Another email from a reader landed in my inbox on a subject I think we all feel from time to time.
Hey Kate, I’ve been in a slump lately, feeling overwhelmed and not at my creative best. Wondering do you ever feel this way? Where do you go to get inspired? ~ Shannon
Hey Shannon, yep I go through those ‘dry spells’ too, usually when I’m tired, stretched too thin, and pulled in too many directions. We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with images and information, where distraction is inevitable and focus becomes difficult. Also, we all have responsibilities that can keep us from a few hours of creative time. Everyone goes through creative slumps, but no worries. I have a few tricks I use to get inspired, then it’s always back to the drawing board.
Here are a few of my favorite ways to kick start creativity again:
Visit Etsy and/or Big Cartel. I am always amazed at the skills of the artisans in these two forums for handmade goods. An afternoon spent browsing the designs on Etsy or Big Cartel is sure to inspire you, and also introduce you to a few designers that will quickly become favorites.
Pinterest. Are you a Pinhead? I am! Last year, I heard about this site through a few blogs, so I sent my request for an invitation. Months went by and I hadn’t heard from them, and I was completely bitter that my request for an ‘invitation’ wasn’t accepted, and I began to feel inadequate. What’s wrong, why not me? Then I did a search of my inbox. Hello? It was sitting right there.
Pinterest is an image driven virtual pinboard where you can mix and mingle with like minded peeps by following them, and also ‘pin’ your favorite ideas. There are a lot of sites out there that can be time sucks, but this one happens to be a favorite place of mine to spend 5 or 10 minutes a day. Someday, I’ll figure out a way to catalog my favorites on my own site, but for now, Pinterest is the place to be!