Creative Envy

Sunday, October 26, 2008, 10:40 am
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A couple weeks ago Holly over at decor8 posted about inspiration overload. This post really resonated with me because I feel the same way on a daily basis:

Do you ever feel like there is too much going on out there that you’ll never catch up? There are soooo many things you see, want, love, are dying to make, dying to do, but often feel overwhelmed by it all? Yeah, me too. I totally do. I was thinking today in the craft store as I was trying to find candles for this project I’m working on that it’s important to pause and not run yourself absolutely into a hole trying to get “it all done”. I think that we as women can easily turn inspiration into this twisty vine that chokes us called competition.

yet another project waits to be completed

yet another project waits to be completed

I’m constantly overwhelmed by all the projects, ideas, and inspiration I’m back logging. Throw in “real life” and my day job, which is obviously a necessary part of living, and it all seems insurmountable. Here is the comment I left on Holly’s post which sums up my daily self-imposed “torture”:

okay, my neck is sore from nodding so much while reading this post! i share every single sentiment you expressed. (i’ve been sitting here catching up on all my blog reading for the last hour and a half…my stomach is growling for breakfast but i must. keep. absorbing. ideas.) subscribing to all these great blogs i read just makes my situation even worse (but in the best way, of course). i get one idea in my head and then i see 5 more that are even better. it’s a ridiculous cycle that overwhelms me on a daily basis until i become literally paralyzed and end up laying on my couch watching my dvr for 3 hours straight. ahhhh!

i guess my only “techniques” to handling inspiration overload are 1) lists (like most of the above comments) and 2) my blog. i use my blog to literally hoard all those ideas that i don’t ever want to lose. i have a virtual stickie note on my mac that says “ideas for posts” and it is quite long. i may have to start another one once it takes up the real estate of both my monitors! another thing i do is save favorites on etsy. i figure i can always reference things later…at least they’re saved in my virtual file system.

in general, i think it’s a double-edged sword. on one hand, it’s so great to be a member of this group that is continuously inspired by our peers and on the other hand, there’s never enough time to execute all that we want to do (especially with a 9 to 5 job thrown into the mix). i think we all just need to clone ourselves a la michael keaton in multiplicity and then delegate.

really, i AM going to eventually pick a paint color for the bathroom and hang these kick-ass wall tiles

no, really. i AM going to eventually pick a paint color for the bathroom and hang these kick-ass wall tiles.

And here it is, already Sunday and I didn’t accomplish half of what I wanted to this weekend. Sometimes it feels like I’m trying to squeeze another full-time job into the timespan of 48 hours. Anyone else feel this way?

Don’t get me wrong…I do realize that in the grand scheme of life that such things are relatively insignificant. But for me it’s the fuel that keeps me inspired and excited and makes me, well, me. I just need to find that balance of not just work and life but work, life and inspiration.

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You know what keeps me from feeling this way? I dont know how to do any of this stuff. I think that’s why I just decorate.

Comment by Christina

I found myself nodding while reading both posts. I feel this way on a daily basis. I thought taking care of a baby might curb my project list, but it didn’t. Now, I live for nap time so I can attack projects and cross them off my list, only to add five more by evening. But it keeps me going and energized. And sometimes it keeps me from sleeping. 😉

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