Are You Stuck In A Rut?

stuck in a rut

Of late, that has been me.

I haven't written a blog post over the last month. The drafts have been sitting pretty but I didn't have the words.

I missed June's Pleasure note.

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My policy has always been to write from the heart; to celebrate, uplift, help and inspire as the case may be. If the words don't flow, I don't force.

It has definitely been a struggle. And it's not one that I like admitting to.  Going through my archives, I found out that apparently at around a similar time last year, I found myself in a similar rut.  My words stalled and writing, that one thing that really gives me a lot of joy- my pride and outlet, become hard and a chore.

The marketing gurus have said that you need to write and blast out content as much as you can otherwise you run the risk of being forgotten. I definitely don't want to be forgotten.

This last week in particular has been excruciatingly slow. I haven't had the energy to move at my usual speeds, my joints have been paining and life has been going at snail pace.  

When it came down to it, I let it all go.

I did the most sensible thing I could think of and allowed myself to sink and feel into the rut.

I definitely feel a twinge of guilt about missing out on my routine.  I aim to churn out a blog post each week. I want to have my newsletter sent out like clockwork.  The flow hasn't found its way through me just yet. It's almost a feeling of failure.

For this month, I  will not try and force anything through.

The most important thing to do has been to relax and let the moment pass.

It's ok sometimes to let things slip- especially if my intentions are to share from the heart.

In short, my plan for this time is to

:: spend as much time outdoors

:: practice extra self-care by carving out time for me each week. I am still going strong with the #52WeeksOfYou challenge that I started at the beginning of the year.

:: rest as much as I can and journal

:: try out something new to help change perspective, mood, and help with breaking out of the comfort zone. That has looked like making a microwave mug cake and trying out microwaveable pizza.

Being in a rut is not altogether a bad thing. It definitely is a great lesson in feeling alive and growth. 

Your Turn:

What do you do when you are stuck in a rut?

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