Taking On the Creative Rollercoster One Day at a Time
Hey guys! Just a quick one from me this week because I’m currently at home in Christchurch for a friend’s wedding and spending some time with my family so time has been pretty scarce! I’m just ducking away to write this so that you can have a little bit of something this week to keep things trucking along; don’t worry, I couldn’t leave you hanging with nothing to read! I really wanted to have something prepared and ready before this but alas, life got in the way as it does, and things have been pretty hectic to say the least, so my plans didn’t go as planned, but I’m here now!
Last week I had a pretty interesting Friday afternoon sharing my current work for my studio project that has thrown a spanner in the works and turned everything upside down. After hearing people’s thoughts about my ideas and reflecting on them afterwards, I had a little bit of an existential crisis where I contemplated what on earth I was doing, why I was doing it and whether I was good enough to be doing any of this at all. It kind of threw me, but has also made me think a lot about what I actually want to work on for the rest of the year and question what really matters to me. To be honest, I still haven’t figured it out, and I have no idea if I’m going to stick with my topic, change it a little or scrap it completely and go for something new, but I’m glad that it’s made me rethink my priorities and step back from my work to see the bigger picture. It’s daunting, stressful and kind of terrifying, but I think it’s good. I also think it might be natural to be a bit unsure, and to be concerned about what will be the best course of action, so I’m just going to try and roll with the punches. That’s a lot harder than it sounds for me, but I’m willing to give it a go!
I guess I wanted to share this with you just to explain that everything isn’t always peachy and that’s okay! There are moments where you might panic like I have and wonder what you’re doing, but together we can work through it and come out the other side even better off than we were before. And just as equally, there will be times of breakthrough and flow, where things are soaring along and going better than ever which is great! We should attempt to see the bright sides of both circumstances and celebrate the creative process. Trust me, I’m speaking to myself when I’m saying this too, don’t worry!
This weekend while I’m away I’m taking the time to relax, have a break, give my brain some time off and then I’ll get back into it when I head back. Sometimes when these things come against you, if possible, a break can be just the thing to refresh you and get things moving again.
So here’s to frustrating moments, minutes of panic, pieces of clarity, joyous breakthroughs and the entire creative process for being the incredible rollercoaster that it is. Whatever it throws at me, I’m going to attempt to tackle it head on one day at a time and I’d love for you to join me! Let me know where you’re at in your process, what’s going well and what’s maybe not going so well because together we can take it all on!
Thanks so much for joining me for this quick little rant! I’ll see you here again next week, or somewhere else on the internet before then!
Much love, Hollie! :D