making the most of your creative free time during the holidays

It seems like I spend half of October and all of November looking forward to those two precious weeks in December. The weeks of Christmas and New Years are of course some of the most hectic of the year. The hustle and bustle is fast and filled with joyful moments, but, even with all of that business - there still seem to be those beautiful pockets of free time sprinkled about the season.

Here is a list of a few things I try to do to make the most of the precious free moments we are fortunate to have this time of year.

  1. Stick to a schedule. Get up at the same time each day, go to bed at the same time. Have a routine in place so you don't end up wasting your free time by napping or scrolling mindlessly on your phone.

  2. Cut back on technology. Speaking of scrolling mindlessly, nothing is a greater time waster than social media and devices. If you want, you can work your technology time into your schedule!
  3. Keep a running list. My brother was teasing me the other day because he spotted my "To Do" list and it literally had "paint foxes" scribbled on it. But this helps me to prioritize my creative projects. It reminds me to put my painted wedding invitations projects before my little personal experiments. 
  4. Read and search for inspiration. Sometimes when I have a big hole of time I can fill up with creative endeavors - I freeze up. I can't remember anything I wanted to paint. My ideas will just disappear if I am not prepared {I have ADHD, not amnesia, don't worry! Also a big reason why I keep a list!} Sometimes taking a little time to collect inspiring stories and images gets me right back on track.
  5. When in doubt, relax. Don't force it. The motivation will come naturally. If it feels like you should be creating and you're not, don't let guilt overtake you. Sometimes we just aren't in the right mindset. Be sure the make time for your meditation, yoga, prayer, reading, whatever it is that helps you feel centered and good about the beautiful life you are leading.

The main thing you need to remember is that your free time is just that: YOUR. FREE. TIME. And it is a beautiful thing. Don't spend all of it making and miss out on precious moments with your loved ones this holiday season either! Balance is key.

I hope this little post brings you all of the clarity you  need to make the most of your holiday season!