It’s been a minute since I’ve posted and truth be told, this is due to the fact that my inspiration has flown out the window. Actually, that sounds too romantic… My inspiration has curled up in a dark corner of a dark room and pushed the snooze button 63,975 times. Yes. That is what I’m talking about. We have all been there. You’re in a rut and you don’t know how you got there or, more importantly, how to burst out. For a creative soul like myself, this rut life is essentially my worst nightmare. I wan’t to create and be the best version of myself. Don’t we all? However, what happens when the person you see in the mirror is just a sepia version of your former colorful self?
Gearing up to write this post, I was feeling defeated. I don’t want to be that girl that blogs about being in a “rut”, I told myslef and my close confidants (Thats fancy talk for close friends). Then, this morning I woke up and thought, there is no shame in my game. Being stuck is not a novel problem specific to me. Everyone, or at least every human who values their creativity and work, has been right where I am. So— if Secretly Fancy is supposed to about something more than clothes, how to wear them and even more than the cool podcast I’m about share, this is probably what its about. It’s about being vulnerable and authentic.
Here are the facts. There are times when my creativity overfloweth. Times when I have stock piled Secretly Fancy posts, like-worthy instagram pics and created flower arrangements that would make Martha Stewart jealous AF. These times feel oh so good. I am on a roll and I am usually aware that I’m in a special pocket. I try to write as much as possible and share my gifts with my friends, family and my community. These are the days where I feel like the best version of myself.
While reflecting on my current state of affairs, I am reminded that I draw much of my self worth from the tangible content I create. I have always known that the output I’m delivering to the universe is sweetened by the affirmations of those I’m impacting. The positive affirmations are helping fuel my desire to create and my creativity responds very well to this. It’s almost as if there is a voice in my head saying, “give the people what they want!” and my creative energy says “Yes! let’s do this.” and it goes on and on like that. Now, I fully realize when taken out of context, it would appear that I have “voices in my head” and while I can neither confirm nor deny this, I’m not actually insane. The good news is, I’m human! Just like you. The thoughts that permeate my mind are based on my desire to create and be loved and accepted for my gifts. Sadly, this can sometimes lead to feelings of failure and shame if I perceive myself to be under performing.
So, here is what I found helpful over the last few weeks. I started searching. So that is what I’ve been up to. I’ve been searching, learning and taking in as much content as possible. The hope is not only to gain knowledge but also to spark my own creative genius (I use that term as loosely as an oversized caftan).
I now present to you, a few of my favorite things that have made some not-so-favorite days more doable. If you follow suit, I promise some serious inspiration.