Great to be back! Forgive my “unwriting” for close to 2 1/2 months……it has really been a loooonnggg while. ✍️😆
BUSY? Nah…I purposely stopped writing. I guess all writers have THAT moment when all they want to do is anything EXCEPT write. I DID! Dang! It was probably at the right time when all I want to do is what I’ve been missing all along… familiar, routinary activities which were put on halt while I was trying to make a go of this freelance content writing career. But much as I want to write…I decided to just take a break! Hey, the ‘lull’ is also kinda’ form of inspiration. Hmmmm.😀 IT IS! While on a “writing hiatus” – here’s what I did:
- WALKING in the mornings ( and I know how this is so important 1st of all…but the blinding heat of the sun these days as early as half-past six to quarter to seven in the mornings was the very reason that made me skip doing it…) And so I did some walks instead during the late afternoons but then again…..rains came to the rescue. Ha! Rains were a lot more frequent in the past weeks. JUNE ( last month) is usually the rainiest month of the year in our country. I know I can do stationary biking at home but the pleasure of walking around our village is something I always look forward to. I get to meet old and new friends – I guess both the familiarity and surprise make this activity a worthwhile one.🤩
- GARDENING – I planted some flowering seeds ( wait till they bloom…😊) and checked on some plants I haven’t seen for a while ( mostly at the back of the house). YES – did a lot of pruning, too, especially the humongous bougainvilleas for which branches can extend up to near the skies and get as low till the street ground. I loved this part – the times I have not walked due to the rains – I made up with this. Perfect! ✅
- MARIE-KONDO-ing (Tidying/Organizing/Decluttering) – Just recently, I filled-up a “Balikbayan Box” of old (and some unused) stuff – mostly clothes, shoes, accessories and bags – the recipients of whom are my millennial nieces who may be able to make better use of them now that they’re part of the corporate workforce. I do not see myself back in a corporate setting ( oh yes, love being home-based now, hehe…). More stuff to unload and give away hopefully – maybe another batch by end of this year.✨✨✨
Did I feel excited? Happy? Inspired?! You bet! I’ve heard some saying that their toughest challenge is on putting it simply – FINDING THE TIME to write. For writers, there is such a thing as planning your day wisely to manage your writing time. I did manage it by NOT WRITING at all! Hear me out on this – I’ve made some little writings here and there – but mostly, they are not work-related. (*wink*)
So, just about anyone is going through this period or experience of a rut – which is that time when they feel like they’re not getting what should be done ( or is the work good enough?). Still, others wonder if what they’re doing is really meaningful, at all. Worst, many are living by 1-2-3’s: going through all the motions the SAME way – day in and day out and they do not know if that’s really okay or not. We all get into a rut – but what distinguishes one from the other is in how fast one can realize that he is there – and eventually, do something to get OUT of it.
Here are simple tips to bounce back & survive the rut:
- RELAX & EXERCISE. Breathe some fresh air. Head to the beach. Get a dose of the morning sun. Walk into nature. Nothing will help you reset and recharge than a quick journey to those soothing blues and greens. Perhaps, a cup of coffee or tea, too. Ohhhh. Exercise. The best way to beat your anxiety is to set aside what you’re doing momentarily and to focus on other things that would keep you busy and happy. Go for a good walk or run, attend a Pilates or a spinning class, or do some kickboxing if you want. Ensure that you are keeping your options open for any activity that will make you HEALTHY: physically, mentally and emotionally. There are a lot of avenues out there to refocus your mind and energies.
- ACKNOWLEDGE that there is a problem and you know it. You will not be able to get out of the rut if you don’t acknowledge you are in one in the first place. How is it usual for one to feel not at par with himself or others? Or not happy? We feel that sometimes. But you can always bounce back. Don’t feel guilty that it’s been too long before you even took notice. The MOST important thing is you’re doing something to address the problem now.
- TALK IT OUT. If you think you need to discuss challenges about your work or gigs, then, by all means, DO it – with a loyal colleague, a boss or client. Or if it’s a personal problem or struggle – talk to any member of the family or your church authority and most probably, a very good friend. You can always seek professional help – if you think it’s needed. Do not assume that your family or friends know what you’re going through – be open and tell them what you feel and want. Reach out to those whom you think can understand you – people that are always there to help and support you. For me – I just told my dear hubby that I wanted a break from writing and that’s it! I’m happy that he was there to LET ME BE….. so thank you, Papa B!❤️
- REDEFINE your goals and passions. Write it down and take some notes: What truly matters to you NOW? What makes you happy? This is TODAY – not the past or future. Instead of thinking about how you want to do something perfectly or different from the rest, think about how you want to do things thankfully as it should. Or maybe, you want to explore NEW stuff: new skills, new learnings. Tap into your ‘creative’ energies! I have long been wanting to do something else, too – like making nice handmade jewelry and producing sweet-smelling soap & shampoo bars, to name a few. Ooooops – that’s for another blog post, if and when. 🤩👏👏
- MOVE FORWARD. Perhaps you’ve fallen behind in your activities, work or gigs and worst, keeping in touch with friends and even family members. Get out of your bubble. Make a “to do” list to get through it and tick it off one at a time. If you wish to do ALL at the same time, it will just defeat your purpose. It can get to be so overwhelming and then, you’d be surprised you would fall into the “rut” trap again…and again. Do it one step at a time. Focus on what you need to do first – prioritize tasks and keep track of your small strides of success. Keep going, keep doing it and suddenly, you will realize you are now BACK on TRACK. ➜ ➜ ➜ Strive to do your BEST and set to achieve what needs to be fulfilled. Don’t aim to be foolproof – instead, whether what you work for turns out to be bad – you did your best and that’s what really matters. Tomorrow is another day, definitely. You are NOT perfect!😊✨
As they say, it is our responsibility to take the time to develop our gifts and talents – and in that way – we can best SERVE others. Invest in yourself. And in the end – it’s not what others think of you that really DEFINES you, rather it’s how you show the world who YOU ARE and what GIFTS you have to share.🖤
So yes, I. AM. BACK. ☆☆☆
Have a good LIFE!
1 Peter 5:10 "And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you."