Creativity Tool Tuesday: Travel

Flight into DFW

Flight into DFW

Sometimes I get in a rut creatively speaking.  I believe this is part of the normal cycle of creativity. If you're a practicing creative you'll start to understand your personal cycles of creativity and their peaks and valleys too.  This is especially true if you're writing morning pages every day, which of course I recommend.  

For me a HUGE period of activity in my life has ended, it was about a 4 year cycle of doing, going and creating. It was the most all consuming creative venture I've undertaken in my adult life and it's winding down now. I'm putting to bed one dream and preparing for a period of hibernation and incubation.  I've been longing for time to think about all of the dreams I've placed on the back burner.  Yet all of a sudden my morning pages have gone stale and i'm wondering if my creativity has dried up?  

My inner artist screams "are you f*$@% kidding me? I'm bloody right here!  Can't an artist take a break?"  
I respond "Ummh No. K?  No breaks for you Ms. Sassy pants. You're my life line, you don't get a break".  
Resigning herself she mumbles "Well you better make it worth my wild because I'm tired"

Got it.  I know just the trick.  It's a trip.  Yes, yes, I know, I just took myself to the beach last month, but this years theme is the year of travel and I'm embracing all the ways I can get out of Greensboro this year.  

Here's the thing Y'all.  A trip gives you something to look forward to, anticipation, planning, the idea and thought of adventure. Even when the trip is simply 30 minutes away to see a movie in another city (and yes, that counts!).  

Getting out of the environment you spend the majority of your time in will help you create new neuro pathways in your brain.  It upsets your normal routine which is great for me because I tend to get set in my ways and switching things up helps me think differently.  Travel shakes up my life and makes me slightly uncomfortable this is of course when I grow and it it absolutely helps me be a more creative being.  When I get uncomfortable I look more closely and deeply at everything.  I pay attention better.  You're gonna have to trust me here.  Plan a trip and go.  I promise even if you have a bad time your creative life will improve.  

Highlights from this weekend's travel to Dallas

Highlights from this weekend's travel to Dallas