How many times can you start over?

Inner Creative blog How many times can you start over?
Sometimes starting can be easy.

 

I love starting out on a new project. It can be exiting and fun. In fact, so fun, that it’s easy to get caught up in doing all the dreaming, planning and researching that the ‘doing’ part falls to the wayside until another new idea catches our attention. Shiny New Object Syndrome, anyone? 🙂 But as I’ve recently discovered, it’s the willingness to start again that is so important when the going gets tough.

 

Over the last few months, I’ve bunkered down to focus on creating and trialling a 12 week planner (that helps you set a focused goal, as well as step you through your ‘to do’ list to make it happen) and more recently, getting my 2018 Mandala Inspiration calendar to the printers. You might have seen some of my early work in my Mandala Inspiration series or some behind-the-scenes over on my Facebook or Instagram accounts more recently.

 

Inner Creative Mandala Inspiration 2018 Chakra Calendar featured in blog How many times can you start over?

 

Drawing my mandala images over this last month was particularly tough. There were times when I could sit down and easily get into the flow. But there were many other times when I was feeling under the weather, not inspired, or had the “who do you think you are?” thought patterns racing through my head. And past performance had no bearing on the next mandala I went to work on. Each mandala was based on a chakra or energy point in the body. They had their own colours, vibe and story. So it didn’t matter if the previous day I’d had a brilliant session or finished a mandala I was proud of. The next day I needed to draw something new. On those difficult days, I just did my best to show up at my table with my pencils and paper, and be prepared to start again. And if I mucked up or the mandala wasn’t looking like I wanted it to, then I’d show up the next day and start again.

 

Yesterday the final calendar design went to the printers. I am so proud of how it turned out (you can have a sneak peak of the back page here).
Inner Creative Mandala Inspiration 2018 Calendar back cover
And looking back I still don’t know how I got through it all. What got me through was my persistence and willingness to keep starting; to show up at the table and draw; to allow my [intuition/inner creativity/muse/spirit/Divine inspiration/whatever you want to call it] take over and let the mandala reveal itself as I kept drawing.

 

Now that I’ve finished one chapter, I am ready to start the next.

So now I’m encountering the other type of starting – the hard one.

The one where you can see the mountain (that big goal, dream, project, ’to do’ list or even physical pile of stuff) sitting before you. It’s huge and overwhelming. You don’t know where to start.

 

This week the kids headed back to school, leaving me to get reacquainted with my ‘to do’ list. It’s a bit crazy. All the things I’ve put off during the school holidays are now back on my plate. Plus I’m really determined to help you (and many others like you) achieve your dreams and goals by offering a suite of planning projects and tools over the next few months. So to say I was overwhelmed was an understatement :-).

 

Inner Creative Get Unstuck Worksheet detail featured in blog How many times can you start over?You can see a visual representation of this feeling in the top circle of my ‘Get Unstuck’ Worksheet. Using this worksheet, helped me get passed my head, tap into my heart and intuition, and work out the next step to take. I also felt heaps better.
I then stumbled across this Martin Luther King quote: “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

 

"Take the first step in faith.You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step" quote by Martin Luther King featured in Inner Creative blog How many times can you start over?
It’s such a nice reminder – if your big goal, project or ‘to do’ list is looming a bit large, then remember that you don’t need to figure it all out now. All you need to do is take the first step and then the next one will reveal itself. Sometimes it’s not worth working out every single detail ahead of time, because you may discover a better approach along the way.

 

I’m trying to apply this advice to my own massive list of projects. I’m starting by stepping small and focusing on doing just one thing at a time. Each time I cross something off my list, I just start again by asking, ‘What is the next step I need to take now?

 

We often see the opportunity to start again and wipe the slate clean at the start of the year, the month, the week, and the day. But I believe we have the opportunity to start again in this moment, right now. We always have the choice to do or think something different and start again.

 

And even though we may be starting again and feel like we’re at ground zero, we’re never in the same place that we were before. (It’s a bit like travelling along a spiral than a 2D circle.)  We always have experience and knowledge to draw on (even if it’s not from the exact situation).

 

So getting back to my original question – how many times can you start over? I say, as many times as you like for as long as it takes :-).

 

Do you have a big goal or project on the horizon? What’s the next small step you need to take to get started? I’d love to hear what it is so I can cheer you on (comment below or tag me on Facebook or Instagram). And most importantly, once you figure out what you need to do to get started: go ahead and do it. Good luck!

The Creative Life of Karen Spencer – Scoobs ‘n’ Lishy

Welcome to the latest instalment of The Creative Life interview series!
The aim of this series is to shine a spotlight on how business owners incorporate their creativity across all aspects of their life, and gives some ‘behind the scenes’ insight into how they started and plan for their business.

Today I’d like to introduce you to Karen Spencer of Scoobs ‘n’ Lishy.

Karen is a mum of three and the creative force behind Scoobs ‘n’ Lishy, where she specialises in making bright and practical essentials for babies and beyond.

Karen Spencer featured in Inner Creative blog The Creative Life of Karen Spencer. innercreative.com.au. Image: Karen Spencer

Karen spencer with her scoobs’n’lishy bibs. Image: Karen spencer

There is more than meets the eye with Karen. Her business of bright baby and children’s goods is just the tip of her creativity outlets and talents. It was so exciting to discover some other hidden gems (but I don’t want to give anything away so you’ll have to read on :-)).

Karen is a true embodiment of her brand – practicality, brightness and happiness. I really appreciated Karen’s pragmatic approach to her creativity and business, especially how she fits it in around raising her family. I loved her ‘roll up your sleeves’ attitude of getting out there and doing something, without making it seem like hard work. If anything gets boring, Karen sees how she can add a sense of fun and enjoyment to whatever she does. So not surprisingly, Karen’s looking forward to launching a new range of colourful hair accessories that will celebrate diverse interests by including things like dinosaurs and trucks, because not all girls like pink sparkly unicorns (although some do, and that’s ok too!).

In this interview you’ll also find out how Karen:

  • avoids making work feel too much like ‘work’, and how being ‘selfish’ helps her break up monotony
  • balances efficiency with being spontaneous and following her interests
  • manages her expectations and gets into the flow
  • deals with risk and has the courage to leap and do what she wants to do.

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Creativity tool – Go random to do your problem solving

Are you stuck for ideas at work? Or have a problem you need to solve?
The easiest way to get inspiration for new ideas is to give our brain some new inputs and stimulation.* 
So go out and expose yourself to different places, people and things. And remember that you can take in this new information through any of your five senses: sight, hearing, taste, touch and smell.

You can also create new ideas by combining old ideas in a new or random way.

One of my common approaches is to use metaphors and analogies to see a problem or situation from a different perspective.

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The Creative Life of Alli Price – Motivating Mum

Welcome to this month’s instalment of The Creative Life interview series!
Each month shines a spotlight on how business owners incorporate their creativity across all aspects of their life, and gives some ‘behind the scenes’ insight into how they started and plan for their business.

This month I’d like to introduce you to Alli Price of Motivating Mum.

Alli Price runs Motivating Mum and is passionate about helping mums in business, or those starting out, achieve their business dreams. She offers inspiration and education through monthly Biz Mums Clubs, mentoring and affordable business services. Alli also runs an annual Awards and Conference and a charity event, Mummy Mentoring Festival.

Alli Price featured in Inner Creative blog The Creative Life of Alli Price. innercreative.com.au. Image: Kyra Ann Photography

Alli Price of Motivating Mum with her girls. Image: Kyra Ann Photography

It was so inspiring to speak to Alli about how much she loves her business and how creativity is such a fundamental part of running her business. She has a such a grounded down-to-earth attitude to it all, yet still manages to bring a sense of play and fun to everything she touches.

This interview is like having your own private biz mentoring session with Alli. So keep on reading to learn about:

  • How it’s always easier to find the time to do things that you are most passionate about
  • Finding a balance between work, kids and running the house
  • Working out what your customers want to make money
  • What to do when your ideas don’t work or when you get stuck
  • The big mistake that Alli sees people making in their business and the part that fear can play in it
  • And what Alli really thinks about mistakes.

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Three Simple Tips to Make Time for Creativity

Making time for creativity can be hard. Despite our best intentions our creative dreams and projects can fall to the wayside. Life happens. We get busy. Life can race by. And all of a sudden we turn around and we haven’t done what we meant to do.

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