I was reading online the other day and I found this quote:
The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. Sylvia Plath
So many moments, hours and days of self-doubt have almost paralyzed me from creating. I over-analyze every element of making something. Thoughts like, Who would ever think this is cute? or Does this look too crafty? or Am I asking too much money for this? The doubts go on and on. I can really dig myself in to a bottomless pit of questions.
This pit is not fun, it is not productive.
But it is not hopeless.
What I have taught myself to do is walk away. Take a break from my fabric, my paperwork, by blog and my workshop. I need to do something different. I need to create a different line of experiences.
My son worked for Pronto Pups last year as the guy who pushed a yellow 300 pound wheeled cart thru the masses of fair goers. Hard work, long hours and a lot of heavy lifting. A great first job for a strong 16 year-old.
When the company called to ask if he wanted to work the State Fair again this year, I asked if they needed more help. The fair is only 10 days long and I figured this would be a fun new experience. So, I will be working at the Minnesota State Fair for Pronto Pups too. The job will be anything but glamorous. Anything but creative. I will be a hot dog skewer or as I like to call it, a wiener sticker. I know, it cracks me up too every time I tell someone. 🙂
I will have plenty of time to think. Plenty of time to plan new projects and plenty of time to eat something deep fat fried. 🙂
Wish me luck!