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Confessions of a Creative Soul #1 –

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Some days I feel the urge to create (mostly photo shoots). Sometimes I try to redirect that urge to simpler things such as reading about different cameras, watching tutorials online, writing posts on this blog, or editing a random photo from my archive.

Most of the time, these small acts are not enough. I feel in my very being the need to create something fresh, something new, it doesn’t have to be good, it just has to be mine. My main obstacle usually, is laziness. I’m too tired to go out and look for locations to shoot. My brain doesn’t want to work. Even still, that urge is something that I can not ignore. It nags at me all day. If I don’t do anything about it, it nags at me the next day, and the next. Sometimes it stops, but most times it persists until I finally do something about it.

I am having one of those days,

… and I’m not quite sure what to do about it.


 

Do you ever feel this way about your chosen creative craft? How do you deal with it? Help me cope in the comments below!

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Breaking Routine

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Routine is good. I feel like a lot of us thrive on routine (some more than others), but staying in the same routine for a long period of time can get boring. This post is a friendly reminder to get out and do something different.

Most days are the same. You wake up, get your coffee fix, get the kids ready for school, rush out the door, work all day, come home, eat dinner, catch up on your social media or the news, sleep, repeat. Your pattern may vary a little from the above list, but you get the idea. This is totally fine.

BUT

Don’t forget to mix things up every once in awhile! Break routine! There are little opportunities throughout the day for you to stop and breathe for awhile, you just have to learn to recognize them. Not only that, but you also have to be brave enough to go off  that track called “Your Daily Routine.” It can be scary, and in most cases, it’s simply just easier to stay home and not go out. If you go for the right things though, it can be so rewarding!

Last night was one of those nights for me. The sun was setting and my husband and I were lounging around as we do most every night after a long day. I walked passed the window and realized that the sun was glowing red. (I’m a photographer and this seemed like the perfect photo opportunity.) My adrenaline was pumping as I fumbled around the house trying to get my camera gear in order. I peaked out the window again and realized the sun had gone down even further and was only half visible behind some trees. Without hesitation, we dashed out the front door and in to the car. We drove to a nearby elevated area so that we would have a better chance of catching a shot of the red fireball. Unfortunately, when we got to the top, the sun had already set and was not visible anymore. However, we had a fantastic view! Armed with my camera, I shot a few photos of the landscape and the foggy skies. Hubby and I stopped at an arcade on our way home, played a few games, won some candy and silly putty, stopped at a gas station and bought some snacks. We ended the night snuggled up on the couch watching a movie.

It was a wonderfully relaxing and mentally refreshing impromptu date night.

So I say to you readers, jump in!


 

What do you like to do when you want to break routine? Tell me in the comments below!