Do you lie around waiting for inspiration to strike? Waiting for that overwhelming, ‘I have to go creative this thing right now’, feeling?
I’m that person 100%.
When I hit a lull, I don’t want to do or creative anything (like writing blog posts ha!). But when there’s the tiniest of sparks, that begins the gears turning again, and I’m motivated to go and do: write, paint, dance, photograph, do anything creative. However, in the excitement of the creating process, my inner voice usually wrangles me back to be a couch lump again.
So how to break the cycle and get my butt off the couch? Well, it’s similar to Couch to 5k the running app. You have to take small steps to create momentum and repeatedly, even in small intervals, flex your creative muscles.
Like working out your physical being, you get more toned, gain balance, and grow stronger. The same happens when you flex your creative muscles.
To get my gears moving again, I’ve been exploring the documentary style of photography. Thanks to my friend and business coaching client, Jenna Christina, who inspired me to capture the every day – in between moments and let go of perfection. So on my recent trip to Portland, I was visiting my friend Rebecca. She had a long journey to getting pregnant. Finally, after many attempts, shots, and rounds of IVF, baby Suzy came into this world. I was so excited to meet baby Suzy and of course, see my friend as a mom.
I was greeted by Gromit her beloved pup and we sat on the sofa catching up. I watched as she played with little Suzy and after a few minutes, I couldn’t resist the urge to go get my gear from the car to photograph mom and baby. They were so adorable. We spent the rest of the day talking about how life is so vastly different now with baby, how much Rebecca’s had to learn, how having a doula turned nanny to help a few hours a week has kept her from going crazy (and allowed for her to shower) and has introduced her to information that she never knew existed.
For example, did you know tongue tied is an actual condition, not just a phrase? Baby Suzy is tongue tied and we learned Rebecca may be too.