Le Sigh

I’m in a slump.

I can’t seem to find the energy or motivation to work on ANYTHING. That means my writing, my editing, my art and several other projects are suffering. In fact the only thing I DO feel motivated for is sitting on the couch, watching episodes of Being Human (UK version of course) reading and sleeping.

I do look warm and cozy though, right?
I do look warm and cozy though, right?

It might be the winter blues and the bitter cold that won’t let up. It could be the lack of daylight and my animal instinct to hibernate. It might be the holiday envy I have for all those lucky ducks that are heading to warmer climates. Yes, that includes my mom who’s off to Australia in 4 days. Or maybe I’m just really tired and still clawing my way out from the burn out I suffered in December after 7 months of pushing myself to the limit.

Whatever it is, it’s in full force and I hate it.

I’m looking for something to snap me out of this funk. I mean I know what I should do, but I’m just not doing it. So this is where you come in, my gentle loving readers. I’m looking for suggestions, tips and helpful hints on how you keep yourself motivated. What do you do to kick yourself in the butt and get moving? All suggestions welcome 😉






16 responses to “Le Sigh”

  1. J. Whitworth Hazzard Avatar

    Winter Blues, Seasonal Affective Disorder, depression… whatever you call it, I have the same issues. Typically I write my guts out for a month or two and then it I have to “recharge” the creative batteries for a few weeks. I find motivation in doing something new. I like to explore new activities or just go somewhere different for a change and having something to look forward to on the horizon always helps. And if that doesn’t work, I watch youtube videos of babies laughing. You can’t beat a good laugh for a pick-me-up. 🙂

    1. Jo-Anne Teal Avatar

      Well dear Angie, I think you’re on to something when you call it the winter blues. When I lived in Toronto, I was cold from November to May. I didn’t care if it was sunny. I was miserable. I never figured out what to do…though I think JWH is on to something when he suggests laughing. I would suggest watching Brian Regan videos on youtube. He makes me laugh until my face hurts. It’s great. I also think surrounding yourself with colourful things that you love is a good thing. Going to buy some paints and pens for your artwork, going to hang around the fabric store. It sounds corny but when I have colour around me, I cheer up…and when I’m cheery, I’m more energetic. And when I’m …well, you get the picture.

      Sending my favourite Angie, huge hugs!!

      1. ajjrichmond Avatar

        Being cold isn’t helping. It’s great to know I’m not alone. I like the idea of going places to get inspired, never thought of a fabric shop 🙂 thanks Jo-Anne for your hugs & support.

    2. ajjrichmond Avatar

      You’re right, laughter is a great way to get out if a funk! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Nine Cent Girl Avatar

    I say let yourself sink down into total despair… you will only last a moment before you spring back up…but you will have something remarkable to say after your journey down and back. Just make sure you allow for a few pomegranate seeds…!

    1. ajjrichmond Avatar

      I like your advice! Maybe I need to embrace this for awhile and recharge. I know that every year Jan, Feb & March are super difficult for me. Understanding and not feeling guilty just might be the key. Thanks for sharing!

  3. fayefossay Avatar

    Thank you for writing this post Angie… as I am the same spot as you! All I find myself thinking about is when February and March will be OVER! I can hardly wait for Spring temps, so I can get back outside! I will be following your readers comments for some inspiration…. as I see you’ve already received some great suggestions!

    1. ajjrichmond Avatar

      Thanks Faye! I think living in Manitoba means that it’s just part and parcel. Especially THIS winter.

      I’m glad you found this post and comments helpful. I’m blessed with having a fabulous support system that helps me along. Key me know if there is anything I can do to help, even if its just meeting up for a coffee to get out and have some fun! 🙂

  4. Lisa Shambrook Avatar

    Hibernation is the right word, I wish we could!
    I suffer from ‘after Christmas’ deflation…the anti-climax gets me, but I’ve pushed through January with NaNo novel writing, neglecting my flash fic. I know I’ll hit a wall sometime this month or next, so I’m trying to plan a few ‘projects’ to keep me occupied.
    If all else fails: Cadbury hot chocolate with whippy cream, some good DVD’s, and snoozing beneath a furry fleece help!

    1. ajjrichmond Avatar

      Oh I like your style!! Thanks for stopping by to comment 🙂

  5. Sophie Moss Avatar

    The winter blues are such a pain! I feel you. I’m sooo ready for spring. To pop myself out of the winter rut, I usually watch one of my three favorite happy movies: Legally Blonde, Practical Magic, or Chocolat. And drink a big glass of wine. 🙂 Or maybe grab a friend and go to a silly workout class at the gym like kickboxing or zoomba. Or spend the day baking a really yummy, really challenging chocolate cake from an old-school southern cookbook. I made a double chocolate cheesecake once that made everybody around me so happy after I spent all day figuring out how to make it, it made me happy. Anyway, that’s what I do. We all have our things. 🙂 LOVE your blanket by the way. Did someone crochet that for you? I have a couple that my great-grandma crocheted. Most precious items in my home. 🙂

    1. ajjrichmond Avatar

      Thanks for stopping by to share! Great advice 🙂 the blanket was crocheted by my granny years ago.

  6. Anna Meade (@ruanna3) Avatar

    I always love it when you write a blog post that I feel is likely tattooed on the interior of my brain. I’ve been so down lately because I haven’t written ANYTHING, not even blog posts. I’ve been doing some Annasongs, which I love, but it’s just a brief boost.

    Instead, I’ve watched the entire 2 seasons of Rome, most of all 4 seasons of The Mentalist, and am most of the way through season 1 of Boardwalk Empire.

    The wedding planning and financial worries have just sucked the artistic sap right from my veins. So scoot over, sister, and make room under that blanket! QUIT PUSHING 😉

    1. ajjrichmond Avatar

      You’re welcome under my blanket anytime!! *snuggles* we’ll get through this together 🙂

  7. Daniel Swensen Avatar
    Daniel Swensen

    I lower my standards. Seriously. I set out to do just ONE thing on my to-do list, and if I do, I call that a win. The next day, I try to do two things. If I can’t do that, I do one and call it a win. And so on.

    1. ajjrichmond Avatar

      Sounds like a great plan to me! Thanks 🙂

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