Re-growing my wings on as I open the studio door this week. It’s been a summer of family and travel. I have loved loving on my family! I needed this time so much. There has been a lot of change happening in my business and long-range goal planning…I think I needed this downtime to get clear on where I’m headed.
What helps you get clear in your thinking?
I find the early morning hours to be so magical and the really help me find answers.
Sleeping kidlets and hub.
Dogs aren’t even up yet.
All my bible study gear is spread out in a mess on the kitchen island, waiting for me to pull up a chair. I journal and write and read inspiring books. The hour and a half before the house stirs is my favorite time of day and it absolutely flies. It’s never enough time! Sometimes when I hear the door squeak open upstairs, I can hear a little voice in the very back of my head whimper, “No! No! I’m not ready!” But then when the brood bounds down the stairs like a pack of wildebeests and the day begins to roll along its conveyor belt of activity, I’m all in and taking all the sweetness in. Yes, I’m a morning person.
I also find that when I’m running, ideas will pop up like magic. I will have had a block on things for days and when I finally get out there with my kicks on, something unexpected happens. It’s almost like my steps are jarring the ideas free in my busy brain. If I’m lucky (and that unpredictable muse is awake), they’ll come through like little colorful explosions. I don’t even mind looking like a dork dictating the ideas into my iphone as I run. Listening to the heavy breathing later as I transcribe them is a little disturbing, but I am always thankful to get them down on paper.
Strangest thing…airplane time is also an awesome environment for workin’ things out. Something about sitting in one spot where no one wants a piece of me for four to five hours. When I fly with my guy, he checks out with earphones (probably enjoying the peace of having all electronics turned off) and I turn to my own stuff. I usually have a bag of joy in the form of unread books, journals, to-do lists and my favorite pens. Ahhhh!!! Bring me some airplane black coffee and I’m good to go! Sitting there in one spot forces me to really think and at times, think BIG..which can be a great thing.
I rarely go on roadtrips without my clan in tow, but in the rare occasion that I sit behind the wheel solo, I rock some deep thinking. I put on music that takes me places (nostalgic songs or movie scores without words) and run through the deep thoughts one by one. I also love praying out loud in the car and have done this for years. I always hope that other drivers just assume I’m talking to kids in the backseat (we have tinted windows)! I’ve made some huge decisions after roadtrips and I covet them like crazy!
Travel, in general, is always a good catalyst for idea finding. I’ve had some great journaling sessions poolside in Hawaii or on the beach on the Oregon Coast. I think it’s all about getting out of my own familiar environment and seeing the world with a new set of eyes in a lovely place. I’ve had a couple of strange early mornings on the bathroom floor of our hotel room at 5 am..didn’t want to wake the fam and I just couldn’t lie there with all of the racing thoughts.
I guess the main themes for finding solitude and clarity are get quiet, avoid distraction, new surroundings and movement. If I make them a priority, good good things can happen.
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On Lara’s personal blog this week: 4 Ways to stay focused in your creative work