4 Tips For When You Feel Uninspired & Unmotivated

Anyone who works in a creative field has probably gone through this at some point in their career. They love their job, they are excited about it—then out of nowhere, inspiration and motivation to perform that creative task flees from them without warning.

If you have ever found yourself in this scenario, you know how frustrating it can be. You want to blog/draw/create content, but you have lost the inspiration and motivation to do so. This can lead to a negative spiral of self-doubt, confusion and you questioning whether or not you’re meant to be in that field altogether. Trust me, it’s not a place or position anyone wants to be in.

But thats where I was a few weeks back at the end of the year. My full-time job was truly taking a toll of my productivity, inspiration and motivation for blogging altogether. And if you’ve been around the blog for awhile, you know that I truly love this space as my creative outlet. It is something I have always been passionate about and loved having as my creative space.

It’s common to go through periods where you feel uninspired, unmotivated and drained creatively. You feel that you couldn’t possibly come up with something new, and that pressure to consistently push out brand-new, exciting content can be overwhelming.

So how do you move past it? Here are a few tips that have helped me through my creative ruts:

1| Step back and take a break

I took an unexpected break from the blog during the holidays because that’s when I felt more overwhelmed than I should have. I had posts planned, yet I still waited to post them; and allow myself a longer break to get my inspiration and motivation back on track.

2| Don’t force it

I’m all for planning, but don’t schedule time to work on your creative project when you’re not feeling inspired, motivated or creative. You’ll only harm yourself more because you’ll get frustrated and angry even more when you find yourself not able to work on that project. Never force creativity.

3| Carry a journal

You never know when a small spark of inspiration can strike you. Whether it’s a fleeting thought in the car, or on your break at work—make sure your notebook is close by in case an idea hits you out of no where. I’ve found that I come up with the most ideas when I’m least expecting it, so I write everything down immediately so there’s no chance of forgetting.

4| Wait until you have the “Ah-Ha” moment

One of the best decisions I made was deciding not to blog until I had a great ah-ha moment. For me, this was an idea I knew that once iI had it, it would immediately inspire me to sit down and write the post out completely. Once that moment crept up, I blogged five posts in one sitting. I couldn’t have been happier. It removes the pressure to produce content when you’re lacking inspiration and motivation.

Although it can be extremely frustrating to find yourself uninspired and unmotivated to fulfill a creative hobby, it’s important to take a step back, and allow yourself to go through the motions naturally. Don’t force yourself to create content or work on a project right away. You want to make sure that you won’t make yourself even more frustrated in the process.

Have you ever experienced a creative rut leaving you uninspired and unmotivated? How did you overcome it? Make sure to share your experiences in the comments below!

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30-Day Mental Cleanse: Week 2 Review & Week 3 Challenges

Another week has already come and gone! I feel that these challenges are coming and going so quickly and that February is flying by. It doesn’t help that this month has been very busy at work, which makes the days seem very short.

If this is your first post catching up on my 30-Day Mental Cleanse Challenge with Erin, stop and go back to the beginning. Read the first post in this challenge series about the collaboration for creating self-care challenges and a review of my first week of the Mental Cleanse Challenge!

Are you caught up to speed? Good, now we can move on to reviewing last week’s challenges and where I struggled!

Feb. 6: Try a new workout you’ve never done before.

I knew this would be challenging for me because I’ve done a lot of different workouts. But I decided to go out of my comfort zone and not cheat, so I tried a cardio ab workout I found online.

Feb. 7: Keep all three meals “phone free.” No social media scrolling!

This isn’t ever an issue for breakfast or dinner, but lunch at the office is filled with social media browsing. Instead, I got my coworkers on board to keep their phones away for lunch.

Feb. 8: Do a yoga for beginners workout to give your muscles TLC.

I needed this. I have been going hard on the leg and cardio workouts, so some yoga was exactly what I needed this day. I only did a 15-minute, but it’s better than nothing, right?!

Feb. 9: Make two of your three meals meatless. Need inspiration? Check Pinterest!

I typically don’t have an issue with this because I love to eat a lot of vegetables, fruit and salads to begin with. I had a huge salad for lunch and a veggie pasta for dinner.

Feb. 10: Meditate for 5 minutes and focus on your breath.

I was able to do in this in the office. I was feeling overwhelmed and took the opportunity to calm myself with breathing and relaxing for 10 minutes. Breathing works wonders for stress, friends.

Feb. 11: Take your workout outdoors even if it’s for 20 minutes! 

We were happy to see a little warm weather this day, so I took a walk outside for 15 minutes. It’s still winter here in PA, so we didn’t want to go overboard with the outdoors.

Feb. 12: Go vegan for a day!

What was I thinking with this challenge? Not having eggs, cheese or any other animal products was challenging, but achievable. I ate lentil soup, salad, fruit salad, and rice with veggies throughout the day.

How did you do with these challenges? Make sure to share your wins and losses from this week! Don’t be shy, it’s okay if you had a slip-up or two!


The Third Week of Challenges: Digital Cleanse

  • Feb. 13: Clean out your inbox and sort your emails into folders. Delete all spam.
  • Feb. 14: No social media before 11 a.m. Take the time to be productive!
  • Feb. 15: Unfollow people on social media who don’t inspire you.
  • Feb. 16: Organize your desktop accordingly into folders. Delete unnecessary items.
  • Feb. 17: Go through your phone and organize your apps into folders. Delete apps, old notes, contacts, etc.
  • Feb. 18: Have a phone-free night with family or loved ones!
  • Feb. 19: Unsubscribe from email marketing you’re not interested in keeping up with.

How have you been loving the challenges so far? What challenges were the easiest/most difficult for week two? What challenges for the third week are you most concerned about? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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6 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Your Bestie

I may be in a relationship, but Josh and I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. I definitely prefer to have a girl’s night in with wine, Netflix and sushi. In honor of celebrating Valentine’s Day with your best friends, here are so awesome (and inexpensive) gift ideas for your BFF on the 14th.

1| Marble Notebook from Francesca’s, $14

Because who doesn’t want a notebook when you can track all your plans, ideas and #GirlBoss goals?! You can never go wrong with a simple gift like this for your best friend because it’s something she will always be able to use. P.S. I’m loving that the marble trend is still in for 2017!

2| Macron Rose Fragrance from Urban Outfitters, $18

I know so many people who love this perfume collection from Urban Outfitters. What’s better is that you can buy her this Macron Rose scent, and also pick up some macaroons to snack on as well. It’s the perfect gift combination! If you’re worried about her be picky about a fragrance, save the receipt if an exchange is needed.

3| Love iPhone Case from Forever 21, $8 

Phone cases are still in and who wouldn’t love a themed case for Valentine’s Day? Personally, I love when people have different phone cases to change out based on the time of year, so this would be the perfect addition to any phone case collection your bestie has.

4| The World Book of Love from Anthropologie, $25

If your best friend loves to read, or have cute coffee table books in her living room, pick up this unique gift from Anthropologie. It’s a collection of insights and testimonies from people all over the world about love. With 100 researchers from 50 countries summarize their particular views on the subject in 1000 words.

5| Be My Heart Pens from Barnes & Noble, $10

I don’t know about you, but I love fun, cute pens. Plus, there are something that everyone needs in their office. So, why not grab this cute, inexpensive set from Barnes & Noble? You can even add in a Starbucks gift card, and a journal (see #1) to have a complete, themed gift!

6| Valentine’s Day Wine Glass from Target, $22

Umm, need I say more? There’s nothing better than wine. Grab this wine glass for your bestie (grab one for yourself, too because #treatyoself) and get your wine on all night long as you binge-watch anything and everything on Netflix. Let’s be real, wine is every girl’s valentine!

What one of these six gifts would you like for Valentine’s Day! How are you spending your Valentine’s Day? Do you have plans with your friends or your significant other? Make sure to share in the comment below!

 

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30-Day Mental Cleanse: Week 1 Review & Week 2 Challenges

Congrats on making it through the first week of challenges from the 30-day Mental Cleanse. (Now you better go treat yo self to some wine, girl.)

For those who aren’t aware, Erin from “A Welder’s Wife” and myself created a month’s worth of mental-based challenges for you to try all throughout February. If you’re looking to cleanse your mind and focus on self care—this challenge is perfect for you!

Below are a reflection of the first week of challenges:

Jan. 30: Set two goals you would like to achieve during this challenge

My first goal is to set a little time for self care every day throughout February, so that I can appreciate that day. My second goal is to focus on that day’s challenge instead of thinking and worrying about upcoming challenges to be more present for each day.

Jan. 31: Treat your face to a special pampering facial

This is never an issue for me because I have a hefty sheet mask collection. I took the time to exfoliate my skin, and followed up with a sheet mask from Sephora.

Feb. 1: Go for a walk

Walking is the one thing I do whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed. I was able to take a walk during my break at work due to it snowing nonstop here in PA. Taking a walk before work or on a break always relaxes me.

Feb. 2: Journal for 15 minutes

I typically write in my journal on Sundays, but I rearranged my journaling time to this day instead and it was a success. I was nervous about changing my normal routine to accomplish these challenges but it hasn’t been an issue yet!

Feb. 3: Go to bed 30 minutes earlier than normal

I try go to sleep around 11:30, but I was happy to get to bed at 11 this night because it was a long week at work for me. A little extra rest is always important when you need it.

Feb. 4: Make a Gratitude list of everything you are grateful for in your life

I used to keep a gratitude journal that I would write in almost every night. This was particularly easy for me! Since then, I’ve pick up my journaling again a little more frequently, so I’m happy this was a challenge.

Feb. 5: Take a long bubble bath

I sorta failed this one. I don’t take baths much since I moved because our tub in shallow, but I treated myself to a pamper night by doing my nails, a hair mask, etc. I still feel good about this day and think it still counts, right?

Make sure to let us know how you did with the first week of challenges! Below are the next week’s challenges!

The second week of challenges: Diet & Exercise 

  • Feb. 6: Try a new workout you’ve never done before.

  • Feb. 7: Keep all three meals “phone free.” No social media scrolling!

  • Feb. 8: Do a yoga for beginners workout to give your muscles a little TLC.

  • Feb. 9: Make two of your three meals meatless. Need inspiration? Check Pinterest!

  • Feb. 10: Meditate for 5 minutes and focus on your breath.

  • Feb. 11: Take your workout outdoors even if it’s for 20 minutes. Bundle up!

  • Feb. 12: Go vegan for a day!

What challenges were the easiest/most difficult for week one? What challenges for the second week are you most concerned about? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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5 Things to be Happy About | February 2017

And we’re back with the positive vibes and gratitude here on Blissfully Brunette. (Praise hands emoji)

But for real, I think we could all use a little positivity here in the world because the past two weeks on social media haven’t been pretty. So let’s change the energy out there, shall we?

If this is your first “Things to be Happy About” post—welcome! This is a post I write monthly to share and express gratitude about the month ahead. These posts are some of my favorite to write because it reminds me to enjoy and appreciate the little things in life we often forget. Make sure to leave a comment below sharing what you’re looking forward to now that it’s February!

1| Feeling Settled in the New Year

The first few weeks of January can feel a little overwhelming, especially if you’re focusing on all your goals, getting back to work, and coming back down from the “holiday high” that I experience every year. Basically, it takes me a solid week or two to admit that Christmas is over, and life will return to normal. In February, I am settled in my life, I have my routine down. etc.

2| Goals & Grind

I don’t know about you, but I am NOT the type of person who will wake up on January 1st and be ready to completely change my life for the new year. Definitely not a thing here in my world. Instead, I like to slowly incorporate positive changes, new habits, and work on my goals slowly. Now that we’re heading into February, I will be set to achieve all my #GirlBoss goals and work hard all month long.

3| Valentine’s Day

Plot twist! Josh and I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. You can read all about it—you might get a kick out of my humorous take on it. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy this day. Instead, I’ll bake something with my friends, watch Netflix, and drink wine for the night. Or, I’ll bring in festive cookies for coworkers. Trust me, you still can appreciate this holiday without going all-out with the Pinterest DIY gifts.

4| A Short Month

There’s something about knowing the month being short makes me feel blissful. February in the northeast means a not-so-fun time with the weather and the mass amount of snow. But, I look forward to this month because the month will fly by and we will be a month closer to spring, which brings me to my last one…

5| Preparing For Spring

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Spring is very underrated; and it’s a season I secretly look forward to. After the holiday season, I immediately think about my excitement for spring, and think about slightly warmer weather even though winter can last through March here in PA/NY. I begin “spring cleaning” and decluttering so I can get a jump start before the season arrives.

What are you happy about now that it’s February? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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