This post was inspired by Instagramming a photo from my blog the other day. Naturally, I had to say things like "Head over to julyplusaugust.me" and "Link in bio." And then I decided to double-check the blog and maybe clean up a little. Because I'm not a frequent blogger and wanted to make sure the post flow was cohesive to whatever new reader might wander in.
Now, do you ever flip through your older blog posts? How does it make you feel?
For me, I noticed one thing - I used to be way more productive and positive. Like, times more! I guess this explain a huge gap in blogging between now and the beginning of the year. At some point, I became too swapped to generate content, and fell out of schedule like, big time. But how did I manage to blog before? Where did I find inspiration?
For instance, I used to do these cute little "weekly snaps" editions. Basically, just a weekly reports using previously Instagrammed images. You know, I used to be slightly embarrassed when composing them out of the smallest things, like a smoothie/ brunch/quick outfit snaps, or a selfie. I enjoyed those smoothies and brunches very much, but they were just the iPhone pictures. No Olympus Pro there, no glamorous styling. But looking back at them now, I see very clearly what they really are. An imprint of me and my life, proving that I was actually living. Really, really living each of those moments in the midst of hustle.
And this got me realize where to look for the well of inspiration and positivity. It was hiding in plain sight! By noticing the moment, being in it and acknowledging the littlest details about it - that's how we live, instead of just passing through life. Other things often might take our mind off of what is truly valuable, but it's important to find ways to get back to it.
So what are the lessons to take from it?
- Connecting to your creative self.
Taking a break. Meditating. Appreciating the smaller joys of life, no matter how mad it makes my boyfriend when I'm taking a snap of our lunch or yet another selfie. To me, my Instagram is my personal project. It's about documenting my life to be able to remind myself that my days don't just fly by. Seeing the images lined up on my Instagram, fun, vivid and full of light, makes me incredibly inspired.
- Your values.
Think of yours, and stick to them. Mine are Positive, Beautiful, Authentic and Creative. Now I see that my work was more meaningful when I kept them in mind. When I started to forget them, the content became negative and confused, and I was turned off. Look around and notice things that reflect your values to be able to rework them into something to be proud of.
- Your strength.
Focus on and explore whatever you're passionate about the most, be it writing, photography or vlogging. And when life out there becomes too rough, recall the beautiful things your are able to create from complete scratch, and that whatever difficulties might arise, they don't define you.
P.S. Random point, but it makes me so happy that the mysterious "writing" I kept mentioning over and over last summer is coming together! It's hard to write when there's no time... But what I have so far proves that it's 100% worth it to make it into a finished product :)
Let's enjoy the rest of the week and have an awesome weekend! <3