Happy New Lockdown!

So here we go, the long-awaited New Year and straight into Lockdown Number 3.

A bit disappointing may be, but not really unexpected. It’s definitely feeling harder this time though because, let’s face it, everyone is totally fed up with the whole situation and we still have several months to go yet.

But we’re keeping going of course (with Gin and chocolate!). The Tree House monkeys are working hard with online school and college and we’re very grateful to be able to escape to Bushy Park for a bit of peace and quiet (although it is a bit like a flooded bog at the moment).

Bushy Park Lido for Dogs

The Art of Keeping Going

One thing I have been struggling with is feeling creative. It’s sometimes difficult to find inspiration when every day feels like Groundhog Day and we can’t go anywhere or do anything, except walking … and there’s been A LOT of that!

So, with the start of the New Year and the thought of a long, slow January I formed a cunning plan about how I could get myself motivated again.

Treehousedesign recommended reading of Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

The first thing I wanted to return to was ‘Big Magic’ by Elizabeth Gilbert. I read this a couple of years ago and I love it. It’s a great reminder to open your mind and allow yourself to be curious, have fun, work alongside your fear, listen to those ideas that are floating around and go for it. So this was my first book of 2021.

I also love making a good list or five as it really clears my mind and wanted to make a note of everything we’d done last year, so I felt ready to move on.

Now with the whole pandemic malarkey, I didn’t think we’d really achieved an awful lot, so it was quite a surprise when I started looking back over my year of photographs. Turns out we’d had quite a lot of fun. We’d tried some new things and when we were allowed, we’d visited a few new places .. and we’re all still talking to each other too!

It made me realise that last year was not a wasted year after all, to remember what’s really important (keeping friends and family safe) and to appreciate the little things in life (like learning how to make shed loads of pasta).

Watercolour painting by Treehousedesign showing things to do in January

Another list was ‘Things to achieve in January’, which I painted so I had a visual reminder to keep front and centre on my desk.

I don’t make resolutions at New Year. I prefer to give myself monthly challenges and January’s was to create something every day as another way to keep me motivated.

As this was an exercise to encourage my creativity, I didn’t put any pressure on myself – why would I want to do that?! I wanted to keep it fun, so I didn’t have to finish something every day, I just had to work on something every day.

I had a great time experimenting with new paints, learning different techniques and beginning a brand new craft – Punch Needle. This has given me an idea for some new products for Tree House Design and I’ve ordered lots of lovely yarns to get started.

I also finished off my A-Z letters, which I’ll be making into cards.

This has also, of course, been a time to think about work stuff and on that list it says ‘For goodness sake, start your blog!’, which I have so I can tick that off now … love ticking things off!