I know this doesn’t work well for everyone, but I’ve found that the best way to get myself out of a rut is to throw myself into something, or many things, wholeheartedly. In the past it’s been work, or a sport, or a relationship, perhaps a new skill. This time, I’m trying to keep my eye sight a bit less narrow and have been placing it on more of a concept - play. Playing in Illustrator and trying to make new patterns, images, random stuff that pops in my head. Writing here, it’s fun and scary and enjoyable just to press the keys on the keyboard. Even if the words aren’t eloquent or quite what I imagined, the point is that play is action - not just merely conceptual in my head. The “when I find time, some day I’ll start writing again” the “when I get around to it I’ll finally try and make that illustration I’ve been dreaming of” the “I’ll learn that new skill next week”.
What about now?
Write the words you have now. Play with the illustrations you’ve been dreaming up now. Take that class that you’ve been constantly book marking. Start making time for you. I’ve been trying and I can tell you it feels darn good.
This one is my favorite from my play this week. Plants make me all kinds of happy, and I’ve been thinking a lot about some of my favorite adventures in the desert lately.