The Creative Life

Keep it simple, stupid

Keep it simple, stupid / www.leysaflores.com #minimal #minimalism #minimalist #graphicdesign

Do you ever feel like you have to be in the ‘right’ kind of mood to write a blog post or be creative?

I realised that each time I sit down to write a post, I fully expect myself to feel inspired, positive and bursting with energy. Umm. Guess what? Not realistic.

Take right now, for example. I’m in a bit of a ‘meh’ mood and I’ve been sitting here kinda waiting for the magic to happen. Waiting for my brain to switch into super-creative-inspired-charge mode. I put on some music that usually inspires me, and yeah …. nothing. The pressure mounts. I want to write a blog post! I want to write something that’s gonna mean something to people and change the world! (Well, maybe just the former).  And then, it hit me. There’s more to life than one ‘ideal’ mood and it doesn’t make it a negative thing. In fact, so many artists, poets and writers have said that they perform their best when they feel sad or frustrated (tortured artist, anyone?)!

Don’t wait for the ideal mood to come along. Take what you’ve got and own it. Yep, even the ‘meh’ mood is a mood. Don’t be so hard on yourself (yep, talking to myself now).

You know what my favourite mantra is? Keep it simple, stupid. Once you start to complicate or overthink anything, whether it be a design, an outfit, your plans for the day, it often ends in confusion and frustration. Bring your awareness back to the moment, say no to the pressure you’re putting on yourself and move forward with confidence. And hey! Look what happened! I wrote a blog post!

Here’s to keeping it simple (stupid) ;)

bisous

 

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  • I have been stuck in a creative rut for what it seems like for months now. Its really depressing and I don’t really know how to get out of my funk. I totally agree with you on “overthinking”, which tends to happen to most people in creative fields. Maybe I just need a vacation…

    • Hi Lena. Being in a rut is really depressing! The longer it goes on, the more anxious we feel about it. Vacations are awesome, but if you can’t get away, a change can be just as good. Sometimes it’s really exhausting keeping up with everything we see online. We try and process more information and view more stuff in an attempt to feel inspired when in reality it’s probably the opposite of what we need. Instead of over-saturating our brains sometimes we just need to give ourselves permission to take a break, get offline, get back to basics and go for a walk. Take a bath. Sit on the floor and actually listen to some music. Bake a cake, go on a hike, you know, real basic stuff that nurtures you. I’m really big on resting with intent as you may have read previously. And hey you know as a creative the best thing to do when you find yourself overthinking something, is to step away from it for a while and come back to it later with a fresh perspective. It’s no different with blogging or working! Take care xx

      • Are you sure you aren’t a psychologist? Haha, you give great advice! This is just what I needed to hear. Sometimes you just need someone to tell you what to do, plain and simple! I just worry that if I step away form something, I will never go back to it again.

        • Haha, I’m glad I could be of some help! I think if it’s truly where your passion lies, you’ll come back to it easily. If not – and you’re meant for something else – then the hiatus might be a blessing in disguise. Anyway, it doesn’t have to be for long if it really concerns you. Take it a day at a time – you’re the one in control, chick! xx