Monday, May 10th, 2010

Inspiration Monday: Sometimes It Takes a Class


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Well, I began my new year with an “I’m going to get organized!” gung ho attitude. I sustained my enthusiasm for about a month or so, but just like someone on a diet who has hit a plateau, I’ve fizzled out. I sit around trying to come up with “Organization Tuesdays” posts, (or was it “Organization Wednesdays”? I’m so disorganized I forgot which day it’s supposed to be), and I’ve got a big fat nuthin’ for you! So I’ve signed up for an e-course from Simplify 101. The workshop I’ve picked is called Organizing 101 and it seems like a great guide, motivator, and community.  In typical fashion, I forgot to print out the class notes for a few days and when I went to log in, I’d forgotten my username and password. When I tried to retrieve them, I typed in my own email address incorrectly. I’m off to a rip-roaring start! Luckily, their technical support is fast and friendly, and I’m on my way.

I find courses like this are a great kick in the bum. I took Holly Becker’s Blogging Your Way a few months back and it was a delight. What do you do when you hit any sort of creative block or plateau? Have you enjoyed any e-courses/workshops? If so, please tell us about them in the comments. By the way, I heard about the course I’m taking via a comment from Emily last week after we emailed each other a few times, lamenting our need to get our stuff together in the organizing arena! So thanks again Emily!

image swiped from tumblr, which makes it hard to track, but I believe it originated over at the always fabulous The Style Files

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!


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  1. Carolina Eclectic says:

    May 10th, 2010 at 9:51 am (#)

    Thanks so much for this post. Its nice to know I’m not the only disorganized soul around. I’m going to look into the course.
    Personally, I’ve been struggling w/ a creative plateau for months. I’ve been trying to take time to discover what things are really important to me and how can I express them. I’ve been reading many books, spending more time w/ people and even going to counseling! Slowly but surely I’m finding inspiration again.

  2. Becky says:

    May 10th, 2010 at 2:01 pm (#)

    I know exactly how you feel. It’s really hard to get your creative groove back. I must say, sometimes I think having all kinds of extra clutter around can really block you. And sometimes being inundated with too much design – on the web, magazines, books, etc. can be overwhelming and cause burnout. I finally just gave up on trying to keep up with all the blogs that I like and hit them one at a time for relaxation purposes when I have some free time.

    It’s nice to take a break, get out a big garbage bag, a recycling box, and a donation bin and go to town cleaning things out – it is therapeutic. I usually run out of steam, but yesterday I attacked six junky drawers and it felt so good to clear things out. I mean, there was an instruction manual for a cell phone I threw away three years ago in there, among other ridiculous things! There were also some sweet cards from people who have passed away and it was nice to sit and read and remember them (I’m never throwing that stuff out, by the way, though I am finally going to throw out the 20 year old h.s. newspapers.

  3. Emily says:

    May 10th, 2010 at 2:31 pm (#)

    Thanks for the shout out! I went to town yesterday clearing things out – threw away a garbage bag full of papers and old flashlights and other junk, topped off an entire box of garage sale stuff, put the few remaining things away so tools and kitchen gadgets and newspaper clippings weren’t all in the same huge bin (say wha?) Now it’s empty and ready to be filled with shoes to move.

    Hope you enjoy the course. Looking forward to reading about it here.

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