Focero sounds like a type of Italian pasta dish.
But I assure you, it is not.
Well, it’s a term I just made up.
It means – “Fear of Creative Energy Running Out” which can, in turn, cause a creative block.
Every time I hit send on a email – I am met with two emotions: satisfaction (I did it!) and panic (Oh no, I have to do it again next week!)
I find myself with a confusing ecosystem of emotions that I must work through in order to “create the next thing” – and sometimes I start to ignore my creativity all together.
I believe that the more creative energy we use, the more creative energy we produce. It might go into our reserves if we don’t use it right away, but it’s always there. We have to tap into it by showing up for our creative time.
It might sound strange, but I think that we will never run out of creative energy as long as we are not ignoring that part of ourselves.
“I dread the end of a project. Day after day, you’re working on this big thing, and suddenly, it’s over. Now what?
I’d like to be a chain smoker when it comes to projects: use the end of the last one to light the next.”
When a project ships, we can use that energy to start a new one (which doesn’t mean you have to have the final idea solidified). Start taking notes, reflect on what went well, doodle, collage – these might spark the next project for you.
• Keep an ideas catalog in my Notion (which is where I organize my life)
• Set a timer for 10 minutes & free write every morning!
(I write once in my journal (inward) and then in a Notion page – where I start to synthesize ideas.)
• Free write one day, edit the next (or even later!). It lets the ideas simmer.
• I hide some ideas away and come back to them when you are cleaning and re-organizing.
I feel as a creative, we are in a constant state of output, but we can always come back to our ideas and remember that we have the capability to keep on producing. Don’t let fear get in the way.
Self care should be intuitive, ﬁt into your lifestyle, and only when you need to focus on yourself. I wanted to make it as easy as possible to tap into self care - whenever and wherever - and that's why I created this deck.
The deck is broken down into 5 different categories to help serve you on your journey - Revitalize, Nourish, Express, Connect and Reflect.
With the Self Care Adventure Cards, you make room for yourself to practice when you need it to keep on in the pursuit of what you care most about in life: creativity, friendships, and connecting with yourself.