Where to find motivation!

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Blog entry by Jbreth posted 06-02-2016 01:24 AM 537 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, after doing woodworking for 15+ years as a career, I have come to a midlife crisis as it may seem. I absolutely cannot find motivation to get in the garage and do what I love most. It saddens me deeply as it seems that my creativity has left every vein in my body and I cannot find the motivation to do much of anything these days. I don’t know if it has anything to do with being laid off a couple times in my work career, or what but motivation is no where to be found. I try and try and still nothing. Why has this happened and why does my passion have to set idle. I hate being like this. I have been scouring to find just a glimpse of a little something, and I think I might have actually found a little glimpse of hope. So I tore my old work bench apart and about to start from scratch. The ideas are flowing, unfortunately the bank account isn’t at the moment. But with hope and prayers we’ll get to where we need to be. So hopefully the creativity juices will begin to flow in the very near future and motivation will be found in the little shop that I call home.

-- I wear sawdust for deodorant!

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#1 posted 06-02-2016 08:17 AM

Hang in there JB sometimes I feel just the same, no money to do what I get pleasure from.
So productiviy suffers as a result, and I have also considered giving it all away as well.
However No 3 son turned up this week wanting to make a couple of pallet wood bars.
So away we went looking for suitable material, then we had a ball turning what is almost material fit to burn into a small Bar.

Keep looking in LJs there will be something to inspire you even if its an experimental joint or similar!
That will build your confidence up and encourage you to do something “bigger”

-- Regards Robert

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#2 posted 06-02-2016 02:16 PM

There’s nothing to make you want to do woodworking like not being able to woodwork. I cut a finger of in 2008 while making my night stands and I was unable to go into the shop for almost a year. Even though I was scared to get back on that horse, I couldn’t wait to start making all of the things I had designed in my head during my convalescence. The fact that you’re lamenting it is a good sign. Keep hope! Maybe sell all of your tools on CraigsList, then you’ll have some money and no tools to work with (kidding). Put all of your tools in storage and move out of state (like I did a few years ago). That’ll really make you want to do some woodworking.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#3 posted 06-11-2016 11:25 PM

The Motivation has to come from within YOU !
In 2015 I literally LOST everything. Job,Money, house, wife, kids, and moved 2500 miles back to where I was born ! (I hated this, it was like QUITTING, I AM NOT A QUITTER)
I went through phase SELL ALL my tools and just exsist like everyone around me, they have no hobbies ! BUT that isnt ME !
Jan 2016 people offered me place to live in return for doing work in there home. I was once again doing what I loved to do. Build things. IT took long time, for days things went well and it seem every week the desire GONE. I am still working through this.
I have my smile !
Just remember… probably are not alone, hang in there, your desire will return.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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