Monday, January 24, 2011

Moving Forward

When I wrote my last post, my real intent was to share the reason my posts were a little blah and to excuse the lack of photos.  I had no idea when I wrote it that I would spend the next several days, as I read and re-read your comments, I would feel so much comfort.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your kind words and suggestions.  I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of this wise and supportive community.

Thanks to all of you, I know I'm not alone - we all lose our mojo from time to time.  I also know this season seems to be getting a lot of us down.  And, most importantly, I have greater faith that my creative spark will come back again and I'm content waiting until it is ready.

I also spent the weekend putting many of your suggestions to work.
  • I did a little meditating and realized that in addition to the weather, a busy work schedule and my remodel projects have me stressed out and, that this stress may very well be a part of my problem.
  • I sat down and made a list of all the to-dos that float around my head, filling my mind to the point it can't contain any more.
  • I slowly started ticking things off that list - it's still long and will take a while - but I feel lighter having made progress.
  • I cleaned out a few cupboard and closets bringing a little more order to my life.
  • I made sure some of those to-do's felt at least a bit creative - I hung some pictures in my nearly finished office remodel project.  I also pulled out a can of spray paint and painted some projects that will go in the office (I'll show you soon.)  Best of all this project caused me to pick up the camera - just to get a before photo - but still progress.
  • I spent time with family, who graciously helped me move out of my master suite so the remodel can start (tile goes in Wednesday.)  I even used some of my new and improving cooking skills to make them homemade ice cream as a thank you.
  • Last, but not least, I spent some time relaxing with a good book and a movie.
Bottom line is - I may not have my mojo back yet, but I'm feeling better about life in general and know its just a matter of time.  Thank you so much for your great suggestions - I'm very happy to be a part of such an incredible community.

Grace Potter is a new favorite of mine and this song seems to align with those creative waves and dips - at times it does feel as if we are either falling or flying.
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ELK said...

oh jamie .. love the photo ..
the song playing here ..
and your list of "mojo finders"
you are such a creative soul ..
it will return that I know

Anonymous said...

Well, you might be lacking mojo, but you're surely not lacking for energy! I would feel so good if I had accomplished all that!

urban muser said...

slowly but will come back. i blogged a little about the need for inspiration and the winter blues today too.

Nicole said...

The ice cream was delicious!! Can't wait for you to make it for me again!

Sam said...

Great photo, your mo jo will return, we all have 'off' periods, maybe your lack of mo jo is just telling you to chill out, take it easy for a while...when you are least expecting it something will come along that will start your creative juices flowing again, until then just enjoy the rest! x

Angie Willis said...

Sounds to me like you're getting there Jamie. I'm reading a book at the moment by Susan Piver about meditating and I'm really going to try to make it part of my regular routine.

Lesley said...

Your life sounds so busy, it's no wonder your creativity was submerged for a little while!
Glad you're making progress, it's great when you feel you're moving on :)

R Montalban said...

It will come back, just don't try too hard to look for it as otherwise you might push away tiny little sparks thinking it has to be a big one, you never know, the tiny spark might turn out to be the big one given the right wind and direction!

Clare B said...

I'm impressed with how much you managed to achieve in a week! The remodelling job sounds like a creative project in itself - I wouldn't be too phased about not picking up the camera, sounds like your busy "creating" other things.

justine said...

wow that is a lot of cleaning out and working things out, sometimes it helps to have an early spring clean in all aspects of life, I am very impressed with your decisions!

Miss Becky said...

My grandma used to say "idle hands are the devil's workshop". well, you don't have to worry about that. doesn't it feel good to putz around in your own space and make a few changes here and there and make a bit of progress? I believe that's what the month of January is for. thanks for the tune Jamie. after she finally got on with it (chatter!) I enjoyed it immensely and I really like her voice. I recall that tree image from bootcamp (or perhaps Sunday Creative?) and it's a fave. it's so lush and full - highly symbolic.

"To bring the sublime into the mundane is the greatest challenge there is".
Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan

that is what you do Jamie.

Diana Joy said...

Hi Jamie. It's so interesting that both you and I lost our mojo at the same time and I did a few of the things you did to try and help myself thru this period. I too made list(s) and cleaned out one cupboard (mercy more to do though). We are kin in that. My mojo is starting to spark again and I'm thankful. Sometimes I just need to go with the flow and try not to stress about it. I'm looking forward to your before and after pictures of office and master suite. Sounds very exciting.

blue elephant photography said...

sounds like a lot of remodeling going on =) spring is almost here so that works too! take care =) and i'm excited to see your before after photos.

The Felix Family said...

I am very excited to see your new remodels. I love a good before and after picture. Good luck with all you have going on. I hope you find time to relax and I am glad you have such great family around you!!

~Kristina said...

What a great list! It sounds like you have put the right pieces together to focus more on what you need.
Renovations. I love this.
What book are you reading?

Kate! said...

Whenever I feel overwhelmed and like my mojo is slipping away, I always clean up my surroundings. Seriously, 9 times out of 10 it's my messy life that bringing me down.

So glad you're feeling better!

Marcie said...

Time..patience..sitting with it - all have a way of healing! Glad to hear you've got your mojo back!

chasity said...

i was right there recently too...
not feeling creative~ nor having the motivation to get that way.

a sweet friend told me to get out my camera and capture our beautiful snow fall...

that brought back a spark~ at least for a bit.

i'm sure you are right~ the dreary days of winter are taking a toll.

watch out spring~ our cameras will be clicking like crazy then.

until then~ i hope that you can see the every day in a new way and find some inspiration there.


blue china studio said...

Wow, very productive. I think I'm vicariously feeling a little better myself. Can't wait to see your remodel.

Krystal said...

Yayy! I'm glad you are feeling better about life! Me on the other hand...can't seem to get in to the groove.

Dorian Susan said...

Sounds like you did the perfect thing "self-care". I think your mojo will return before you know it.
Everyone I ran into today seemed to be down with the drearies....tis the season. You're in good company.
I love that photo you posted. Would like to sit a spell there right now.

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