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My #1 Tip For Crushing Creative Blocks



Tweet: My number on tip for crushing creative blocks is simple: My number one tip for crushing creative blocks is simple:

“Do Something. Anything.”



Simple, sure, but it’s not always easy.

I hit a block last week, prepping for my SF trip. If you hadn’t already heard me say a dozen or so times, I am going to be in the studio audience for Megan Auman’s CreativeLive course, How To Make a Living Selling What You Make. CreativeLive asked us to bring a few pieces to the studio, and even though I have many, many pieces already made, I wanted to make something special. Problem was, I totally hit a creative wall. Not surprising, since I had a pretty ambitious work schedule for myself the past several weeks, but I just couldn’t think of anything interesting to make.


When that happens, when I get hung up and kind of too in my head, the only thing that works for me is to do something different from my every day work. I decided I would start to make a beaded snake. I’d already planned to make a snake at some point this year, so I had all of the supplies and everything, and it was so wonderful and freeing to work on it. Bead weaving is meditative for me because there’s no choices to make, just follow the pattern and turn out the work. I only got about a third of the way done before I had to set it aside to finish getting ready for my trip, but the project is getting packed into my suitcase, and if I get a chance I’d love to finish it in San Francisco.




Your ‘something’ doesn’t have to be as elaborate as a bead weaving project. It could be as simple as coloring a picture in a coloring book. Adult coloring books are pretty trendy right now, but I love coloring books for kids just as much. Of course I have a couple of Hello Kitty coloring books in my stash for when I need a no brainer project to bust through my block.



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What if you don’t have anything? I bet you have at least a piece of paper and a pencil, but let’s say you don’t. Let’s say all you have is a computer. Check out PicMonkey, where you can take a photo and mess around with it til it’s completely ridiculous. If all you have is your phone, you can goof around with pics on Snapchat, make a totally dorky video on Sock Puppets, or play around with myriad other apps. I’m saying there’s no excuse.



Playing around with PicMonkey
Playing around with PicMonkey



So when you hit a block, crush it with whatever you’ve got on hand. Give yourself a few minutes to do something creative and totally pointless, because that is pretty much the point. And when you do, share your block crushing endeavors with me on IG with the hashtag #creativesmash.





The Final Countdown: What Am I Forgetting?

I leave tomorrow afternoon for San Francisco. My plan is to be completely ready by the end of the day today so tomorrow, I can just relax, pack my clothes, and get on a plane. I have detailed plans and lists so that I can be absolutely prepared, but I still have that deep down feeling that I’m forgetting something. Know what I mean? It’s a feeling I get every time I take a trip, and so far, I’ve never forgotten anything that would make or break the trip. Even the camping trip when we forgot our chairs, barbecue, camp fire tools and a bunch of other stuff. As long as I show up at the airport with my ID, debit card, and my suitcases, I will manage.



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CreativeLive asked us to bring 3-5 pieces for Megan to check out, and so far I have packed about 30, so I think I’ve got that covered. Just laundered my entire wardrobe of Red Scorpio T-shirts, so that’s taken care of. My planner is printed, as well as all of my travel docs so I’m good there. 



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Besides my CreativeLive adventure, I also did a guest vlog for Sarah Shotts’ gorgeous blog.  Sarah is participating in Emily Diana Ruth’s Letters to July, a neat little project that you should totally check out.


On Monday, besides Megan Auman’s course, I will be joining Amanda Sue Howell’s Bizaversary Party, celebrating five years in business and the launch of her new program, 30 Days of Creative Abandon. She got an awesome giveaway going and one of the prizes is a digital copy of my book, Handmade Gifts That Don’t Suck. I wrote an article about how to bust through creative blocks, so check that out on Monday, or better yet, sign up to receive updates when new posts are published. You’ll get a coupon for 15% off jewelry in my shop as a thank you.




How to Prepare for CreativeLive

So, I’m getting ready to take off in just a few days for Megan Auman’s CreativeLive boot camp, How to Make a Living Selling What You Make, and I’m pretty excited. As usual, I feel under prepared. This week, I’m going to be sharing all of the things I’m doing to get ready for my trip. This course is a little different from the courses I’ve previously been a part of because there will be some critiquing of my actual products, and I am simultaneously so looking forward to it and scared to death. I mean, Megan Auman is going to be giving me advice about my jewelry. Yikes. And also, awesome. Imposter syndrome is kicking in hardcore.


This journey started way back in May when I began planning this project using my “Big Project Planner”. Besides creating some amazing pieces to showcase on the broadcast, I also needed to get my website and Etsy shop in tip-top shape, which meant reworking my sales pages, my about page, and all my product photos and descriptions. I wanted to be sure that, since there would be a bunch of new visitors to my site & shop (hopefully), my site and shop would be on point.


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Yesterday, for whatever reason, I decided to start making a beaded snake. It was Sunday, so I felt it was ok to take a day off from work & just goof around doing something I love.












Today, I spent the morning photographing new products for my shop, including some awesome earrings that I’ve been procrastinating getting in my shop. Listing new products on Etsy is the worst, but it has to be done. Maybe later I’ll get some snake beading in.





Tomorrow, I’ll be making a special landing page for the opt-in that I will be talking about on CreativeLive. Also, I really should list these new earrings on Etsy. 


Please join me for the live broadcast of the first day of Megan Auman’s How to Make a Living Selling What You Make, Monday July 11th at 9am PST!