Writer’s Block for New Bloggers

Ever have a case of writer’s block? Well I have, and boy was it a long one. lol. I have thought and thought and well…..thought some more about getting on my computer and starting some kind of paragraph. But it just didn’t worked for me. I was literally scared to sit and write after months of not writing. I felt like when I had first started, I was motivated and ready and then when I strayed from writing, I felt I couldn’t measure back up to the motivation I once had or measure up to the desire I had to basically journal my way through this website. Something had to change, it was me.

What I really had to do was get out of this rut an stop coming up with excuses of why I couldn’t drop an paragraph here or there, even if I was just drafting. How simple could it be? Just by taking the time to research and brainstorm and then come up with what I was really trying to convey to my audience, simple right? That was actually the hurtle I so desperately was afraid of. So I took my mind and my laptop to where every writer has gone, the source. The root of their writer’s block. I decided to write about mine here in this blog post. The fear of actually writing.

Personally, I’m not afraid to admit when I don’t know something. A lot of me not being able to sit down and write was because I don’t know a lot about websites or creating a brand that I love. I try to improvise and do as I go but at some point it just catches up to you. I’ve been at a loss for words, quite literally, as I researched and didn’t know all of the technical terms of branding and blogging. As some may say it’s easy to just get up at start a blog, it actually isn’t. Sure I could create a website and content, but actually managing and promoting can be a challenge. There stems the roots of my writer’s block. Feeling defined by not being knowledgeable, but I can’t let that be my excuse. There aren’t any excuses.

 

  • Some tips I’ve learned and that I’m still learning:

Just start somewhere. Wether it be ideas or actual thoughts you write down, start somewhere. Doing something is completely better than doing nothing. Take it from someone who’s been there.

Try doing as much research as your mind allows. I personally love to spend hours on Pinterest before bed. I research all of the things I need answers to and then I Pin and Pin until I pretty much fall asleep. I read a lot of articles and blog posts in that time and some I save for later.

Use a dictation app on your phone. I just got into doing this and realized its an extremely big help. I just record myself and my ideas and then when I’m ready, I listen over and transcribe them, then make any corrections needed. Sometimes when you have so many ideas flooding your mind, if you just start to type, you may lose some train of thought. So, for people like myself (with a 3 year old), find this extremely useful.

Get out of that RUT! Try being more productive! That could mean to try a new work out, spa day, cooking class, etc. Just  get out of the rut you’re in and get out of your comfort zone. Sometimes a change in scenery can jolt new ideas into your mind.

Try taking a writing class or writing assignment from home. It’s never a bad idea to brush up on your skills and improve your content. A great investment would be a writing prompt journal. You’ll be back at it in no time when your journal lists the prompts and you reply with your own story.

Try some tunes! Sometimes, when a babysitter is arranged, I like to head out to a local coffee shop and work on some material. But then I find myself sitting there with absolutely no focus on what I need to be writing. I end up wasting so much time and regret going in the first place. So a great way I’ve been able to overcome the coffee makers, blenders, and noises of people chatting, is with music. Some soft cafe music or piano can really keep my focus on my laptop and completely zone out of the place I’m at and zone into the web where I want to be.

 

Although these aren’t all of the things you can do, a lot of them are a good start. Don’t be afraid of writer’s block, your fears are only as strong as you allow them to be. If you let them, they’ll take ahold and take your mind hostage.

 

The Learning Mama

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Becoming a Working Mama

Being a Stay At Home Mama is AMAZING! But sometimes you just have to jump back out there. The reasons may differ from family to family & we’ll get into that too!

Being a stay at home mother is really a job all in itself and it’s crazy! I absolutely love it! I’m able to get so much more done around the house (if Paisley allows it) and I actually feel like I have free time with my daughter. I’m not bound by time…….other than nap time. I’m able to hang out with all of the “mommy groups” and  go on play dates! But there are so many more aspects to being a stay at home mom. You’re with your child, or children, 24/7! You don’t exactly get a break other than nap time. And yes you do have to clean up……and then clean up again as your children make more messes right behind you. It’s seriously a full-time job and you work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week all for a chance of smiles and cuddles of love here and there. It’s a beautiful yet draining job all at once. <3

But, jumping back into the workforce is eeeeeeekkkkkk!!

I personally went back to work because I wanted to help give my family some financial stability and pay off  some things. Just like every one else, financial freedom is our goal! But going to work isn’t only about money for my family and myself. I love working, I love keeping busy, and I love socializing with people and learning about them. That doesn’t make me a bad person, it makes me normal. Some mothers get talked down on because they go back to being a working mother. Sometimes being scrutinized by their friends, family, and even their own husbands! I am blessed to have a husband who’s understanding and very supportive of me going back to work. & To all of the mothers being shammed out there, FORGET about those negative people and start surrounding yourself with positive people who have common goals and interests. YOU ARE A STRONG MOTHER! No one else can take that away!

With the pressure of discouragement there, you still need to get back at it at some point. With my situation, the overwhelming part of my life was actually going back to work. You realize that now you actually have to listen to what someone says now (other than your 2 year old)! Its kind of strange I will admit, at least for myself, because I was actually a stay at home mother for 2 years! Thats a whole lot of “mommy and me” play dates and Starbucks I was now missing out on!

Work will get better! 

Yes, work will improve! When I first started working, I started to get all of those “I really miss my daughter” thoughts and feelings. And I have to admit, it was a pretty emotional thing for me. At some point, I almost wanted to stop working to be a stay at home mama again. But that wouldn’t be fair to Paisley either. See, I met Mrs. Tabitha, our new babysitter, a while before, when I was a stay at home mama. She has a son the same age as Pae, and they were already getting so attached. Plus, I have to keep the goals of my family in mind. So when I reached a point at work where I was between a rock and a hard place, I took a step back and reevaluated my goals and what was best for my family and I. Soon enough, work did get better! I was quickly promoted and actually very proud of myself. Working hard and sticking to my guns paid off! Although I have a lot more responsibilities, my family and my work life are in good positions.

Time Management:

It can be stressful trying to manage my time with Pae, hubby, work, home, etc. And sometimes you just need to take a breather! It happens to everyone. I only get two days off a week and they aren’t consecutive! One day I get with my husband and Pae and the other I get with just Pae. I have to schedule everything accordingly and sometimes I forget to include some “me” time in all of that. Believe it or not, my “me” time consists of a variety of things from alone time getting my nails done to DIY projects, essential oils to reading, blogging to coffee or winery dates with girlfriends, etc. So getting all that “penciled in” can be kind of hectic! But even through all of my scheduling of time, Pae and Ryan are my top priorities! Being the best wife and mother I can be are so important to me. In general, my tips on scheduling would be to get a Life Planner, prioritize, and stop stressing! (:

How work life challenges my blogging…

Yes! I did noticed that I hit a huge writers block when it came to my blog. But, that has changed! I recently got a Life Planner that has allowed me to schedule time in a manner that almost feels flawless. (I will share a review of it in a future post, you’re going to LOVE it!) That being said, I’ve made a commitment to myself to stick to my schedule and commit to my third love, writing. I will say, coming home from work after being there almost 10 1/2 hours can be draining but I recently noticed, I’ve gained so much inspiration from day to day interactions with my clients, that I really have no excuse not to share. So watch out Learning Mama’s, more is headed your way!

 

Faithfully,

The Learning Mama

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