You may have noticed I have been a little quiet on the blog lately.  I’ve been a little under the weather and feeling a little flat.  So out with the old and in with the new!  I cleared out the clutter, tidied up my desk and spent last weekend trying a couple of different ways to tap back into my creative side.

First up, relaxation!  I have been tense and my neck has been stiff so I purchased an internet coupon for a hot stone massage at the local Thai Masseuse.  Having never had one before I was a little nervous, but it was so peaceful and tranquil as I stepped in and took off my shoes I soon felt at ease.

The hot stones were placed on my back and every muscle was warmed ready for a wonderful, relaxing deep massage.  As my worries melted away my mind drifted to ideas for blogs, writing entries and book ideas.  I was really heading towards a state of bliss when I felt the young Thai man who was administering my massage straddle me!  I had no idea what was happening and did feel a little vulnerable!  My mind sharply returned to the massage table and my senses immediately became alert not alarmed.  After a little while I realized this was obviously the norm and the young man was nothing but professional.  Although I did have a smile to myself when he said I seemed relaxed but then tension became overwhelming in my neck, I wonder why!

Second up I thought it was best to experiment with something completely different.  A friend and I had booked into an absinthe master class, which is being held as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival.  Feeling like I needed a drink after my massage and some distraction we hopped on the bus to Marrickville.  The master class consisted of trying some Absinthe punch whilst listening to the history and watching some PowerPoint slides learning how Absinthe rose to fame and then infamy before losing popular favour.  We tried three types of Absinthe all of which blew our heads off.  As for creativity?  After a few sips and a couple of glasses of punch we created a fabulous new cocktail even though we couldn’t remember the recipe the morning after we did remember the name.  El Diablo Bango Anyone?

I feel the spark of creativity is emerging once again and I will certainly keep you posted of any more efforts to boost my work.  What’s been your best or worst attempt at finding your creative groove?