• Courtney Larsen

Art and the Creative Process

About a year and a half ago, I took a giant leap and decided to go full force into my business. I had been working part time on Spindles for about 3 years already, and it just felt like it was the right time. Or rather, I felt the constant pull of all of the creative ideas I had, always gnawing at me because I didn't have the time to fully pursue them and bring them to life. So I quit my job and Spindles started to take shape. There have been a lot of highs and lows since then, but I'll save that for another post :)

I have been so fortunate to have some AMAZING wedding clients over the past year, and have had the blessing to meet and work with some truly great people. And to be honest, most of the year has been a whirlwind! Along with all the wonderful projects and people, I have definitely experienced my fair share of stress, last minute deadlines, and that pesky self-doubt thing. My well was being depleted and I was in serious need of a break.

I think it's completely tempting to want to be "on" all the time, to want to say yes to every project, and to convince ourselves that we have no limit. Sleep can wait. Friends and family can wait. Our mental sanity can wait. But it's just not true. It's too easy to start living deadline to deadline, constantly playing catch-up, and never really being present for the journey. And from a creative standpoint, when your mind is under so much stress, it's hard to be imaginative and open and willing to take risks. The process suffers. When you allow yourself some breathing room, not taking on too many projects, you allow for more creativity and mindfulness. You simply show up better for all the people in your life.

This past week I was able to completely unplug, mentally and literally. I went camping and hiking and fishing in a place with no cell reception. It was glorious! 6 days phone and email free. Utter bliss. For the first time since starting this Spindles endeavor, I am taking time to unplug, so I can show up better for my clients. So I can be fully present. I'm back in the studio now, feeling much more refreshed and ready to serve, knowing better my limits and how to create a better experience for all parties. Thanks for being on this journey with me.


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