33: S’mores

Ever find yourself working on a creative project and you hit a mental block and you need “s’more” ideas?

Being an architect, artist, and writer, I definitely know this feeling all to well.  Sometimes I bite off more than I can chew.  This brings me to the next word in my 42 Words to a Better You series.

 

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#33: S’mores

Yes, it is Thanksgiving day.  And, yes, I do have yummy food on my brain, but more importantly, I have gratitude on my mind.  One of the things that I am very thankful for is the precious gift of creativity.  Creativity for me is the melting pot of my core being and the world around me. It fires me up!

Being a creative and looking for new ideas isn’t always as easy as just sitting around the campfire and singing.  Sometimes I get stuck in search of that next design element, that next color, or that next word.  There are lots of suggestions out there for getting beyond the creative mental block.  A topic I will continue to explore in future blog posts.  For today, let’s stick with s’mores.  How can s’mores help get you out of the marsh? Here are some ways that they help me.

  • Random Ingredients – open up your mind to randomness. Pick 2 or 3 random objects, or colors, or ingredients, and mix them together.  The results could be sweet and launch your thoughts into a new direction.
  • Collaboration – When s’mores are mentioned, who doesn’t think of sitting around a campfire and singing songs.  Why not join up with some friends and collaborate and brainstorm together.  This can help get the mojo flowing.
  • Indulge – Eat something that makes your taste buds come to life!  The rush of yum can ignite a fire inside.
  • Scout –  S’mores and scouts go hand in hand. Step away from the project you are working on.  Get outside and explore nature.  This is a great way to clear your mind.  When you go back to your project, you will feel refreshed.

I will definitely be returning to the topic of creative blocks.  Stay tuned.  One resource I would like to recommend is a a website by Todd Henry called Accidental Creative.  Check it out.

How are some of the ways you break the creative wall barrier?  I would love for you to share your ideas in the comments below.  I would also love for you to subscribe to my blog.

Happy Thanksgiving!