Getting out of a rut

Botanical Garden
How can one NOT feel inspired when in a place like this? The ideas came a flowin’ in this botanical garden last week when I had a few free minutes during a business trip. (My own photo.)

Are you a creative person? Have you gotten into a rut with whatever way you execute your creativity? I can answer yes to both, but here’s the thing—I’m feeling inspired to be creative and write these days and there’s a big idea brewing in my head that will help with that desire to write. I’m not ready to share said big idea yet, but I’m getting the pieces in place to be able to execute it.

Speaking of ruts, after months of not being able to box because of the back injury I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been back to boxing almost three times per week since the end of February. During my exercise hiatus/injury recovery, I gained 12-15 pounds back. Ugh. I was so upset with myself at the beginning of this year after working so hard to lose the 30 pounds I’d lost in 2017, but it happened. I’ve been able to workout now and I’ve changed my eating habits and as of this morning, I’m down 12 pounds. I’d like to lose a few more, but I also have to work on my fitness to get toned up again and fit into a few pieces of clothing better. I do feel great, though, and feel so much more like myself these days. I swear, hitting the heavy bag is so good for my head and my body.

To stay out of this rut and to get my creative juices flowing, I’ve decided that I need to work on:

  • Getting back to meditating every day
  • Getting outside every day now that the weather is getting nicer
  • Setting aside times to write every week
  • Carrying a notebook with me so I can write things down when the urge hits. I wrote something down last week while on an airplane, but I can’t find the piece of paper I wrote it on. Bummer. It will turn up, but this is why I need a little notebook. I can be like Mrs. Maisel and her comedy notebook. (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you need to check out The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime Video. It’s a show that makes me want to get up and go do something fun, even though I tend to watch it before bed.)

It’s all going to be a process. Life isn’t a straight line. There are always going to be challenges that take you off course of whatever path you want to be on or whatever goal you’re working on. But I think being able to recognize the challenges and getting back on track—whether it’s with writing or exercising or eating well or whatever is important to you—that’s what matters. Life is too short to not do what you love or to feel sorry for yourself. Pick yourself up and set some goals, no matter how big or how small.

Until next time…….


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