Ever since I started my capsule wardrobe, I’ve adopted a new rule when it comes to clothes shopping. If I want to buy something new I have to throw out something old. In with the good, out with the bad. It’s made me constantly assess whether or not I need something in my life and what I need to get rid of to make room for something new.
I’m taking the same approach to this post. I’m getting rid of the bad, the negative, the ugly and replacing it with the good, the positive and the beautiful. I’m getting the bad out of my system, acknowledging it and then moving on.
So here’s the truth, the hustling has gotten tough. The same hustle that’s responsible for having THM in the first place feels like it has vanished into thin air. My motivation to create, to push my own boundaries and help you explore yours has been waning. For the first time in a long time, I’ve found myself questioning whether writing and running the blog is still working for me.
This is an especially terrifying thought when your income depends on you efficiently running the blog. But thankfully, it’s also a thought that is fleeting.
I’m the first person to tell other bloggers that when you feel like you’re working against the current, it’s time to take a break. That when you’re lacking inspiration, it’s time to get out in the world and start living. That inspiration doesn’t come from sitting in front of a computer screen, but from what happens when you’re not working, not sharing your life on the internet.
So it’s been tough. And also a humbling lesson in taking a big ole’ dose of my own medicine. That I got too wrapped up in the hustle culture that I got burnt out. The thing that I love most in this world, creating, began to feel like a burden.
Instead of attempting to push through it, as I’ve done far too many times in the past, I decided to give myself a little grace. To be kinder and more compassionate with myself. To ignore the speed at which those around me are moving and focus on my lane. It’s been slower around here. Intentionally slower. But it’s also been really really good.
Because I made room for the good.
Even if GaryVee is telling me I need to work a little harder and social media is hammering in the need to hustle harder…I know I’m playing a longer game here. I’m not just growing the blog, but building a sustainable business. A sustainable me. Who can work hard, create and share these moments with you, but also respect the boundaries when I need to set them in place. To remember that I blog about my life, but I don’t live for the blog.
I’m not there yet and I don’t know if I ever will be. But my incessant need to keep it real with you, to remind you that there is always a behind-the-scenes to the hustle journey, gets me a little closer to living more in line with my values. To clearing the path of my struggles and insecurities in order to embrace all that is good.
Because life is good. Really really good. Sometimes you have to just try a little harder to see it.
(okay really it’s all Bodhi)
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