Taking dedicated personal time for our selves is hard. We prioritize family, friends and work, over our own creativity. A getaway to work on our creative projects is simply impossible. We have responsibilities and can’t put our life on hold. Even if we did find the time we wouldn’t know where to start. Does this sound familiar?
Why spend lots of money and energy going away on a fancy craft retreat, when you can create a personalized event just for yourself in the comfort of your home?
With an 8-month year old baby, my life is, well, different to before. It´s easy to get caught up in reality, forget about your passion in life and wake up in 10 years asking yourself where all the time went. I need to come up with a solution to be more creative in my everyday life but without the hassle of leaving my family. And no excuses like having to clean the closet or tidying the kitchen, and the bills can wait until Monday.
For the first time in many weeks I´m keeping my calendar empty. I will dedicate this weekend to creativity. A stay-at-home craft retreat that involves my family, but I limit all responsibilities and contact with the outside world. In reality it might mean that my retreat might last only for an hour here or there, but I will stick to it and make it happen! No social media??? Yiyks I’m dedicating this weekend to my creative endeavors and it is exciting!
Schedule time to actively focus on creativity and plan for ”at home craft retreats” through the year.
So how do you create a craft retreat at home? Well, first of all you need to decide if this is a solo event or if you will invite your friends over. Then decide how long the retreat will last, a morning, afternoon or maybe the whole weekend.
It´s a great idea to have your project accessible to save time. Why not put together a creative retreat bag, with all your goods ready at hand? It will help you save time, and you can look forward to unpack your bag as the time for your retreat is coming close. Another benefit of having your stash in a bag is its super easy to pack up once reality catches up with you aka. Baby starts crying etc.
We have put together a list of ideas to help you get started with your own creative retreat. Feel free to pick and choose the ideas that work for you.
By the way. The artwork for this post was made using free stock image from Magdeleine