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Feeling Uninspired

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I started my blog as an outlet for myself and hoped that perhaps my honesty and vulnerability would connect with other people. At the end of the day, I have no hopes of monetizing my blog because truthfully, I don’t want to in a way have the direction of my blog be dictated by who is paying me to write sponsored posts. If it happens in a truly authentic, organic way that’s amazing and if it doesn’t, I won’t be losing sleep over it.

In the 8 months I’ve been blogging I’ve been truly blown away by the opportunities that have literally dropped into my lap and humbled by the following I have gained. But sometimes that has left me feeling uninspired. I want to write from my heart but I also want to write things that people want to read, things that people connect with or are helped by. Whether that be cheap farmhouse décor or tips on financially becoming a stay at home mom…I want what I write to matter…to someone, anyone.

I also want to be consistent with how often I write but sometimes that is really hard when I feel completely uninspired…like right now. I don’t want anything to ever come across forced or inauthentic but I also don’t want to leave this little place of the internet with radio silence.

Lately it has felt like there has been so much going on that I can’t even think straight let alone put my thoughts into words. I know I can’t be the only person that deals with this struggle between forced content and true, genuine, raw content. So please help me.

If you’ve dealt with this before, how did you get passed it? If you are a loyal reader, tell me what posts of mine you like the best? If you are new to my blog but an avid blog reader/YouTube watcher, what is your favorite type of content?

Please leave a comment below and help me feel inspired again! 🙂

    10 COMMENTS

  • Melinda Huezo September 19, 2017 Reply

    I started following you recently and what immediately made me connect was when you told your readers on Instagram not to be an a-hole and not leave a comment on your post lol. I love honesty and “tell it like it is” because that how I am! I feel like a lot of bloggers sugarcoat stuff and that’s just not me and I love finding other bloggers who keep it real.
    Anyway, after going through a miscarriage over a year ago, I was so uninspired to write. And it turned out it was because I wasn’t being honest about what was happening with me. I wrote a brutally honest post about my miscarriage and I felt like the fog lifted. Fast forward a few months and I was super pregnant with my son, I was uninspired again. I then wrote another post about being crazy overwhelmed and how I was lying to everyone that I was great. I felt so much better telling people the truth of my situation.
    I feel like I could chat off your ear but I’ll try to keep this short! The thing I recently decided with my blog was I was going to do what I WANTED instead of listening to everyone else’s advice. I’ve spent so much money on blogging advice and getting nowhere so I said screw it, I’m just going to try something new. I’ve really wanted to talk to people so I started doing daily Instagram videos- mostly for myself so I can be comfortable talking to the camera. Practice makes perfect, right?
    So I haven’t succeeded yet, but my advice is to follow your gut and maybe do that thing you’re nervous about doing! <3 okay, I'm going back to snooping around your website lol

    • jennw076 September 19, 2017 Reply

      Hahah was the a-hole comment too much!? But really I just have to say what I feel. I totally agree, so many bloggers/people on instagram only give the highlight reel and I’m not about that. If I’m going to share it’s going to be authentically and real and I appreciate that it resonates with how you are as well.

      I am so sorry to hear about your miscarriage, I cannot imagine how painful that time must have been and completely understand losing inspiration to write but I love that you were brutally honest with others and with yourself. That is such a good lesson to follow. It’s so true those posts/ videos that make you the most uncomfortable are typically the ones that you get an influx of messages about saying people really related and appreciated the honesty. Thank you so much for reminding me of that. It’s so easy to get scared that people won’t care! <3

  • Annie September 19, 2017 Reply

    I’m a new blogger, but I’ve been writing bible studies for a few years. I totally know how it feels to lose that creative flow. When that writer’s block comes on I pray like crazy, and take a break from my writing to read, study, listen to music or sermons, or even just clean the house. It helps!! Your blog is beautiful, sharing it now! 🙂

    • jennw076 September 19, 2017 Reply

      Thank you so much!! I appreciate your words. Sometimes I forget and lose sight of the fact that stepping back/feeling uninspired doesn’t means failure and I appreciate your reminder of that!! <3

  • Anna Engel September 19, 2017 Reply

    Jenn, I love your blog and also really enjoy your Insta stories. I think you’re reaching a lot of people, myself included. I would love to see more of just your daily life – the inner workings of what you do, how you do it, what you think about it – that sort of thing. As a mom with a kid right around Teagan’s age, it’s nice when I can humanize other mamas. Relate to one another. I think SAHMs especially have a connection with one another, and sharing that can be profound. With all of the positive vibes, love, and new adventures comes some down times, doubt, and longing (for coffee or freedom, who knows?!) Thanks for this post!

    • jennw076 September 19, 2017 Reply

      Aww thank you for saying that! I never know if I’m reaching people with this blog or if people think I’m a weirdo in my instastories. Sometimes I wonder if I share too much but hearing that I’m at least reaching and relating with one person gives me a lot of motivation! I definitely should share more in a post about our day to day! Thank you for the inspiration!! <3

  • Anne Muir September 19, 2017 Reply

    Jenn, first off I want to say what an amazing job I think you’re doing as a mom! As for ideas, there’s a book by Brad Metzger (I think) called Heroes for My Daughter…what about writing about the people that inspire you/you hope inspire Teagan (or people to look up to). I’m sure you’ll get passed your writers block.

    • jennw076 September 19, 2017 Reply

      Aww Anne I love you!! Thank you so much! You have always been such a sweet, supportive friend! I seriously love this idea. I am inspired by so many people but also hope that those people also inspire Teagan in other ways! I appreciate that idea. I’m going to work on this idea this week and over the weekend and get something up next week!! <3 I miss you! I hope that Texas is treating you well!

  • Tricia Murdock September 19, 2017 Reply

    It is hard to feel inspired all the time. Maybe you need an inspirational page in your journal. I call mine “great ideas and random thoughts” sometimes things aren’t complete as ideas, but as I collect them together, they become more complete. The other thing is — gratitude. Write down at the end of the day one word or one sentence of gratitude. I have read so much on this practice, it doesn’t even have to be related to religion, it just changes the way you see things. I wish you luck and air hugs <3

    • jennw076 September 19, 2017 Reply

      I love this!! Such a great idea! The idea of gratitude in general is amazing!! Definitely making a new page in my planner/journal for this!! 🙂 Thank you!

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