a different stage of their project: from being clear about the goal but overwhelmed with the steps to get there, to having no idea what the project will be but starting to seek inspiration.
Think about a project you’re working on. Whether it’s a creative idea, planning an exotic trip, or starting a side business, I’m sure there’s something you’ve been wanting to do.
At a certain point in our meeting, I gave everyone free time with 3 options. And that’s what I’m going to do for you now.
Especially if you’re feeling stuck or unsure with how to move forward, read through these 3 options and just do one of them.
I guarantee it will loosen your shackles of limbo and free you up in more ways than one.
1. Take a field trip. This one is great if you’re feeling caught up in your head, lacking inspiration, or just plain bored. Come up with a question or a theme, give yourself a set amount of time - 30 minutes or more - and then go outside and walk somewhere. Think of it as a scavenger hunt where the specific items you’re searching for won’t be revealed until you actually find them.
2. Just do it. This means: write, paint, dance, crochet, or do whatever it is you’ve been putting off. Even if you think you don’t know what you’re doing. Even if you’re scared of messing up. Sometimes we just need to take action and stop procrastinating.
3. Get focused and organized. If you’re overwhelmed by a sea of to-do lists - or even worse, if the to-do list just lives in your brain - this one’s for you. Write out everything you want to accomplish on a piece of paper, then isolate one project at a time and break it up into small steps. Transfer these small steps to your calendar (hint: if you’re not using one, start) and then breathe with a sigh of relief when you don’t feel a huge weight bogging you down. Join my workshop in September if you feel you could use some help in this department, and if you haven’t yet, claim your free gifts from me which include a creative focus form.
As we dance through the last days of Indian Summer, enjoy yourself and also start to hone in on what you want. Keep this list handy and when the timing is right, do something.
dreaming of the places you’ll go,