I'll admit it, I'm having a hard time getting back into the work groove. I'm trying not to be too hard on myself. I keep telling myself that I missed out on a lot of weekends in November and December, so it's ok to take it easy a little this month. It's ok to lounge on the couch with a book, or sit around and watch 30 Rock episodes without sewing a book, or to chat on the phone with a friend for awhile. If I've learned anything about artists, crafters and entrepreneurs this past year, it's that we're a busy bunch. Most of us can't watch TV without doing something with our hands, and we feel guilty taking a day off. It's understandable, not working means not making money. Still, it's important to recharge, to let yourself relax, and let your creative juices refresh. So instead of doing things like forcing myself to sit and be creative, right at that second, I'm trying to do some of regular life stuff I put off, or just do nothing, or maybe make something for myself with no intention of selling it. Let the inspiration come, instead of trying to force it.
So, with that in mind, I've got two projects that are just for me that are starting to brew. First, I'll be heading to Maui in 2 weeks and I need a journal for myself! I can't wait! Talk about relaxing and recharging, I'm so looking forward to unplugging and having time to relax, be inspired and soak up some of that much needed Vitamin D (through a layer of SPF 50, of course). The next project is something on my loom. In 2010 I got weaving again, and I intend to do even more of it this year. I fixed my loom bench last week, so now it's not wobbly, and I have no excuses not to sit on it more often. I've had this yarn for awhile, and am anxious to do something with it.
I'll keep you posted of my new projects, and also share some of the things I'm finding inspiring as I gear up for another productive year.