I love the accuracy of this quote:

“Find your creative outlet and plug into it. Otherwise, you may just short-circuit.” – Giuseppe Bianco

I have not posted on this blog in nearly two weeks, due to taking some much needed down time to focus on enjoying time with friends, family and my creative outlets. When one is constantly working, taking care of the needs of others and the needs of running a household without taking time for oneself, it can sometimes create what I call “brain overload”. When you have too much on your mind constantly, without periodic breaks for quality downtime, it often results in forgetfulness and mental blocks. I am, by no means, an expert on the brain, but I am an expert on what happens when I have too much on my plate. I tend to misplace things, forget names, tasks, appointments, etc. If this sounds like you, consider exploring options for a creative outlet. Having a hobby, sport, or other activity that allows you to get away from your job and to do lists will help keep you balanced. On the most stressful days, when I feel like I cannot solve one more problem, or write one more word, I know I can slip downstairs to my craft room and immerse myself in a project that will help me relax, de-stress and clear my mind. When I emerge from my craft room, my thoughts are sharper. I’m thinking more clearly and with more resourcefulness and creativity.

If you have no idea where to start, I encourage you to ask your local arts and crafts store to see what classes they offer. Much of my knowledge on sewing, I have learned by taking classes at JoAnn Fabrics. JoAnn’s offers both child and adult classes, beginner and intermediate, on sewing, knitting, crocheting, baking and cake decorating, jewelry making, quilting and other crafts. This particular merchant frequently holds open house events and offers coupons for 40-50% off classes, making it really economical to take a class. Some have emerged with their own business by taking classes and putting that knowledge to entrepreneurial use. I encourage you to explore your creativity passions and see where that road leads you.