I have been in a mental slump. Not a creative slump but I felt as though things weren’t moving as well as I would like them to be and no matter what someone tell you, you are the worst critic.
Sometimes life happens I get that, but in retrospect, it always does. Life doesn’t stop or give you a break because you can’t take it. No life is really crappy and hard and being an adult with constant worry and responsibility is all part of the fun. But how we decide to embrace those life challenges and how we react to it will either stop you or fuel you to carry on.
For my well being I needed to get away for a while to gauge things and reset. So, back in November I went to the UK to clear my head, meet some old friends and ultimately get some perspective about my life and the direction I wanted it to go.
It was an amazing experience, and if you have never gone alone on a trip I advise it highly. It shakes your core and wakes you up! And the wonderful thing about going alone is that you don’t have to wait for anyone and if you want to go somewhere you can! lol
While there I explored and thought long and hard about all I had done everything I wanted to do so far with my own personal goals and ambitions. But I also realized that I was not challenging myself in the correct manner.
What do I mean? well I put my self in constant states of stress adding more and more projects to keep my head spinning, but what was I doing to grow creatively on a personal level?
We all are looking for that almighty dollar yes, but what are we doing to help that on our own scale of things? Are we improving our craft? or are we simply regurgitating what we already know and can do well?
If you are good at what you do then why change it? It’s not about changing it. More like it is a continual flex and practice so that you can make it better!
So I decided that no matter how busy I get I will always make time to challenge myself daily to improve.
Whether it is sketching once a day for yourself or writing a poem or page in your book or walking everyday etc. It is about fine tuning the you to make a better version of yourself.
We can easily get lost with work and responsibilities. But it is also our job to maintain our core so that we always shine bright even when the world isn’t.
You will be happier and the ones you love will see it and feel that too. SO what you do as a personal challenge for yourself will make you better and keep the creative juices flowing and flexing that ever present muscle.