You ever get in one of those moods where you just have to make something? Where ideas are flowing non stop to the brink of overwhelm? That’s where I am right now. I’ve been sketching like a madwoman and I’ve got so many ideas for new designs that I wish I had little elves that could just churn them out for me. This type of creative energy does not happen all the time for me . . . at least not this strong. But I do experience it often enough. The thing about it though is that it can really throw you off track if you let it. When creativity strikes with such force like this, I find myself starting on one project and being bombarded with ideas for another. Then once I stop and sketch or organize those thoughts and ideas, (because I don’t want to lose the ideas) I realize that I have not completed the original project I was working on. It’s a funny thing about being organized. I used to think I was soooo organized. People would even tell me that I was, but the older I get, I feel as though I am living in a constant state of organized disorganization. I wonder, is there such a thing as organized creativity? My mind tells me that I need to deal with these creative bursts in some kind of an organized fashion, but I’m not sure how feasible that is at the moment. Perhaps this is just part of the process of letting go and being in the moment. Maybe just the fact that I am executing and jotting them down is enough right now. And on that note, I leave you with this thought . . .
Today’s Thankful Thursday consists of a simple, well warranted, Thank you. I’m going to share a little story with you that will briefly explain the origin of this Thank You . . .
Once upon a time there was a boy who met a girl and fell in love. After many bliss-filled years of dating, (6 to be exact) they married and purchased a lovely home. This home was filled with love, laughter, sometimes arguing, eventually children, and lots of the girl’s “things.” (By things I am referring to ALL of her numerous clothing items: shoes, purses, bobby pins, headbands, nail polish, tights, dresses, T shirts, jackets, tank tops, jeans, as well as, but not limited to: art supplies; including markers, pens, sketchbooks, paint brushes, pastel chalk, highlighters, post it notes, glitter, glue sticks, leather swatches, mechanical pencils and more.) Whew!
Well, the boy was a good sport, and put up with all of her “things” over the years. Sometimes the boy would notice that the girl was a little overwhelmed. For instance, he noticed that when she opened her closet, clothes would spew forth, as though trying to make a desperate escape from the depths of the black hole that was her closet. He would offer her hints in a well meaning sing song voice (that kind of annoyed her), about how to stay on top of her “things.” The girl appreciated that he cared enough to give her advice, but she also knew that he didn’t fully “understand” what she was dealing with. For one thing, when the girl would get dressed, she would sometimes try on a few different outfits. This process could sometimes prove to be time consuming, thus eating up the time it would take to hang each item back on it’s appropriate hanger and replace said hanger on the over-stuffed, bending rod in her
black hole closet. Before she knew it, she would have to hurry to leave, so as not to be late for her appointments. And so, the clothing would get placed on top of other clothing on the already stuffed and layered shelves and hangers in her closet. The girl meant well, her plan was always to return in the evening and hang up her items, placing them back on the sad and sagging rod in a color coordinated fashion. She rationalized it by reminding herself that all this madness was concealed behind two beautifully painted, glossy black doors, rendering the craziness invisible to others, and therefore making it non-offensive. Now, to her credit, maintaining an organized closet was something that had happened regularly in the earlier days of their marriage . . . pre-kids + home based business. And although the closet looked like the site of a natural disaster to the outside eye, she (pretty much) knew where everything was inside the closet. However, in recent years, she had absolutely, without a doubt, fallen short of the glory of the organized closet she had once maintained. And thus, any mention of it from the boy would annoy the crap out of her.
One day, the girl went out for a day at the spa with her friend. It was a lovely day, one filled with relaxation, good food, water play, sunbathing and laughter. When she returned, she was relaxed, yet somehow tired. As she walked into her room, she noticed a stack of empty shoe boxes piled in the corner of her room. This could only mean one thing. SOMEONE had been messing with her “things.” She knew this because these empty shoeboxes had previously taken up unorganized residence in her
abyss closet. She slowly walked over to her closet, timidly putting her hand on the shiny gold handle. She carefully pulled the doors open and was met with the sound of angels singing. Glitter and gold dust fell from the sky, as her eyes took in the beauty of the scene before her. . .
The Boy Had Cleaned Her Closet.
And for this, the girl was eternally thankful ♥.
Sometimes I am just so grateful for the technology that is available to us today!! (I am often annoyed by it, but this is a happy post, so I digress . . .) Being the music buff that I am, I am just so thrilled to be able to create music stations that play the music of my choice and liking. Pandora internet radio is what I rely on daily when I am at my desk. I just can’t get enough of it!!! I am always being introduced to new music that inspires and invigorates me. Pandora leaves me wondering how I ever managed without it!! My other fav, which to this day I still rave about even though it’s been around since 2002, is Shazam. OMG!!! I feel as if this app was created specifically for moi!!! I must use this thing about 100x/day, and it still amazes me that Shazam (9.5 times out of 10) can tell me what song is playing, show me the album cover and provide lyrics and artist info!!! Gone are the days of asking “Do you know who sings this song?” My other go-to app is Evernote. This app has been a real savior for me business-wise, and I haven’t even graduated to sharing notebooks with others. Evernote lets you create different notebooks of information that can be compiled of notes, screen captures, & photos. I am able to carry my design presentations, inspiration images and notes with me wherever I go. I am also able to take pictures in the app to create inspiration notebooks while on the go!!! Love this app. Anyway, I was sitting here working at my desk, grooving out to Pandora, using Shazam to catalog different songs I want to buy, while reading through my notes from yesterday’s vendor visits in Evernote!!! Wow. I just found myself being thankful for the little apps that make life more organized, interesting and fun!!!
What are some of your favorite apps?
Okay, so after I dropped the kiddies off @ school I came back home with my brain set to “work-mode.” I don’t know HOW I’ve been doing it, but apparently I have been working in complete and utter chaos!! I have been so ensconced in designing that I haven’t even paid attention to my surroundings. This post is for all my friends that think I am so organized. Look at the craziness that I was allowing myself to work in!!! It didn’t start out this way, but apparently this is what happens when genius’ are at work! LOL!!! Anyway, as I walked back into my room with coffee cup in hand, ready to sit down and resume the creative process, the veil was suddenly removed from my eyes!!! There was no way on God’s green earth that I could make one more move in my surroundings as they were . . . One hour later, clarity and function were restored. Yay!! The day already seems brighter, and more filled with possibilities!!! . . . For the remainder of my time here at my desk, I will be more focused and, dare I say . . . excited!!! This is what organization does for me. It creates excitement and energy!!
(never mind the fact that my calendar says it is the 27th day of the month… that’s how I stay a step ahead of myself. LOL.)
What kinds of things get you geared up and ready to work?