Last week I found myself in a bit of a creative rut. I was hitting week four of this daily challenge, with the newness wearing off and the fear creeping in. Ideas weren’t coming and the whole process was starting to feel less joyful and more of a labor than anything else.
I knew this would happened. It happens in EVERY creative project I’ve ever started. The excitement of the beginning ends and then you’re left in the thick of it. Left to do the actual work. To prove to yourself that you love it even when it’s not new anymore.
So, what do I do when I’m feeling stuck? It’s actually pretty simple: I change. it. up.
The newness of the project might be over, but that doesn’t mean I can’t make it FEEL new. So that’s why I try to do. I try using new tools. Or experimenting with my process. Or writing in a new part of the house. Or at a different time of day. Whatever those variables are, if I can tweak them enough, things can start to feel novel and uncomfortable again, but in a way that invites the excitement and the mystery to return.
This past weekend I bought a few new paints, started trying out an entirely different schedule, and above all I changed up my approach: returning every day to whatever makes me enjoy painting the most.
If you’re like me and you’re finding yourself in a bit of a post-new-year-excitement slump, it’s okay! Just take today’s piece as your directive to shake things up! You don’t need a new year or a new project to make something *feel* like it’s new again. You just need a bit of intention and effort! 😉