Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Long Awaited Return Of Thoughts And The Jessica


So...

It has been a LONG time since you've REALLY seen me around here, hasn't it? There are good reasons for it all, and some frustrating ones. I need to say though that some other reasons came up during that time that came as a bit of a surprise to me. I'll get to the details on that in a minute. I'm first going to tell you more about the reasons that started it all.

As you may have remembered reading before, I moved near the end of March on my own for the first time in my life. The change was indeed a crazy one for a number of reasons. Mostly because it was insanely new to me--all the responsibility and the unpacking. I constantly felt like I was running around in circles and accomplishing nothing. It was tough trying to set up my new place AND make dinner AND wash dishes AND do laundry in between working full time. I've gotten to the point where I have figured out the balance now. For the most part anyway.

So, on to the surprises. I have discovered a new way of thinking. By that I mean, I've learned how to differentiate between what needs to be done and what doesn't need to be done. What I want to do and what I don't want to do. In other words, I can see now what I really want to spend my time on. There are so many meaningless things we do in life, why bog ourselves down with stuff that means nothing to us?

I spent a lot of time trying to get everything just so and organizing. It was just so... pointless. Well, not pointless. It needed to be done. But it was just such a time robber, you know? And then some of the things I was trying to do for my 2013 Year of Epicness weren't going to happen. I tried really hard to get back to them, but I had to come to the conclusion that it just wasn't meant to happen. There are bigger things on the list that should be done, not these little things. *

Let's not forget my writing! I was hoping to have my book revised, beta read, formatted, and published by now. Did this happen? No! Why? Because I got distracted with life, as per uge. I am going to be making a concerted effort to write/revise at least 15 minutes a day starting next week. This way I can get my butt moving so that I can make sure to meet these goals by the end of summer. Not only that, but I have a few things I've been meaning to get going and share on my writing blog as well.

Then when it came to me attempting to get my blog back together, all I could think of was how my blog has been lacking something. I couldn't figure out exactly what. I allowed my mind to wander as I looked at all my fellow bloggers recent posts. At one point I decided I was done with memes, that they are just too much to keep up with and keep me from writing personal posts. But as I look at them again, I can see how they can be fun when you use them once in awhile. When I first started blogging, I was so obsessed with doing every single one. I don't need to do them ALL the time, just add a few in here and there to add a little spice to the blog. Let people know what's on my mind or what books I love or am looking forward to.

Also, when it comes to my blog, I'm going to be sharing some things I haven't been able to talk about since I've been gone. This will include some new details on long awaited bookish and other goodness, articles on further thoughts I've had lately, and some pictures to share from Pinterest and real life. Because, why not? I want to put some life back into this blog! Starting next week you will start to see more posts and reviews on here... not to mention more books being read. ;)

So these are some of my thoughts on my blog and life now that I've been able to really think about my priorities. I am so glad to almost be back on track again. I can't wait to get back to chatting with all of you on here, on your blogs, and on Twitter! Talk to you soon! <3


Jessica

* I'll talk more about my 2013 personal goals in another post. There's just too much to say there!

4 comments:

  1. Glad to see you back, Jess! I am so happy that you're finding and settling into a new routine. That's awesome and good for you. That way you won't be stressed.

    I'm glad you can see the bigger picture. And re: the blog and making it more "you." DO IT. I'm the happiest blogger I've ever been since I started writing more personal posts. And memes, I think everyone has to decide how many they want do to how often and such. You'll figure out what works for you!

    Love ya!

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

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    1. Yes! Seeing the bigger picture. We've both been talking about that lately. :) It's good to know I have someone else who's been dealing with the same feelings. Seeing how much it has helped you motivates me to keep going in this direction. :D Love you too!

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  2. "There are so many meaningless things we do in life, why bog ourselves down with stuff that means nothing to us?" YES. OMG yes. I find myself constantly doing ridiculous little things and it's like 'really? What is WRONG with you when there are a million things you NEED to be doing?' I'm working on it...it's not easy, but it can be done. I'm glad you're settling in and getting things figured out. Real life gets in the way of blogging sometimes and that's ok...especially when 'real life' is interspersed with some of the fun times you've been having. ;-) <3

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    1. You're right, it isn't easy. I still struggle with it. It's so much easier to just do the little things than put forth the effort to do something more. It is good to let real life happen once in awhile. Those are the memories we'll cherish forever... and will inspire ideas for stories--and plenty of them! ;)

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