Monday, March 17, 2014

Goodbye, Rut of Mine!

Hi, I'm Victoria, and I've been in a major rut.

Yuck. I don't know what it is but I've been lacking inspiration in several areas of my life. "Spring Forward" kicked my tail. I've been bored during my workouts. Not felt motivated to dress cute. I feel like the more I've let it build, the worse it has gotten. Like, I don't know how I want to decorate a little spot so I decide to stop caring about our home and let the hamper overflow. Eesh. I don't know the reason for this, but I know it's going to stop this week.



I'm going to focus my free time this week on getting inspired, brainstorming, and doing some new things. Does anyone else want to try with me?


  • Intentional time with Jesus, reading scripture, and reading other material that inspires me: I'm going to read through the book of John (my favorite gospel book) this week. There are 21 chapters so I'll read three each day and catch up as needed. This is more scripture that I usually process each day but when you're in a rut you mix it up (read that with a 90's rap backtrack).. when you're in a rut you mix it UP. I'm also going to read some favorite chapters from Shauna Niequest's books, and get pumped up to hear her speak next weekend at Hope Spoken
  • Try some new hair and makeup styles: I've been gearing up to learn using a curling iron (I've curled my hair with a straightener since early high school) and was super super super inspired by this last night. This blog is filled with a ton of overall style inspiration. I felt my love for neutral colors being encouraged as I read. I also plan on treating myself to a new lip product with my weekly money. 
  • Learn some new Cleaning Tips: I have a full board of Pinterest tips that I don't apply, and stumbled across this helpful series last night. Even when it feels like nothing else does, I know that a clean house is going to leave me feeling inspired. 
  • Clean the old things off of my to-do list: I have a pile of returns waiting to be dealt with, and a dress that needs to be taken to the cleaners. Plus I'm getting back two hours this week from not spending my time being annoyed at the Bachelor. Yikes. 
Maybe this list seems huge, or maybe it doesn't. I just need a little refresh while I work on some big projects this week. I have lots of fun things to share coming soon! 

Does anyone have any other advice for when you're in a funk? any tips to put the pep back in my step? :) 


16 comments:

  1. LOVE all of these ideas. I like to switch things up with a new Pandora channel when I'm in a rut. Or just starting a new creative project helps so much. At first it seems like a drag, but once the creative juices start flowing with a project, the possibilities are endless!

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  2. It happens to me like twice a year. I try changing everything around, and doing different stuff, but I laughed when I read the hamper part since that's the first thing I stop doing when I'm in a rut.

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  3. haha we are seriously the same person. I spent TWO straight hours yesterday dealing with our laundry situation that I let pile up last week because I was in such a rut...yikes!! cant wait to hear all about hope spoken--I'm so jealous you get to here shauna speak!!!!

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  4. How sweet that you will be able to attend Hope Spoken, I have so much enjoyed seeing all that the ladies in charge are putting into that conference to make it renewing for everyone who attends via social media. What a blessing, the Lord is going to use that as such a joyous time with him and others for you I am sure. :)

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  5. I totally relate to the rut you're talking about. Especially with winter dragging on and on and on, I feel like it's harder to be motivated about anything. Hopefully your little goals for the week will help rejuvenate your motivation again!

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  6. Girl we all feel your pain!! When I get in a rut I like to take a break from social media. Sometimes I don't realize how much time I spend on blogs/instagram/pinterest/facebook, etc. It is nice to take a break from seeing what everyone else in the world is doing and focus on my passions. I spend less time comparing myself to others and more time focusing on a happier, more productive me! Happy Monday and I hope you have a great day!

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  7. I just re-organized my clean pin board on pinterest...I found a new way to safely clean my iphone; just white vinegar and water!
    The Gospel of John is my favorite too:)

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  8. Laundry = not my best friend. I hear you though. For me, it was our kitchen counter. I let junk pile up on it and was completely frustrated and depressed with the situation. I had to finally tackle it yesterday because a clean kitchen = a happy wife ((at least in this home!)). Hope you get out of your rut asap!

    xoxo

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  9. I think hope spoken will be SO GOOD for you!! That rut will be OUTTA HERE!!!

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  10. When I'm in a rutt I give myself a day, just going to a coffee shop, relaxing, doing whatever it is I feel like doing and being as lazy as I want without feeling guilty about any of it. That usually helps and leaves me feeling pretty refreshed!

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  11. I know what you mean! I've been in that same rut...Today I took extra time washing my face, started a new Bible study, washed and folded and put away all the towels, dusted, put out the spring decorations, and drafted a list of recipes to make soon. Needless to say, things feel fresh and new and I didn't spend any money, go anywhere, or even chat with a friend (outside of God). It's amazing what a few things can do. My next project is brainstorming new breakfast ideas.

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  12. Oh girl, I feel ya! I'm hoping to use this week off in-between shows to kick the rut/funk of my own. My suggestions would be to listen to ANY of Anthro's spottily lists while you clean (it definitely peps me up!) and have a mini dance session to "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. An instant mood brightener. Oh, and a lunch date with me next week, just to mix things up :D

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  13. Well, it looks like you are definitely not the only one in the rut! I have been the exact same way for a couple of weeks now and I would be too embarrassed to open my laundry room door. We will all get through this :)

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  14. You should check out If: Equip ( http://ifequip.com/) they are going through the book of John right now.

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  15. SO inspiring that the first list on you r to-do is to spend some time with Jesus! I feel like I'm always more apt to getting things done after I've had some good (and needed) quality time with Him.

    I think that finding some uplifting music does a lot to getting you back into the creative and un-rutted zone! Maybe jam to some of your old faves or just completely new stuff. That usually helps me out. I always clean the house next. I feel like when it's dirty I just can't function and my brain can't concentrate. Maybe rearranging your furniture or the photos or objects on your walls....
    Also, I keep a journal specifically for my ideas. Well. I lied. I keep a lot of journals. One is just for my blog, where I put all my ideas. I keep it in my purse, too, so if I'm out and about and something genius comes to mind I don't forget. Maybe spend some time journaling and doodling. Usually that will inspire something!

    Hope that you get unrutted soon! Good luck!

    www.shewhofears.com

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  16. Hi Victoria, I think that some of your best posts have been simple, nonjudgmental explanations for why you do things or practical ways that you do things that other people may not have thought about. Can you do a sort of spiritual post about how to concentrate more on living in the present? I think too much about the future!

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