Hibernation & Motivation

I didn’t mean to disappear this winter.

I blame hygge (basically a version of coziness perfected by the Danes)…

So, I do my homework first and read up on it. I have candles lit and wooly socks on, and am crocheting a giant blanket. My house is clean for holiday gatherings, and everything is just so cute and sweet. I even get an illustration done, read a bunch, curate my wardrobe, and start to feel like everything I worked towards all year is finally coming together.

And then BAM, it’s January, and I haven’t taken a shower in days, I’m covered in all the blankets, and am basically eating Cheerios for as many meals as I can… What happened?!

I suspect I hygged too hard. I practically hibernated.

Okay, in all seriousness, it wasn’t hygge’s fault. It stopped being hygge the minute I stopped keeping the house tidy…

But the good news is that Spring will be here any day now. I can already tell that the days are getting longer and just a little bit brighter. For me, that makes such a difference!

It’s hard to will yourself to be creative. You can’t force or rush it — it just takes time. But this year, I’m really hoping that I can push myself to work more often and achieve bigger goals. I think last year I was overly optimistic — “I have an idea, yay!” But this year, the approach is “I don’t have an idea, but I’m going to work anyway.”

I’m already seeing a difference, and of course, am excited about it. In the last two weeks, I’ve created five new illustrations. And inspired or not, I’m sure there will be more on the way. Because if there is anything I’ve learned this year so far, it’s that we only get so much time, and I don’t want to waste mine on the couch.

Bring on Spring!

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