For a lot of people, the new year kicks off with the predictable hangover brought on by the excessive glasses of bubbly on the 31st. My hangover was a little different this year, it didn't require any hair of the dog, or big bowl of pho, because I was so exhausted that I went to bed at 10pm. Instead, I woke up in January with a Crafting Hangover.
The holiday selling season proved to be a great one for me, but all the hours spent crafting led to burn out. I tried to jump right back into things, but found myself completely incapable of making anything! I finally decided to give myself a break and treat the hangover with the best thing I could come up with: inspiration.
I picked up the book I started reading on the flight home from Phoenix (mid-October), I watched the U2 DVD I got for Christmas while sitting on the couch . . . doing nothing! (That's right, I just watched . . . without knitting, folding paper, or sewing a book!) I also started reading guide books and sketching out ideas for a travel journal that's all for me. Yay! In January 2010 D & I will be taking an exciting trip to Ecuador! I can't wait! We'll spend a week in the capital city, Quito, with a day trip to the famous Otavalo Market. (If anyone has been and has any suggestions, please leave them in the comments section.)
I think it's important for people with creative jobs, especially people who are self-employed, to remember to let yourself be inspired. It may look like you're sitting around doing nothing, but it's important to refuel and let those creative juices simmer for a while.