What do you do when it feels like your mojo is gone? Went to my craft room and stared for 45 minutes. Nothing.
Here’s a deeper look into my answer:
I have been there more times than I can count! Especially recently. Sometimes it’s just hard to find the motivation and mojo to feel and be creative even though it’s what you WANT to do. Some “basic” things I used to do were;
- Hop on Pinterest and Browse around
- Go to www.Craft-e-Corner.com and see all the Featured Items to get me excited
- Walk around a craft store anywhere
- Grab a coffee and favorite paper and see what comes to me
- Grab a favorite snack and Latte from Starbucks in a different setting (a fav!)
- Look through pictures of my kids and see what hits
- Looking at random websites just to see color schemes and layouts to see if I can adapt them into scrapbook pages or cards
- Watching my favorite “scrappy movies” like How to Loose a Guy in 10 Days or Music and Lyrics IN my craft room used to be a favorite go to for creating.
But sometimes, this isn’t even enough! Sometimes it’s hard to even get motivated to do that small and simple thing to get your rear in gear to create, though you want to.
I have found that the “exercise” that has been working best for me these days is this:
Grab a SmashBook or notebook, a pretty sheet of paper, something beautiful and with a basic pen or colored marker start writing words and happy thoughts that come to you. It does not even have to make sense. It can just be on or two words or an entire paragraph thought. Sometimes something beautiful comes out, sometimes nothing at all other than reflections of what is in my mind. Something wonderful and warm can come from this to inspire you to just make something even more artistic.
However, there are times, nothing happy, positive or creative comes to you when writing, (this block is generally what is causing you not to have mojo to create to begin with!) this is OK! I want you to be encouraged and use this to your advantage! How you ask? Just like this!
Take a scrappy piece of paper, something not as beautiful or that you don’t like quite as much and a pen and just start scribbling down what’s on your mind! It can be a little whiney and complainy if it has to be, just write down what those thoughts or words are. Doesn’t matter what it is. BUT, I highly recommend you read it, reflect on it, then grab a big marker and X it out if it is truly negative and discouraging. You can read over it and reflect on it and why those words or thoughts came out, but then say outloud even;
“Even though I feel ….. I completely and totally accept this moment. I am thankful for this very breath and I will create again”
You can than either throw that away and move on – or hold onto it to reflect on a little further to see just how deep it goes. Once I do this, I typically grab my Bible and read Psalms – Especially chapters where David is kinda letting God know he’s had it with life, but in the end, David still comes back and says, “But God, You’re awesome and I thank you”
I know this is probably not the typical answer you’d expect to read and it was probably way deeper of an answer than Lori was asking for, but it’s been on my heart and in my mind for awhile.
Life is not always easy. I love smiling, singing and enjoying moments that come at me, but I would be a complete liar to say I don’t get down and blue and depressed and don’t want to do anything sometimes. It just happens. We can encourage each other through those moments.
Recharge your batteries, take breaks from creating and enjoy others creations. Accept what is. Helps you enjoy the moments so much more!
Please feel free to share what YOU do when you loose the Mojo to stay crafty and going and let me know! I’d LOVE to learn from you as well!
I love you all!
PS – One more thing I wanted to mention in this very post is something that I have been reflecting on a LOT alongside of my Bible and that is this book:
A Little Bird Told Me by Melody Ross. I strongly recommend you follow Melody at www.BraveGirlsClub.com it is truly encouraging to my spirit and I pray it is yours! Here is a video I did as part of the 12 Days back in November – Let me re-share it with you now.