Hi. It’s me again.
And before you ask, I have been quite well, thank you very much.
Between juggling things (which are all big, exciting projects :D), I have been a little preoccupied in terms of finding the quiet time to just shush and write. So I apologize for the long gap in my absence.
I can proudly say I know how to make a definitive priority list and more often than not, (despite all the running around) I do manage to get things done. But what do you do when everything is a priority?
Aha. And that was the very same thing I was stuck into.
The good news is, it’s all ohkay now. And what’s even better is that I have loads of new things coming up and I just can’t wait to show you all what I have been up to.
But that is a conversation for another day. For now, I have other big news.
Days of rain and summer is turning one! And to celebrate our small milestone, I am hosting a contest on my Facebook and Instagram. Just be sure to check it out if you want to win yourself some pretty cool stuff!
Now let’s get down to this.
(Where is your cup of tea?)
Between all the things I was wrapped up into, the last thing I could afford to do was take time off for a break. Not only was my schedule a little intense, but I genuinely did not need a break to begin with. I was in the flow of things. I found a groove and I wanted to work it through till I hit the end of the tunnel and then enjoy a holiday.
But life (as we all know it be) had a different turn for me. I was gifted an unexpected holiday in between what I can describe as the busiest month of my life this year. So what was one to do?
Take some work to the holiday! No.
Get mentally bogged up and worry during the holiday! No.
Relax and let your mind go in the holiday! And no.
Because I was in such a fast paced mental state, when you are suddenly given the option braking your brain for a few days, it’s really hard to snap out of focus and just relax and let your mind go. Personally, I didn’t want that mental break just yet, because I was in a process where I felt very productive.
So what did I do?
I brought a little notebook with me and I kept writing things down. If I couldn’t do any work physically (since all my tools where back home), then maybe I can think of doing other work that did not require those tools to begin with. Namely, I started to get some thinking done for Days Of Rain And Summer.
I started to think of blog post ideas, I stared to think of fun Instagram plans, I started to curate content for my blog and also other projects while on a holiday, and still enjoy my family holiday in the process.
I was in love with it. And tremendously grateful and thankful for this trip.
I found peace in weirdly mixing work in the relaxed environment of the resort. And I was surprised at how much work I was getting done too.
An early morning walk on the beach just gave me an idea for a blog post.
Lounging in the resort pool just gave me an idea for another project.
Eating a really good seafood dinner gave me some inspiration for another project on the blog.
I was openly letting ideas come to me without having to go chase after it as we most often do in a work space. It made me happy and sad at the same time.
Why do I feel so productive now? Where does all this go when I am desperate for some inspiration? And it made me wonder, maybe because I am mentally unpreoccupied right now by things which would usually take up mind space if I were in that environment, I am inviting other sources of creativity to come in instead.
Maybe when they say that ‘you need a change of outlook’ or ‘you need a change of environment’ usually means you need a change of view to help you acquire different muses along the way?
I was just so grateful with all the ideas that I was getting, I was just happy to have that unexpected vacation to begin with. I felt so thankful for that surprise window that really helped me clear off the dust that had settled at the back of my mind and help get those creative juices flowing.
(Yeah, I was getting some pretty deep thoughts while filling my plate up with morning buffet breakfast sausages.)
I am not going to lie, a change of scenery can definitely make you think differently.
But is it only a change of scenery?
Around the third day of my holiday, I began to realize that maybe it’s not just a change of scenery. Maybe it’s something more.
Maybe the fact that I was just grateful and sincere to my surroundings, I was telling the universe, ‘more if this please.’
Maybe the fact that I was appreciative of what my environment was giving me made me a little bit more open to absorbing the good vibes of newer ideas.
Maybe it wasn’t just the change of scenery, maybe a change of attitude played a really important part.
So I did what any other writer-in-love-with-her-muse would do. I put this theory to the test even after my mini holiday.
I tried to be grateful for the smaller things in every day and checked to see if that triggered any creative aspect I would usually miss out on.
And what do you know?
It worked. In a weird and mysterious way, just being grateful for things made me open and more susceptible to good ideas. Obviously not all ideas made the cut, but the fact that by executing honest gesture was giving me a desired train of thought to begin with, was really getting me kicked!
So I tell you, the next time you feel low, or if you feel like you aren’t getting to your muses in the way you want to, try a change of scenery of course but additionally, and try being grateful.
Just in a way that puts you on the universe’s good vibes list and turns you into a target of colorful thoughts.
May you find the happy in everyday,