Motivation - Or Lack Thereof

Motivation on a Monday?! That's too silly! (AKA I spend a lot of time with toddlers.)

This past year has been rewarding and challenging in many many ways. In my private life, I got engaged, my fiancé moved in with me (after two years of very long distance, like oceans and continents apart), and got married. So much happy, as seen below, but it was a big shift for us both.

Yacov, my then fiancé, now husband, and me at our engagement party.

Yacov, my then fiancé, now husband, and me at our engagement party.

Career wise, I was introduced to the floral and event industry and had the privilege of working with a great team of people. All this excitement in my life opened my eyes to new things but took up 99% of my energy and time, leaving Overlook Woods on the back burner. It's been so hard getting motivated and back in the swing of things. Sometimes it feels like this lull was colossal, and that I should just go in a new direction. But I've put so much time, love, and effort (not to mention money), that I'm not ready to give up yet. I'm looking to make thoughtful changes to help lift me out of this funk and give me back my spunk. (Disclaimer: get used to the cheesy puns, alliteration and rhymes, because they are my jam.)

To start off this change, I'm doing a major overhaul of the studio: getting rid of junk and clearing space for creativity. When I walk into the studio and it feels messy and overwhelming, how can I get anything done? I won't ever claim to be a super neat and tidy person--I enjoy having a bit of mess around (it keeps things real, ya know?)--but too much visual clutter is a real damper for my creativity. It's interesting to see how it varies person-to-person; how much visual clutter can you stand?

Next is prototyping lighting ideas, and conceptualizing new additions to the home and kitchen collections. As much as I love the pieces of the HeartWood collection, I'm ready to try something new.

Sketching out some lighting ideas.

Sketching out some lighting ideas.

Another direction I've decided to pursue, under the umbrella of Overlook Woods, is floral design. Working for a florist for almost a year, experiencing both the Spring and Fall wedding seasons, as well as a Mother's Day and a Valentine's Day, was a real whirlwind. I learned so much about flowers, design, and working with clients to execute their vision. Also coming from woodworking, a predominantly male industry, it was a pleasure working in a female driven industry and being surrounded by baller ladies. Having both woodworking and flower arranging under one roof feels like a perfect fit, and brings balance back into my life.

If only my world could be filled with Japanese ranunculus every day!

If only my world could be filled with Japanese ranunculus every day!

So that's what's up. I'm really open to all kinds of ideas right now, so if anyone wants to collaborate, hit me up. If you have a creative business and want to give me some advice, hit me up. If you want to learn about wood, hit me up. If you're throwing a party and need some flowers, hit me up. Basically, I want to hear from you. You're the reason I'm here and doing this.

Yours Truly,

Naomi