Changing Dynamics

picture by Brooke Lark

picture by Brooke Lark

As you may have noticed, I haven’t been the most consistent person in the world with the blog. And it kiiiiills me because I’m the type of person that if I say I’m going to do something, I’ll do it. 

I tried coming up with a million reasons (really, just excuses) and the truth is: before moving, I was writing from a specific place emotionally and physically and that gave me this particular way to access my thoughts and feelings. Fast forward two months, I have become the fifth Desperate Housewife: I get home every day to cooking and cleaning and home organizing (I am OBSESSED with Cassandra from ClutterBug; it turns out I’m a Butterfly: “a very visual person and likes to see all their belongings for fear of “Out of Sight, Out of Mind”). 

Sooo back to the topic, I had to go back and re-read my post on the importance of creating systems so I could analyze what was wrong with the ones I had in place. They worked amazing with my previous dynamic, but it was clear that I needed to modify them a little bit if I wanted to continue with the blog. 

And the thing is, I LOOOOVE writing, storytelling and creating content, so shutting down the whole thing wasn’t an option. 

I also realized that I was putting too much pressure on myself to upload on the specific days I had previously determined; pressure to upload something on Instagram every day, to stay on top of trends, to engage with my community, etc, etc. 

I REALLY admire those professional bloggers with their set schedules and organized lives because at this point I feel lucky if I have time to wash the dishes before leaving my house in the morning (because I’m running late 90% of the time, of course). 

So I've decided that: 

  1. I’m going to relax and stop putting so much pressure on myself (hello, I’m the only one with these crazy expectations on myself. Like I always tell my friends: "Don't treat yourself like you wouldn’t treat your best friend").
  2. Having said that, I’m going to stay consistent because I just love consistency and functional routines. They give me life and having a decently organized schedule allows me to be more creative.
  3. The only way for me to be consistent is to change my posting days. I’m going to post this week on Thursday (today), and I’ll come back next Monday for the weekly recap. It will be trial and error at first. I want the content to feel natural and I want to look forward to writing it. 
  4. I want to create content in Spanish! (This one is in fourth place but it should be 1.0.). I want to communicate in my native language. I’m currently working on a Podcast in Spanish (De Vinos y Otros Cuentos; you will soon hear all about it), and I’m going to figure out a way to incorporate it into the blog in a way that feels organic.

So there’s that. Those are like my resolutions. I don’t want to commit ride-or-die style to them (because we all know that crazy commitments make me freak out, put a lot of pressure on myself and run like Julia Roberts on Runaway Bride), but I feel like this is a great way for me to figure out my place in this “new” space.

As always, thank you for reading. And PLEASE, if you have any tips for having better time and content management skills, please leave them below or shoot me an email to: info@livinggrit.com.