When work gets too overwhelming, a trip to the store always soothes my mind. Being a creative person, I’ve noticed that I require many breaks while working on a project. These breaks allow me to process information in a different way. Often times, these breaks lead to better ideas than I had while working.
A few months ago, I took a break from writing and went to South Coast Plaza. All my troubles dissolved as I looked at the endless racks of clothes. Sequins, lace, and vivid colors enveloped me. In that magic moment, I had no more deadlines. There was just me and an infinite supply of amusement.
There is no specific thought in my mind when I shop in this way. All I want to do is have fun and, perhaps, create something beautiful. I pull garments off the rack that interest me. Certain colors or fabrics speak to me, so I grab them. Then, I try to make an interesting combination.
This particular trip was a surprise. I created a beautiful outfit. But I was stunned when I had it on – it reminded me so much of Degas paintings of dancers.
Dressing Room Confession: The subconscious mind works in mysterious ways. Even though I had literally forgotten about work, it resurfaced in the most unusual reference. I went back to writing refreshed, and with a new perspective. Who says a shopping trip can’t relieve writer’s block? It certainly helped me finish my work before the deadline.GHTime Code(s): nc