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 Gilbert,
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 Gilbert,
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!