Blogging Life: How I Ended Writers Block And Got My Blogging Groove Back

Many of you might have noticed that I haven’t been posting much at all these days. I’ll be completely honest with y’all (feel like you deserve the truth here). Not long ago, I thought about giving up my blog completely.

Seems drastic, I know, but blogging just hasn’t come easy for me lately. My brain power has been working through life stresses, my birth-month (wee!), and major self reflection. This has left me with little to no creative energy for my passion projects.

Luckily it just so happens that my blog-a-versary is this month. Perfect timing to break my blogger’s block, right? If your creativity is running dry, here’s a few pointers I’ve learned do to regain creative energy and get back to blogging.

 


TALK TO SOMEONE

First thing Monday morning, my coworker and I like to catch each other up on what we’re working on in our personal life and side hustles. From SEO to illustration, we’ve chatted about everything under the business sun and she’s been a great sounding board for new ideas.

Is there someone close to you also struggling to find inspiration? Pair up and bounce ideas off each other. Be it a friend, a coworker, or even a therapist, hearing your ideas out loud and getting constructive feedback will get both of your inspiration juices flowing.

INVEST IN YOURSELF

When I wanted to rebrand a few months ago, I was faced with a decision tough. I could either A.) use the limited resources available to me to make my blog look “good enough” or B.) upgrade my blog to a business account, pay a large lump sum, and make all the changes my heart desires.

Back then, I thought “NOOOO WAY am I paying that much for my hobby.” This line of thinking only reinforced the idea that my hard work wasn’t worth a dime. When you decide that your passion is worth investing in, a world of inspiration opens up to you.

GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

Not gonna lie, I’m a bit of a house mouse. Most weekends, you can find me making trips to Target solo, prepping meals alone, or taking bubble baths. Self care and alone time is great, but sometimes you need to shake things up to get those creative juices flowing.

Now I make an effort to attend different expert panels, blogger meet ups, shop pop-ups, clothing swaps, and workshops. Meeting awesome, likeminded, creative people really sparks my inspiration. To find events and meet ups in your area, check out Eventbrite or check out events promoted by your favorite bloggers and influencers.

 


Do you have any tips for bloggers with writers block? What helps you stay inspired?

Please share in the comments! 

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THAT HYGGE LIFE

 

Hygge (hue-gah); the Danish term for celebrating life’s simplest pleasures. It encourages practitioners to make a ritual out of everyday activities to help bring you closer to friends, family, lovers, and to yourself.

From your morning cup of coffee to your evening meal, there are so many ways to bring more hygge into your life. Here’s how I do it.

PJA Ferry Building cu editMake coffee a priority My mornings are the busiest, so my coffee time is especially sacred. When you make your morning coffee (or tea, or smoothie, or whatever), take your time and enjoy each part of the process. Grind your own beans, inhale the aroma, add some of your own spices to your concoction. Slowing down and living in the moment is one of the keys to hygge.

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Stay cozy Winter weekends are the perfect time to do this. There is nothing I love more than lingering in bed a little bit longer under piles of cuddly pillows and blankets. Do yourself a favor and surround yourself in all things cozy. Light candles, get wrapped up in your favorite comforter, drink something warm, and wear your favorite sweater. Extra cozy points if you have a working fireplace.

Cook and bake all day Once during the weekend, I find a new recipe (or two or three!) and I cook/bake. In the oven, on the stove, or in the crock-pot; cooking is a great way to fill your home with warmth (and delicious smells to boot). For the holidays, find a new cookie recipe every weekend to try and share the results with your lover, friends, family, or bring some to work with you on Monday. Your coworkers will thank you!

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Be in nature Reconnecting with mother earth is just as important in Hygge. On Sundays, my beau and I pile on the layers, grab a coffee, and start walking to the park, the beach, or wherever our hearts desire. Exploring new places or old favorites, surrounded by trees or the sound of the ocean, reminds me of all the beauty life has to offer.

How do you Hygge? Let me know in the comments.

❤ PJA

 

GET INSPIRED

Feeling like your closet is more on the ‘Ho-Hum’ side these days? Here are a few things you can do to break out of your fashion funk and get you back in your groove.

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  1. HIT THE BOOKS Curious about a closet concept like Minimal or Maximalism? Wondering how Pantone’s color of the year can work into your wardrobe? Read a book or pick up a magazine. For those of you interested in the Capsule Wardrobe idea, Sarah Eliza Louderback’s Secrets of the Capsule Wardrobe is an easy read and very informative.PJA-Rainbow-Wall-August(3of10)
  2. CLEAN YOUR FREAKING CLOSET Pull everything out (yes, everything) and sort them into three piles. The things you wear on a daily basis go back in the closet, things you’re not sure about into a pile, and the last pile is reserved for things to give away or recycle. Do you notice a common color palette in your wear pile? Is there a certain silhouette that is just not flattering in the cast offs? After editing your closet, it won’t be hard to sort the pieces I love from the pieces adding bulk.PJA-Tobi-Dresses-102917-36
  3. TALK TO A STRANGER Someone in your office have a cool new bag? See a tourist wearing a cute pair of shoes? Tell them! Ask them where they got that cool thing you’re lusting after. Chances are they have a story behind it or some tips on where to find something similar. And if anything else, you’ll make a new stylish friend you can ask to take you shopping (pretty please!).PJA-Tobi-Dresses-102917-14
  4. SAY NO TO FAST FASHION I’ve made the decision to banish fast fashion from my style vocabulary (more on that in a future post). I know how tempting it is to snap up a trendy top or dress for $5 – $15, but you’ll be paying more in the long run. Try mixing and matching things you already have, borrow something from your bestie or SO, or better yet, host a swap party with your friends. Need to buy something ASAP? Invest in timeless pieces from sustainable brands. Take re/make‘s Wallet Guide on your next shopping trip.

❤ PJA

How to Love Your Closet Again

Feeling like your closet is more on the ‘Ho-Hum’ side these days? Here are a few things you can do to break out of your fashion funk and get you back in your groove.

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  1. HIT THE BOOKS Curious about a closet concept like Minimal or Maximalism? Wondering how Pantone’s color of the year can work into your wardrobe? Read a book or pick up a magazine. For those of you interested in the Capsule Wardrobe idea, Sarah Eliza Louderback’s Secrets of the Capsule Wardrobe is an easy read and very informative.PJA-Rainbow-Wall-August(3of10)
  2. CLEAN YOUR FREAKING CLOSET Pull everything out (yes, everything) and sort them into three piles. The things you wear on a daily basis go back in the closet, things you’re not sure about into a pile, and the last pile is reserved for things to give away or recycle. Do you notice a common color palette in your wear pile? Is there a certain silhouette that is just not flattering in the cast offs? After editing your closet, it won’t be hard to sort the pieces I love from the pieces adding bulk.PJA-Tobi-Dresses-102917-36
  3. TALK TO A STRANGER Someone in your office have a cool new bag? See a tourist wearing a cute pair of shoes? Tell them! Ask them where they got that cool thing you’re lusting after. Chances are they have a story behind it or some tips on where to find something similar. And if anything else, you’ll make a new stylish friend you can ask to take you shopping (pretty please!).PJA-Tobi-Dresses-102917-14
  4. SAY NO TO FAST FASHION I’ve made the decision to banish fast fashion from my style vocabulary (more on that in a future post). I know how tempting it is to snap up a trendy top or dress for $5 – $15, but you’ll be paying more in the long run. Try mixing and matching things you already have, borrow something from your bestie or SO, or better yet, host a swap party with your friends. Need to buy something ASAP? Invest in timeless pieces from sustainable brands. Take re/make‘s Wallet Guide on your next shopping trip.

❤ PJA

A Colour of All Seasons

What’s my favorite color? I’ll give you 3 guesses. As if you’ll need all 3. I’m sure I’ve mentioned previously how my closet is in desperate need of the perfect pink coat. Maybe this will be my lucky year!

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<3, PJA