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Getting Inspired Again

It took me a long time to admit it, but I’ve been in a creative rut. Actually, let me rephrase — it took me a long time to even realize it. I think when your work revolves around being creative, sometimes you push through creative blocks because you have to and not because you have found inspiration. That’s what I’ve been doing for a while now. Just pushing through. I’ve been making things and taking photos and writing, but it hasn’t been backed up by the excitement I usually feel. And I think I know why.

I hate to play the mom card, but I swear — having two toddlers is truly exhausting in every way. Mentally, physically, emotionally, creatively. For the past couple of years I get to the end of each day and it’s all I can do to wash my face and brush my teeth before I collapse onto the couch (or into bed at 9 pm). They take every bit of your presence and consciousness, and I’m realizing that the energy I’ve been using to “mom” has been maybe draining my creativity a little bit. But recently, just in the past few weeks, I’m noticing a shift in the other direction.

At night, I’m physically exhausted but I can actually stay up until 10 or even 11. I have a bounce in my step. And suddenly, I feel creatively drawn to making things again. Projects pop into my head that I’m excited about, and it’s a very new feeling. Another new thing: I’m finding myself wanting to be creative in ways that take a little more investment — watercolor, hand lettering, woodworking, creating permanent things that have a lasting place in our home and in our lives. My tastes are shifting to different color palettes, patterns, textures, lighting. It’s kind of all over the place but it’s also really fun to be exploring some of these new ideas and new preferences.

All of this is to say, I’m thinking on ways to bring all of this new exploration here to Lovely Indeed. It won’t be all at once or all of a sudden, but things are brewing. And truthfully, it’s just exciting to be excited again. To not just be so tired that I’m just cranking out days. I have a larger post coming about the future of Lovely Indeed and some other thoughts that have been on my mind. But for today, I just wanted to put this out there. And if you’re in a rut too, whatever kind, be good to yourself until you’re out the other side. xoxo

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6 thoughts on “Getting Inspired Again

  1. Super familiar with this feeling. Sometimes that’s actually a great way to describe my depression—it’s the feeling of being in a rut, all the time, on some level. Even when I am excited and pumped, the rut is there and is so deep that despite any stairs & ladders I’ve built to get out of it, it’s just so easy to fall in. I can get right back out, thanks to the stairs, but it’s a climb. Knowing that “normal” people are having similar experiences helps me, actually. Love you, chica. Besos y abrazos ?

  2. Thanks for sharing this, Chelsea – I recently went through something kind of like this with my own business (which is obviously on a smaller scale than yours right now 😉 ). Except for me, it wasn’t a lack of energy that caused the rut; it was a lack of time. I really wanted to improve things and update my shop to match the way my personal tastes had grown, but I just didn’t have the time to commit to it. It sat there for months without really changing, and I was dissatisfied with it because I had outgrown it but I couldn’t do anything about it. Eventually, though, I started making time – maybe just 10 minutes here and there, but starting to catch the new vision for my brand got me excited. It took a couple months before I finally was ready to officially rebrand, but now that I have, I’m super excited and inspired to start putting work into my business again. So, all this to say: yes it may take some time to get out of that rut, but once you are, and you’ve really found where your values are, it will be totally worth it. Can’t wait to see where your new inspiration takes you!

  3. So glad to hear you are feeling inspired and excited again! And I can’t wait to see where it takes you. I have always been excited abut bringing new things to Calliope but my new foil stamper on the way makes me super excited to MAKE again. I used t make cards and I gave it up because I just could’t even anymore but foil stamping clever pencil sets has me so pumped and I love that I can put something on the shelves that’s ME.

  4. I 100% can relate. My kiddos are a little older now, 6 and 7… investing into them at young ages AND running a creative business was a taxing time of life. I found weaving to be a slow, calm creative outlet for me. Something I did just for me and not for the blog – it helped a ton. Also having them in full time school gives me time to work and then I can 100% focus on momming when they get home. Sounds like you’re on the right path, friend!! Keep it up.

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