A look at the week that was and a little insight into the #bloglife, sharing things I just can’t share anywhere else!
Highlights of the week
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Do you ever have that feeling where everything is hard and all you want to do is just sit on the couch in your pyjamas and not move? That’s been me for the last few weeks. I’ve been feeling unmotivated and uninspired, it’s even been hard for me to write. It’s almost like every time I’ve sat down in front of my computer I’ve just rolled my eyes, exhaled loudly then opened a bunch of new tabs and looked at the internet instead. I have been devoid of creativity.
I’ll tell you what, I’ve been feeling really guilty and embarrassed about it too. I mean, I have no right to feel that way cos I have such a great job. Fair enough if I felt that way in my old office job, but this job, no way! I’m so lucky – there’s absolutely no reason to feel like that. Which is exactly what I kept saying to myself and is exactly what made me feel even more guilty and embarrassed.
Then, I had a realisation. Matt and I have been working our asses off ever since we left our jobs. We were motivated by our dreams but also by fear, not wanting to run out of money or totally mess this thing up. We didn’t want to fail and have to go slinking back to an office job. More than anything we wanted this to succeed, so we’ve put absolutely everything we’ve got into it for the last few years, working towards something.
Well, this year, we reached what we were working towards. Time has gone by so fast it’s crazy to think I left my job over three years ago and Matt left his over 2 years ago. It just flew by. I think we’ve been so focused on making this thing work that we lost track of time or just how much we’ve put into it. That’s why I hit my slump. We finally reached this place we’ve been busting our asses to get to and, somewhere deep inside, part of me must have realised this and just decided it needed a break.
Making dinner in the kitchen last week, Matt and I were talking about the slump and how we were both feeling drained and unmotivated. He said, “This is our holiday. I don’t feel bad about it. Enjoy it.” He was right. It took me a moment to wrap my guilt-ridden mind around it, but he was right. I suddenly realised we’d been putting everything we had into our business for years now and the way I’ve been feeling wasn’t because I’m lazy or unmotivated, it was just my sub-conscious realising how far we’d come and pushing me to take a break.
So, I’ve been leaning into it. I’ve still been working but not doing all the extras. If I’ve had a day where I can’t write, I don’t. If I have a day where I can’t reply to an email, I don’t. I’ve just been giving in to what my body and mind have been urging me to do and, by treating it like a holiday, I got rid of the guilt. Every time I felt bad I’d remind myself, ‘Hey, girl, this is your holiday. You’ve been busting your hump for a long time. Your business has grown so much and you’ve achieved so many of your goals, take five.’
Well, it worked, because this week I am back with a vengeance. I woke up on Monday and felt so fresh, recharged and ready. I felt inspired and, for the first time in weeks, couldn’t wait to sit down at my computer and get to work because I felt so motivated to write again. The words just flowed.
I guess it made me realise that it doesn’t matter where you’re at in life, this kind of thing still happens and it’s okay. I’d been trying to fight it, sending myself into a shame spiral and making myself feel really guilty and lazy and it was just making it worse. The second I stopped fighting and just embraced it, things got so much easier and now I’m refreshed, energised and ready to go again.
It’s okay to feel unmotivated, uninspired, lethargic, tired, worn-out, exhausted, sleepy, overwhelmed, bored and all those other nasty things that creep in from time to time. It’s also okay to give in to all of them and let your mind, body and soul rest. Those feelings don’t come up for no reason and, when they do, it’s really important to listen to them. Not just that, it’s important not to guilt yourself in the process. If your body is screaming at you to take a break, you need to take a break and trust it’s for your greater good.
News and Updates
We refreshed the Little Grey Box branding this week! Did you notice? We re-vamped our logo, giving it a fresh new font and a cleaner feel. I absolutely love the new logo and how the little plane looks like a sky-writer. We also developed a tagline for LGB which we think really represents what we’re all about. The tagline is, ‘Travel Fun!’ For me, it perfectly captures what we’re all about. What do you think?
Watch the brand new video up on our YouTube channel this week!
We published TWO videos on the YouTube channel this week, here they are for your viewing pleasure.
You can visit our channel, if you feel like it, by clicking here. No pressure, mate – do what ya feel!
Phoebe Lee is a travel writer, YouTuber and photographer with a love for storytelling and making people laugh. Follow her and Matt’s adventures at home and around the world, right here on Little Grey Box and through Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.