Wednesday, June 1, 2011

a mind full of ideas with nowhere to go

Do you ever experience creativity overload?
A million ideas running through your head but you are not sure which one you want to conquer first?

Lately I have been feeling this-
I have a list of things I want to do...several lists...scattered throughout my house, purse, craft room, everywhere.

I could be in the middle of something and an idea will pop into my head.
A great, brilliant idea!
This has been happening so often with my blog lately. So many ideas for posts. I want my posts to be intentional; not fluff.
But when I sit down to write, these ideas are gone. Maybe not the ideas because they are written down but the soul of the post. Does that make sense? I don't write just to write. My posts come from my heart.

I begin writing. I even get half way done.

And then I lose all motivation.

Why?

I sit down to create. I sit down to write.

It's always the same. My mind goes blank. I lose motivation. I get caught up in family life. I get tired from working over a 12 hour day. Sometimes I want to just lay on the couch in quiet. Often I just surf Pinterest.

Why do we lose motivation when we have a mind full of brilliant ideas? Is it fear of failure? Is it fear that there are other products out there that are somewhat similar? Blog posts that are similar?

I often forget that what I create and what I write is not the same as what is similar to another's. In fact they are totally different. My thoughts, my heart, my time, and personality is in all that I do.

I am my blog. I am my craft.

*pictures are from here

9 thoughts:

Danielle said...

You are awesome Gina!! Trust me we ALL go through this. I've been in a slump for a while. Keep plugging away. (((HUGS)))

Sarah B. said...

More ideas than time! Yes we've all been there - where is the PAUSE button on life?! :)

Lindsay said...

I can totally relate! For me, I think it's not only fear, but also being overwhelmed. I've got all these plans that sometimes I stress myself out before I even get started! Gotta take things one at a time.
Hope you have a wonderful week!

la petite coquine said...

I think (or at least I hope) that we've all been there. You're bursting with good ideas, but later you doubt whether or not they're worth pursuing but in the end, go with your first instincts-they're always right! You are brilliant, and I'm amazed by everything you do, darling!

Ashley said...

Right now at work I'm in a storm of all kinds of hectic stuff, and I get so overwhelmed that I just zone out and do nothing. What do I do first? There are multiple tasks and projects competing for each spot on the priority ladder.

Maybe it's this way creatively, too. Maybe when we've got so much going on, we kind of shut down because it's too much at once.

I'm not sure of the solution, but maybe the next time you're feeling creative, go ahead & write down whatever idea you have, but don't delve into it. Instead, go back to one of those half-finished posts or ideas or projects, and see if you can direct your energy & motivation at finishing that thing. ?

Meanwhile, I'll be over in my corner, rocking. One more week of ridiculous madness, ramping up more each day, and then commencement will be over and I can go back to a normal too-stressful workload!

Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea said...

Your blog is awesome and inspiring! I agree, it's tough to not go too "fluffy" and I think you are doing a great job keeping it real!

Connie said...

Totally know what you mean! I write EVERYTHING down even if I know/think I will remember.

When it comes to blogging, I have total bursts of it where I just sit and write for hours and them sometimes I've got nothing!

Lauren said...

I'm having that right now. I finally have a day- a day to me. It's been 2 whole months were I've had that but I've had so many ideas since then I'm struggling to be productive today and do what I want. :(

Watkins35 said...

I try to keep a notepad with me at all times, so I can remember anything that comes to me, either inspiration or ideas or to-do lists. However I often find that if I feel particularly motivated to do something it's best to do it straight away, or I might lose interest for a while. I have MANY notebooks full of ideas etc, but sometimes LIFE just gets in the way! xox

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