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Tips to keep the creativity juices flowing

I don't know about you but sometimes go through phases where I feel stuck in a rut with my creativity. I have been in one recently and I feel like I am only just surfacing from it. I have been thinking about some of the ways that help keep my creative juices flowing and so I thought I would share a few of them in case they might help anyone else. 

1. Walk lots. I have recently been walking a lot more (about 1.5 hours some days) and I make a point of not listening to music or podcasts and just daydreaming. I find that my mind wanders and I start thinking about projects I am working on and ideas seem to flow more naturally. I find myself coming up with designs in my head. (The photo above was taken from one of my walks to work recently).

2. Come up with ideas everyday. Sometimes I think it is good to train your brain in certain behaviours or to think in particular ways. I think you can do this with idea generation. Train your brain to come up with lots of ideas. Keep a notebook (can be physical and/or digital) and set yourself the challenge of coming up with 10 ideas everyday. They don't all have to be good ones, just get them down and you might be surprised by what you have. I try to do this with blog posts and I now have a pretty long list.

3. Travel. Now this doesn't have to be somewhere far away or exotic but I think going somewhere new where you haven't been before is stimulating for the brain. There are new things to see and explore and it can often be very inspiring. Time away from everyday routines can be great. If you can afford to visit other countries amazing, but I find a weekend away in another city or even exploring a part of town I am not familiar with does the trick. 

4. Read books. This is something that I have not been very good at recently but I have got a pile of novels that I am eager to crack on with (all the walking has meant less time on the bus reading!). We learn so much from reading and I think often reading about things that might be totally unrelated to the creative project you are working on can spark connections, or make you think outside the box and in new ways. 

5. Learn a new skill. Sometimes if you are struggling with a particular project it can help if you channel your creativity in a different direction and learn something new. So for example if I am struggling with a particularly tough design job - taking a break and making candles, practising calligraphy or linocutting can focus my brain in a different way and get me all inspired again, so I am fresh to go back to the tricky design I am working on. A great place to start with this is skillshare. There are so many amazing online classes that you can take and don't cost very much and it always feels so good to learn new things. 

I hope some of these work for you. I would love to hear if you have any other ideas for how to keep creativity levels high. 

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Summer Goals
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So I thought a helpful thing this summer would be to set my self some goals. Things that I would like to achieve and I have set myself the end of September as my deadline. I thought writing them down for everyone on this here blog might motivate me and help me to keep focused! I am usually way too over ambitious and unrealistic when I am working out what I want to achieve...but we will see - hopefully I will be able to show evidence of all of these things in the not to distant future. I will keep you posted!

After indulging in some seriously awesome food on honeymoon in Sicily it is time to get fit. The gym doesn't seem to be fitting into my routine all that well at the moment but the other day I did some interval training in the living room (Oh how I ached) and kind of liked it. Yes it was painful but it was short and seem managable. Today I stumbled upon this 7 minute workout (where the pic above is from) and I think I am going to give it ago. I also need to sort out my diet! Oh there is so much to think about. I will get NM onto making some healthy but yummy meals.

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I have been wanting to do this for ages. I have got Totes and prints and cards to make and photograph and get all up in the shop. I closed it while we were away and during the wedding and I think now would just be a good opportunity to take stock and start from scratch. I will let you know when it is ready. The photo above was taken by Jonathan - and some of these totes will be in the shop.

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Oh man is my portfolio in need of an update. Changing my name has give me the shove I need to actually get on this. I have old work that needs re-photographing and so much new work that needs to be included (I haven't updated my portfolio for 3 years!! oh dear!) also this blog doesn't really look how I want it to right now and I want to get everything looking consistent and really develop a style that I am happy with. I think this is all going to involve me learning some code so this could take some time!

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I have already started this but I am determined to spend the summer photographing on manual and not auto which I have naughtily been using a lot up until now. I practiced taking some photos of the roses in our garden and we have a few exciting trips coming up which will be a perfect outing for my trusty SLR!

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I feel like life has been so busy recently that I have been so slow at getting through books. I am reading this at the moment and it is amazing but I want to read some novels over the summer. I am hoping with travels and some more lazy summer evenings I might be able to get through a few more. I think I will put together a reading lists so if anyone has any suggestions feel free to put it in the comments below! I also want to read the Bible way more and am planning to tackle Proverbs and Ecclesiastes in the next few months!

Well that is all for now. I will keep you updated on my progress!