I get stuck in a creative rut and feel like banging my head against the wall until I think of something new to add to the shop. It fills my dreams and eats away at my productivity while I struggle to come up with that one idea that will (at least temporarily) get me moving again.
So the last time this happened, I decided to try something new:
Pick three things I love and create three things based off of them.
Base a new design around baking. Or create something that you’d wear out to your favorite restaurant. Or cook something new.
Love the outdoors?
Design a print about kayaking. Or sew something you’d wear out to your next camping trip. Or go draw in the sand.
Repurpose a book into new décor. Or design something based off of your favorite book. Or write something that’s inspired from your favorite author.
Design a new piece of jewelry. Or create a new shopping bag for when you go out. Or go out and window shop until you feel inspired.
The three things you create may not be things that even go into your shop. But they will get you creating again and that’s what matters. The things we love and the things we’re most passionate about in life are the things that drive us to live a full, beautiful life. So if we inject that love and passion into our creativity, we’re bound to create something amazing.
So the next time you’re stuck,
create three things based off of what you love in life
and see where it takes you.
Ashley Wagner — After Nine to Five
Ashley is the creative force behind the After Nine To Five blog and shop. She’s a self-employed consultant/blogger/graphic designer that is determined to live the life that she used to believe would always be just a dream. You can follow her journey along with her husband’s journey as they make their transition from being Wisconsinites to Floridians on And a DIY Life.
She is also the founder of The Better Blogger Network – a community dedicated to helping each other grow as a person and even more so, as a blogger. She is also the founder of RevolutionizeHer – a project that is dedicated to encouraging and inspiring women to live the life they dream of living, especially through self-employment.