Getting-Unstuck

We all get stuck, right? One day you realize you’re just not in the Flow anymore.

Don’t worry, it’s just temporary. It’s pretty easy to get back on track.

Because getting unstuck comes from doing, this is the first of four exercises I am sharing with you to help you find your mojo again.

Busy lives can distract us and it’s easy to push creating-for-ourselves to the bottom of the list. But creating for the sake of it is so vital to us as human beings, it’s important to make time for it. Even if it’s only a few precious minutes.

So as a jumping off point to begin to get you unstuck—or, if you’re not stuck, to get you seeing your day in a new way—I created a worksheet of sorts for you to download, print out and cut up.

This is a form of journaling that uses simple observations as you go about your day-to-day.

You can use them throughout the day or save up your thoughts for the end of the day and use them as a form of reflection. They’re small enough to fit in your pocket and are easy to get to when you have a thought so you can jot it down. You can keep all of these in an envelope, or fold them up and put them in a jar. Or, if you’d like, pick up a little notebook to keep all your daily musings in one place. Or every-other-day musings. Whatever works.

This exercise will help you notice all that is going on around you. It can help you learn to recognize when you’re bored or uninspired. You can use them to set a small goal for tomorrow.

It is not meant to create guilt or to become a “have-to” (because, let’s face it, we all have plenty of those!). Seeing your day in a different way will help tear down the block that has finagled it’s way into your life.

Download and print as many as you want. Put them in your purse and your pocket. Put them on your nightstand. Teach yourself to see your day with new eyes. Set one simple goal for the next. Before you know it, you’ll be in the Flow again.

If you’re feeling especially daring, take a photo of something you notice with new eyes. Instagram is a great app for visual journaling. I enjoy snapping a quick photo of things that make me happy, inspire me, or just make me feel good (I take a lot of photos of my puppies and food) If you want to journal in this way, post to Instagram (follow me here!) or Twitter. Use the hashtag #gettingunstuck.

I’d love to hear (and see) the things you notice and the small goals you achieve!

And as a little hint for what’s coming I want to share that the fourth exercise will be a block-carving tutorial. I’m telling you this now in case you want to give it a try and have a chance to get a couple supplies beforehand. You can get a simple starter kit here or at your local art supply store. It comes with black ink but if you’re going to print on paper, you can also use acrylic paint.

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Deanna Mullican – Spark Retreat

Deanna Mullican is an artist and designer and is co-founder of Spark Retreat (registration is open now!), which is for creative women who are looking to reignite their soul’s fire. This year at Spark, she’ll be leading a workshop called “Free Your Creativity Through Visual Journaling,” which will expand on some of the techniques in this series — helping you find your personal brand of creativity by Living More Orange. You can find Deanna at applesandorange.com.

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