Sunday, 29 January 2017

One Little Word for 2017: Revitalise*

Fickle Craftroom | One Little Word 2017 | Revitalise

2016 was a fantastic and busy year, there's no denying it. But by the end, it's fair to say that I was feeling a little flat and a little... stifled? Stagnant? I wasn't trying anything new, I wasn't being particularly creative, and that started to make me lose a bit of confidence as well. I had plans, ideas, ambitions, but no time to carry them out.

Looking back, I realise that I was filling my very limited crafting time with jobs that I didn't necessarily particularly enjoy, or that didn't challenge me. I definitely need to be stricter with myself in terms of the work I accept, so that I still have time to spend on the exciting creative stuff. Saying 'no' more is the first step! (How funny that this is such a contrast to last year's 'embrace every opportunity!) The flip side of this is to make sure that they opportunities I say 'yes' to are the right ones, for me and for my business...

The second step is time management. Allocating time for social media, rather than allowing myself to be sucked into the cycle of Instagram, Facebook, Bloglovin', Pinterest, and around again. Spending evenings working on relaxing projects, where I don't have to think or concentrate too hard, but where I'll still get the buzz from simply making for making's sake.

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The times where I tend to have most of my inspiration and ideas are when I'm lying down with my daughter as she falls asleep. It's a beautiful, quiet, focused time, but one where I'm unable to action my ideas straight away!! I now have several brainstorm pages on the go in my bullet journal, and this is where all of these ideas go... brood... expand, until I have a lovely big chunk of time at the weekend to just go crazy.

Last of all, as part of my website makeover**, I am cutting a lot of dead wood. De-listing items that I've not made for a while - and have lost passion for - and selling off the accompanying gadgets and gizmo's.

How do you stop, reflect, and adjust when it feels like life just never slows down? I'd love to hear how you stay inspired and creative. What tools or strategies do you use when your mojo goes awol?!


*So 'revitalise' isn't strictly-speaking a LITTLE word, but actually rather a long one. But I'm keeping it. Ok?
**The new website will be going live on the 1st February, do pop along and see what's new!

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

In Review of My 2016 'One Little Word'

Fickle Craftroom Blog | One Little Word: Embrace
One Little Word for 2016: EMBRACE
"Now I'm in a better emotional place than I have ever been before, and have spent this past year laying strong foundations for myself and my family - I am going to embrace life. I will consider every opportunity thrown my way, and will throw myself headfirst into the new social life I have begin to create. I will slow down enough to enjoy my daughter's toddlerhood, and will continue striving to strengthen my bond with my son before he gets too grown up!"
Wow. What a way to put the pressure on! Basically, I wanted to do everything. Be supermum. Entrepreneur extraordinaire. Social butterfly. So did I set myself up for failure? Actually, I don't think I did in the end. But it does kind of feel like we were going at a million miles an hour throughout the year, and my January 'off' has been much needed (if only to complete that damn tax return!).

But to evaluate properly, I'm going to break it down into four sections...

Consider every opportunity (work). 
I definitely did this! Without turning this post into a boring, self-congratulatory list of achievements, a few things of note include running a stall at Blogtacular (a definite turning point), joining forces with a group of fabulous group of ladies to run a pop-up shop in Harpenden, getting my jewellery stocked at various shops, and working on a couple of brilliant collaborations.
Pop-up shop, with Lil Cubs, Claire Spake Design, and This Modern Life
Photo credit: Becky Christensen
Throw myself headfirst into my new social life.
I'm lucky enough to be able to do all of my son's school runs, and have made good friends with some of the other mums. There've been days out with the kids, nights out dancing, and numerous coffee dates. I know there is always someone I can call on if I need them, and it's just such a great network. There are also Facebook groups galore with local people, from parenting groups to business networking - some of whom I've been brave enough to meet in the real world too! And for a committed introvert such as myself, that's no small feat! And last but not least, the online community are just amazing... and in fact deserve a whole post to themselves!

Enjoy my daughter's toddlerhood.
Yep. Absolutely. And the terrible two's? Bring 'em on!!

Strengthen my bond with my son.
This really came in play over the second half / quarter of the year, when I've forced myself to slow down, exercise more patience. Again, this really deserves its own diary entry if anything, but being present has served us both well, and it's something to continue working on.

So even though by Christmas time I was shattered (and weren't we all?), I am definitely happy overall with the way 2016 panned out - politics and celeb deaths aside! 

My next blog post will outline the word I have chosen for this year......