slowing slowing down

when i started out reading blogs three years ago and writing my own almost two years ago, one of the biggest things that struck me - and likely one of the biggest reasons that i enjoyed it - was the amount of thought that my favourite bloggers put into their creations and their blogs.

those blogs that i most connect with are the ones that have posts that highlight a mixture of different areas of their life, their projects, their job, their kids, their plans. they're the ones that are real and genuine; the ones that make me feel like they're blogging for the sheer enjoyment of it instead of just pumping out posts.

{that is, of course, not to say that those of you who post frequently or quickly are being thoughtless about it - quite the opposite. some of the most memorable posts i've read have been uber concise and therefore all the more poignant}

i feel like, in the past few months, i've somehow lost that. with all of the craziness at work in august and then most recently, i've been reflecting on how much i let my day job take over my entire life. when things are busy, i don't make plans with any of my friends. i don't draw. i don't cook. i don't paint or write or do much else, really, than think about what's next on my to-do list. which is ok, really if that busy-ness lasts only for a week or so, but when it starts stretching into a four-month span of having my blinders on to everything but my day job, it starts to affect things. like life.

which, needless to say, makes a girl end up feeling as though her list is running her life rather than the other way around. it's a feeling that i don't like to get.

i need to take some time to rejuvenate. whether it be stepping away and finding something new to work on, or just getting rolling with the laundry list of ideas that i have floating around - some partially started, others not so much - i'm not sure what i want that to look like yet. but i'm feeling a bit lacklustre lately and am looking for ways to spice things up.

i need to slow down. i keep forgetting to do that.

what do you do to get yourself back on the wagon?


ps i got my wireless network up and running again. hopefully no more router problems for me for at least another four years.

photo found here


Caroline said...

I know exactly what you mean. My day job was crazy-hectic this summer... I'm just now getting back into the swing of things. I try to remind myself that every little bit helps, and I can't do everything at once! Keeping things in perspective helps me stay motivated.

audreyscountrycrafts said...

I've definitely been there too! There just never seems to be enough hours in the day to get everything done. Tried making "to-do" lists, but just couldn't seem to stick to them. One weekend I just did absolutely nothing! By Monday, I seemed to have managed to get some energy back, and everything almost fell into place :)
Take some time off from everything!

Anonymous said...

Wow, that was like reading my own story. In 2005 I quit the high paying corporate job and went back to art school. I have been working for myself ever since. I make a little less money but I could not be happier.

I graduated in April 2008 and worked for myself for more than a year before that anxiety finally left me. Now I am finally feeling like I can do things with family and am not as tired, ect.

Sorry to hear so many people feel this way. I wish I had the answer to help - my answer was a little drastic but it got the job done!

TheFrogBag said...

I know exactly what you mean! Wish I had an answer, but I'm currently struggling with this one myself!

Jenni said...

I can relate! I'm struggling with this too! Although drastic, I like Sweet Harvey's solution..it is sounding more and more appealing all the time!

Miss A said...

I take some time to think about things, when I do that I can make everything fit together and I figure out ways to change what's going on so I don't have to be ruled by something other than myself...it's easy to let something take control, and once you get used to it it can be a little difficult to get your control back but I am sure that you can do it!

I hope that helped...there is no way to control time so I couldn't really tell you how to do that.

Fern said...

I'm loving the blog world - it's wonderful :)
BTW, I love your blog look :)

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry you're feeling out of it. I was like that for a while...still am a bit...but life is slowly coming to a nice pace instead of the insane rush it was in before.

When I have moments (that sometimes last for days) like this I take a spa day. At home. I have a huge hot bath, light a candle, bring my book, play some music and soak away the hurry and stress.

It really works!


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