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ILY... or do I?
This week I've been thinking about love. It's hard not to with all the hearts and soppy messages lining the shops in the lead up to Valentine's Day. This isn't about love for someone, though, but instead for something. More specifically falling out of love with something and the creative slump that follows. 

When it comes to people we are often quite reserved about using the word love, but when it comes to things we brandish the word around with no concern. I love that dress. I love pizza. I love *insert inanimate object here*. But what happens when you fall out of love with those things?

For me, the thing in question is sewing. I think I've fallen out of love with it. It feels controversial to say because if you're part of the sewing community, you're meant to love it wholeheartedly. It's meant to be all you can think about doing, it's meant to have changed your life in so many ways - and don't get me wrong in many ways it has. But I don't think about sewing every day and while it does wonders for my mental health, there are lots of ways it hasn't helped. 

Now I don't want this week's newsletter to become a downer, instead I feel like it's important to talk about this because I'm sure there are lots of people that fall out of love with things that they were passionate about.  Whether that's for a moment or completely that's fine, the question is how do you keep yourself creatively motivated?

Perhaps, for me and my love for sewing, it's because I've had a prolonged break and I can't get into the flow of it anymore. If you're feeling like that, there are countless articles out there giving you tips on how to find your sewjo, but having reflected on it myself I'm not sure that's it. This is in no means the end of my sewing - with a week off work, I have some projects lined up so me and sewing can give it another go. But what I've found is that I no longer want to churn out projects just so I can be sewing but instead I want to make things because I really want to make them. I no longer feel shame for not wanting to make something and perhaps thinking about buying it instead. Shocking, I know! So while I feel like I might not love sewing as much as I once did, as with all things I'm willing to work on it. 

So who knows what will happen but one thing I've found helpful is finding what I am still passionate about. My love for clothes and fashion remains and what I've found helpful is finding creative taskz that ignite that passion. When I think about what I love it's the idea of clothes, creating outfits, thinking about style and trends. Sewing is just a vehicle for that love. 

Coming to terms with the idea of falling out of love with anything can be tricky, so let me know if you've ever felt like this and what you did to overcome it. 

When I'm feeling uninspired these are my go-to books to get me feeling inspired in no time. What they all have in common? They are about awesome girls and women. I guarantee these books will help shake any kind of creative slump you're feeling and make anything feel possible.
I cannot recommend the Rookie yearbooks enough. Off the back of Tavi Gevinson's website Rookie, the annuals address anything and everything. Although written by and aimed at teenage girls, don't write them off. The issues that they address are relevant to any women no matter their age.
2-  In the Company of Women
Ever wondered how your favourite creative business women do to make it work? Then this is the book for you. Ignite that entrepreneurial flame by reading about women who are working on amazing things. What's great about this book is that it looks at a range of women across various creative disciplines.   
3- The Female Lead
Not interested in creative industries but looking for women who have done amazing things across various professions, then The Female Lead is the book for you. Also check out the 20 in their 20s feature.

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