As I looked back at the last few blog entries, I hoped that I didn't appear to be negative or upset. While I was definitely going through a time where I didn't feel very productive or focused, I only shared those posts because I want you all to know that it is part of the process. Perhaps by me writing down and telling you all about it, it also helped to remind myself that it is perfectly natural (if not necessary) and something that I shouldn't be worried about.
I often receive emails from people that ask how I stay motivated and accomplish so much and keep my enthusiasm for what I do. I also receive notes from those who are experiencing exactly what I have just been going through – a time when they feel 'stuck' or 'blocked'. One of the main reasons I take the time to write here in the morning is so I can put in writing things that most designers don't talk about. Perhaps by allowing you to peek into my thought process in regards to my work and my designs, you will find something that you can relate to and not feel so 'lost' when things aren't going exactly as you planned.
I feel as if I would be doing you a disservice if I only wrote on the 'good' days. While most of my days are good (really – they are!) I also experience times when I get tired or frustrated or just worn out. I have made it my mission not to whine about the stumbling blocks that I encounter along the trail of life, but to learn from them and use them as tools to make my life better. There are days when it is easy to do that, and there are days when it is a bit more difficult, but as I get older (and hopefully wiser) I am starting to figure out that eventually things will work themselves out. The worry was unwarranted and didn't change the outcome in the least. So why waste time with it at all?
However, it is human nature to worry. It comes with accepting responsibility for yourself and your actions. There are some who never regard the consequences of their actions (I call it the "Mr. Magoo Syndrome" – my older readers will appreciate that!) and never look back.
Accepting responsibility is part of being a caring, functioning adult. Even if it comes with the baggage of worry, I prefer it to living in a bubble of fantasy and denial. It is worth the discomfort.
With that all said, I see the tide turning on my creativity. I have spent the past couple of days sorting through ideas and projects in my head and I have finally felt decisive enough to take action. As I mentioned before, I am far from being short of ideas. There is a wealth of them cruising around my brain and I think I am experiencing somewhat of a 'bottleneck' effect in beginning to implement and develop them.
"Where do I begin? Which one do I choose? Which ones will be the most popular and help my business?"
These are all considerations that when focused on too much, can cause a complete shut down. I have many creative friends that experience the same thing, so I know I am not alone in this phenomena.
Recognizing this is the first big step. The second step is just choosing ONE of the ideas and begin to run with it. That is exactly what I am doing.
I can offer you a sneak peek at the chosen project:
It doesn't look like much, but it is a start.
Of all the 'visions' I have of projects, it seems to be the clearest. Therefore it will be the best starting point to get me moving again.
We updated the website yesterday, and added new patterns and new sales. Keith added a great new plaque set:
SLDK599 Liberty, Equality and Justice. As all his sets of this nature, they are availaible as a set or individually. We hope you enjoy them.
It feels really good to be getting my direction back. While I know the rest was necessary and functional, I always feel much better when I am creating. I can't wait to show you all what I have in mind for you all!
Have a wonderful and creative Thursday! </div>
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"