Losing My Mojo, But Dancing and Singing Honestly Anyway

The title of today’s post comes from several conversations swirling around the blogosphere over the past couple of days, so I will explain with links to each.

Today, Christine asked “Why do you write blogs?” prompting my, admittedly morose response:

“My 100% honest (with myself) answer to this question is that I blog because, right now, I feel like I have nothing else in my life. :(

Now, I’m not quoting myself in a plea for sympathy. Seriously, I copied the quote because I always try to write from an honest place. Honesty isn’t always pretty.

My response prompted a response from Julia and led me to her post from yesterday called “If You Give a Blogger a Pie . . . “  which caused me to recognize that I am currently feeling a complete loss of mojo.

In an attempt to reclaim that lost mojo, I am joining a movement that I unknowingly inspired with my guest post the other day. The conversation following that post caused  Stuart to create a new movement he is calling the “National ‘Sing Everywhere” Movement”  which he describes in the linked post. That led, of course, to the creation by Zencherry (whose comment really started the movement) of the fabulous “Sing Out Loud, Naughty Badge” which I have proudly displayed on my sidebar and include here as well.

What does this badge stand for? It stands for the people who create simply for  the joy of creation. People who blog simply because they love to create. People who sing even if their voices are weak. People who dance with two left feet. It is a badge for people who have lost their mojo, to remind them that the only way to regain your mojo is to sing, to dance, to write, to create, to dream.

Maybe my Mojo isn’t lost for good.

The view as I looked for my lost mojo.

22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathryn McCullough
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 09:37:36

    Oh, I don’t think you’ve lost it at all, my friend! And I love the badge! I, personally, appreciate your honesty, Lisa. It’s one of things I love most about your writing–it comes from such a genuine place. It’s raw. It’s real. It makes me think.
    Hugs,
    Kathy

    Reply

    • Lisa Wields Words
      Nov 30, 2011 @ 09:41:41

      Does raw mean unpolished crapola? 😉 Seriously, sometimes I think I write too much without thinking about what I’m saying. I just write. I don’t know anymore if the results mean anything.

      Reply

  2. bornstoryteller
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 09:38:46

    Lisa….LET’S BE NAUGHTY!!!! 😉

    really, it is just so freeing to just creatively DO, and let the judgments and the naysayers go. I have more to come on Friday. Sing Out Loud! Dance with wild abandon! paint and sculpt and act and all the stuff you just plain enjoy!!!

    Reply

  3. http://lifeintheboomerlane.com
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 10:17:17

    Lisa, your honesty is to be applauded. I can only speak for myself. While I love to write and while I love to write words that affect people in some way, I also know that a couple years ago, I wouldn’t have been doing this. I would have been far too busy with my business and other pursuits. I have the time now to devote to blogging (read that as write, with no income), so blogging fills a void. In other words, I don’t love to blog in the same way I love to write. But I do know we all never really lose our mojo. We just set it aside for a moment, or we call it something else. But we do go on.

    Reply

    • Lisa Wields Words
      Nov 30, 2011 @ 10:24:23

      Thanks Renee. I think part of my struggle right now is the loss of a working identity at the moment. I love writing. I love theater. I love being creative and sharing that creativity with others. But, right now I don’t know who I am because I don’t get the regular paycheck. I’m not retired, but I’m living the life of a retired person (without the benefits). I want so much to make a living doing what I love, and also feel like what I am doing is valuable in some way (and I’m not talking about money). I have people telling me (or at least in my mind) to just suck it up and get a job, but I feel like doing that means giving up everything I’ve worked for in the past. Next semester I will have one college course to teach, so hopefully that will ground me a little and make me feel less guilty (because ultimately what I am feeling right now is not a loss of mojo but an overpowering guilt and sense of failure) and more able to create the life I crave. Does that make any sense?

      Reply

  4. creatingreciprocity
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 11:36:28

    In our society we define everything in terms of its material width or girth or value. We think we can only be considered bona fide actors or writers or artists or even child-carers if we are paid to do it – if we do it for love or from conviction or in a spirit of service to others we tend not to value it. A stay-at-home Mom is seen as an underachiever. An owner of a creche is seen as an achiever. The main difference between them is that one position is paid, the other isn’t. And yet…

    If someone makes me a cup of coffee or cooks my dinner because they love me and want to help me, I feel much more fortunate than I do when I receive these services in exchange for money. Not that I’m saying there is anything wrong with paying for services – just that these things are more valuable to me, not less, when I receive these services as signs of love. Money doesn’t validate the act or the creation (though mind you I could do with more of it myself!) – it’s just one way of acknowledging it’s importance. The thing is to find other ways to acknowledge the importance of what you do.

    The thing with money, though, is that it comes from outside us and is a tangible way of being ‘approved of’ by the world. The statement inherent in being paid for your art is that, in the opinion of someone else, it is ‘worth’ something. The question for the artist is – do you (independent of anybody else) think your work is worth something?

    I know that some work will be good and some work will be bad and some work will just have to be done so that you never do it again – all of life is like that, it’s the scientific method in fact –
    You make your hypothesis – “Hmm, I think that would work.”
    Test it – i.e. do the work.
    Evaluate – “Hmm – crap.” or “Not bad but needs tweaking” or whatever.
    Continue with your work if the hypothesis pans out or go back to the drawing board if it doesn’t. Not sad or full of failure but glad because you have eliminated one thing in your quest and you can look elsewhere now.

    I am not underestimating how hard it is to answer this question. It is horrifically hard but if you can answer it, you will be fine and it won’t matter if you have to get other jobs to feed yourself. They won’t either add to your work or diminish it. They will be immaterial to your work if you learn to assess the ‘value’ of your own work yourself.

    My guess is that you haven’t lost your mojo at all – I’d say you may have just found it!
    (Sorry to be long winded!)

    Reply

    • Lisa Wields Words
      Nov 30, 2011 @ 11:44:20

      One of my biggest personality flaws is my consistent need to look for validation from outside sources. I’m working on not being that way, but sometimes a pat on the back or a pay check help. I am, however, reassessing and planning right now, and I shall see where it takes me. Thank you for your input.

      Lisa

      Reply

  5. creatingreciprocity
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 11:53:52

    I don’t think that is a personality flaw – I think we all have it and that it’s human. It’s only trying to help you and keep you safe! The alternative in the art world is often arrogance and you don’t seem to have that – and that is a flaw! Maybe if you just accept the need for a pat on the back as part of your humanity and just give it a chair and a cup of tea and let it stay rather than try to root it out of you, it won’t be able to trip you up? Trisha

    Reply

    • Lisa Wields Words
      Nov 30, 2011 @ 12:25:02

      Offering my humanity a cup of tea as we speak, and working on developing a little arrogance. 😉

      Thanks Trisha.

      Reply

  6. Critters and crayons
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 12:21:35

    You will find it again, Lisa….

    Reply

  7. winsomebella
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 16:10:10

    Maybe your mojo is not lost, it just does not look the way it used to and you aren’t yet used to that. Dance and sing and be naughty till you recognize it.

    Reply

  8. bornstoryteller
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 16:55:05

    Lisa…no joke…I’m in the same boat. You want to brainstorm, let me know. I’m dying here. Seriously…let me know

    Reply

  9. LittleMissVix
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 04:58:39

    Sometimes it’s scary how in tune we are. I was thinkng on my home last night that I felt I had lost my mojo. This got me thinking about Austin Powers which cheered me up a bit and so has this! Ok I now have a blog post idea 🙂 I hope we can both get our mojos back soon!

    Reply

    • Lisa Wields Words
      Dec 01, 2011 @ 07:47:01

      You’ve only lost it for a short time because you finished something. I always lose it when I complete a project. But this current missing mojo is different because it has been so long since I’ve had a project to commplete.

      Reply

  10. Trackback: Confessions of a Secret Dork « Woman Wielding Words

Share your thoughts with Lisa

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: