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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Monthly Favorites & Sharing Love

Hey January, Where’d You Go?

But really? How are we already at the end of the first month of 2017? It doesn’t help that it’s January, yet the weather has been acting like it’s March—so I’m all sorts of disoriented with the new year so far!

Today, I’m sharing some things that I have been loving this month and sharing some posts from bloggers I have loved throughout each month as well. Make sure to leave a comment below telling me what you have been loving this month. Also, leave your favorite post from January, so I have some reading to catch up on over the weekend.

What I’ve been loving this month:

1| New Girl 

Why has it taken me this long to watch New Girl on Netflix?! I am in love with this show; and I’m not going to lie…it has been the reason for a lot of my lack of productivity some nights. Let’s be real, we all have lied and said we were going to do 10 things in an hour, but then we watch two episodes instead. It happens. Anyway, leave your Netflix recommendations below because we’re almost done catching up with the seasons.

2| Salads

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, “she can’t be normal if she likes salads.” Hear me out. I’ve been making my salads more fun, exciting and enjoyable to east. TBH, I’ve been looking forward to making unique mixes every week with different ingredients. Now, salads have been what I’ve eating a ton of in January.

3| Essie in Muchi Muchi (104)

There was a period of six months where I would never paint my nails because I’m far too lazy for the upkeep that follows. (Please tell me there are other people who pick off ALL their nail polish once they see one chip because girl, same!) Once I bought this shade, you can’t even notice if there’s a small chip, which means I’m not driving myself crazy after a few days of painting my nails.

4| 52 Lists Project

If you know me, you’ll know that lists are my everything. I feel joy as I cross of the items on that list. (P.S. I am that girl who has written down something I’ve already done JUST so I can cross it off. It’s fine.) This book is 52 different lists you do every week throughout the year, and I love that it is broken down by seasons. This is part of my Sunday morning routine with a fresh cup of coffee and I have been loving it!

5| Taylor Jenkins Reids 

Guys, I read three books this month; and I don’t feel once ounce of shame! “Maybe in Another Life,” “After I do,” and “Forever, Interrupted” are all amazing! I read each book in one sitting, and I love when I’m able to pick up books that are page-turners, and you simply can’t put them down! Leave a comment below telling me what books you’ve been reading recently!


Sharing Love:

1| 28 Productive + Free Things You Can Do Instead of Watching Netflix

Because let’s be honest, I’m sure I’m not the only one out there who has been unproductive and has watched too much Netflix this month, right!? Carolyn has some awesome options if you’re looking to do something other than binge-watch Netflix and that won’t break the bank!

2| How to Use Boardbooster and Tailwind to Increase Your Traffic

Jenny is amazing when it comes to explaining the pros and cons of certain tools for your website, social media, etc. I love heading over to her blog to learn a little more about tools and resources that can help me with my blog! Good thing I did because I’m hoping to learn more about SEO, traffic increase, etc. If you’re interested in learning more, head over to her blog!

3| 5 Conversations to Have Before Getting Engaged

Rachel brought up some amazing conversations that you NEED to talk about with your SO before you consider getting engaged. (Before I get a flood of comments, no I am not engaged—but I thought this post was very important). I know many people think they’re on the same page with these topics, but you might be surprised. I’m happy to say that Josh and I are pretty open when discussing big things like this; and we’re on the same page with all of them.

4| Essential Tips for an Organized Mind

If you know me, you know that I love reading anything and everything that has to do with organization! I love Erin’s post because I know that I have found so much help with keeping a planner and keeping a clean, organized workspace. She also taught me about brain dumps, which I have been loving!

5| How to Gain Genuine Instagram Followers

I love Cara’s post on how to gain genuine Instagram followers! I found her tips very helpful and they definitely helped me understand how I can improve my Instagram altogether. Personally, I want to work on building my cohesive feed and making sure I comment/follow/like people in my niche!

What have you been loving this month and what blog posts you have loved this month, so that I can catch up on your favorites! Make sure to leave a comment below!

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2016 Review & 2017 Goals

 

 

I am very much in denial that 2016 is over and a new year is here. 2016 was an incredible year for me, and I am happy to say it was one of my best years so far. I want to share some highlights from this year before sharing what my 2017 goals are.

Highlights from 2016:

1| Graduating with my Master’s Degree at 21: I am extremely proud of myself for this because there were a lot of people who doubted this could be done when I first began school. Four years later, I graduated with my M.A. in Integrated Marketing Communications, my B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication and a minor in Spanish. This was a huge accomplishment for me, and was definitely my best moment of 2016.

2| Being more spontaneous: This was a huge goal of mine throughout 2016 because as you can imagine, I thrive off of planning every little detail. I wanted to remind myself that it’s okay to not always have a plan. Sometimes, the best memories are created when you don’t plan much at all. So, I took some trips: one to Albany in March to visit one of my best friends from college, and another trip in May to visit my other best friend from college in Texas. Both trips were amazing and got my travel bug in full swing, which caused me to book a trip to Boston for April 2017!

3| Getting my first job: Can we just say that 2016 was the year that I became a full-blown adult? I got my first full-time job in the marketing field, and I am in love with my job. There’s nothing more wonderful than knowing I get to wake up every day and go to a job I truly love. I know many people are stuck in a job they hate, and I am blessed to be in a position I love.

4| Moving out of state and buying my first place with Josh: I didn’t move too far away from home; but I did move from NY to PA back in April when I got my job. After over two years of being long distance, Josh and I got our first place together, and we couldn’t be happier! We love our home, and we love that we were able to make our relationship a priority and bring our lives together.

5| Putting my health first: 2016 was the year that I got back on track as far as my overall health. From all the stress of finishing my Master’s brought on poor eating, lack of exercise, and other unhealthy habits. Once I moved to PA, Josh and I got in the habit of running three miles two or three times a week, eating healthy, and taking more time for self care. I feel great, and hope to keep this up for 2017, too!


Goals for 2017:

Personal Goals:

1| Read (8-10 books throughout 2017)

I did not do well in the reading category for 2016, so I’m hoping to turn this around for 2017. I created a huge wish list of books for Christmas, so I’m hoping I’ll be gifted some content to achieve this goal!

2| Plan 2-3 trips for 2017

We do have our trip to Boston scheduled, so I’m definitely looking forward to that. I’m hoping to plan another trip to Pittsburgh and potentially a third trip in 2017 as well. You could say I definitely have the travel bug.

3| Achieve my career goals for 2017

In my mind, I have so many different career-oriented goals for 2017 that I want to accomplish. Although I know work-related goals should be its own category, I’m listed it under personal because there are too many topics to cover for this section!

4| Focus on my vision board

I’ve been working on my vision board A TON recently. If you’d like to see a blog post on my vision board and how I created mine, make sure to leave a comment below!

Blogging Goals:

1| Focus on my blog direction

I’ve been thinking a lot about the direction I want Blissfully Brunette to go in. And while you can expect an entire post on it, I want to at least let you know there might be some changes coming to the blog for 2017.

2| Increase blog social media engagement by 20 percent

I know so many people who focus on specific stats and numbers. For me, it’s not just about numbers. I care a lot about engagement, interaction and genuine connections via social media.

3| Take more risks

Sometimes, anxiety can hold me back, but I don’t want it to hold my blog back from its full potential. 2017 will be the year that I take more risks and try new things here on the blog.

Financial Goals:

1| Put an extra $8-10,000 into savings

This is a huge goal of mine. I’ve created an in-depth plan on how I plan to achieve it. Let’s just say it’s going to take a ton of spending freezes (I’m starting one for the first quarter) I’ll be sure to keep you up-to-date on this goal, too!

2| Track my spending regularly

I mentioned that Josh keeps a very specific excel sheet on what he spends every. single. day. I admire his commitment because I see that he’s able to achieve his savings goals, so I’m hoping to adopt this and do the same!

Health Goals:

1| Increase my weekly running distance

We aren’t currently in running season, but we are still training all winter long for when running season does pick up again. My goal is to increase my weekly running distance to 10 miles.

2| Don’t focus on numbers

I don’t want my weight or size in general to affect my overall happiness and perception of my heath and fitness endeavors. I feel like numbers takes a negative toll on your mental health, so I don’t want this to take priority for me.

3| Focus on workouts I enjoy

I spent a lot of time when I was younger doing workouts that I didn’t enjoy. Let me tell you that you shouldn’t spend time doing A N Y T H I N G  you don’t enjoy. Find something you love and enjoy, and practice it daily!

I hope you enjoyed reading my goals for 2017. How did you do on your goals for 2016? What are some of your goals for 2017? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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Top 10 Posts from 2016

2016 is coming to an end, so I decided it would be nice to review some of my top posts from Blissfully Brunette throughout the year. A lot has changed for me this year, and I’m happy to say I had some content I was very proud of publishing this year. Grab a cup of coffee or wine, and enjoy some of my favorite posts from the blog in 2016. Make sure to leave links to your favorite blog posts from your blog throughout the year, too!

10| 5 Minimalism Tips [For Beginners]:

Posted on October 26

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9| 5 Simple Ways to Treat Your Mind + Body:

Posted on August 15

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8| 5 Minimalist Outfits for Autumn:

Posted on October 17

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7| 12 Things to do for a Better Day:

Posted on October 10

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6| 5 Things to Remove From Your Office Space:

Posted on October 19

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5| 10 Self-Care Tips For Bloggers:

Posted on September 26

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4| 10 Tasks to Simplify Your Life:

Posted on July 13

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3| 10 Ways to Achieve Work-Life Balance:

Posted on August 1

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2| The One Morning Habit I Stopped Doing & Why:

Posted on July 11

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1| 10 Things to Remove From Your Closet Right Now:

Posted on August 10

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What post was your favorite? What are your favorite posts from your blog throughout 2016? Make sure to leave links in the comments below!

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October Review & November Goals

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Why and how are there only two months left in 2016? I feel like there is so much more I want to do before the end of the year; and there’s not enough time to get it all done. Here’s hoping these next two months will be productive and filled with accomplishing my goals.

In the meantime, grab a cup of coffee, tea or wine; and catch up on my posts from October.

October Review:

5 Posts I Loved: October Edition

5 Things to Remove From Your Office Space

5 Minimalist Outfits for Fall

10 Pumpkin Recipes to Try for Fall

12 Things to do for a Better Day

15 Fun, Fall Date Ideas

September Review & October Goals


October Goals Reviewed:

Blogging:

1| Continue to work on Instagram | I would say that this was an accomplished goal for the month. I’ve kept up my engagement, consistency with posting and increased my engagement on other people’s content as well.

2| Participate in a Twitter chat | Guys, why can’t I find any Twitter chats that are relevant to me?! I think it might be a sign that I should start my own Twitter chat–let me know what you think and if you’d be interested in joining a Twitter chat with me!

3| Focus on Pinterest | Huge fail, but I’m perfectly okay with it. I knew that I was really pushing my limits with the blogging goals during a hard month for work, so it’s a give and take here.

4| Write 10-12 posts | YES! I’m happy to say I’ve held up on this particular goal because it can be so hard to consistently post three days a week, especially since I had a crazy month at work.

5| Collaborate with other bloggers | I saw two different opportunities to potential collaborate with bloggers I love; and my anxiety got the best of me. I fear making the first move to get the process going. I’m hoping to work on this and complete this goal by the end of the year.

Personal:

1| Continue to focus on toning | Yes! This goal was accomplished and I couldn’t be happier! Hoping to keep it up through the end of fall and winter, too

2| Increase overall running distance | Achieved! There were several days where Josh and I increased our running distance and I definitely noticed an improvement in my running.

3| Read a book | DONE! There’s nothing better than reading a book and truly loving it, so I’m hoping to have this goal again for November, too!

4| Remove 10 more pieces from my closet | I can’t believe I did this! I am becoming more ruthless about getting rid of things. When I get in the mood to toss things, I let it happen.

5| Limit processed foods from my diet | Check! This was a goal that was easier to accomplish than I was expecting. I will definitely keep this up for November, too!


November Goals:

Blogging:

1| Plan my content calendar for December

It’s no secret I love Christmas. I’m hoping to put out a ton of holiday content for the Christmas season. This will require some extra planning and preparations in November, so I’ll be working hard on the blog this month especially!

2| Prep some holiday content in November

I don’t want to give too many details away on this, but I am doing something a little different this holiday season on the blog. And I’m happy to say that it will require a little bit of work and prep early in November to accomplish.

3| Focus on one social media channel for improvements

I don’t know what that platform will be because I’m constantly trying to improve all my social media channels throughout the month. But, I’m hoping to choose one channel and give it a ton of TLC for November.

4| Take more breaks from blogging

Although I am great about taking time off from blogging on the weekends, I know that I need to get better with my blogging routine altogether. I need to commit to a solid three hours of work on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so I don’t have extra work on the weekends.

Personal:

1| Read a book

This time of year is when I tend to read a little more because I can relax at night with a good book and enjoy it for the evening. I’m hoping to read, “The Color of Secrets.” I’ll let you know if it’s a book you should pick up!

2| Schedule self care

This month was a bad month for focusing on self care. I didn’t keep up with my journal like normal, and I wasted a lot of unnecessary time on social media and YouTube. So, I’m hoping to transform my routine to be more focused on self care and getting things done.

3| Transition into my winter workout routine

As the weather turns colder and darker, it’s time to take my daily workouts indoors. I want to transition my spring/summer/fall workout into my winter workout, which will consist of insanity DVDs and other workouts for different days.

Financial:

1| Go on a beauty and fashion spending freeze

October was definitely an interesting month with spending. I don’t buy a lot anymore now that I’ve been incorporating minimalism into my life, but I did buy things I needed. Now, I am set for another month of no spending on beauty and fashion.

2| Save an extra $200 for Christmas

Whether it’s saving more on groceries for the month, or finding a way to make a little money on the side, I want to make sure I save more money this month for the holidays.


Bring it on, November! Did you accomplish all your goals for the month of October? What are your goals for November? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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