Tuesday, November 1, 2016

{31 Days} Epic Failure and What to do to Fix It

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This is my fifth year participating in the #write31days challenge.  When I first started, I thought it would be a great way for me to get to know other bloggers, and it worked.  I loved the community and the encouragement, and I also loved the challenge of writing for 31 days straight.


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When I was preparing for the challenge this year, I could not pin down a topic.

It seemed like life was going at warp speed, and before I knew it, it was September 30th, and I hadn’t come up with a topic.

At that moment, I knew that I wanted to write about overcoming overwhelm.

Why?  Well, because I was so overwhelmed, it seemed natural to want to write about overcoming it.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have any idea of how to do this in the month of October.  Well, I did have a few ideas, and it all started out well enough.

Then my kids got sick, and then I got sick.  I haven’t been really sick in a good couple years – which is absolutely lucky, I know that.

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I think one of the reasons that I hadn’t been sick besides colds over the past couple of years was because I had made peace with my schedule and removed what wasn't necessary.  I was able to not being stressed or overwhelmed.  So, when my body started to become stressed again, and I felt life getting a bit out of control, of course I got sick.

I thought I would be able to persevere and get through the challenge, writing about my experiences, however, I’m sure you have noticed, that was not the case.  Instead, I wrote a few posts about how I am not very successful at overcoming overwhelm.

Finally, the week before Lucy’s birthday, I said enough.  I was sick, had vertigo, and could not talk.  I realized I needed a break.


Taking a break in the blogging world seems like such a difficult thing.  I think that it is difficult because we are all always connected, always trying to put out new content, always trying to be in community with our readers, trying to share interesting and valuable information online.

What happens?  Essentially, burn out happens.

You push so hard, I push so hard, that I end up back where I was a couple years ago, and all I need is a little bit of breathing room.

I ended up allowing myself to take a break.  Not an easy task for someone who is trying to build build build, but it was necessary.  I wasn’t helping anyone, certainly not myself, and that is a main reason that I blog.

Simple living in a complicated world – yet my world was very complicated, and I was doing nothing to simplify it.

I am constantly striving for balance in my home, but realized that my blog was taking on a life of its own.  This is a good thing since I am trying to build this online business, however, it is also a bad thing if I am unable to balance everything else I have on my plate (most notably homeschooling and the activities my kids are involved in).

Being an introvert it is easy for me to just want to shut out everything and hide.  But, obviously that isn’t an option.

I realized that in order for me to do better with balance, I needed to work smarter and not harder.  I also needed to take some time to think about my goals for this blog, what is my long term vision, and why do I continue to write even when I am stressed?

The Genius Blogger’s Toolkit came at the right time for me as far as blogging goes.  I realized that I was trying to do too many things, too many things with my blog, too many things in life, and I needed to prioritize. 

For business, bundle has been an amazing tool for me.  Showing me some of the problems that I have, while giving me concrete steps to take in order to improve.  I love being a blogger, working for myself, but sometimes self gets in the way, and I just need someone to tell me what to do.  This bundle is helping me learn that.

Now, there are a lot of things that I am doing for my personal side as well, finding balance and not being overwhelmed going into our busy season is something I definitely need to work hard on, and it is not easy, but it is worth it.  I hope to be sharing some of those steps over the next several weeks. 

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As for now, I am sorry that I was unable to finish this challenge, but I think that I learned a good lesson in that sometimes I can’t push through, sometimes I really do need to take a step back and look at the big picture. 

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How do you overcome overwhelm in blogging or in life?  Do you ever continue pushing through without stepping back to breathe?

22 comments:

  1. Burn out is so awful! This resource looks amazing!

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  2. I've only participated in the Write 31 Days challenge a couple of times and I struggled the most in the weeks AFTER the challenge because I poured so much into my blog during October that when November came around I was completely drained...so I understand needing balance!

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  3. I desperately need this blogging tool kit. Finding balance is very important and that's where I struggle.

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  4. I've never hear of a 31 day challenge but I totally love it! Good luck this year!

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  5. I was able to finish my own challenge, I used some of your suggestions and then some of my own. It came off like a sentence a day that I always do, but I appreciated having some of your guidance!

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  6. I think we could all use a toolkit like that. Blog burnout is a thing.

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  7. I am never good at committing to that much writing! This bundle looks absolutely amazing, though!

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  8. I just started a writing challenge on my blog! It's posting every day! I'm only on day 2 and it's so hard! It's helping get me out of my comfort zone but wow!

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  9. I could def not do a writing challenge. I have tried to lighten my load with blogging because it's so hard to be a mom and work full time and blog! I really love it, but I had to learn to let myself live life too. I'm glad you didn't push yourself!

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  10. I know exactly what you mean about burnout, and you feel a bit like a failure when you take a step back from blogging. I think in part it's because we have the ability to see the drop in views or interaction and we know how hard it is to get to that point! so we just want to keep it up, but the most important thing is to take care of yourself and your family!

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  11. Ahhhh burn out can be the worst!!! Happens to me like once a year. I hate taking a break, but sometimes a week or two off does the trick!

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  12. It's not easy to not be overwhelmed when you have a blog. It's important to keep it up to date with fresh content. I try to remind myself that nothing is the end of the world.

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  13. I have been blogging for years and burn out happens often for me. It always helps me to take a break so I can get motivated again and come back with a plan of attack!

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  14. I run hot and cold with my blog. Conferences help motivate me, but hey can be so costly. I hate that!

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  15. We all experience this from time to time. At least I know I have. Taking a break from blogging helps especially when you feel like it's too much work to write.

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  16. I'll have to look into this. I am really feeling like I have blogging fatigue. I might need a little break too.

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  17. Dont beat yourself up for not finishing a challenge. Thats why they are called challenges they are hard. At least you were candid and honest dont worry life happens.

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  18. I think it's so important that you learned that it's okay to take a break. I know it can be especially difficult in the blogging world where consistency in putting out content is so important. I had two straight months where I only put out 5 posts the entire month. My health was just terrible and I was struggling with depression and a lot of emotional turmoil in my personal life. I tried to ignore it and stay on my blogging schedule, but I just couldn't. I had a breakdown, and had to take a break. My numbers fell but I had to take care of myself first. Luckily, I finally jumped back last month and am doing a lot better overall. Sometimes a break is all you need.

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  19. That sounds like a fun challenge...but I can definitely see how overwhelming it can be on top of everything else. I have a small business, work full time and I am a full time student all on top of blogging! There have been days that I really thought I might have a breakdown! Definitely important to take care of yourself!

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  20. I definitely reach a burnout period every now and again. I love my blog but sometimes stepping back for just a second will give you the extra boost that you need to get back into it.

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  21. Taking care of yourself is super important. I am so sorry that you felt under the weather but the bounce back is the best part, right?!

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  22. Writing is a discipline, and an insane one at that. The solitude life alone can let a writer go crazy. But taking a breather here and there is always healthy.

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