It’s tax time and my husband spent an hour rummaging through our storage crawl space to help me track down a statement from almost nine years ago for our accountant. Clutter and disorganization definitely bring me down and today’s antics were such a reminder of that!
What I realized in reading this week’s chapter of The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women is some of the same things that are strengths in my creative process can also be serenity stealers. For example, when I’m in the frenzy of my creative flow, I have piles of papers all around me, books and magazines stacked left and right, pens and post-its galore. I have to be surrounded by my inspiration and all my iterations. However, the physical chaos can be quite an energy drain, especially when I’m winding down on a project.
Related to that, during these creative spurts, I tend to have light-bulb moments in the evening and then stay up until the wee hours of the morning to get it all out of my head. I seem to work better at night when I have to come up with new material or sort through ideas. The serenity stealer though is lack of sleep. And I’m definitely one who needs lots of shut-eye.
Part of my lesson is accepting that this is how I create and to build in recovery time for myself. I’m pretty good about protecting my schedule because I know I can get overwhelmed very easily. Also, as a Highly Sensitve Person, I know I need to make sure I have lots of quiet, peaceful time by myself. That’s why I’m so avid about my self-care Fridays!
Some other steps I’m going to take in the coming months include organizing the storage in our garage to make better use of the space and de-cluttering our home office and my art supplies.
Ahh, I feel better just thinking about the spaciousness and serenity that will bring! Now, off to bed to get some rest!