"Restriction is the secret to creativity."

Titles have always been difficult for me.  And if all you read of this post is the title, it will still make you think more about how you do things.

But first, I thought I should report back on my personal work.  I have a model, now we just need to set up a time to meet.  Other than that, I have a few shoots scheduled in the future, but I still feel like a dry sponge.  I need to learn/do more other than maintain a home, which is surprisingly time & energy consuming.  In order to learn, I have started listening to various podcasts.  It makes cleaning and organizing and even playing with my son, when all he wants me to do is watch him, more enjoyable.   

Today, while Little Fish was constructing what I considered to be a tower I heard a great quote on, Photography Tips from the Top Floor episode tfttf670-Primes are Great Teachers-Q&A.    Chris Marquardt, the man/photographer behind the microphone said,

"Restriction is the secret to creativity."

I love that he said this because I know it is true.  After I graduated college, photography became more difficult because I didn't have any more assignments. There were no time restrictions or project guidelines for me to work with.  I had always and still do think of art as a puzzle, and without anyone giving me assignments I felt as if the puzzle pieces had lost their unique shapes.  The challenge was now creating my own parameters and finding my own assignments.  It is still a challenge for me.   I can't progress without going uphill, no one can.  So my question for my tiny audience is, how do you stay challenged? What do you do to keep moving forward?