November | It's Time To Slow Down
So this past month, I finished reading Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir - which, by the way, really solidified my desire to write a memoir. She did a great job with this book, breaking down some of her favourite memoirists and really discussing in detail the elements of a great (real-life) story.
The book I’ve started reading next is Cait Flanders’ The Year of Less, which led me to exploring her blog (caitflanders.com). Last night, while laying in bed, I read about how Cait decided to take a break from writing her blog, to instead really immerse herself into her life.
While I’m not here to tell you I’m going to quit my blog, I am here to say that I realized I need to make some changes. It wasn’t Cait’s post that changed my mind exactly, but it did reinforce something I’ve been chewing on for while. Mainly that I’m tapping myself dry through the frequency of content I’m putting out right now, paired with everything else I have going on.
My problem seems to stem primarily from the fact that there are always a ton of different things I want to do with this blog, so I had split it up into a monthly blog post and a journal entry. (I tried to change the formula from that of my instagram, where I share photos of my houseplants and photos of my hand lettering, which can get confusing for someone who doesn’t enjoy both hobbies.)
What this split lead to is having to publish a post every two weeks (since I couldn’t do the monthly post with the free wallpaper download any less than once a month). It sounds great in theory, but ends up being much more tedious in practice.
Wisely and slowly; they stumble that run fast.
Especially when life gets in the way. Like this summer where I spent a month travelling back and forth to a hospital out of town. Or this past month and a half where we’ve been knee-deep in renovations, ones that happen to make a lot of noise right outside my home office window.
So what I want to do now is one monthly post, where I share a little bit of everything I was doing before, but condensed. More quality, less quantity. And I’m keeping the wallpaper downloads, but will save those for subscribers only. I won’t be sending a newsletter the same way that I was before, but I’ll be sending the monthly wallpapers as a link in email.
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this fall printable to-do list by afabulousfete
this podcast I’m excited to listen to about how to fail
this profound article about the secret life of grief
this list of small but significant lifestyle changes to help with anxiety
if you have houseplants, try leca balls instead of, or combined with, your soil
the temper, a new online magazine exploring a different kind of lifestyle
these paper bags that are unlike anything you’ve ever seen before
this article about the 3-week rule of breakups
a guide to consent that everyone should read
cait flanders’ book the year of less
this dear sugar podcast episode about divorce + parental alienation
heart to hearts
winds of change
a quiet sense of calm
those with character
making coffee + breakfast for two
the simple love of pets
hot soup on cold days
works in progress
My most recent article is about all the trials and tribulations about being thirty, including heartburn and a love for vacuuming. My second article is about friendships (or any relationships, really) that verge on the line of codependency and what that might look like if you’re in one. Enjoy!
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