Friday, September 30, 2016

{31 Days} of Overcoming Overwhelm Introduction

Welcome to my main post for my Write 31 Days challenge this year!  I have to admit that I had a heck of a time coming up with a topic this year.  I had so many different ideas running through my mind, but it seemed like every time I found a topic that I liked, I couldn’t find the time to flesh out what I wanted to say on that topic.  In one word, I was overwhelmed.  In fact, I am still overwhelmed.


If you don’t know what the Write 31 Days challenge is all about, I recommend heading over to the website for more information.  If you decide to join in, let me know!  I would love to follow along with you.

This will actually be my fifth year participating!  My previous 31 Days projects are:


After realizing how overwhelmed I felt, how out of sync I felt, and how I seemed to be letting life happen to me rather than taking control, I knew what my topic would be.

31 Days of Overcoming Overwhelm

This will not necessarily be prescriptive.  While I would love to say that I wrote out all of my posts ahead of time – I most definitely did not.  In fact, while I am writing this intro post, I am absolutely at the end of my rope as far as overwhelm seems to go.  No, instead, I will be writing about my changes and thoughts as they happen.  This is a real time experiment guys, and I hope you will follow along.


I know that I am not the only woman out there that feels overwhelmed.  In fact, I bet there are a large portion of my readers that feel overwhelmed in some way or another.  My goal is to try and encourage you (and myself!) to move forward, and to make some necessary changes in order to thrive.

That could mean adding in more margin, it could mean saying yes to the *right* things (for us), it could mean more self-care, or some time unplugged.  It could mean new rhythms, routines, and schedules.  For me, it probably looks like all of the above.

Over the next month, I plan to take you through the changes that I need to make now, and hopefully you will find some encouragement to fight your own overwhelm, whatever it may be from.  My goal is to be able to settle into a much neater, nicer way of living day-to-day, so that I can be a positive role model in my children’s lives, and to encourage them to be positive influences on those around them.


I will update this post as I go throughout the month, so that at the end all of my posts will be linked here for an easy way to find them.  Make sure you subscribe and pin this post so that you can follow along as well.


61 comments:

  1. I write a sentence a day for my blog. I know how much it helps in getting thoughts down. I'll look into your challenge!

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  2. Ok, I'm in! "Meeting" you on video did it!

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  3. Awesome! I'm glad you are in for the challenge - it is so fun!

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  4. Writing things down is so therapeutic what a great challenge - good luck!

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  5. This is great motivation! I can definitely be overwhelmed sometimes with work, kids, life. Can't wait to follow along.

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  6. I have participated in the Write 31 days challenge and have absolutely loved it..and am quite fascinated by your topic...best of luck during the next 31 days!

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  7. Writing things down helps relieve stress. This always works for me. This sounds like a great challenge.

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  8. This is such an awesome idea for a challenge. I'm sure the participants will love it.

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  9. I am SO excited for this topic! Writing things down always helps me too- just to sort out my thoughts.

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  10. A real time experiment sounds pretty exciting! I can relate to being an overwhelmed mom and I look forward to following your series.

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  11. What a neat and interesting challenge. I had never heard of anything like this before but think it would be neat to try myself! - Jeanine

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  12. Love this challenge! I think I may need to join this, because its so good to have that support and help with my own management of time!

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  13. Overwhelmed is a feeling we are all...overwhelmed with! Just gotta take it one moment at a time :)

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  14. Overwhelming feelings and Motherhood go hand in hand for me. I like to take a few deep breaths, make a list of the things that are bothering me and move forward. Easier said than done.

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  15. YOU GO! I am "THE" worst at completing these. I have started 3 times and by the 4th day I want to scream ha! I will make sure to come and check your posts and maybe I wouldn't feel the overwhelming feeling next round.

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  16. I'm going to check out this challenge, I'm intrigued.

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  17. I think this is a great topic and I will definitely be following along! I am certainly in the Overwhelmed category and need to find a way to reduce some of the stress and let go of the things that are not necessary!

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  18. This is AWESOME. That is amazing. You go, mom! It is okay to feel overwhelmed and learning how to cope is key!

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  19. This is so great! Thanks for sharing it

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  20. I love that you're making this a real-time challenge for yourself. Writing things down is so incredibly theraputic, I can't wait to see this all unfold for you!

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  21. I am a sucker for a good challenge, I'll have to look into this!! ;)

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  22. This sounds like a GREAT challenge! Yes, writing things down is so helpful for me, I just need to force myself to do it!!

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  23. Great challenge. I do hate when I get overwhelmed.

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  24. I've never done this before. I will have to think about doing this.

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  25. Oh wow, this is so cool!! I've never heard of this but I may have to start doing this myself!!!

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  26. I make lists and try to make time for myself everyday, even if it is only 15 minutes. It is still a work in progress.

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  27. I make lists and try to make time for myself everyday, even if it is only 15 minutes. It is still a work in progress.

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  28. When I get overwhelmed, I take a break. It's what I need to just sit back and relax.

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  29. I've been feeling so overwhelmed as well lately! This always happens to me when I take on too many projects at once. I'm trying to learn to let go of some of them but it's so hard !

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  30. I recently bought the Five Minute Journal and it hasn't really been working for me. Not sure why, since so many love it. I really love to journal and I think this 31-day challenge might suit me better than what I'm doing now.

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  31. Every singles day is overwhelming for me, work especially. I wish I could figure out to better myself.

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  32. What a great challenge and when I get overwhelmed I take a break and step outside. xx

    www.annanuttall.com

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  33. When I am overwhelmed, I step back and work on a plan.

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  34. Yeah avoiding getting overwhelmed is a real challenge. I usually just step outside or go for a jog.

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  35. This is great ! Awesome challenge! I usually take a break and that really helps me! Thanks for sharing!

    Rita | http://www.styleroundtheclock.com

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  36. What a simple, fun and inviting challenge. With the holidays coming up, we could all benefit from this!

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  37. First time hear about it but is's sounds like a great challenge

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  38. Great challenge. It's such a real struggle for most of us.

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  39. Love your challenge! I tend to get overwhelmed and this would be a great way to reflect on letting go of somethings.

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  40. I can easily get overwhelmed and it is not fun for anyone in our household. Looking forward to learning some tips from your challenge

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  41. Overcoming overwhelming things is difficult. This is a nice challenge.

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  42. I am really bad when I am overwhelmed I shut down and do do anything... The only good thing is that now I am old enough to not have children to take care of.. But I don't take care of myself when in this rut. I need to get out of my all or nothing condition... lol

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  43. I haven't been able to pick up the courage to do this yet.
    It is a good project, all the best to you!

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  44. Love this! Can't wait to join it! Pinned it!

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  45. I have been overwhelmed since I began blogging sadly! I have a to-do list that is so long and keep getting suggestions thrown at me for posts, products, projects, etc.! Thanks for this! I could totally relate.

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  46. I think being overwhelmed and experiencing burnout are such real things. I think most importantly, it is good to recognize the signs and take out time for yourself. Self-care is so important!

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  47. I really like the theme for this year, it's awesome to be able to see what others would do to overcome that feeling. It's something that you can't easily beat, and it could also cause stress and panic.

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  48. Overwhelmed is a feeling I've had more and more often. Thank you for sharing.

    michenn

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  49. There are days when I'm feeling overwhelmed I simple just drop everything and take a break; spoil myself or go gor a walk just to clear my mind

    -alongcamekatrina.com

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  50. Great topic for your challenge - very relatable!

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  51. First of all - great job on doing this for 5 years! Second. I'm exactly the same way in that I like to do everything at one time and then get super overwhelmed so I can relate and I am really interested in the rest of your series.

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  52. This is a topic that we can all relate to. I feel overwhelmed more times than I don't. I am going to be following along!

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  53. I get easily overwhelmed, maybe I should give this challenge a try

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  54. This is a great challenge, I always feel overwhelmed - so this would help! Thanks!

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  55. I get easily overwhelmed as well, especially when my schedule is jam-packed. This sounds like a great challenge!

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  56. As a busy working mama, I feel overwhelmed on the regular...For me it helps to not let it take over and focus on one thing at a time!

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  57. What a fun challenge. Xefimiely something that can help sty focused and when you are stressed!

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  58. I've never heard of this challenge but would love to give it a go. Seems fun !

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