|Jo Gifford - Dexterous Diva|
So what led to my change of heart and what have I learned so I can reduce the chances of this happening again in the future? I've really struggled with how to put into words and understand how I came back but Jo has really helped me to see what has worked for me. In her blog post she mentions a few things you should do when you are feeling low and can't recapture the lost feelings of positivity:
- Look back and see how far you have come - this always works for me. I am an avid list maker so it's always great to look back at my achievements which have been recorded in my todo lists. Doing this gives me a very realistic interpretation of where I was at any given time, things I was dealing with and going through, and things achieved as tasks were crossed of my list.
- Rediscover your flow and reconnect with yourself - through enrolling on an Ecourse and a couple of workshops run by other artists helped me to reconnect with myself, looking at what inspired me and helping me to make sense of my own journey. It made me pick up a pen, pencil, charcoal and get back to basics and get something down on paper again. This felt good.
- Stepping out and getting away - my creative sabbatical was a conscious decision to step away from my business. I knew it was something I needed to do. I was starting to really fall out with my work and everything I had previously loved to do. I took time to go away in the caravan, didn't take a sketchbook with me, I started reading more, the escape of fiction giving me valuable headspace and distance from the business. There is a wonderful quote which jo mentions in her posts which is all about the miracle happening when you are gone. This is so true.
If you'd like to read Jo's other top tips for things to do when you are feeling crappy and useless you can read her full post here. Her website nad blog is jam packed full with other gems such as this, and if anyone is able to inspire you to maintain your mindset it is Jo.