That’s how long it’s been since my last post, but it wasn’t the plan.
When I decided to take some time off from blogging at the end of December, I was hoping a break would be just what I needed to recharge my batteries.
I was beginning to feel burned out from juggling the demands of motherhood and work as we rounded the corner on our fourth month of living with my parents. All of the stress was stifling my creativity… which made writing a challenge… which added to my stress… and so on.
Between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, I deleted the Facebook and Twitter apps from my phone to minimize distractions. (Not Instagram, though. I have too much fun sharing my photos.) I didn’t log into my dashboard or check my stats on Google Analytics.
I needed a quiet mind in order to make room for new, inspired ideas.
Unfortunately, my big plan backfired. Not only was I unable to quiet my mind (the harder I tried not to think about blogging, the more I thought about it), but as the end of winter break grew nearer, I still felt drained. Because I had slowed down to almost a full stop, I hardly had energy to pick up where I left off.
And then, we all got sick. Every single one of us. A week-plus of coughing and fevers and sinusitis and bronchitis and ear infections. A household on antibiotics.
Nobody slept well.
Everybody felt miserable.
Thankfully, we’re all on the mend. Not 100% yet, but much better.
But writing still feels like a challenge to me because during my last three weeks of inertia, I seem to have lost my momentum.
The minute that we lose momentum, we lose the thread. We become extremely vulnerable to distraction and defeat. Our inner critic awakens, and we start second-guessing ourselves, doubting the possibility of success. Other people’s demands creep in, vying for our attention and focus.
This is so true for me. Can you relate?
One way to build momentum for creative projects, according to the article, is to set small, achievable goals. The idea is that experiencing incremental success creates confidence, and confidence creates momentum.
With that in mind, I’m considering cutting back my posting to three times a week for a while. It’s not because I’m trying to slow down or quit. I’m just trying to set myself up for success as I get back into the swing of things.
Which brings me to a question: How often do you go online to read your favorite blogs, including A Girl Named PJ? Daily? A few times a week? Only on weekends?
(skateboarding images by Jordan Voth)