Have you ever gotten stuck?
Silly question, I think, since it has happened to all of us at some point in our lives. I mean who hasn’t gotten stuck in a traffic jam? I also can’t be the only one who has experiences being stuck making life altering decisions. Those are two extremes on the spectrum but there are a ton of examples somewhere in between.
There’s probably not much you can do about the traffic jam, other than maybe cranking up the radio and start singing or dancing to make the time go faster, but I believe there are things you can do in other situations.
- Start Small
Instead of trying to solve the larger problem, start by making smaller decisions. For example, if I’m stuck trying to figure out what to wear for the day, I start with first thinking about what is on the agenda for the day. If there is a lot of walking involved, I may start with picking the shoes that would be the most comfortable. Then, what pants or skirt would best go with those shoes? What shirt? And so on…
- Take a break
Stepping away from the situation and doing something else is sometimes the best way to see something more clearly. Being distracted by other things can help us put things into the proper perspective. I think that is why so many great ideas are born in the shower.
- Just do it
I recognize there are some paralyzing feelings that go along with really important decisions. Thoughts of “What if I make the wrong decision?”, “How do I know which path is the right one?” or, “What if the decision is not one that God wants me to do?” Certainly, prayer plays a big role in making these decisions, but sometimes, both paths are equally valid and you see the benefit in both or you see drawbacks in either. So which one do we pick? Honestly, sometimes, I’m not sure it matters. I think God is just looking for us to step out in faith and just make ANY decision and then trust Him to work out the details.
- Seek outside help
Seeking a trusted friend’s advice or seeking professional help is not a sign of weakness or failure, but rather a sign of strength. And who knows, maybe your friend is struggling too and by reaching out to her, you are giving her validation that she is not alone.
This last one is usually what I do if I’m stuck in my creativity.
To help ignite that creative spark, I try many outside sources, including Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or one of my favorites – I go to websites which provide different challenges.
Today I went to the What Will You Stamp? website which challenged us to use the Lovely Lattice stamp set. Along with that as well as using a card from a swap I received at my demo retreat in January, I was inspired to create today’s card.
I used the simple technique of embossing on vellum and then coloring on the back side using Stampin’ Blends.
Add a stitched frame and some coordinating ribbon and you have a gorgeous card.
What do you do when you find yourself getting stuck?
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