When it’s sunny and warm, most of us feel pretty motivated. We can get our house clean, our jobs done and our hobbies even see progress. But when the weather is gray, cold or rainy it’s harder to be motivated or feel inspired. Many times that is when our hobby projects begin to gather dust.
So what does it take to get motivated to pick up your hobby? What inspires you to try something new? If you need a little nudge to get your project moving again, try a few of these tips. Maybe they’ll be just the spark you need.
Spend some time on Pinterest: If you spend much time on Pinterest, you will either be completely motivated and inspired or you will find yourself overwhelmed and even more uncertain as to where to start. Remember Pinterest can be a money and time waster. But if used wisely, you can find some great ideas that will get you feeling crafty and creative.
Read a blog: There are blogs on every topic you can imagine. When you are able to read about someone else who has the same hobby passion you do, you will be ready to dust off your project and get to work again. You can do an Internet search for your hobby plus the word blog and find many great choices.
Visit an antique store: Whether you love to collect vintage furniture, unique dishes or refinish cabinets — a visit to an antique store could be just what you need. Looking at pieces of work that were crafted by hand so many years ago is an inspiration to all of us — no matter what your hobby is. It doesn’t cost a penny to walk through and look at the antique collections and you may see something that ignites a spark.
Grab a coupon and run to Hobby Lobby: A friend told me this past week that she couldn’t wait to go to Hobby Lobby soon. She didn’t have anything particular she wanted to make or create; instead, she was just looking for ideas. There are so many craft ideas in a place such as Hobby Lobby that you are sure to be inspired.
Clean your surface or room: If your house is a mess, you won’t feel creative or inspired. My kids are perfect examples. When they have a clean floor, they love to play with toys. But as soon as the floor is hidden by stuff, they can quickly become bored. I’m the same way. I love to get crafty and creative but only when my cabinet and table are free of excess clutter. Most people feel motivated to try something new when the work area is clean.
Take a trip to a museum: Sometimes it takes a completely new experience to help you shake the winter blues and get creative. When is the last time you visited an art museum or toured a history exhibit? If you can’t remember, then maybe you should plan a visit. Even kids benefit from walking through the Speed Art Museum or touring a place such as the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort. Places of culture open your eyes to a new world and help you find motivation to create.
How do you get motivated and inspired when the weather is cold and dreary? I’d love to hear your tips and ideas!
Sharon Williams blogs about hobbies and life at Hobbies on a Budget. (www.hobbiesonabudget.com)