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8 tips for getting out of an emotional/ creative rut

I think I've been in and out of ruts pretty much all summer.

Mostly, I would guess, it's because I have more free time than usual (I usually have zero) and figuring out how to spend free time is a tricky business. It's kind of like figuring out how to spend money wisely (which I'm also not particularly good at).

My ability to manage my own free time has fluctuated a lot over the past few months. Some days I get up at 6:30 am and start doing fun and useful things almost immediately, continuing all day long. Some days I come home from a long day of work or an adventure with a friend and still have enough motivation to blog and take photos and read about photography. These are the good, non-rut days. These are the days that I like other people to believe I have everyday. That, unfortunately, is not the case.

Other days I don't wake up until 8:30 and don't get out of bed until 9:30. My breakfasts and lunches and dinners morph together and happen at weird, unorganized times. I don't leave the house very much, I watch House of Cards until I feel uncomfortably paranoid, and I spend far too much time staring at a computer screen. These are the rut days, when I tell myself I'll do some creative things and some fun things and some exciting things, but I can barely make myself leave my bed.

It's been a summer that balances on the line between depressed because I feel like I have too much time that I'm not using, and overjoyed because I feel I have too little time but still get lots done.

Anyways, since I've had a few months experience with getting in and out of ruts, here's what I've found that works:

Life updates & thoughts on reinventing yourself

So, it's been a minute since I've blogged.

Or a week. Or three.

My break happened for a number of reasons: 1.) I went to England with my family for a week (!) 2.) I was too caught up in planning my blog rather than actually blogging 3.) I've been very occupied with my own thoughts and realizations and the changes that have been occuring in my own life, and I didn't really feel like sitting down to blog.

Oh well. We all have those days (weeks), right?

But now that I'm back, I wanted to write an old school julia in bluhm post (you know, the talk-y, essay-y, philosophical kind) about change and reinvention.

a few polaroids from the summer

How to double your traffic through Pinterest without really trying

Guys this is the first month I hit 10k pageviews! My monthly page views used to be less than half of that. And it happened on a month where I kinda neglected my blog and haven't written in over a week. How, you might ask?


I know tons of people have said it before, but I'm going to say it again: if you're a blogger who goes to school or has a job and doesn't have time to commit every single day to promoting your blog, you should try Pinterest. To be honest, there are some days when I don't touch my blog or social media because I just have other things to worry about, but I'm still getting traffic through Pinterest. I still get hundreds of pageviews each month for a few posts I wrote 9 months ago that have had over 4k engagements on Pinterest. Every month or so I tend to hit the Pinterest jackpot and get a post that gathers 1000+ views, and those numbers only continue to grow over time. I'm not claiming that I'm Pinterest viral or anything, but I do know that my blog would not have nearly as many views if I wasn't using Pinterest. And by nearly I mean thousands fewer. 

The freedom of change & not giving a shit // Thought of the day

Okay so I know I don't normally swear on here (I try to be positive! Uplifting!) but since today's post is about not giving a shit, I thought it would be appropriate to not give a shit about saying the word shit. I digress.

(And it will be positive and uplifting, you just wait).

Since going and coming back from college, I think I've learned a lesson or two. About p-values and Frederic Chopin and hegemonic masculinity, yes. But also about life stuff.

Here are two of those lessons:

  1. I'm supposed to be different from who I was when I was when I was fifteen. People are supposed to change. Otherwise it would be weird.
  2. I only have a given number of shits to give, and after that? Oh well. 
Allow me to elaborate.