I wanted to take a stab at a new blog series because it was honestly the one topic that made my fingers want to type.
You may have noticed that since before our trip to Greece, I slowed down on posting. I didn’t really give myself enough time to get ahead of posts for when we were on our trip, so I just left it with one a week. Then when I got back, I found myself sitting in front of the computer for consecutive weeks, pouring over the same master list of post ideas that I’ve had forever and just not finding inspiration in any of them. Rather than force it, I’d skip my Wednesday post.
I haven’t written a free-form post in awhile. I’ve been doing a lot of freelance writing, which is almost always instructional and educational, and I would find myself falling into posts like that on here — bulleted lists or numbered instructions on how to reach a certain end goal. I think those posts are important, but I feel like too many of them and I start to lose touch with the creativity of writing.
While sitting at the computer and pouring over the same topic list again and feeling frustrated again, I decided that I just wanted to have a conversation with you. I wanted to let you know how I am doing, and not just a recap of where I’ve gone and what I’ve done in a given month. These periodic check ups are a way for us to stay connected and most of all, realize that we aren’t alone when writing OR when reading behind a computer screen.
Here’s what’s been going on with me lately:
I’ve been going through a phase with Instagram. I used to religiously post twice a day, but lately I’ve been finding myself missing my normal posting times and then just letting them go. It’s still my favorite social media platform and I still derive a good deal of inspiration from it, but my own account posting has slowed down a bit.
I’m also going through a writing phase — one that I’ve been in before — where I feel like everything has been said, everything I have to say is already known by everyone, and there’s really no reason for me to write any of it. I know these thoughts are faulty, but until the creativity comes back, I’m here for a bit.
Donut is still the most precious baby and makes me laugh and smile on a daily basis.
What came along at just the right time was an email from my friend Nicole about joining a new blogging mastermind group. I’ve known Nicole for a couple years now and know she is tremendously helpful as a business coach — something I am in tremendous need of. I decided to join and it kicks off this month. I’ll be sure to update you on progress and I think that aside from all her help, just being accountable to someone is what I need right now.
I’m LOVING fall. We don’t have a particularly long one here in Chicago before temperatures start to drop, so I’m trying to relish what I can before then. I’m drinking all the hot cider and walking to clients around the city as much as possible. There’s something about a crisp fall day that always makes me think of being cozy and new possibilities.
While I don’t think it’s my depression coming back, I am able to identify the lull in my creativity right now and that’s ok. I’m still training clients and working on projects, but emotionally I’ve just felt stuck for about a month or so. I’m staying on top of everything I need to and remaining introspective to work on identifying any changes that may be going on. In the meantime, I’m just hanging out and waiting for inspiration to come back for a visit. 🙂
How have you been feeling lately? I’d love to know in the comments or even in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can be BFF’S FOREVER.