Occasionally I’ll get beautiful clothes that don’t quite fit my aesthetic. I happily accept them, put them in a box and wait until I have a few hours. Then I measure, cut, iron and hem by hand because I am terrified of my sewing machine. At the end of a typically two to four hour period (depending on the item) I have something new for my wardrobe!
As some of you know, I spend quite a bit of time on Pinterest. Fortunately I only discovered it after our wedding (I obsessively perused Wedding Gawker at the time) but as the owner of a new house and an avid cook it still provides plenty to waste the hours on. I use it to collect recipes, consider new paint colors and even collect cute animal pictures to send to friends when they’re stressed. But more than anything else I use Pinterest to come up with ideas.
For the past few weeks I have been embarking upon a creative journey in the hopes that it will make me a better writer and a better person. I’ve struggled a LOT in the past year with writing. I sit daily and stare at the screen (or worse, at Netflix) and end each day feeling frustrated that I haven’t accomplished anything. It’s incredibly irritating when nothing stands in your way but yourself. It’s even worse if you’ve identified the problem and yet still can’t seem to manage to get out of the way.
For Christmas my brother- and sister-in-law gave me a book called The Artist’s Way. I had never heard of it and probably looked very confused after it had been unwrapped, but they explained that it was a sort of twelve step program for blocked creative people. It teaches affirmation, acceptance and takes a spiritual path toward creativity. After twelve weeks the participant is supposed to have removed their blocks and approached their creative nature from a new and vital direction. Nothing else has worked–not strict scheduling, nagging, or even accountability toward others–so I figured something completely new couldn’t hurt.