Some days are just a struggle, are they not? Monday was one of those days for me. For whatever reason, I found that everything was overwhelming me. I couldn’t concentrate, designing seemed a real challenge and I was far from feeling inspired – about anything. Sometimes I find that my life gets too ‘noisy’. I worry easily about everything and anything, the pressure to ‘keep up’ and to be ‘getting it right’ seems suffocating and I forget entirely the things I love about what I’m doing.

I cannot express to you how thankful I was for Matt’s advise on this particular Monday. As I tearfully explained how I was feeling, he pursuaded me of the importance to take a break and to simply switch off. There is nothing worse than feeling like you’re not getting anything done, he reminded me – but in those times, chances are it is better to step away than to force yourself to keep going.

So step away I did. I took the afternoon off and drove to The Art Gallery of New South Wales. It was just what I needed. As I wandered the big, light filled rooms it was like my lungs were filled with fresh air all over again. I took time to absorb the colours and the brushstrokes – and as I did I was reminded afresh that creating takes time, and patience.

And slowly but surely the inspiration came.

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