Most of you know that for the month of October, I took a creative break. So what did it look like? What did I do with my time? What did I learn? Well first, we have to start at the beginning.
What did pre-breaktober blogging life look like and how would that compare to the new schedule?
- Write a new blog post for Monday thru Friday and if you have time, write one for Saturday and Sunday too.
- Read & comment on your favorite blogs’ new posts every day/night.
- Find at least one “new to me” blog a week and comment on one of their posts.
- Weekly obligations to sponsors (social media, Vlog, etc.)
- Respond to emails and/or comments within 24 hours.
- Spend at least one day a week writing for your novel.
- Post one picture a day on social media.
- Spend one day a week writing in a coffee shop.
- Organize and prepare for the next day before you go to sleep.
Write a blog post for every day, Monday thru Friday and if you have time, write one for Saturday and Sunday too.Write when you feel truly inspired, and if that means you don’t write for a few days or even a week, just go with it. Read & comment on your favorite blogs’ new posts every day/night.Make time to read each and every post that is linked up to the Grateful Heart linkup but then put the computer away. Find at least one “new to me” blog a week and comment on one of their posts. Weekly obligations to sponsors (social media, Vlog, etc.)No Soul Provider sponsorship option this month. Respond to emails and/or comments within 24 hours.Spend at least one day a week to respond to any unread emails in your inbox. Spend at least one day a week writing for your novel.If you happen to daydream about the story your novel will one day share, leave it in the daydream… and keep dreaming. Don’t interrupt the dream by ‘writing it all down.’ The important parts will stick. Post one picture a day on social media.Dude. Freakin’ relax and put down the phone. Spend one day a week writing in a coffee shop.Spend one day a week drinking coffee in a coffee shop.
- Go on as many dates with your husband as the two of you can fit into a week.
- Go for longer walks.
- Sleep. In fact, spend an entire Wednesday in bed, under the covers. Maybe do this a few times this month.
- Read. And read something that is printed on paper with no pictures.
- Watch movies. A lot of them.
Organize and prepare for the next day before you go to sleep.Talk and dream with your husband before you go to sleep.
Breaktober was wonderfully weird 🙂 In the beginning, I was afraid that I’d take this break and actually like it. That I’d like it so much in fact, that I wouldn’t want to “come back” to blogland – at least not full time. And you know what? There were days I felt that way, I really fell in love with the new schedule. There were some days I thought- wow, this is really nice. I don’t miss blogging at all. What does this mean?? I’d realized that perhaps I’d been going at it all a little too hard and not making time for life and for the people right in front of me. I hadn’t been making time for myself even, and that was a welcoming wake-up call/action to reset.
BUT, there were more days where I felt so lost without having my daily blog schedule. I swear, I had no idea what to even do with myself the first full week and I found it incredibly difficult to break my routine for the entire month, to not write every day, and to not read up on and connect with my blogging tribe. I am a person who loves routine and structure, which was reconfirmed during this time and I think I also learned to accept that about myself. (It’s the whole “I like to think I’m type-B but I’m really type-A complex) 😉 There were more days than not where I truly missed even the act of writing each day, to the point where I didn’t feel like myself on the days I didn’t write at all. And more days than not, I seriously missed the crap out of my tribe, and those were the moments I had to smile because I thought, well- I’m doing exactly what I should be doing in this chapter of my life, this whole blogging thing. And that confirmation was really comforting. It was comforting to know that I’d have this space and all of you to “come back to” when Breaktober was over. And honestly- I think that’s what helped me relax and enjoy the reset.
This break was a confirmation that I’m right where I’m supposed to be, but maybe I just need to revise the schedule a bit 😉 It was an important reminder that everything in life needs balance, and sometimes you do just need a vacation, time away from the routine. This break reconfirmed that yes, not only is sleep still seriously awesome, but that dating my husband is my most favorite thing ever to do in the history of Favorite Things.
It’s great to have goals, and I am going to do my best to have a new post to share in this space at least Monday thru Friday, because that’s just what I want for this blog right now, but if I miss a day? If I miss two days? Three days? That’s okay too. Finding balance is about the give and take, the continuous revising of the schedule as needed. And man, sometimes you just gotta relax 😉
PS – If you didn’t have a chance to link up with the Grateful Heart linkup yesterday, it will be open until Friday! 🙂