Hello My Dear Royals! 😊
It feels good to be back!
October and November went by so quickly… It filled me with nostalgia, and threw my life in a crazy twirl of warm colors, clear sky, chilly wind and pumpkin’s spices. It sounds nice right? Expect that I could enjoy none of it. All I could do was work, work, work and work.
No time to rest, no time to read and no time to blog.
When things finally calmed down, an old and unwanted acquaintance came by to visit: Writer Block.
It has been so long since I experienced it! I was in denial about the reason behind my utter lack of motivation.
When it hit me, I decided to tackle the issue in a different way. I shut down my “internal stress gland” and adopted a laid-back attitude.
Because of writer block, I used to mentally strain myself to the point exhaustion. I was so frustrated and disappointed that I would force myself to write something, anything.
But in those conditions, nothing good, obviously.
This would only result in some very poor quality writing and random ramblings about subjects I really did not care about.
I tried everything. I took walks, I’ve read books, I watched movies, I used relaxation tips and apps; I put on music, I tried the streaming of consciousness method… nothing worked.
So I decided to accommodate it by acknowledging it’s here to stay. I hoped that this way, I would be able to work around it.
And it worked!
Here is a list of what I did:
- Guilt free: I stopped feeling guilty about not posting anything.
- This is about you, not your followers: I did not let the negative comments about my virtual disappearance bother me. I mean, what’s the point?
- No pressure: I refused to pressure myself.
- Unplug: Since I could not write anything, I turned off the notifications of my WordPress app to lessen my anguish.
- Keep a list of good things: Every time I had an idea for an article, I would just write it down and I kept that list updated during my entire writer block. It’s a great tip for those who need a solid creative pool to come back to after a block.
- Use your window: Since I could not write anything, I turned my unused energy and creativity towards other things. Mainly myself.
- Focus on yourself: I created a new motto: “Less time spent on my blog means more time to spend on myself”
- Take it personally: I went on with my self-empowerment, self-care and self-love journey. Of course I did it with the best tool possible: the Artist of Life Workbook. I am so proud of the results.
- Seek out fun times: I socialized more and I found myself accumulating great writing subjects for my blog.
- Try out new toys: I discovered Trello via the wonderful Aileen and her Youtube channel, Lavendaire. Trello is like Wunderlist but 100% better. The application helps you organize, categorize and list all your ideas, tasks and documents through a very cool interface and playful design.
It’s a paradise for someone like me and I decided to try it despite my writer block because why not? I was not about to let this ruin my joy!
Turns out Trello was a godsend and destroyed the last remain of my writer block.
And here I am. Maybe a tad sheepish but unapologetic and still full of positivism because suffering from writer block does not mean I failed as a writer or a blogger.
I want to thank all the people who liked my posts, commented on them and send messages asking me what’s up or when I would come back. It’s sweet to know I was missed!
Onward and upward with our journey!
See you next week,
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