Super Seedy Overnight Oats

Monthly Musings: July 2020

For the theme of July, I wanted to explore something that touches us all, something to which we can all connect but I felt stuck and un-inspired. The same can be said for some of my work… I’ve often found it harder to think outside the box, to take a step back to re-think my set-ups, to re-ignite my imagination… to be creative.

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

– Maya Angelou

Being a creative in a creative sphere, creativity is pretty essential in everything I do. From thinking of recipes to styling shoots, editing images, writing captions and everything else… creativity is needed at every stage. And it is reassuring, albeit annoying for us all, that I know of friends and similar creatives in this space who are similarly finding that their creative spark is sparkling less brightly.

The effect of lockdown, perhaps? The effect of not interacting with people face to face, maybe? Is it because we are not eating out and being inspired? Our horizons seeming not quite as vast and broad? Life over the last few months has been anything but ordinary, yet, as we adapt to a new normal with lockdown restrictions gradually easing in the UK, we can hope to emerge from your cocoon houses and start to engage with the wider world once more.

But I fear we’d be putting too much hope on “re-finding our creativity” when we can return to a more normal routine. Although creativity can come from the outside – we can be inspired by nature, by films, by people we meet, by things we see while walking down the road… it also comes from within us.

It is always with us in how we see and interpret our external world.

It is how we can walk past a particular object and it can lead us down a path of our own imagination and of our own choosing. So, while it may seem easier to be inspired – for that initial spark to light – while we can explore the outside, I do also think we have to look closer to home.

Speaking of home, being inside for longer periods of time than was usual, means we may have become so accustomed to what surrounds us, that we take it for granted. We no longer feel inspired by what we have right at our fingertips.

Try taking a walk in your garden or look at the plants on your balcony and really sit and think. Allow your thoughts to wander and see where they take you, or where you lead them…

A gentle yoga class will often finish with a savasana (or lying down)– this is a great time to allow thoughts to come and go and to not dwell on them. It’s a form of meditation, I suppose, if this is something you are more inclined to do. Your thoughts will still come and go without your control, and a lot of meditation for me is not about emptying your hand in the search for “nothingness” but it is the lack of judgement of your thoughts. It is reminding yourself that you have nowhere else to be right now, nothing else that you need to do. To allow yourself to be present.

This clearing of space really can work wonders for creativity. The very act of slowing things down or taking a break from always thinking and doing and instead just being. We all have days that feel more inspired than others when we feel like we are “smashing it” and getting it all done. These days are balanced out with days that don’t go to plan, the days where simple tasks take a lot longer than planned. And this is OK, this is normal. It’s the yin and yang of the world. The ebb and the flow. The push and the pull. This is the very definition of balance.

To recap, here are a few ways to ignite your creativity:

  1. Go for a walk: round the house, in nature, in your garden. Just move without your phone.
  2. Movement: yoga, HIIT, Pilates, running… while you have to focus your mind on moving, you’ll often find ideas come to you.
  3. Keep a journal by your bed: ideas ALWAYS come to me as I am falling asleep and I worry I won’t remember them in the morning so jot them down to relieve the stress.
  4. Meditation or stillness: whether you sit with an app for 10 minutes or simply be still on the sofa for a few moments and just breathe, allow tour thoughts to come as they please.
  5. Take time out: if you can take a break from your work when it is feeling stagnant or not, then do it. Even just a day away can reward you with feelings of creative flair.
Super Seedy Overnight Oats

Super Seedy Overnight Oats

Find the recipe for these Super Seedy Overnight Oats here.

We will always have the creativity within us, perhaps some days it is hiding under a few layers of self-doubt, of disbelief and of disconnect. Taking the time to look inwards, to practise some self-care meditation and to think anew will reveal the inspiration that we always had. In the words of Maya Angelou, we cannot use up our creativity, so do not worry about a dry patch, it is just that… a patch. It will come back to you tenfold.

 

8 thoughts on “Monthly Musings: July 2020

  1. sophiedxx says:

    Hey Amy. Honestly this was such a relaxed article to read and so relatable. So pleased that I am not only one in my twenties to write in a journal. Ahh I have problem like thinking of something in my sleep or before and then I forget it.
    Honestly been finding doing Joe Wicks hiit workouts each day pe with Joe on his Youtube video has really helped me during these last couple of months. As I have been definitely finding it difficult and I never workout in my whole life until now. Also my amazing parents, reading your daily posts on your socials and your splendid blog has been getting me through these couple of hard months. Splendid photography as always and can’t wait to meet you again at your live cooking demos in London. So missed and your food is amazing. Lol 😂 loved making your chocolates 🍫 chip vegan 🌱 cereal cookies 🍪 last weekend. My first bake by myself! I was so chuffed it actually made my day and so pleased to have stay in contact with you again after being in Primary school together all those years ago. Let a known I was couple of years below you and your brother.
    My mum says hi to your mum and both of my parents say hi to all of your family as well. My dog 🐶 Ben says woofs as well. Hope your NA bear 🐻 is doing good and HAVNET seen her in ages. Would love if you could do some lifestyle posts, NA bear blog posts and some food and lifestyle book 📚 reviews. During lockdown I have been reading Harry Potter since watched the films when I was a child but never read the books when I was a child!
    Sorry for my long blog post comment as always like JK Rowling and can’t wait to see more of your inspirational blog posts and on your other socials for sure. Thanks for inspiring me to cook each day without you I don’t think I could have cook 👩🏻‍🍳 my own bake using your recipe. I of courses tag you into my beginner bakes on Instagram. Lol 😂 hope you thought they were good? Aww 😍 your overnight oats above look delicious 😋 need to make some more for my brekkie and do baked oats. Btw do you have a recipe On your blog for Overnight Oats?
    Saved to my WordPress saved collection and I so enjoy reading your Monthly Musings for July and Pinch Punch First day of the Month! I am so sorry I am late posting and I feel so bad not commenting yesterday.
    Best Wishes
    Your friend Sophie 👍👩🏻‍🍳🐶😋😀👩🏻‍🍳🍫😍😂🍓👌🏻🥳xxxxx
    Have a good end to the week and have a great weekend

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