Are You Waiting to be Ready?


You’re intrigued by something you want to do or make, but you “don’t feel ready.” So you wait.

Or maybe you plan on making something tonight when you get home from work, but by then, you’re tired or not in the mood.

This is a very natural reaction to adding one more thing to your busy life. And the busier you are, the less “ready” you can feel for anything that’s new or hard or requires your focused attention.

The only thing is, this one more thing is your creativity, and it really matters to you.

The hard part about weaving creativity back into your life–or upping the ante and going deeper with what you are doing–is that it has to come from within.

Because it’s committing to yourself.

Which is a lot tougher than committing to other people. It takes more self-esteem. In addition, everyone understands and applauds committing to others, so it’s safe and the feedback’s great.

Which is why society or your family or your boss aren’t going to carve the time out for you.

So it’s a risk and it’s up to you. Of course you don’t “feel ready”.

Do it Anyway

Here’s the thing–nobody is really ever ready.

I mean, you read about people having epiphanies and suddenly turning their lives around and living their dream, but that’s rarely the way it happens.

If you want to start creating again, if you want to dig deeper and get bolder with your work, if you want to live your life as an artist, you have to start now, even if you’re not “ready.”

In fact, one of the greatest gifts that you can give to yourself and your creative dream is to realize that you can create even when you’re not ready or in the mood or feeling inspired.

But it’s hard. And scary. And maybe a little lonely. And did I mention hard?

Yup, you’re right. It’s all those things.

But that’s where I come in.

Structured Support

Because the creative life requires so much internal commitment, my goal here at Make Great Stuff is to provide you with structured support systems to see you through.

That’s what the 20 Minute Club and the Creative Breakthroughs Collage Tele-class are all about.

Do-able systems to help you create and build your creative momentum so that your artistic, creative essence is as important as all your other facets/roles that currently rule your life.

So that the dream of having a show or selling your work on Etsy or writing that novel or fill-in-the-blank can become a reality.

To live your life as an artist.

Don’t Wait Until You’re “Ready”

You don’t need all the supplies on the suggested materials list to sign up for the next Creative Breakthroughs Collage Tele-class. You just need a speaker phone or an earbud.

You don’t need to re-read how it’ll work, we’ll have fun even as you feel your way through the process.

It’s okay if you’re eating dinner at the same time or still gathering stuff and filling your water container at the start of the call.

Making time to create is about giving yourself your self back.

It’s about remembering how fun it is to play and immerse yourself in something artistic without having time to self-censor or the ability to compare yourself to others (because we’re on the phone!).

It’s about letting yourself try something new or make something ‘bad’ because you’re committing to the artistic experience and (practicing) not judging yourself all the time.

Because even though it’s hard, you realize these two things are a requirement of hanging in there for the long haul as an artist.

Creating Momentum

In addition, the tele-class dove-tails perfectly with the 20 Minute Club.

Because your unfinished or almost finished collage pieces are wonderful reasons for setting the timer for 20 minutes here and there (even when you’re tired or not in the mood) and responding and fixing and thinking aesthetic thoughts.

You’ll start to realize that when each of those 20 (or 30 or 40) minute sessions are up, you feel less tired than when you started.

Rejuvenated even.

You also realize your week has gotten a lot more artistic than it used to be. And that the more you do it, the easier it is to continue.

That’s momentum you’re witnessing–and finally moving in the direction you want.


All this when you weren’t even “ready.”

Doesn’t that sound good? Come join me and let’s get started.


What do you think? Are you waiting to “feel ready” or have you taken the plunge? Do you like the idea of structured support? Please share your thoughts in the comments, I’d love to hear from you.

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  1. Stephanie says:

    Wonderful!!!!! I like the new look of the site, and the message of course!

  2. Hi Sarah,

    This is very timely as I have had a huge fiber commission to get done, and it is barely started. It seemed a series of incidents (the most serious, a leaking roof right over the design wall!) has sidelined the oomph to get going.
    I know myself well enough that I have to force myself to start with small pieces and then soon I am in the groove and working……..but I guess my question is when *you’re* ready and life runs amuck—how do you keep that energy and perk? I know that is the question backwards, but it seems sometimes that happens and can derail me more than just being a slug (yes indeedy! I can be a big one!) eyeing the work at hand and wandering off….
    Any thoughts?


  3. Susan Armstrong says:


    I have the same problem, I get started on a project and life interrupts, then I just can’t get the same enthusiasm back. I would guess that if I once again started with the 20 minute process, my mojo would return! It’s hard to do though.


  4. Angel Ray says:

    This is a wonderful and motivating article! I have many projects and techniques that have been sitting in little bags waiting for me. It really is a challenge carving out time for myself, when there are so many other areas in life that scream for attention. I am in the process of setting up an indoor studio finally and once it’s complete, I plan to set a little schedule for myself and STICK to it :) Thanks for the reminder to be a little selfish in order to push forward creatively!

  5. Ayala Art says:

    Four years ago I decided I was going to learn how to make my little paintings into a sculpt. Well, it took me all this time to get close to what I want, and it was basically because I had this huge need to try, to learn, to make it.
    It’s been fun, I am not remotely done learning, but I have been missing painting so I am back to paint after a long dry spell… and seems like somehow things clicked in a way that I feel I can feel happy with the result.
    Yes it’s been scary, and hard, and sometimes you don’t even know what to ask or where to look, but the results if we are patient, are wonderful.

    You are so right in all your comments, and posts like this make me feel charged with new energy :o D

  6. Lee Spivey says:

    Hi Sarah. Thanks again. I love that you take time out to do this blog. It’s always so refreshing to read your most recent words of wisdom. I’ve been a professional artist for a little over 10 years now, and I’ve experienced lots of highs and lows in the surges of my creativity. It’s so absolutely wonderful to be “in the flow.” I’ve often wondered how to take control and get it back when I’m just not feeling it.

    I’ve found that when I’m not feeling it, it’s usually because I’ve gotten too bogged down with filling orders and haven’t given myself enough “play” time in the studio for a while. TRUST is the best anticdote I’ve come across to beat this loss of momentum. Easier said than done, but when I can just stop worrying about everything that seemingly must take place right now (or always…), give myself the freedom to indulge (at least for a little while, more if possible) in that creativity that made me choose this type of work in the first place, I almost always come out feeling recharged and in love with what I’m doing all over again. My customers seem to be happy with what I have to offer after these refueling sessions as well.:-)

  7. Marysia Paling says:

    Lovely message Sarah.

    As my creativity is sewing based, I guess your tele-classes are art based?
    How could I join in??
    Would love to join in somehow. Here on the Turquoise Coast of Turkey, sitting in the shared study/sewing room each day, we just have each other to get us motivated.

    I do push myself to learn new techniques in my sewing to take me to higher levels, but sometimes I am a little slow to get started. With the support of my DH I do rise to the challenges and the support from him is fantastic and keeps me going!!

  8. [...] I realized all over again why structured support is so crucial to keeping any artist’s creative momentum [...]

  9. Sandra L. says:

    I keep wondering if I’ll ever get up enough nerve to start my own Etsy shop. “Everybody’s doin’ it!”…um…Right? I also feel I *should* blog, but to be honest, blogging makes me feel naked, vulnerable and obligated. Three things I don’t like feeling.

    I don’t know what holds me back from Etsy. Maybe because I don’t like working with numbers, inventory, etc. and I’m afraid of the “boring” parts of a business? Maybe because I don’t want something I love (i.e. art) to be a “business”?

  10. Mary-Beth says:

    I would love to be more creative and free-er in my art but I have a thought in my head – other than for me, who am I doing this for, WHY? I have opened an Etsy store but Etsy requires a lot of involvement, which I do not have time for, and I didn’t sell. Needless to say, very disappointing. So now I have a ton of art hanging around my art space with no particular reason for having done it. I don’t want to stop my art but really, what do I do with it?

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