Lost your inspiration? Here’s how I got mine back.
Over Labor Day weekend, my Mojo got up and left. I was working with the exceptionally lovely Graphic 45 Mon Amour collection and then suddenly, I didn’t know what to do next. I got up and left my craft table. For the first time in months, I left the table without knowing when I would return, or what I would do when I got back. I started to get nervous. What if I never had another good idea? When would my Mojo come back? Would it come back? What if I never felt that spark of inspiration again? Mojo, inspiration, the Muse, whatever you call it, mine was gone!
1.Here’s the first step I took to get my mojo back: I told myself to relax. My first reaction to any problem is to panic. Call it nature, call it nurture, either way, I panic. But, the older I get, the better I get at catching and addressing it. I immediately started telling myself to calm down and address it like I would any other issue. Rather than ask myself if my Mojo would come back, I told myself it would and moved on.
Action Item: Interrupt any negative thoughts you may be having about losing your Mojo. Tell yourself your Mojo will return over and over if you need to.
2. Getting Outside: Movement for me has always proven to clear my head and help me make a plan for moving forward. I’m a runner, and running rarely fails to calm me and help me think.
Action Item: Get outside and move. Go for a walk. Take the Hubs and the kids. Or don’t. Listen to some music. Or don’t. Invite your best friend. Or don’t. Just step out the door and breathe.
3. My Mojo is my friend: How do you visualize your Mojo? Is your Mojo part of you? If you think of your Mojo as a part of your self, then all the pressure is on you to “get inspired”. This way of thinking wasn’t working for me. I decided to look at my Mojo as I would a dear friend who visits sometimes. I even talked to my mojo. Something along the lines of ” Dear Mojo, I sure do miss you. I would love it if you would come visit. You are most welcome here.” Is it corny? Totally. Did it help me take the pressure of myself? Totally. If you are feeling pressured and stressed, does that help you to be creative? Perhaps for some it does, but not for me.
Action Item: Experiment with Mojo as a friend. Write your Mojo a little note and keep it somewhere visible to you. Have a look at it once a day, and move on.
4. Addressing my stressers. While I was gearing up for panic, I began to think about my life and the changes in it. I got married in March. I’m trying to adjust to living with a man for the first time and I sometimes find it difficult. My household routines for cleaning, organizing, laundry, paying bills, and keeping the checkbook weren’t working anymore. All of that left me feeling scattered and out of control. No wonder my Mojo got up and left.All the household things I mentioned above were weighing on me. I knew they were, but I wasn’t making the connection at first. I decided that while I had a little break from the craft table, I would use that time to address those issues. For instance, some weekends I was spending so much time at the craft table, I wouldn’t fold a put away some of my clothes. Then I’d have to spend most of the week living out of the laundry basket. That bothers me, so I addressed it. We aren’t talking earth shaking changes here, just little things that can help clear your mind.
Action Item: Identify and address a small thing that isn’t working for you. Email inbox too full? Clean that sucker out. Purse busting at the seams? That sounds like a reason to get yourself a new bag. (Any excuse right?)
5. Cleaning my space: By the time my Mojo got up and left, my craft room was a hot mess. Seriously. You can watch the real craft room tour here. All that clutter was getting to me. I couldn’t always locate the things I needed, and what I could locate, I had to dig for. Not good, dude. So, Hubs and I went to Home Depot and bought a few of those wire shelves that you can use to customize your closet. We installed those in the craft room and all that junk that was in the closet before was much more organized. I also took some time to clean off and re-organize some of the shelves in my book cases. Again, it was no earth shaking thing, and it took the better part of one Saturday to get done. The craft room is not done, there’s plenty of customization and new storage needed, but it made a big dent in the mess, and a big dent in my anxiety.
Action Item: Identify and address one small organizational problem in your craft space. Washi tape out of control? Fabric a mess? Paper laying all over the place? Pick one thing, and get after it.
Here’s a great blog post on washi tape organization that I’m going to try myself! Kelly Morrison’s Post
6. Going back to an old friend: If you are crafty, and you probably are if you landed on this blog, chances are you have more than one crafty hobby. I certainly do. I’ve been mainly papercrafting for some time now, and lately I’ve been more about making mini albums and junk journals. By the time I got through step 5, I was feeling a little more friendly about my craft table, if not totally ready to return. Rather than go back to the G45 collection I had been working on, I put that all away and pulled out my texture paste. I hadn’t played with my mixed media goodies in a while and there’s something artsy about spreading gesso all over something, distressing your paper, and doing some collage. I knew going in that this wasn’t something I would sell, or likely even show anyone, so there was no pressure on me to “get inspired”. I just played. I had forgotten how much I like texture paste and stencils.
Action Item: Try out a crafty hobby you haven’t done in a while. Like to knit? Paint? Cast resin? Get after it.
After working my way through all of these steps, my Mojo came back. I’ve been rocking and rolling in the old craft room, and I’m super excited about some new projects. I’d love to hear about a time when you lost your Mojo. How’d you get it back? Did any of these things help you? Let me know in the comments!