Creative detox // Letter writing & Mid Winter Cleaning

Recently, I've been feeling two extreme, polar opposite emotions regarding creativity that have resulted in my being in something of an artistic rut.  

1) I've been feeling overwhelmed by all of the creative outlets at my disposal. There are so many ways for me to express myself, and I want so badly to create, but I've been feeling paralyzed by the endless possibilities. 

2) I've been feeling completely un-inspired. Although I'm more than thrilled that I got to start 2015 off by making a short film, I must confess that in its quiet, still wake I have been left wondering, "What the hell do I do next?" I have a few exciting ideas that I'm interested in exploring, but have otherwise been feeling a drought where daily inspiration is concerned.

With this in mind, I have been trying to dig myself out of this rut by cleaning and revitalizing my creative space. (Meaning, my bedroom.) Because how on Earth can you make new and wonderful things if your surroundings are frustrating, anxiety-producing, and anything but creatively inspiring? So on this snowy Friday morning, I set to work cleaning out, dusting, rearranging, reorganizing, and vacuuming my room. I got rid of things that weren't inspiring me anymore, and tidied up the ones that still are. And I have to say, it's amazing what clearing out the clutter can do for your creativity. As soon as I was done, I felt like this huge weight had been lifted off my creative conscious. Like I could finally get down to business. [Cue Mulan dance interlude.] 

Then this evening, with a clean desk and a clear mind, I sat down to write a letter to one of my oldest friends. Recently I’ve found that in the constant hum of my daily life, I’m communicating with people less and less, even though the presence of technological advances should result in the opposite. We have the tools to communicate more effectively, but because there are so many options, we sometimes choose none. I often run into this issue with Chloe, one of my closest friends, who I’ve known since I was about 8 years old. She lives about as far away as the rest of my friends do, but for some reason, we just never seem to be on the same wavelength in terms of communication. That is, until we started writing letters. 

So today, after thoroughly cleaning my own room, I decided to pull out some beautiful stationary and give letter writing a whirl again. There’s just something about pretty paper that makes you want to profess all of your deepest emotions and sappiest feelings. I can see why it is such a romanticized art. Simply putting pen to paper makes me feel like I’m in a Jane Austen novel. Not to mention, when Chloe and I write letters to each other, we are communicating much more effectively because it’s a harder thing to do. Since it’s so easy to just send a text, we often neglect to do so. But when I commit to pulling out a piece of paper and a pen, I often feel like I might as well divulge everything, because I’ve already come this far. As much as I love the Internet, I sometimes think that the technological age has made us lazy. We have everything at our fingertips, which can be overwhelming, so we often do nothing instead. So, if you’re feeling this way, I would recommend trying this little experiment. Every once in a while, put down the phone and send your friend a letter. You might learn more about each other by doing so. 

I know I might not be so lucky as to have kicked my creative funk in one fell swoop, but I do feel better about having tried my very best today. And I did write this blog post, so maybe I am climbing out of this rut-- slowly but surely!

I hope your weekend is filled with creative bliss and plenty of Instagram-worthy moments, whether you're spending the weekend alone with a book or with family and friends!