I used to think it was a real thing, but now I don't.
The secret to getting unstuck is to DO.
Once you are doing, then you get stuff done. (Wow! I know, I was born this smart.)
This sounds simple but I struggle with doing every. day.
Some days I stop myself because the negative voices in my head (cue the new Ashley Tisdale song *see below ) are telling me how horrible what I'm doing is & how much I suck at doing things.
Some days I don't even start because I think, what's the point, I'm not gonna make anything worthwhile.
In Hindsight, some of my favorite random creations have started on days where I stopped myself part way through making it. I should have just done it! Focused on finishing or getting to a good place & overcooooooming it hunny! (I have never said that but it was fun to type so I should try next time I'm on the street.)
I wonder what would have happened on those days when I didn't start at all?
I could be Einstein by now. Or a member of BTS. I should be! Ugh instead someone else is enjoying all my unfinished glory.
Another way to get unstuck is to go back through your old work & do revisions.
Oftentimes you find the spark of inspiration hidden in something you've already started. You find the passion you had for a minute before you turned on instagram or facebook or some other soul sucking device. Or just stopped because you were criticizing so hard. When you're looking back at old stuff you also find some really Baaaaad creations and you realize, wow , I'm so much better then dumb ole me.
Exercise is a great way to reboot your brain if you're feeling stuck.
Lately, swimming has really worked for me.
I also take a ridiculously large number of dance classes.
I can now say I WAS the worst dancer in my high school show choir. I used to start out in the front *cuz I'm cute* and end up in the back *cuz I was a horrible dancer*. Dancing of all kinds would terrify me. It was my Achilles heal. Facing that fear and showing up regardless of how I felt has really made me feel a little bit like Cardi B. or RBG! (I'm trying to do cool references to expand my horizons ok?)
Walks in nature are always a good idea.
Anything that switches up your routine or helps you see differently. So good for those brains of yours.
Museums, Parks, PEOPLE WATCHING. (my fav.)
Make a list of your favorite things to do & DO them. Especially when you're in a bad mood.
Get out of the house.
Step away from your screens. Put it on airplane mode. Stop taking selfies of yourself with a cool filter that is interactive from a very certain angle that took you a really long time to perfect.
Catch up with a friend.
This is not a drill. You are alive and you are going to die. Just in case you missed that memo.
If you're not on a deadline & you don't feel inspired then go take a break.
Sometimes washing dishes or doing laundry are where your best ideas are hiding.
Create because you love to. If you forget you love to create look back at your artistic beginnings and find that love again. Find your purpose for doing! what really lights ya up!
If you are trying to make art/creation your profession figure out who you are creating for.
(Seth Godin www.creativepeptalk.com/episodes/ &
Ryan Holiday ryanholiday.net are great people to look up if you need help on this.)
Review your goals regularly and readjust your aims.
(Derek Sivers talks about this a lot sivers.org)
I love any Tim Ferriss anything. (for the most part)
Always come back to the present moment & enjoy life as much as you can.
It's a gift! Look around you & smile.
Goldie Hawn once told me to focus on that feeling when you're about to laugh. Remember how that feels and try to feel like that all the time.
She didn't just tell me that it was at a huge event. But she did kiss me on the cheek when I went up to her and told her I watch all of her movies with my mom. ;)
& Remember if the Tis (Ashley Tisdale) can do it, so can you!
#1 Times Square - The Center of the Musical Theater Universe! Times Square is such a magical place. Times Square is also the worst. Every tourist from every place in the world combined with every crazy person in New York City (& a few normal people) makes for a very unique experience. My advice is to only go there if you need to. It's not somewhere you want to just hang out. There are great places to eat at a variety of price points. My top pick for a reasonably priced option is Juniors (there are two locations so if the one on 45th is busy go to the other one on 49th) Sardi's is always a great choice if you have the budget for it.
(Forget regret or life is yours to miss! )
Great seats at a great price:
1. Standing Room Seats- Almost all of the major shows have standing room tickets available. (I have seen sold out Hamilton shows 3 times this way) You can get these tickets right before the show for around $40. It is a risky option because it's never guaranteed you're going to get a seat.
2. TKTS - TKTS has great discounted tickets. You can avoid the crowds if you avoid the Times Square location.
3. TDF - Check out TDF.org
#2 Central Park - I'm not sure there is a park more beautiful than Central Park! It is amazing at all times of the year & hosts a ton of great events. Avoid the tourist traps! Don't pay $3.99 a minute to have a guy bicycle you around & I wouldn't ride in a horse drawn carriage if you paid me. The horses look so sad & I wish they could go to the countryside and relax. Explore the park by foot or rent a Citibike.
#3 The Whitney Museum - The Whitney not only has great exhibits, it is also located in a spot that has amazing views from it's rooftop bar. Check it out!
#4 The High line - The High Line is such a fun place to go and walk or just relax. It is a must see.
#5 The MET -
#6 Washington Square Park -
#7 Lincoln Center -
#8 New York Public Library
#9 The Rubin Museum -
#10 St John's the Divine -
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