you don't need to make all the things all the time


Am I the only one who has noticed how quiet its been in the blogsphere lately? I keep noticing posts about writers block/blogging block/etc.

Another thing I've noticed is some of these comments sweet friends have been giving me lately about stuff that I make. Like how do I do it all the time? How do I constantly have great content to share with the listening universe? 

The brutal truth is, I don't.

Yep. Folks, I do not constantly have amazing, drool-worthy content bubbling through my fingertips and onto my keyboard or into a notebook. Sometimes I feel like "..I have literally nothing, kiddos."

And here's the thing: we all get that. We all go through dry places where everything is like "ughhh" and you haven't updated your blog in three weeks, or you haven't written that chapter you were supposed to write a week ago, or you haven't done whatever it was you were supposed to do on that collaboration. Its actually normal. We don't always have content to share all the time--

And to be honest, you don't need to.

You're not a machine, you're not a slave to your art. Your art is something that works with you and for you. So when its not-- when it feels dry and mundane? Its okay. It's so okay. Take a break. You don't have to have something spectacular to share all the time. Kick back, relax, read a book, watch Downton Abbey re-runs, MAKE CUPCAKES-- do whatever the heck you want because its okay to give yourself a break. That's often when we find the inspiration we're looking for.

I absolutely LOVE writing. But I spend a lot of time not writing. Not blogging. Not doing "anything." I watch surf movies, listen to Switchfoot, have guitar jam sessions, work on non-profit projects, water my plants, finger paint..(literally. I do finger paint sometimes.) I spend a lot of time not making stuff.

Making stuff, being creative, making good content and craft and art, it's beautiful. But we also need to breathe, and realize that what we do doesn't make us who we are. Its an expression. And its okay to sometimes not have anything to say to anyone. Just enjoy-- go and thoroughly, deeply, totally enjoy life and all the cool things.



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  1. this was SO what i wanted/needed to hear! i've (obviously due to the silent nature of my blog) been choking on my words so that i can't get them out, and i came to the same realization as you so wonderfully put it above. so thanks girl! and just so you know you're pictures of those scones always make me want carbs…
    xoxojana

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    1. Thank you, girl! I'm so glad. And I totally know how you feel...tis the season for blogging breaks and recharging the mind I think. *sends you some e-scones* ^_^

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  2. Yes. Yes. I've been feeling this with my writing, but you wrote it how I felt it. Sometimes a break helps us to go back at it with a fresh and rested mind.

    And Downton Abbey/cupcake making never can go wrong!

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    1. Very, very true. And heck yes, Downton Abbey and cupcakes man, that's like perfect right there

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  3. *sings* This is meeeeeee right now, I've been in such a slump. :( I remember this happening last year too...I'm just going to blame it on the weather. Thanks for the reminder - sometimes I think we take the things, like art, that should never be about pressure or deadlines or rules...especially not when it's just a blog, it's our place...and we pressure ourselves to achieve the same "standard" or "perfection" that we demand from our work and school lives...it just carries over without us putting much conscious thought into it.

    anyways. You are amazing, as always. <3

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    1. SO AGREE WITH YOU. All the way. And I actually believe it is the weather, because it seems like this happens every winter...it's like "mehh" season for blogging or something. hahaa. AND YOU ARE AMAZING-ER!

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  4. This post. Um. JUST YES. I completely agree. Sometimes I don't feel like blogging, AT ALL, and I post nearly every day so, it's kind of hard for me to mentally switch off and realise no one expects me to blog so much...except for me. xD Taking breaks is good and can totally make one come back more invigorated for blogging/art than before. xD I LOVE THIS POST BASICALLY.

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    1. exactlyyy! I so know how you feel. Like.. being the only one who expects all of that of yourself, and you know it but you're still all like "MUST...KEEP...GOINGG.." 0_0 and seriously I'm always amazed by how frequently you get posts up there, it's amazing, Cait. Thank you for the amazeable words!

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  5. puhreachhhh. i so feel this right now, literally so spot on.

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  6. Thank you so much for this post, your words have been the biggest let-go-breath and encouragement at the perfect time it was needed! xx

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    1. !! This makes me so happy that it could be that for you, girl! <3

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  7. ok so this post is from forever ago but THISSSSSSSSSSSSS.
    "You're not a machine, you're not a slave to your art. Your art is something that works with you and for you." yyyyyyyyeeeeeSSSssss. I needed this reminder. Thank for writing this even though I'm reading it nearly 7 months late. <3

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    1. !!!! Your comment on this one made my day, girlie. <3 thank you

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