“The biggest wall you’ve gotta climb is the one you build in your mind.” – Roy T. Bennett
It feels so good to be blogging again. Over the past two years I have went through a lot of transitions in my life. From moving cities to changing careers and trying to figure out what I truly wanted to do. Honestly, I’ve been burnt out off and on since I graduated college in 2016 and I feel like two years later, I am finally getting over it.
This year, I have only published seven posts, five of which were in January. In the beginning of this year, I thought I would finally start blogging consistently, but I haven’t. I realized that I needed to get back to the basics of blogging. By writing about things that I would want to read and sharing content that I’m passionate about. I wanted this post to go out last Friday, but you know what better late than never, right!?
Recently, I have been hit with so many obstacles in my life and it truly put everything into perspective for me. I had to look at every aspect of my life and think about what matters and what doesn’t. So I did the only reasonable thing I could think of – stop being a minimalist. I quit minimalism for about two months to see if I truly enjoyed living a life of less. I gave it all up to try to find something that would make me want to get back to creating content, drawing, or do anything creative.
But nothing did.
So I would write a mediocre blog post and keep forging forward, but my all was not in it. Until a few weeks ago, when I finally decided that it was time for me to truly get clear on why I was being uncreative to make me creative. It didn’t make sense to me and it probably doesn’t make sense to you either. I truly enjoy blogging and simple living. But I never wrote down a true reason why I was doing either, but now I finally know.
three things true burnout taught me:
1 | YOU HAVE TO FIND YOUR WHY. // I had to get clear on my why. Why do I do anything that I do? Whether that is on this blog or in my personal life. It all began with me looking at my wardrobe and seeing so many things that I bought because I felt like it. Not because I truly wanted any of those items. So, I’ve decided to take a new approach to minimalism (post coming soon), live my life with intention, and live my purpose. If you aren’t clear on why you’re doing anything, eventually you won’t be able to keep going.
2 | DON’T TAKE ANYTHING FOR GRANTED. // Practicing gratitude is so important. No matter what stage of life you are in, or where your future will take you. Being thankful for what God has done for you in your life and all that is to come is so important. Gratitude truly puts everything in perspective and makes you appreciate the small things just like you appreciate the big things.
When I think back to my freshman year of college, I would have never imagined that my life would be like it is right now. I thought I would be in law school right now and living in a different state or country. And one year from now I would be taking the Bar exam, but I won’t. I had so many goals and plans that it took me a while to realize that I didn’t even believe in them. So, I’ve had to let all of that go, give myself grace, and learn to be thankful for where I currently am. It’s so easy to take things for granted without even realizing it. But anytime I think my plan isn’t going the way I thought it would. I always remember the quote: “We plan and God laughs“.
3 | ONLY CREATE BECAUSE YOU WANT TOO. // When I finally stopped listening to every creative podcast, following every brand creation company on instagram, and truly thought about why I created this blog in the first place. I felt like a weight lifted off of my shoulders. Yes, being consistent is great. Building your following on Instagram can make you a lot of money. Also, having people buy products that you sell through your newsletter is great too. But creating things that you do not care about for money will not make you happy.
There are countless articles that will tell you that you’re not a real, true blogger if you don’t publish consistently, share content on every platform, and make thousands a month. But this isn’t true at all. I’ve decided to only share things that I feel passionate about and enjoy. I’m doing a refresh of my Instagram as well because I rarely use it. We were not created to be mediocre. So why create mediocre content that you are not passionate about and don’t care about? I can’t figure out a good reason too. So, I’m no longer doing that.