Living In My Spring

I may have mentioned this before but my creativity and mood are very aligned with the seasons here in Ohio. In the winter, I retreat and hunker down. Our hope is that next winter, we literally retreat to someplace warmer. I also tend to get lazy. Lazy in a physical way. Lazy in a creative way.

When spring arrives, I feel my curiosity return. This spring, I’m finding myself creating boundaries within my curiosity. We’re in the process of re-designing our website, we’re in the process of refreshing what our workshops and events look like, we’re in the process of revamping our internal processes. Instead of looking at what other people are doing (creative studios, agencies or coworking spaces), I’m forcing myself to find inspiration elsewhere.

I already do this in a few ways. But I’m adding to the list. Here’s what I’m at:

  1. I try not to follow “competition” unless I have a personal relationship with them. I use quotation marks to indicate that I don’t truly believe in competition the way most do. You can read more about that here.
  2. If anything, I look to creativity outside of my industry (design, marketing and photography). I love staying connected to painters, chefs, musicians, textile designers, interior designers and even athletes.
  3. As of late, I’m making an effort to move every day. This has never been a habit in my life but it’s doing wonders already.
  4. I don’t spend a lot of time consuming things on the internet. I stick to my Twitter lists (I have two lists: one called “Friends in Real Life” and one titled “Interesting People That I Don’t Know.” Instagram knows who I want to hear from and what I want to see.
  5. When I do take the time to consume other peoples’ content, I seek out content created by women and people of color in longer form. This is usually books but sometimes articles online.
  6. I’m writing every day, here. I’m adding in writing-that-I-don’t-share-with-anyone this week.
  7. I’m slower to accept new clients. I’m more apt to experiment with smaller introductory projects. More inclined to ask more questions.
  8. Something that I’m not good at making time for: drawing and painting. These two forms of physically creating with my hands are something that I need to prioritize. It’s so difficult in my digital world of editing, design and email.

That’s my list for now. I hope to produce work that I’m proud of over the next 4-6 months. Oh and take lots of breaks, too.

Photo taken while on our walk tonight!

April 18, 2018