Every now and then, it’s okay to slow down. It’s perfectly acceptable to step back and take a little breather when life decides to shake things up and surprise you with some curve balls.
You’ll find when you do slow down for a second, most things you might be able to gain control of again. Maybe you’ve hit some type of wall — be that in your career, your creative drive, your relationships, etc. — and you’re forced to rethink your approach or discover a way to maneuver around it. And when you do move past it, you’ll realize the little break was essential to march onward in a productive way.
But sometimes the speed bumps that come along are unexpected, and you lack the ability to gain any type of control yourself. Like a storm that eventually passes, all you can really do is wait.
This past month for me has been a mixture of the two.
Some things were out of my control. I had a minor health-related issue that is finally coming to its very welcomed end. My pup was diagnosed with diabetes (if you laughed, don’t worry . . . there is something strangely comical about an animal having a very human illness). Luckily, she’s doing well. But the thing that took the largest emotional toll was learning about a close friend’s personal tragedy. It was (and still is) something that made our core group reevaluate the size and importance of the difficulties we were battling through.
Watching a friend face something so immensely sad and life-altering has made me want to tackle the small things that are in my control — to take down those proverbial walls I often build up myself.
I’ll be honest when I say I’ve been in a little bit of a rut when it comes to A Thousand Candid Words. Not necessarily because I don’t have the drive to write (I do!). I’ve just felt a little drained and intimidated when it comes to the content I’ve been putting out.
If you’ve had a chance to read a couple of my last posts (here and here), you’d be quick to recognize that they’re well over a thousand words, and never seem to end (hah!). Don’t get me wrong, I love recapping my favorite travel anecdotes and sharing pictures with everyone. But they take me days — sometimes even a couple of weeks — to put it into words, then edit it down, and finally put it out there for the world to read.
And then there’s the fact that I’ve promised more content that is sure to be longer, and due to the whole “feeling drained” thing, I’ve been putting that off.
So instead of avoiding my laptop and, therefore, any creative impulses might I have, I’ve decided to put out a few short(er)-form posts before you see that Sparked Series interview with Two Girls One Ghost and my final travel post from my summer trip.
I’m hoping in doing so, I’ll be able to regain some control, get back into the swing of things, and re-spark that boundless creativity that’s lurking close to the surface.
Keep your eyes peeled for a few new things in the coming week!