Do It For The Wonder

Firstly, I’d like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! I’m constantly in awe and wonder of how quickly time passes us. As some of you may have noticed, I’ve spent the last few weeks  disconnected from my social media after desperately needing a break.

I had reached a point in my creative pursuits that I had not yet stumbled across before. After placing enormous amounts of pressure on myself to gain success from my creativity, I found myself completely uninspired to create. What was once something that brought me joy and inspiration slowly began to fill me with dread and obligation.

Here is what I’ve learned about why we do the things we love, and how to keep doing them when we lose our drive.

Creativity is Fleeting

Creativity comes and goes like a breeze. Of course there will be days where you feel tired, uninspired and would rather sit the day out than create anything. I have my fair share of these days, too. When your creativity is dissipating, that’s when it’s time to grab hold of your work ethic and let it hold you afloat.

You’ll  feel like doing almost anything else other than work and create, but those are the very two things you must do when you feel this way. Even if it goes in the trash right after, or isn’t something you’re too happy about. Work through the cycle. Work ethic and creativity go hand in hand. Your creativity will return in the midst of your work and you’ll wonder if it was ever truly gone.

“You can measure your worth by your dedication to your path, not by your successes or failures.”
― Elizabeth GilbertBig Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Find Wonder In The Ordinary

“At such times, I can always steady my life one more by returning to my soul. I ask it, “And what is it that you want, dear one?”

“The answer is always the same: “More wonder, please.”

“As long as I’m still moving in that direction—toward wonder–then I know I will always be fine in my soul, which is where it counts. And since creativity is still the most effective way for me to access wonder, I choose it.”
― Elizabeth GilbertBig Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

You don’t need to be constantly traveling or on the latest thrilling adventure to find wonder. Finding wonder in everyday life is a habit you can cultivate by being conscious of the good that is woven into your life. Watch a podcast you find motivating, explore the city you live in, or create something entirely new. Wonder is all around us and can be found in everyday life if you make the conscious decision to dig a little deeper.

Remember Why You Started

This was a big one for me, and it took me a while to realize I had started creating for all of the wrong reasons. I got caught up in the superficial aspects of blogging; I wanted to gain followers, comments, likes- no number seemed good enough. It sucked the joy and authenticity out of blogging to the point where I no longer wanted to use my platform. It brought me dread and anxiety when it used to bring me clarity and happiness.

Remember why you do what you do, whatever it may be. You will undoubtedly encounter obstacles along the way, but as long as you stay true to what has carried you all this way, you will find your way back.

 

Have you ever lost your motivation to create or do something you love? I’d love to hear your stories!

  • Caitlin

    Loving these tips, I need to find my motivation for Instagram again!

    Beauty & Colour | Vegan Lifestyle Blog

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Caitlin, I hope you find that inspiration soon xx

  • This was another inspiring and uplifting post Diana, I’ve been feeling the lull of Winter blues and my creativity has taken a dip. I love what you wrote about finding wonder is everything, I’ve been tuning into new Podcasts, scrolling through Pinterest for Inspo and looking at ways to brighten up my day with little things 🙂

    Hanh | hanhabelle

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Hanh, I’m glad you enjoyed the post! Pinterest is always a source for my inspiration too xx

  • This is a really lovely post. Going to Canada in May so can’t wait to just get lost in natural beauty!

    http://www.thehumblepescatarian.co.uk

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you! You’re going to love it, there is so much nature to explore and wander through 🙂

  • Diana, first of all – happy new year! And long no comment 😉 But I’ve found myself getting so much more into blogs this year in 2018 and yours was one I’ve wanted to catch up with. I can resonate so much to what you’ve written here, especially about finding wonder in the everyday – this is something I found so challenging last year but *that* in itself became the most rewarding and fulfilling lesson. Because if we can see the beauty, the lesson, the grace in every challenge, then we get to really be present in whatever life aims to throw us, right?
    Definitely can also relate to your last point too, it was only when I realised I wanted to create, to write for me, to share, regardless of who was watching – that’s when blogging, writing, creating became my most treasured cathartic release. Wishing you a great start to 2018! Ana xx

    http://www.namastefromananya.com

    • Diana Maria

      Happy New Year love! I’m glad you’re back to blogging this year, I feel much more inspired to do the same as well. I couldn’t agree with you more, the small moments are worth being grateful for, and that can really transform your perspective on life. Thank you for reading Ananya!

  • This is such a fantastic post Diana, you always write beautifully. I always think about why I started when I feel like I have no inspiration to blog, and try to take the pressure off myself a little and go for a walk instead xx

    http://www.natalieleanne.com

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Natalie, your comments are always so kind! xx

  • This is a beautifully written post! I think it’s easy to get lost in the numbers of blogging, number of followers, number of posts per week, etc. But if you can remember why you started in the first place and get back to who you want to be than all of that stuff will come naturally.

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Abbey, I agree. It’s difficult when you get caught up in those things and forget what drove you to start in the first place xx

  • Shannon

    My new mantra for the year is, I will succeed regardless of motivation. It can be so hard when creativity, motivation, and inspiration are such flaky friends. These tips are great for when your struggling with your goals. This year I’m hoping to blog more consistently and remembering why I started is a great tip.

    Shann Eileen | http://www.shanneileen.com

    • Diana Maria

      I love that resolution Shann! I think even when we don’t feel inspired, we have to push through that time if we want to succeed and continue on. Good luck with your goals and resolutions xx

  • What you said about creativity is really interesting. It ties in with keeping motivation no matter what, and it gets really hard to be motivated when none of your ideas seem good enough! I’m writing a story and finding it very difficult at times when I want to write, but feel like every word is rubbish. I need to try and do it anyways, even if as you said it goes to the trash afterwards – the important thing is to keep trying!

    Julia x
    Last Post: On Resilience and What 2017 Taught Me | http://juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/lifestyle-on-resilience-what-i-learned.html

    • Diana Maria

      I feel as though every writer looks at their writing and thinks it’s rubbish, so my advice would be to keep going! Stephen King threw out his draft for Carrie, but his wife took it out of the trash and told him to keep going- now look where that novel has gone! Wishing you the best of luck xx

      • Oh wow I didn’t know that about Stephen King! Shows that sometimes you just have to trust yourself, and not be afraid to rely on your loved one’s support! Thank you so much for these positive words Diana 🙂 xx

  • I’ve definitely been there more than one time. I read Big Magic last year and I feel like I need to give it another read! I also have felt a lot of pressure to create what other people like and not necessarily what I want to create. It is important point to remember to create what you love.

    Brittany | thechicette.com

    • Diana Maria

      I have to re-read it as well, it’s such an inspiring book. Thank you for reading Brittany xx

  • Stephanie Eiler

    What a lovely post, Diana! I have also glad days that I feel uninspired or wonder why am I even doing what I am doing with my creativity. I love this word “wonder” and I am going to be using this word a lot more for motivation on days like these. That feeling of wonder is so inspiring, especially when you find wonder in the seemingly ordinary things of your life! Thank you for your inspiring words =) Happy New Year to you!!

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you for your lovely comment Stephanie! Wishing you all the best with your creative energy 🙂

  • Kim

    Happy New Year, Diana! As always, your post has been motivating. It’s important to never lose sight of who you are and what makes you happy!

    • Diana Maria

      Happy New Year Kim! Thank you! 🙂

  • Caitlin

    It can be hard to remember why you started in the first place but once you do I think you get back on track pretty quickly!

    Beauty & Colour | Vegan Lifestyle Blog

    • Diana Maria

      I think so too! Thank you for reading Caitlin

  • oh i just love the way you write, there’s something so rhythmic about it and I love how you describe things. This was such a beautiful post

    http://www.thewhimsicalwildling.com/

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Eloise, that’s such a wonderful compliment to receive!

  • This is so, so true. Creativity really does come and go. Sometimes I’m really inspired to make something and other times I get frustrated with myself because I don’t have any ideas. But reminding yourself why you started is a really good tip.

    alicered.co.uk

    • Diana Maria

      It can be discouraging, but I think that’s just the process of creativity! All the best with your creativity Alice xx

  • This is such a lovely post and your photography is stunning. Such a lovely post to read through!

    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Danielle!

  • What an inspiring post! Wishing you a very Happy 2018! Your photographs are stunning and enjoyed reading this, your words and imagery work very well in unison together.

    Thanks so much for sharing and wishing you a wonderful year ahead.

    Often creativity comes to us when we are most relaxed!

    Laura xo
    http://www.shehearts.net

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Laura! I hope you’ve had a great start to your New Year 🙂

  • This is beautiful and so well written.

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Chelsea xx

  • Diana! Your blog posts are always so in tune with my heart, and they always empower me to find a fresh sense of wonder within myself. I recently read Big Magic, and it was life changing. So, your post couldn’t have come at a better time for me. Thanks for reminding me to find wonder in the big, small, mundane and magical. You are a true gem, and you have a heart full of gold. I’m cheering you on Diana 🙂

    -Ashton

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Ashton, I am so happy to hear that it honestly made me smile. Big Magic is a wonderfully inspiring book, it changed mine too! Cheering you on too love xx

  • These photos are so pretty, they make we want to go exploing
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you!

  • Do it for the wonder is such a lovely concept. I will be adopting this throughout the year, its a beautiful turn of phrase. Thank you for sharing xx

    Lynsey || One More Slice

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Lynsey xx

  • This is such a lovely and well-written post. Absolutely love the whole theme to this and feel like so many people are now feeling more motivated to make 2018 great. Hope you’re well and wishing you a wonderful year ahead!

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

    • Diana Maria

      Thanks again Layla! 🙂

  • Hi Diana! You always create such inspirational post. I love the way you write and your pictures are full of wonders as well. We sometimes need a break, so that our creative juices come back and seeing beauty everywhere is an exercise that we all need to be reminded to practice everyday. Wonder often !

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Nathalie, that’s so kind of you to say! I’m glad you found inspiration within the post xx

  • “Creativity comes and goes like a breeze.” – Indeed! I can’t agree more. Work ethic and consistency is key. Btw, your photos are beautiful dear. Nicely done!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Jessica! xx

  • Still loving this post – it’s been written in such a beautiful way and loving all your pictures too, love it! 🙂

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Layla you’re so sweet 🙂

  • Hillory Renkema

    Awe this was such a great post girl!! I’ve been feeling like I’m lacking in creativity lately, so definitely was excited to read this. Hope your 2018 is off to a great start!

    xo,

    H

    http://firsttimethings.com/

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Hillory! I feel like this time of year brings on that lull in creating, I hope you’ve had a lovely 2018 so far as well 🙂

  • AKNOWLESWORLD

    Glad that you were able to take time off from social media and create this awesome post! Definitely bookmarking it for the future.
    xx ebonyknowles.com

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you! xx

  • Wonderful post ☃ ❄

    Blog de la Licorne

  • Missy May

    Creativity comes and goes indeed! – But yes if we remember why we started and go back to that original, we’re good to go. Great post Diana!! Picked me up!

    https://www.missymayification.co.uk

    • Diana Maria

      Agreed! Thanks love xx

  • This is such a good and important post! I’ve definitely been going through the same things– I was just really uninspired to write and create, it felt like a chore. And like you said, I think I was doing it for the wrong reasons.
    I’ve read Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic recently and it really touched me also. So many good insights.

    I wish you the best in everything– just know you’re not alone, I think a lot of bloggers feel this way at times!
    Julia | juliainbluhm.com

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Julia, I’m so glad you could relate to this post as well. Elizabeth’s writing is always so thought provoking xx

  • As soon as I saw your heading “creativity is fleeting” I thought of Big Magic, then I saw that you’d quoted it! I love that book, it’s so inspiring! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on creativity, I needed that today because I feel like my creativity has been a bit lack luster of late!

    Technicolour Dreamer

    • Diana Maria

      Yay, another Big Magic reader! Thank you for reading Claire, I’m happy you enjoyed it 🙂

  • Happy New Year! Time flies way too quick, even more, when you’re older! I totally agree with you how work ethic and creativity go hand in hand. I’ve seen a lot of it coming up whenever I’m busy grinding away at work, aha.

    It takes time to get to where we are and always good to step aside and reflect on the good that has happened over time! Thanks for the inspiration :).

    exquisitely.me

    • Diana Maria

      Happy New Year Nancy! Honestly, it really does go by. Thank you for reading xx

  • totally love this inspiring post!
    http://www.stylefrontier.com

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you! xx

  • Hi Diana! I think this entry definitely came at the right time – when I needed it the most. Thanks for always being so uplifting ♥

    cabin twenty-four

    • Diana Maria

      Thank you Eena! 🙂

  • RosieBaillie

    Your posts are always so motivational and inspiring, Diana. I’m feeling in a bit of a rut at the moment, and haven’t posted a new blog post in a few weeks because I’m feeling a bit ‘bleh’ in terms of creativity at the moment. I’ve got so many good ideas but I’m not forcing it because I know that doesn’t work for me. That seems to be working because it’s slowly coming back and I’ve started writing a few drafts today.