My loves! How the hell are you?
Hopefully you’re all blissed out from a holiday season filled with naps, snuggles, smiles & sweets. I know I am. I just got home from my first day back at the office and lemme tell you: there is something lovely about the day-to-day routine of life.
I’m happy to be back in it. Working, blogging, being. The holidays? They’re great. But for probably the first year ever, I’m so okay to see them pack up their (overstuffed) bags and head on out until next year. My heart is full. And also ready to tackle new things and continue building in 2014. Onward.
If there’s one way I would characterize the past two-ish months of my life it’s this:
As in, my brain just will not stop. Ideas for blog posts. Ideas for work projects. Ideas for side businesses. Ideas for solving the world’s problems. Ideas for re-decorating my room. Ideas for simplifying my routine. Ideas, ideas, ideas.
Too many. I have too many.
I’m absolutely, positively not saying this to brag. My ideas are actually overwhelming me to the point of paralysis. I can’t focus for long enough to fully write down an idea before I’m on to the next one. It’s exhausting.
Here is the problem with ideas: sometimes, simply writing them down makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something. But the real trouble here is that I haven’t. Coming up with the idea for something is only like 5% of it. DOING that something is where progress is made. Where revolutions are started. Where I cross the threshold of being able to actually pat myself on the back.
So the problem? I haven’t been doing much of anything the past two months. Just dreaming. Scheming. List-making.
Hence the idea overload(whelm) state. Here’s my plan to get out of this state:
- Gather all of the random notes tucked away in three different notebooks, an assortment of Evernotes and Notes on my phone into one, central location (probably Trello).
- Do a gut-check: Which of these ideas are really worthwhile? Which are the most me? Which did I come up with primarily because I wanted to emulate someone else? Which will bring value in the future – not just for me, but for someone else?
- And then? SHIP. Pound things out. Turn plans into actions. Get shit done. Share it with the world.
I read a great blog post the other day while spiraling down the path of non-productivity (again) that really emphasized the idea that done is better than perfect. So true, so wise.
All of you New Years Resolution-ers, goal-setters, trailblazers or whatevertheheck you want to call yourselves, join me in doing something this week. Making something. Moving the needle forward. Let’s roll.
But FIRST. Important Things to Discuss.
I’ve been dreaming/scheming a lot on the topic of blog sponsorship. I jumped into it in December, got four lovely ladies to participate, and now I’m sort of floundering on the best way to share their greatness with you all.
So, uh, how about I start by introducing you to the two you haven’t met yet? Yeah. That’s what I’ll do.
This is where, if you haven’t yet, you pour yourself a piping hot cuppa’ coffee (or tea, if you roll that way) and get ready to journey down the internet rabbit hole of blog exploration. Ooooh-eeee.
Amanda @ Break the Sky
Currently: Frolicking around the UK, posting fab photos to Instagram (yeah, go ahead and be jealous, I know I sure am).
Typically: Living in DC, blogging about travel adventures, books, cupcakes, makeup and tea.
Most recently: Declared 2014 as The Year of Me. Frickin’ genius.
Get lost reading: It Wasn’t Over for Me; It Still Isn’t Over, The Perfect Red Lipstick and 23 Things I’ve Learned in 23 Years.
Cassie @ Witty Title Here
Currently: Enjoying a few last days of winter break in LA after heading home to Maryland.
Typically: Living in LA, killin’ it in grad school & blogging about everything from California life to photography to self-love, introversion and how to be a good person.
Most recently: Recapped the best year of her life (um, whoa, who knew so much could change in a year! so many props).
Get lost reading: A Woman To Aspire To, 3 Months in LA: How I See Money Differently and Change Your Story (A Call to Action).
So I have two questions for you: How do you deal with idea overload(whelm)? AND, if you already follow & enjoy Cassie and/or Amanda, what’s your favorite thing about their blogs? Talk to me in the comments!