Feeling stuck, uninspired, struggling to find a focus?
Not surprising really, you probably have two stuck settings:
Stuck Setting one:
Starting a project is tough. Analysis paralysis is a BFF. That bestie just doesn't leave your side. Deciding on a new necklace design or a knitwear niche for your next collection feels impossible. What about choosing a challenge topic to launch your painting e-course, when there are so many to choose from? It's overwhelming to the realm of crazy. Putting faith in your own ideas is tough.
Stuck Setting two:
Starting a project is easy. You love diving into those boxes of beads that have just arrived in the post. Once you've done a live unboxing on Instagram you're all set for an afternoon's creativity. BUT then it gets left.
You wonder about your choices. Were they the right beads? Is that the right combination? Are you a maniac for adding a tassel to the pendant?
Finishing and believing in your creative decisions is the hardest thing in the world.
And then there are the inspiration settings:
Inspiration Setting one:
You want to bring wonder and delight to your customers, but there are so few products for them to actually buy.
Because you start imagining one thing, bright shiny ideas appear everywhere, so you switch it up and start imagining another and never do anything! You're left in busy work, taking photos for social media, and chatting in your Facebook Group.
You're naming projects and collections, you're fiddling with colours and shapes in your mind but for days and weeks at a time there's nothing concrete to show for your inspirations. Those 'followers' can't support you because there's nothing to buy!
Inspiration Setting two:
You have so many ideas that there is no cohesion to your designs.
Your customers wonder if they're going to find a pair of knitted mitts, a dinosaur necklace or a painting e-course when they go to your website next. It's so confusing, but you just can't help yourself!
Even when you feel that you're niching, you step back after six months and realise that there was no real success; the knitting patterns had such varying colours and styles of yarn that 20 different people could have designed them.
You're not alone, I totally get it.
Once upon a time I made and sold everything.
I used to sell my sewn shopping bags and children hats. I knitted mitts and hot water bottle covers and created hand-made greetings cards. As the years went by I embraced the digital world and sold pdf colouring pages and calendars. Then spent time designing and selling gift wrap, crafting papers and hand-bound notebooks and journals.
But people lost interest.
The fact that I was filling a new canvas with a Hodgkin-inspired buddleia interpretation was 'Hannah's new thing'. There was no integrity to my creativity anymore. I knew I had to shift things up and believe in my choices, not look to others for approval or try to create the next 'big' idea with every single project.
I settled down to find out how.