Every new hobby has the advantage of being shiny and new and exciting. We look forward to learning new things. We get inspired by what others have already done or created. Sometimes, we jump right in and purchase all the supplies we see on lists of “What you need to get started.” Plus a few more things we probably didn’t need to start with. ‘Cause it’s fun and new and awesome, right?
That’s how scrapbooking and other creative pursuits often begin. We spend hours on the new hobby.
Then we get busy.
Life sets in. Kids arrive. Graduation comes and, with it, a new job. Or a move, and our lovely supplies get misplaced. We can’t get our bearings. It becomes harder to carve time to nurture and enjoy creativity. There are days when creative pursuits become almost like a chore. Just like that, the once-new hobby doesn’t seem so exciting anymore.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
When we get too busy with life, we tend to rush to do the things that need to get done that minute. It’s like putting out fires. Whatever’s the most urgent gets our attention.
Unfortunately, creative pursuits are almost never urgent. It’s a leisurely activity.
So we get restless. Even though we get on with our lives and do what needs to be done, deep inside, we continue to feel the pull to take a break and make something. To enjoy art. To find that quiet spot to renew ourselves.
The rush and busyness of everyday life can be a death knell for creativity. We need to find ways to balance both, so that we can have productive days, and also reap the benefits of a creative life.
I could think of many reasons why there is such a conflict between day-to-day productivity and creative time. Lack of focus. Indecision. Disorganization. Inability to manage time. A stall in the creative process. Lack of inspiration. And so on.
These are things that I struggle with, and I suspect that I’m not alone. I believe that there’s a need to explore this intersection of productivity and creativity, and find ways to put them together. Add to that, my love of paper and its complements, and the new Paper Goodness was born.
Paper Goodness for day-to-day productivity and a creative life
With the site re-design and expansion, Paper Goodness will now focus on all things paper, hand-in-hand with productivity and creativity. I will continue to bring you news about beautiful paper and paper products. At the same time, we’ll have tips and discussion on how regular, everyday people (moms, families, students, you and I) can:
– manage their busy day to day lives, and
– pursue creativity in various ways
I would love for you to join me in this exploration. My plan is to write one post every week, with tips, product discussions and more. We’ll eventually have guest bloggers, interviews, and giveaways. So stick around and visit regularly. I promise I will make it worth your while.
I will also start emailing updates once or twice a month. So make sure you sign up to receive these special emails. The subscribe button is on the sidebar to the right.
For today, think about the creative activities you enjoy in your life. Do you feel that you’re nurturing it enough? Does your schedule leave you with enough time to enjoy these pursuits? Let me know in the comments!