The sparkly afterglow of meeting up with my Inspo buddies deserted me by the end the week! The moments of quiet time I try to carve out for myself during the normal daily routines were consumed by a training course and commitments at P’s school – canteen duty, school interviews, discussions about subject choices for year 12 and consecutive nights at the theatre – Hamlet and Sweeney Todd – to support her English and Theatre Studies classes. Both productions were fabulous, particularly Hamlet, but I did miss spending those chilly Melbourne nights at home in front of the TV with my knitting! And so, by Sunday, a grumpiness had descended upon me. I felt a bit resentful that I hadn’t had the space to have a quiet read, to play in my visual diary or to add as many rows to my knitting as I would have liked. I was mooching around the house bereft of creative inspiration. But the ‘hrumph’ mood is not a pleasant one – for myself or my loved ones! – so I had to give myself a kick up the bum to spark the positive vibes. As is my custom at times like these, I turned to…the ironing! Does that make me weird? I find that I can get a quick sense of achievement out of a 30 minute iron! Fresh, crispy clothes hanging up; a task performed for others; housewifely duties fulfilled! It makes me feel, well, maybe not inspired, but at least satisfied that I have created something, if only space in my ironing basket! And in my newly satisfied state, I jumped into the kitchen to make soup and bake Anzacs, and with every stir, and shaping of a biscuit, the ‘hrumph’ dissipated. As the weekend drew to a close, my mojo was returning. I pulled out the knitting, started thinking about which book to read next (nearly finished Guilt) and had a squiz at the Melbourne Writers Festival program (I like the look of the French Illustration Exhibition and Illustrator in Residence program). And now I can look forward to this week, all sparkly and shiny again! There will be coffee with a crochet-y, book-y friend, some quiet time to read about interesting people, a watercolour class and tomorrow my Blog with Pip course starts! Yay!
I hope your own week is filled with mojo, but if it deserts you, how will you get it back?