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A Catalyst

Sometimes when you fall out of routine and slowly loosen up on your responsibilities, it is just easier to stay in that new state. No routine, no obligations, sounds pretty carefree, right? Not necessarily. I fell out of routine with this blog during the summer and the hardest part was doing what I'm doing now...simply writing. When I created that new world for myself, a world in which I didn't need to blog everyday or check in with comments or tweet to followers, I slowly was amassing this mountain of a roadblock between the problem (more about that in a minute) and the solution (dealing with the problem by posting). At first it felt good to not have that responsibility but quickly that morphed into feeling crummy about myself (I'm lazy, I have nothing good to say, What else are you really doing that is so important?) Not blogging wasn't really the answer and I didn't feel great about it but it was still the easier path, the road of least resistance. How many of you are familiar with this road? I'm not proud to admit it but this lack of action has been my way of dealing with some issues in the past. What I can be proud of, is that today I'm changing that by showing up here.

So what is this mountain-sized problem that I was faced with this summer, that I am still facing now? Inspiration, motivation and passion! I fell out of love with my blog this summer and it became something I was forcing myself to do. I started my blog at a very impressionable time in my life and I have changed so much since then. My goals as a creative soul, as a human being, as a maturing adult are growing and adjusting and that means this blog is going to grow with me and become something different. I think during this summer I was a little scared to change it and also confused about how I was exactly going to change it. Why alter something unless you have a crazy, new, amazing idea right? Wrong. I post here to help myself grow, to help identify my inspirations, to act as a visual storyboard for the creativity brewing within. If this is a dormant space, I too feel a bit dormant.

For weeks I have been meaning to blog, to get back into that old routine. I just needed a catalyst. I knew that once I started sharing again, my problem would slowly start to work itself out naturally. This week I started a blogging e-course to help reinvigorate my creative soul. Holly Becker, the writer behind one of my favorite sites Decor8 also teaches a blogging bootcamp called Blogging Your Way and I have always been intrigued when I heard it mentioned across the blogosphere. A few weeks ago a reminder for her latest course showed up in my inbox and I jumped on the opportunity. It was the sign I needed. Let's get back into this! It was my catalyst and I'm hoping that the work I put in here will be a discovery into my new inspirations, motivations and passions. Lauren Elise Crafted may change a bit in this process but after writing this post, that change is no longer worrisome to me. My blog should reflect me. Moving forward, the road isn't exactly clear but I must say I'm excited for the journey. If you choose to tag along, I hope we can share and encourage each other.

The images are a few shots I took this morning of my desk. I recently reorganized my room and am in the process of hanging artwork and surrounding myself with my most treasured items. The goal is to keep the things I love nearby so that I can draw inspiration from them when I'm feeling unmotivated.

P.S. Thank you for bearing with me. I know this was a long post but it feels good to be open and honest.

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Reader Comments (7)

I've been there too - have a hug from me to you :)

October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShasta

Welcome back! Can't wait to see where your new inspiration will take you. :)

October 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

What a wonderful post!! Doesn't matter that it is long, i can feel it is coming straight from the heart. Also LOVE the lay-out of your site! Will go explore now :-).
have a wonderful day
jutta byw

October 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJutta

Welcome back. You've been missed. I'll definitely be coming along for the ride.

October 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRosie

Lovely to meet you:) I'm stopping by via BYW Boot Camp and I'm so pleased to have found you. Your blog is delicious! Love the layout. Love the organisation. Love the pretty pictures. Love, love, love! I too, have been in a bit of a bloggy slump. Feeling overwhelmed by life as I'm finishing off the build of a new house has left me on a bit of a downer with my blog. Holly's course has been just the thing to get me all revved up again. Now for a little bit more time in the day to get all of the readings and work done! See you in class! x

October 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkim h

Coming out of lurk to say that it's wonderful to have you back. I've been where you are and have come to realise the same. Blogging can become a chore, but mine (although not fancy) is my "Dear Diary" per se. It's about my adventures in the city I live, crafting and anything else that I'm interested in and as I read ... yours is the same or similar for you.

Like another poster said ... I'm still tagging along with you. Great to have you back!

October 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNicky

This is the first time I've been here, I was referred here from an e-mail newsletter, for the silhouette jars. I like the way you write, very unpretentious and real. I also really like the photo of your desk, the window and the handcrafted curtains. Something very calm and soothing there.
Keep up the good work.

March 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa

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