I have been away for almost two weeks now. Turns out, it isn’t hard to burn out with a blog. I have been watching webinars, studying the art of blogging for profit, writing notes, and making sure I have what I need to be successful.
The problem, I haven’t been taking the time for myself. I love creating. It’s the one thing that truly makes me happy, but wasn’t doing it. I had to stop everything, and do nothing, just to reflect.
I had bought a ton of stuff to create with at the beginning of the month, and haven’t really touched any of it. So, I started an embroidery project on a pillow. It says, Happy Forever. I’ll have to show you the finished project later. I have happy done, of course, like the armature I am, with ties everywhere.
I had to stop and think about all the wisdom I have received from professional bloggers in my email. I look for bloggers on Pinterest and Instagram, and search for them in the ads. I don’t tend to look at the pictures, if I’m looking for webinars and newsletters.
So, I sat down on my living room floor, scattered the printed pages, and began to read. I took in that wisdom, and wrote in the handouts what I needed to not burnout.
I love my blog, but I need to structure out my days to let myself breathe. A creative lifestyle blog is something I need to advise from.
At that moment, I decided to tell you about what I’m doing to make time for creation:
Embroidery: Sewing takes a lot of time, and that’s what I need. I need time to think about how to get in a healthy routine. My pillow was calling my name for a pretty project, and started covering happy. Watching videos on Pinterest for flower designs was probably my favorite part.
Making lists: Being burnt out, I do what I do best; I make lists. Lists of routines I need to be doing for myself. I found a bullet journal I had gotten from Walmart a few years ago. It was in a book, so I took out the stitches, and put a couple in my Happy Planner.
The journal has days of the week to tick off for tasks, and under them is where I put your tasks for the week. I loved this format so much, I made a variation for you. I put in more rows, since I ran out of space pretty quickly on the other one. I also have different sections of tasks, and thought many rows were a good idea anyway. I hope you like it.
Bing watching: Not touching the website is really hard. I love changing things up, and seeing what kinds of technology is out there for blogs. I usually watch YouTube all day, but I decided to switch it up to Netflix. It takes a lot for me to get into something time consuming, and YouTube is pretty good for the shorter content. This time, Netflix is calling my name, to really take the time to focus on something out of my norm.
I have finished a series called Legacies, am about to finish The Haunting of Bly Manor, and have a secret love affair with all things supernatural.
YouTube has been a picky one lately. Podcasts are getting to me, as I listen to them with my bird. This is when I create my projects, and just hang out. Come Sit With Us is a great one from The Try Wives. If you love to dig in deep about mental flaws, Good For You with Whitney Cummings is another favorite.
Spending time with my bird: I love my bird. She is so sweet. She is also like a child, who needs your attention at every second of the day. So, I have spent many days serenading her with YouTube Music. Singing and switching up the words, makes her melt every time. Any song with the word love in it, is a great song. I tend to listen to a lot of 90s music for this reason. I wonder if she was a Backstreet Boy fan in another life.
Animals are a great way to settle down with, when things are a bit hectic. She has her little personality quirks that just make me laugh. Hanging out in the bathroom, her favorite room, made things extra special.
The daytime is for Georgie. Being a night owl myself, I do better burning the midnight oil. She went to bed early, and I got so much done! It’s the time I am most creative, and productive. It’s my favorite time of the day. A cup of tea, something to listen to, and anything to keep my hands busy.
Create yourself: Have you ever just sat down, and played with makeup? Maybe it’s been a while, and I need to take the time to do it again. For me, it was this, and shaving my head bald. Hair hurts with fibromyalgia, and has been gradually getting shorter for about 10 years. I shaved it 2 years ago, because it hurt too much to have it. This time, I don’t want the maintenance of my hair. I love my curly hair, but it was annoying to have. I like rubbing my bald head, and knowing there isn’t hair to get in the way of massaging it.
I have been taking the time to go on Amazon to look at plastic earrings to compliment my new hairdo. I’m allergic to metal, and thought it was a great idea to look up plastic instead. My skin doesn’t like to have metal on it, and the idea of alternatives is a nice thought.
Without hair, I don’t need to maintain products, and can focus on other confident boosting avenues. Like the earrings, I love scarves. Scarves and mascara are the perfect accessories to a bald head.
What is a good way for you to not cause burnout? How do you make time to create?
My roommate has had these food serving slates, and haven’t used them in a couple years. So, I asked for them as chalkboard reminders. I ended up getting some chalk, and started on my journey of things to pick up around the house, with the reminders in a couple places.
I looked for different kind of slates this week online, and found some fun coasters. I was at Walmart for chalk, when I found a two pack of coasters. I was super excited. Regular chalk doesn’t work on slates, but the liquid pens look so good on them.
Going to Hobby Lobby is one of my favorite pleasures in life. I found some blackboard clothes pins on clearance for .49, and picked out 2 packs of 4. Along the way of finding my roommate, I found some really pretty pastel liquid chalk pens. They stand out in the room, so it really helps to see something with a bright color contrast.
The flower vase is placed on my living room coffee table, so it is always starring me down, when I look at the time, or admire the bouquet.
I hope this was a good post, leave a comment what you think of it.
I realized, I should just think about what topic I want to write about on the weekend, instead of worrying it throughout a 5 day period. I like to post things that are relevant to my life at the moment. Creativity is always relevant, so it isn’t too hard for me to come up with something different. It was fun to think about, and show the ways I’ve been using my slate reminders around the house.
I started my blog 2 months ago, and it hasn’t come without surprises. This post is about taking you through the process of my experience with a website, and how I got to writing about it.
Building a website, creating something I am proud to show off, needing to transfer my domain from GoDaddy to WordPress, having to rebuild all over again…I guess you could say I have had my work cut out this month. I started a blog, after realizing I needed a different purpose on a daily basis. I have heard for years how I should put my ideas and crafts on the internet, so that is exactly what I did; I didn’t know what I was getting into. I have a lot of computer skills, and knew the craft was there if I wanted to dive deeply into unknown territories. Growing up with computers really has their benefits.
What caught me off guard, was the pricing of so many different fees for services. I think that would have been a great heads up for someone who wants to create a website. You need subscriptions for Emails, your domain name, the website host you decide to use, and even the little things you might not have thought about. I have a subscription for a collage making app. Money is something to think about, if this is what you might want to look into.
Things add up every month just for services. I transferred my domain to WordPress, when GoDaddy proved not to be blog friendly like I needed it to be. I had already built the website for a month, and didn’t know I was about to create everything from scratch. It takes a lot of time to make something you want to be proud of. It has taken more time to set this one up, since it has more room to work with in terms of different setups. I had to pay $96 up front for the annual subscription. I have had to learn the hard way about how people put annually in the little print, when it says how much it would be a month.
All of this truly adds up, when you go for those loops. With such a tight budget, I ended up cancelling my YouTube Premium subscription, just to make sure I have a future small business going. I haven’t registered Creating Jenni as a small business yet, but know if I want to continue down the profitable path, it’s something I’ll have to do. That is a whole other of loops and fees, I’ll have to prepare for.
My mental health has really gone down a spiral, taking on such a huge responsibility of community content. This post is being published on a Monday, because I’m struggling to find balance in my newly busy life. I started off with Sundays, since that is what I naturally would land on for my deadline goals. I’m not sure if anyone has noticed, but in the last month, since I had to re-due my website again, the content isn’t what I want it to be. Last week was simple and short. It was nice to write a piece like that, but it wasn’t my best work. The makeup piece was something that took a while, but am not sure about that quality either.
Life is nice working from home, but it takes a lot more practice from day to day tasks. Cleaning has always been a hard thing for me to do, since I’m disabled, but making a space that needs to be functional, is harder than it seems. I have a podium in my kitchen as a desk, a whiteboard with a magnetic calendar on it, and other things that are cute but also functional.
If you live with a child, or in my case, a bird, it might be a little more challenging. The demand of your job (and not getting paid at the moment for more than a full time gig), with someone else demanding your attention, is quite a juggle. I love my shoulder bird, but my hands are no longer on her head, and her needs are that much more. I’m not including looking for another job to pay for this one, finding another apartment, and needing a new phone to support all of my video appointment apps.
It has certainly been a bigger mountain than I thought it would be, but getting the hang of it, is truly the start of a long road. Behind the scenes of getting things out there to an audience, and finding brands to work with, is the next fork in the road.
I hope this helps anyone else who wants to go down a website and/or blog road. I couldn’t find things like this for me to foreshadow someone else’s. This is also just the tip of my growing iceberg.
If you have any questions, I’m here. Everything goes to my email, which I check often as well.
These bags are one of my favorite things to brag about. It sounds quite silly, but they are a huge help in organizing, and can even see what’s in them!
I told my mom once, I am a clear kind of girl. We were picking out storage bins, when I saw there were clear options. If I don’t see what is in something, I’ll forget what’s in them. That’s why these are the perfect kind of organizers. I can see what is in them, and even know what they are. They seem small, but they are pretty big in what they hold. I’ll just have to show you:
My purse bag: I love having an organized mini backpack. We have been wearing masks, but I would have enjoyed to wear lippies on the go in here. I have Raynaud’s Syndrome, where my extremities are almost always cold. I have my hat and fingerless gloves that fit perfectly in it, and with so much more room for anything else.
Stickers and embellishments: These have come in handy for these loose things I use in planning. I have coupon accordion folders for specific subjects, and love how I have something just as compact for the things that don’t have homes.
Sewing: It’s kind of nice to see what kind of colors are available for embroidery floss, and know it isn’t in a big container, or a darker bag. I also like how a bulker box fits snuggly.
Medicine Closet: I tend to miss where I put things in my super deep linen closet. I had boxes to put things in, but I couldn’t see in the boxes. These were just what I needed to solve the issue. They don’t have bulk or a top to misplace, but a zipper to still keep what needs to be closed in. (Tall things are the exception.)
Beauty: I had just shown my makeup box, but didn’t show my nail polish. A container didn’t make sense for me, since they are heavy and fall everywhere, even with a closed top. It’s so nice to have them a little more compact, and a zipper to not spill everything out. (I forgot to make this look nicer on the inside, but I love how the details came out in editing.)