Boston winters aren't exactly conducive to going to evening auditions or taking an acting class. On the other hand, the shorter, darker days lend themselves well to working on a writing project or two from the comfort of my own apartment, in the comfort of my sweatpants. We as creatives make our own schedules and because we are in charge of where we put our energy, it falls on us to decide if we are going to shift with the seasons and go into a lower gear for the winter months or gather our energy and begin a new endeavor.
It's always tempting when I get time off from my day job to put my creative nose to the grindstone and go into overdrive, but I will admit that if I spend all my free time during the holidays working on a project, I tend to return after the holidays feeling like I didn't get a break at all. This year, I'm thinking about how I want to set boundaries for a creative holiday.
So tell me, what are your strategies for plotting your creative calendar this season? Are you going full steam ahead with a new idea or deciding to take a physical and mental sabbatical?
I'd love to hear any advice you might have about staying inspired but sane!