“Stop. Breathe. Allow yourself the luxury of doing nothing for a moment, or an hour, or even a day. It is in emptiness that inspiration will appear.” Carol Katchen
There are times in everyone’s creative life when we need to take a break. Sometimes our body needs a rest, other times we feel overwhelmed or frustrated and the best thing we can do for ourselves and our work is to give both the time needed to reignite the energy and the passion that makes what we do each day exciting and special.
I have been going through just such a time. I was so in love with painting and all of a sudden I was finding it harder and harder to get out my pastels. So I decided to do what I know is best for me and that is to take a break. There are times when I take a break that I read or walk or take an extra yoga class or two. I might visit different parks or art galleries or I might rest a little more, sit in the sun, and dream.
This time my break is a little different. I find that I am excited about taking pictures. The fall colors are just beginning to appear and everywhere I look there seems to be a new photo opportunity. I know that the pastels will come out again soon but for now I am going to enjoy the season and maybe become a better photographer in the process.
One of the things I often tell friends and clients is to follow your heart. As we go on our creative journey, it will take many twists and turns. I encourage everyone to embrace the new paths and opportunities that open up to us so often. Take time to explore new things. Give yourself the chance to embrace new ideas and ignite new passions. Give yourself a break and then see what happens. Often you will come back to what you left with a new appreciation for what you are creating. Other times you will find yourself going down a new and exciting path. The important thing is to listen to your heart and your body and to give yourself the time necessary to decide what to do next.