WHEN YOUR TANK IS EMPTY

I believe this blog of mine has been slacking lately. Between the start up of football season and the whole trying-not-to-spend-money thing, sometimes I feel like my creativity is just non-existent! Like yesterday? I was legitimately working harder at keeping my eyes open at the office than actually working. That'll happen when you get home from work after midnight and have to be right back at it in the morning. I think I'm still recovering from Monday night's WIN against the Steelers. Hashtag I love football season.

Too often I haven't wanted to sit down at my blog. I haven't wanted to take pictures or write or read anything blog related. And I haven't liked that feeling at all. "Where is my creativity?!" I continually ask myself. Sometimes when I don't allow time for other creative outlets, I feel like my tank is just on empty. Like it's just sitting there, begging me to get out and DO something to get those ideas swirling around again.

So what do I do to get the juices flowing?

I think cooking is a form of creativity. I love trying new recipes and trying to tweak them to Jared and I's liking. There is something so incredibly therapeutic to me about just chopping and prepping meals... I swear, I get some of my best thinking done while I cook!
Reading is something I'm obsessed with, but yet never seem to make enough time for. I miss the days of summer break where I'd make weekly trips to the library and finish off 2-3 books in a week's time. Even though it's just not feasible for me to read that often right now, I know I need to make time for it. Reading good writing, in turn helps your own writing! And it doesn't always have to be a book- great ideas jump off the pages of magazines all the time for me, too! I'd challenge you to even pick up a type of magazine you wouldn't normally read.... inspiration may strike when you least expect it!
Writing something other than my blog is another way to come up with ideas. Whether it's just pounding out a quick paragraph in my novel, writing a couple thank-you notes or 'just saying hi' notes, or even making lists. Oh, do I love a good list! I don't go anywhere without lots of paper and pens because you never know when an idea will strike. I'm guilty of waking up at 3am and jotting down an idea for a blog post or a character in my book.
And you can never go wrong with a yummy-scented candle, a good Pandora station picked out and exploring other people's blogs. Sometimes Pinterest can get a little overwhelming when you're trying to think of ideas, so often if I find a new blog I like via Pinterest, I just stick with that blog for awhile. Really dig deep into the archives of a blog you enjoy or admire and see where they've been, what they've done. It's less chaotic if you don't just Pin all night long from 100s of different sources :)

So even though life is chaotic this time of year for me, I'm vowing to make more time for the creative things I love. 
What do you do when your creative tank is empty?

24 comments

  1. I reaaaad, read, read. You are so right though, its so hard to make time for it with our busy lives!! Time to get back on the train. Also, running... which I miss. It's been over a week. HALF MARATHON LETS GOOO ;)

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  2. I sit down with a notebook and brainstorm, some ideas never see the light of day but at least I have ideas.

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  3. Ah I wish I had time to read! It's always so inspiring and I thought that I would have more time after school but I just never do!

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  4. Love this! You definitely know how much my blog has been slacking the last few months! I feel like my tank is beyondddd empty and I need to spark it back up. I think seeing your pretty face would do the trick! :)

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  5. SO TRUE that reading good writing can help you with your own. I try to tell people that, but they don't listen. Why don't people read????

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  6. A few things:
    1. I hate that word "WIN".
    2. I am the same way with reading. I absolutely love it and wish that I had more time to read everything that I want to. My book shelves are filled with books that I want to read and the magazine pile of ones I subscribe to is growing. I'm also a magazine editor, so fortunately I get to read at least SOMETHING every day :)
    3. I have that same gold-dotted planner. And I love it. Writing is amazing for the soul.
    4. I love lists an unhealthy amount.
    5. When my creative tank is empty, I read, Pinterest, look to blogs for inspiration and take a step back to refocus.

    <3

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  7. I feel like 90% of the blog time is spent with my UNcreative juices. I get a lot of inspiration from other blogs!

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  8. I love this. I love it because it helps me realize I'm not alone! I think we all suffer from this from time to time. For me, it's like... I have times when I have inspiration for my blog posts.. and then times when I have inspiration for my book. It fluctuates back and forth. And I am SO guilty of the 3am jotting down of ideas for characters or plot or setting in my book! I keep a notebook by the bed. Scott thinks I'm nuts. I always tell him, "you won't be thinking I'm nuts when I'm a bestseller!" Hahaha. =D

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  9. I love this post. Partially because I've been so swamped and crazed lately also that I'm seriously lacking creativity also. But also because these are some great ideas! Cooking and reading are definitely at the top of my list...listening to music while in the kitchen is so soothing for me! (as long as Doug cleans up...because I don't like that part).

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  10. I always keep a notebook to jot down ideas for anything whether it be creative or not.
    & For blog inspiration, I feel uncreative all the time...even when I have an idea I always doubt it. But, I'll take inspiration from wherever the heck I can find it! haha. TV, Music, other blogs, people watching, shopping...anywhere.

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  11. Oooh, I am drooling over your cookbooks, even though I have far too many. I always want new ones. Cooking is my best relaxing/thinking time too!

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  12. I use Pinterest for inspiration for literally everything!

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  13. I haven't been very motivated to keep my blog up lately either.

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  14. I'm totally with you on getting inspiration from cooking! Something about being in the kitchen, creating, just really does the trick :) Also, I really want to smell that sweet spun sugar candle!

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  15. I enjoyed this post. It's so true and I've been feeling the same way. I also do the same thing with carrying paper everywhere. We've talked about how I want to write a book too, though you're much further along, and I always get an idea in the weirdest places. Lately it's been while I'm driving. I've literally recorded voice memos so I wouldn't forget. hahahah I'm nuts!

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  16. Do you like Butternut Squash? I've got a yummy Roasted Butternut Squash Parm Pasta and a Skinny Dunk-A-Roo Dip Recipe for your sweet tooth! Hang in there! PS- I got my Hula Hoop girl back and double checked the address.. Rob didn't send it correctly so I resent it with a tracking number! :)

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  17. I hit the local coffee shop, plug my ear buds in, and write. For me it's just getting out of that regular environment that does amazing things:-)

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  18. I'm a list maker too. I love making lists. I make lists about everything and that usually gets me thinking. Sometimes it is best to take a break. I often find it hard to write because, well, my life is pretty boring. I feel like my hands are in a lot of different pots and nothing ever gets officially finished. I also LOVE football. Football season just makes my heart happy.

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  19. Well I for one love your saving money posts because I am in the same boat! It's encouraging to see others doing so well! But I agree, lots of nights I feel like I just come right home from work because I don't want to go somewhere and spend money, and, well, that's a long time until bedtime! :) Right now I have a new candle and I'm listening to the new John Mayer album (free on youtube!) and reading blogs! I can feel the creativity coming back!

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  20. WOOHOO go bengals, huge win. The husband was very very happy as well.

    I think your blog is very creative and sometimes things just have to ebb and flow. I'm not feeling the creativity right now right after the wedding either. All I wanna post is i'm so happy yay marriage haha.

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  21. glad I am not alone!!! Sometimes I feel like I need to blog but just dont want to bore people w. things so I just dont do it.

    I love everything you post about!! I look fwd to reading your blog daily :)

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  22. Hey, it happens sometimes and that's okay :) we all go through busy seasons....as long as we know you aren't abandoning us like I did to my readers at one point. Haha. Jk. Even some ppl have to take breaks. Anyways, a hot long relaxing bath helps my creativity flow :)

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  23. BAH i am SO not into blogging, i mean i LOVE it and I LOVE when i get to it.... in fact it makes me miss my old blogging ways. it's not something i am going to give up but it's also not something that i make a priority- anymore.

    but i do miss the 'online time with my "friends"' ;) i love reading blogs, meeting new bloggers and commenting and relating and being inspired... but anywhoooo i LOVE a good book and quite honestly instead of stay up at night to blog... i snuggle in bed with the hubby and fall asleep as my nook falls on my face knocking me out! ;)

    oh and by the way YUP this is me commenting on your SEPTEMBER post.... hahahahaha i am catching up with LFF tonight!

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