What To Do, When the Inspiration Isn’t There

Have you ever found yourself in a rut creatively? Whether you are a writer, artist, composer, designer, photographer, etc. Since creating this blog, I have had a some moments of writers block. But more recently, I just haven’t felt inspired. It has been a few weeks, since I have written a blog post. I didn’t feel like any topics were speaking to me. I felt I couldn’t let go and just let my mind wonder. I hate when I want to write, but nothing comes out. It is beyond frustrating. Sometimes life gets busy, sometimes I get too serious, and forget to relax and enjoy life and the things around me.

So, how did I get to toady with writing? Well, the past couple weeks I have been humbled, a lot. I will dive more into that in another post. But, what I have learned, is that I need to slow my mind down. I need to completely turn off. I need to not always have expectations of myself. When I do that, my mind can be free. Free to wonder. Free to explore.

Having quiet time helps me find balance. Whether it is quiet time in the morning, enjoying my coffee. Quiet time before bed, reading a book. Or quiet time running, and having time with my thoughts.

Journaling has helped me to navigate my day to day thoughts and emotions. If I am being honest, I have been inconsistent with it. I have noticed though, when I make time for it, my mind is at ease more often.

I am learning to take my time and not rush, with whatever it is I am doing. With doing that, it forces me to slow my body and mind down.

I love when I am able to get outdoors and be in nature. I feel I can be more in tuned with my body when doing that. Of course running allows me to do this, but sometimes just sitting still is nice. Right now, as I am writing, I am on the front porch, on this gorgeous sunny day in Kentucky. My dog phoebe is sunbathing.

When I feel that I am not blooming in all areas of my life, I refer back to a quote that has stood out to me—“There is literally nothing in nature that blooms all year long. Don’t expect yourself to do so either.”

Wow. This spoke to me and still does. I was frustrated because I hadn’t been inspired to write. But looking back, I needed that. I needed time to not bloom. Time to grow, to reconnect, to shift my focus on some areas in my life. Now that I am more aware, I am back more refreshed. Allow yourself time to not bloom friends!