Lean into it

February 1, 2014

I was talking with a friend about  a successful Australian blogger she’d seen speak at a conference. (Decided to keep the blogger anonymous as this is second hand in the telling. I may have it all wrong.) Anywaysssss.

‘Apparently’ the blogger was commenting on the challenge of avoiding creative burnout. You know the drill: you get an idea, go gangbusters to manifest it, then collapse in a red-eyed, mumbling heap wondering how in God’s name you ever thought you’d pull THAT off. Sometimes you do pull it off, and sometimes you stumble at the first hurdle. Either way there’s always a physical and mental price to be paid.

This blogger suggested another approach: leaning into it. Rather than jumping in all guns blazing to realise a big creative project, she highlighted the benefits of starting slow; taking small, baby steps towards that inspirational thing. To me, she was describing the value of applying gentle, consistent discipline to a creative practice. And, quite possibly, that the thing itself is of less importance than the ‘singing and dancing’ it takes to get there.

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  • Rosie February 5, 2014 at 10:00 am

    By jove you’ve gone and done it now. Your own living, breathing blog. Good on you, the world needs more Liz!

  • Liz February 5, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Yes Rosie. I did. I’ve gone and poured a whole can of internet whoop-arse all over me. It’s delightful…perhaps you should too?