Hot Tip Number 1: Cure that March Madness
So it’s been raining and snowing and grey and gross in NC for about—let me check, yep that’s right—a million days now. All this dismal weather can really start to get to us. Our mental health, our energy levels….our crankiness. You get it. So let’s explore my first Hot Tip about the art world—taking a break from that routine stress and the bluhhhhh feeling to make your own freakin’ sunshine! (That sounds a little lame, but just trust me for a minute…)
Part of the issue with wintertime grossness is that we are often stuck in a pattern of chores and work and we aren’t as inspired or as capable of adventure and socializing because it’s dark and it’s cold and it’s miserable outside. (Like that run on sentence?? Woo!) So I like to use my creativity to spark some joy and make some space for myself. And as simple as it sounds, that’s the first real step to being an artist. Making time to make things. Or even making time to think about making things. It can be anything really, big or small, that uses some creativity and positive vibes. For example, I turn on all the comfiest lamps and twinkle lights from Christmas I never took down, I put on some soul boosting music (the Carole King station makes a great rainy day soundtrack but you do you), I light some candles or use one of those cool wax melty things. That already manifests an environment of creativity and all around good stuff. THEN I do the making!
—Here is where a lot of you say, “But I’m not creative! I don’t know how to just make things!” BUT DON’T YOU DARE! You are a magical human capable of lots of things. So keep reading to see how easy it can be…—
“Making” can be anything really! All it means is to use your hands and focus on not-your-stressors. That could be cooking and singing in the kitchen. It could mean playing music if you are so inclined. It could mean coloring in a coloring book! (Those aren’t just for kiddos.) It could be journaling. It could mean breaking out the paints or going to a pottery class. It could be assembling a playlist or making a photo album. It could mean making a floral wreath or some jars of silk flowers from Michael’s. Seriously. Anything. You’ll start to feel better sooooo fast.
Before you go back to your day…just picture that. Your home all lit up and smelling good. Yourself dancing and singing, or sitting in the quietest spot you can find doodling or knitting away. Feels good right?? Now set the intention to do that at least once this week. Even just for like 30 minutes. Take a break. Make a thing. Feel better.
If the task seems daunting, that’s what I’m here for. My goal is always to create an environment where you can come and put a pause button on your stress for like 2 hours. I’ll set it up. I’ll make sure there’s food or drinks or a really cool venue ready for you. I’ll show you every single step of how to paint a thing. I’ll praise you for being brave and for doing a beautiful thing (or I’ll laugh with you if that’s more your style). I’ll get some music going and keep the whole train moving. And then…here’s the best bit…I’ll clean that sucker up for you. So you just take your awesome painting and be on your jolly way…breathing easier.
There it is. Hannah’s Hot Tip Numero Uno—make something. Do something that’s not work. And then keep moving. :)