Every so often I like to declutter my closet and get rid of clothes that are damaged, don’t fit, or that I simply don’t like anymore. Recently, I packed up a big bag of clothes to take to The Salvation Army. But before getting rid of it all, I had a second look at the clothing to see if I could save any of the items. Among the pieces in the bag, there was a beautiful hand embroidered dress in royal blue. So light and colorful. Ideal for the summer.
This used to be one of my favorite dresses. Although the dress still fits me, the elastic on the sleeves was killing my arms. Since I had gained some weight over the past year, the sleeves were now too tight. It felt uncomfortable. However, I felt sad about getting rid of such a beautiful dress. It was still in good condition, and the colors on the embroidery were still vibrant. I suddenly had an idea. “If I could just get rid of these puffy sleeves, I could wear this again.” I said to myself.
So that was exactly what I did! Instead of getting rid of the dress, I got rid of what was bothering me. I have to tell you that when I wore my new sleeveless dress, it felt AMAZING. I felt like a queen in it. I was impressed by how such a little tweak could bring so much life into this garment again.
This made me reflect on the following. Many times when we lose the love for something (or someone), it doesn’t necessarily mean the thing in question isn’t beautiful anymore. It might just mean that it needs a twist. For example, if you are an artist and you’re feeling a bit discouraged about the creative process, perhaps all you need is a little change in your environment. Maybe you can find a new place to execute your ideas, or you can try new techniques or art supplies.
Or, if you are a writer who only writes blog posts, try writing short stories, poems, or a different genre altogether. This will bring excitement to your routine. As you might have seen, I sometimes write stories based on my own experience. But I also write how-to posts, and on some occasions, I’ve even collaborated with other bloggers and artists. I try to mix things up, and this is what keeps things exciting for me.
So, if you think you’ve lost the love for your craft, try thinking about ways to spice things up. Have some ideas? Let me know about them in the comments below. I hope you’re able to fall back in love with your art this summer!
Until next time,