I’m not a crafty person. I prefer looking at all the pretty things on Pinterest, not actually… making things.
But a couple of months ago, it hit me. Boom. I needed a way to create that was just for fun. A way to create that wasn’t linked to writing, and my current work. Something that would give me confidence when work isn’t going very well. Something to lift up my spirits.
Then I found this link: a motivation wall.
Or in other words, an actual physical Pinterest board.
The one above is for weight-loss goals, with the actual goals and progress pasted up with inspirational photos (yay, yoga). You put it up where you will see it every day to remind you what you’re working toward.
I wanted to do the same above my desk. When I’m pulling my hair, or when everything seems to be going wrong all at once, or when I’m lost in the forest, lost in the dark, in the middle of the project, unable to see where I came from, unable to see where I’m going, I look up and see the books I’ve written. Have them whisper, “You can do this. You have done this before. It gets better.”
It took me a couple weekends (hard to find places to get prints these days!), but I put this together a couple of months ago.
As I release more books, I’ll add their book covers to my wall too.
The quotes are printed are tea-stained pages out of Damon Snow and the Nocturnal Confession. And the best thing? Because they’re in a clipboard and easy to make (sans tearing issues — apparently wet paper is really easy to tear), I can switch them out depending on what I need to hear at the moment.
And the design is so easy, even I could do it.
My question to you: how do you stay motivated and positive?