Making Time to Create / by Kiley Melicker

Brandon at the pottery wheel

Brandon at the pottery wheel

I've mentioned the art in phases process before... a lot. Times of creative bounty filled with projects and productivity versus dry spells of nothing where there is little creative spark, no emotion, and nothing made. I'm trying really hard to push out of that dry spell right now.

Make things with your hands! It's sexy.

Make things with your hands! It's sexy.

Fall brings in me the desire to start something new and be productive. Years and years of school have conditioned me to this feeling every fall - does it ever go away? I don't mind it, I'm just not sure how much of this desire is programmed. 

I'm working on a listing goals I'd like to begin and continue, many of which contain projects that have been on hold since I moved to a new state and have been adjusting. I'm stretched a bit emotionally thin right now, so it's hard to really want to put my heart into a project when it's already busy - but I'd like to change that and use my heart in other ways. This past year of art silence has been a lot of balance finding and learning so I don't want to be too hard on myself. My focus has been elsewhere.

Writing about it is a good start for me. Hello, Fall. Let's create healthy boundaries and routine.