The doldrums is a colloquial expression derived from historical maritime usage, that refers to parts of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans where the prevailing winds are calm, or disappear all together. Because of this it is also used to express a state of inactivity, mild depression, listlessness, or stagnation. (Wikipedia)
I am in my winter creativity doldrums right now. This part of the year is always kind of rough – overworked, too many commitments, still recovering from holiday madness, and about to undergo some major dental work. It’s still not quite light when I get home from work, so all I want to do is curl up with the computer. I really need to get my creative zen back! It’s just so hard with so much going on, and so little time and light to work with. I am longing just to sit with the windows open for a few hours without freezing.
Since I feel supremely uninspired to do anything, I figured I might as well take the time to set up my guest room/craft space for more than just beading. I have been doing a lot more sewing lately, and previously I could not set up the table and machines while set up for beading…mostly, because you can’t sew easily if all your fabric is stuffed into totes in the closet.
So I arranged! The room is about 12×12′ – a little box, but with the addition of a new shelf I was able to get most everything picked up and put away in boxes on the shelves:
And sew it begins…I still have a pile of things that need to be sorted and put away, but now I can at least spend some time in here, sitting and plotting, even if the winds of creativity are not yet blowing my way. Having all of this space ready for when I am inspired, gives me peace of mind that clutter and mess won’t be a hindrance when the time arrives.
Do you all have a season that leaves you uninspired and worn out? What do you do to get out of your doldrums and back to creating? We would love to know!