The Creative Mojo is Gone

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I have been feeling really busy lately. And I hate to even say that, because busy is such a loaded word. Usually I say busy when I want to mean productive, but I really mean overwhelmed and just a little crazy.

This whole year has been like that.

And I find myself not crafting or creating or doing much of anything other than what needs to be done to get through my day.

Yes, I’m writing a knitting book, and thinking about all those projects takes time, effort and creative energy away from other things. But I don’t remember the last one just completely draining me like this. I’m not interested in creating anything else.

Part of it, too, is that I’m in a cleaning/clearing/decluttering mode and I don’t want to be making things just for the sake of having something to write about. I don’t want more stuff in the house.

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William Morris print via imkellycummings.

Right now I need things to be both useful and beautiful. And nothing is more beautiful right now than a cleared off table, an empty floor, a space where it looks like nothing is happening.

Maybe I’ve just spent so much time inside lately that I’m sick of looking at the same old things and I just want space.

I don’t know. But all that boils down to the fact that I’m just not making anything.

I quit that art journaling challenge I was doing. I haven’t been doing any on my own, either. I’ve made stuff for Iron Craft so far this year, and done some other knitting projects, but that’s it.

I know this needs to be OK. I know we all have cycles and seasons and things that stop us and start us and that it will come back to me in time, just as it always has.
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It’s just hard to justify these low-production periods when I blog about making things and the importance of creativity in everyday life.

I still feel creative. There’s cooking and baking and arranging and playing with a kid and being alive; all of that is creativity, too. And I’m taking little steps. And I trust it will be back soon.

There’s just not always something physical to show for it.

Do you have dry periods in your creativity? If you’re a blogger, have you ever felt like not doing what you blog about? I’d love to hear your thoughts and what you did about it!

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