From Exhausted and Drained to Creating Again.
It’s been 3 weeks since my last blog, which kinda feels like walking up to a confessional booth and saying it’s been 3 weeks since my last confession. Or so I imagine because I’m not Catholic. I also took a huge break from posting content on social media.
I wish I could say that I’ve been quiet because I’ve been on vacation on some gorgeous tropical beach. That I’m writing to you now with sand between my toes.
I felt completely drained. Exhausted. Uninspired. I had NOTHING to say (which never happens). Until it did, 3 weeks ago. Does this ever happen to you?
#maskoff October is usually the worst month of the year for me.
So, this October I consciously chose to do things that would fill me up, help me take care of myself and inspire me.
I did a 5 day creativity challenge with my friend Kira. It was amazing and I spent an entire hour doodling with coloured pens and sharpies.
I signed up for a 28 day writing experience with Lisa Lister and most days her journal prompts were the only thing I wrote.
I’m still immersed in the Abundant Heart Institute’s 8-week self-care course with my friend Hillary and it’s so nourishing.
I’m also doing Deepak’s latest free meditation experience - it’s all about energy, so how could I not?
I got together IRL with fellow women entrepreneurs and it was magical + I treated myself to a night in a gorgeous hotel.
Then (and this was the HARDEST part) I waited. And tried not to feel guilty because I wasn’t doing all the things I was “supposed” to be doing for my business. I took care of clients and that was pretty much it.
I am NOT the most patient person. But I held complete faith that my inspiration and enthusiasm would return. In the meantime, I focused on taking care of myself.
How do you make self-care a part of your regular, business-sustaining routine?
It was progress in bite-sized pieces.
It was self-treating with Reiki + energy work.
It was reading and napping.
It was still doing all the single Mom stuff that never ends.
Our energy and creativity have natural cycles - just like the seasons. I believe in infinite creativity but I also believe sometimes it flows and sometimes it just dribbles in. I’m still in the early days of recognizing and working WITH (instead of always against) my natural cycles. I’m a work in progress and also perfect just as I am (that’s one of my favourite paradoxes). Same goes for Heartlines. Same goes for you and your business. Perfect + in progress.
Over the last week I started creating again.
4 weeks of content planned for Instagram - Heartlines is coming soon!
Getting Unstuck - the latest thing to hit the Heartlines Shop has all my best practices (prevention, in the moment, + writing prompts) so you can keep on creating. I needed to remind myself.
Content Creation - a workbook to help you brainstorm ideas uniquely suited to YOUR business for your blog/vlog/podcast etc. It’ll hit the Heartlines Shop next week.
filmed 3 new videos for Deeper Than Words
wrote this blog (it totally counts ya’ll)
wrote 5 new poems
It feels good to be back in the groove (I still don't enjoy the winter of my cycle). It feels good to be writing the medicine I needed to hear. To create the resources that will support me when I feel drained & exhausted again. This happens more often than not for me. Give it a try. . .
Create the thing you need the most.
Write the medicine you most need to hear.
Mostly, I LOVE that this time I didn’t force it. Or show up half-assed because I felt the pressure to produce something. I didn’t stress (too much) about my silence or beat myself up about it. Instead, I found new practices to support my creativity. And got more consistent with the old ones.