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Creating Content: The Other Side Of Productivity & Inspiration

I haven't felt uber inspired to produce this weeks blog to be completely honest as I haven't been in a super great frame of mind. My thoughts have been scatty and my emotions have been strewn across my bedroom floor like dirty clothes I need to put in the wash but simply can't be bothered to. These feelings are partially to do with me wanting my content to be perfect and placing immense amounts of pressure on myself that would result in pooping rainbows or growing a second head. But just like every other week, Thursday rolls around and I have nothing, no inspiration or motivation to sit down and pour the next 12 hours into writing which is a draining standard I've gotten a little too used to.

Even when I don't have a hard hitting subject to cover or questions to raise I still wish to keep my steady rhythm of posting every Thursday because even though creating new content can drive me up the wall it still very much keeps me sane and it would feel like a part of me was missing. I believe it is also important to show these grey areas where inspiration is high and dry as not even great artistic legends felt compelled to create all the time.

So as much as every blog is for me as it is for you, this one is doubly for me as a reminder that I don't have to work to the bone for something to be great and if you need this reminder then I guess it's doubly for you too. These phases are not an uncommon occurrence for me as I have experienced them many times in the past few years of really tapping into who I am as an artist so if you too are in a similar boat, let's hang out.

I'm getting better at reminding myself that my worth is not determined by how productive I am and that no two people are the same let alone are on the same trajectory so comparing is irrelevant. I am now choosing to let inspiration come naturally and only acting when I feel inspired to along with letting myself feel what it is I need to rather than denying and rejecting those parts of who I am in this lifetime. Resting and taking a step back is of the utmost importance so I can rejuvenate and rebuild with a clearer and more intentional mindset. 

I think as humans we strive for perfection because deep down we know what it feels like to be imperfect but I also think it's a full circle moment when you realise that those imperfections aren't there for no reason and that when we integrate them they can indeed work for you.

Love, Delilah

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  1. Integrating imperfections into one's efforts and being aware of them is so important - I had not really thought of it this way before. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for reading Yaya! I'm so glad you got something new out of it!

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  2. This post was right on time! I'm currently struggling with creating new content on a regular basis. Thanks for being so open and vulnerable. It lets me know that I am not alone in this.

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    1. Oh that makes me so happy to hear! You are definitely not alone as I'm right there beside you with a bucket of popcorn and fuzzy socks on. Thank you so much for you kind words, they've made my day!

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  3. Definitely an important topic. I think productivity comes in waves and we have to be willing to be okay with the downtime. Personally, I like to try to have a post or two written up and sitting in drafts for just these moments, because I know they are going to come! That way I can just click 'publish' and then relax and have some 'me time' .

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    1. Thank you Britt! I wish I didn't love the thrill of not knowing what I'm going to write about and publish on the same morning otherwise I'd be doing the exact same thing! As long as every time you come back to what feels good and works best for you!

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  4. I love this post so much! I've been suffering with coming up with content for my blog/lack of creativity/lack of motivation lately and it makes me feel better knowing that someone else gets it! I'm trying to do the same and not force the creativity and just let it come to me. Blogging is supposed to be enjoyable for me, so I'm going to try not to let it become something I dread! Everyone is different when it comes to productivity and I shouldn't judge myself for only posting one a week, unlike other bloggers who seem to post every other day. We're all different and we all have different things going on in our lives, different writing styles, and different niches.

    Thank you for sharing your experience!

    Emily | https://www.thatweirdgirllife.com

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    1. Yes indeed Emily! I'm only posting once a week and some days I feel I could do more and others it's too much, all depends on my emotional/mental state and what's going on in my life at that exact moment. Keeping in mind that it is meant to be a pleasurable experience really helps reduce the amount of stress we cause for ourselves!

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  5. It's always a struggle to write new content with me. The first few months of blogging I was doing two posts a week and managed to be at least a month ahead. When spring came I was basically finishing my post the day before it was due to be published, and my motivation disappeared through spring and summer. Now I'm getting back on track again though ☺

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    1. When I started blogging I was doing the same thing, preparing for future posts and always 10 steps ahead of where I needed to be. I tend to write blogs now on the day of the publishing or only a few days before and I strangely feel somehow that works for me now more than the other style would. As long as your heart is in it and you love what you're doing, there is no right or wrong and definitely no one size fits all.

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  6. I thought this once but never wrote it. Seeing this is like reading a mirror of my thoughts! In imoerfection, there is so much beauty. We strive for perfection but will never reach it. And I think that is a good thing.

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    1. There is indeed so much beauty in imperfection and the messy unorganised aspects of life. That warms my heart knowing you've felt such a similar way, it just shows even more that we're never truly alone. Thank you Jaya!

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  7. I agree, it's not always easy to feel inspired, focused or motivated to create new content all the time. But taking the time for yourself to recoup and have some space, is what helps to make sure you're staying in balance too. Please know your work is greatly appreciated!

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    1. It's consistent and forever up and down the creative paths we choose to follow but that's a big reason why we choose them as well! Thank you so much for you super sweet words! They have made my day.

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