It’s a constant source of stress for a small creative business; balancing the business and admin work with the creative. As you get busier it’s so easy to allow the business side to take over. When the world is stressful and filled with anxiety it take less effort to work on the business end.
Creativity, in all it’s forms deserves to be nurtured. It’s so very hard to make that little bubble to allow it to survive though! Creative work requires a still mind. A mind at rest, with the complete sense that those everyday stresses can take a backseat for a while. Given that, it’s not terribly surprising that during stressful times it’s very difficult to find that space.
Over the past year I’ve found a different comfort in my craft. It’s kept my hands busy and allowed a brain that was functioning at half speed to work through simple problems. I focused on simple, comforting projects that gave me peace and functionality. My creative side was operating in slow speed but I accepted that, I needed the time to heal and work through some of the difficult realities of life.
But you know what? I can feel the sparks of life again. It’s like watching a garden in spring time, those first shoots appearing and you know that it’s going to be glorious.
So now I’ve got to keep the frost off those shoots and keep this nurtured. I’m going to start with the little things. just very deliberately slowing down and noticing the textures, shapes and colours around me. And sharing them with you.
So lets start wit this morning. It was -4 degrees (C!) this morning and the condensation on the window with the bright sunshine was so very beautiful.
What do you do to give yourself creative space? Where do you find beauty?