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