It's Okay To Not Always Love What You Love



Lately, I feel like I am in limbo. Sometimes, it's like I am going through the motions. I never knew what that really meant. Like, how could you go through the motions? I guess, now I know.

I feel like life is at full speed and it doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon. Everything just keeps happening all at once and I'm having a hard time appreciating it all.

If you didn't already know, I love the slow life. I like not having plans and waking up, knowing exactly what I want to get done and having enough time to re-read my favorite book (I love being able to say that since I've actually re-read so many of my fave books!). I love getting excited over the small things like scrolling through my friends' blogs or writing in the morning. But lately (and often) it feels like I am forcing myself to do the things I love doing. Sometimes I feel like in order for something to be good I have to be excited about it.

And guess what? Sometimes I'm just not that excited.


Which stinks! Because I do have the privilege to do things that I love doing-- if only I could *cough* manage *cough* my time *cough* better.

But not being excited about something that does make you excited is the worst feeling ever. Trust me, though, it does not last forever. You will find out why in just a second.

I like planning but there comes a time when I linger away from my bullet journal.

Having a schedule for things is the best. It's a way to get things done that you want to get done. I've been trying to have a blogging schedule (post every Monday!) but things come up and sometimes I'm just not in the mood... then I start putting pressure on myself and whoop! there goes my mental health. 

But you know what? IT'S OKAY.

I think when you start feeling this way, that's when you know it's time for a break. I'm not saying I'm going anywhere, all I'm saying is that it's totally okay to set things aside for your own wellbeing, even if it is something you love doing. 

Do something you used to love instead.

Picking up an old hobby is rejuvenating in a way. For me, that's opening up my sketchbook and drawing for fun. I don't do it as often as I'd like to but once I get started on a sketch... there's no stopping me until I finish. 

Take a social media/blogging break.

Coming back from a break is the most refreshing feeling ever. The idea of going on a short hiatus sounds a bit heavenly to me at the moment. I've been thinking about it a lot lately (for a while, actually) and I might just have to do it. 

READ.

My best mental state is when I am reading. If I'm not reading then everything kinda goes haywire. I'm sure most of you can relate to that, considering that this is a community directed towards readers (anyone is welcome, though! Readers, non-readers, pizza lovers, pizza haters, post-apocalyptic-aliens-that-have-come-back-to-avenge-their-queen's-death. Everyone! ).

Don't worry, you will love it again soon.

It's like eating cookie dough. Sure, you love eating it but sometimes you have a little too much and it feels like you'll never love cookie dough ever again. But what do you know? You're licking the spoon three days later. All you needed was a break to cleanse your tummy.

Sometimes you just need to take a break, even for the things you love.


TALK TO ME!

Do you ever feel this way? AM I GETTING TOO DEEP ON Y'ALL LATELY? I guess the other side of my INFJ has been more apparent. TELL ME... Do you ever wish you could take time and just slap that big ol' pause button because SAME. 

xx Kenzie

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  1. YES! This is so relatable for me, particularly at the moment. All I seem to want to be doing lately is watching Netflix and eating, and my passion for things like blogging haven't been as important to me.

    Thank you for the tips<33

    Lexie x
    www.whatlexieloves.blogspot.com

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    1. I AM SO HAPPY TO HEAR THAT YOU WERE ABLE TO RELATE. <3 But I am so sorry you have been feeling this way. I know exactly what you mean but trust me, this feeling won't last forever. Maybe you could take up another hobby then it might inspire you to blog about it.

      Of course, dear. <3 I am here for you. :)

      xx Kenzie

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  2. WHY DO YOU ALWAYS HAVE THE BEST POSTS?!

    I agree those slumps are so hard but reading and art will get you through it. Miss you girly. Hope your well.

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    1. ME? HAVE THE BEST BLOG POSTS?! UMM... I'M PRETTY SURE THAT IS YOU. But I am so honored like wowowow.

      Thank you so much, Vanessa. <3

      xx Kenzie

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  3. I'm not the only one who feels this way?!?! Sometimes I don't love writing that much, but when It take a break... It helps so much!

    Micaiah @ Notebooks and Novels

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    1. OF COURSE NOT! Ugh, I totally know what you mean. I'm in the biggest writing slump at the moment and I've tried to not beat myself up about it too much.

      Thank you so much for reading. <3

      xx Kenzie

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  4. Ahhhhh loved this Kenzie!!

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH, NABILA. <3

      xx Kenzie

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  5. Oh no, not too deep at all. I feel like this too sometimes, although it's not that I stop loving whatever it is, it's that I stop feeling inspired to do it. I don't have any ideas and I think, "Well, I guess this is where it ends." Or sometimes I just get so overwhelmed with how amateur I am at everything that I want to quit (kinda in one of those slumps now, tbh). But I always tell myself that it's just a season, and it won't always be this way. You know, like patting my five-year-old self on the back.

    Girl, blog + internet breaks are SO HELPFUL. It's like removing all the distractions and comparisons that suck you dry, and you come back feeling so refreshed and happy (honestly, I think the internet can be the source of many artist slumps because it's constantly showing you the work of other people who are better than you at everything). I am actually thinking about writing a post about how to take a hiatus, so…

    *sends hugs and pizza*
    k.

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    1. I always look forward to reading your comments, Keira. <3

      Yes, that's exactly how I feel! Especially with the amateur thing... Sometimes I just lose my inspiration to do the things I love to do and I set up so many goals for myself that it sucks the fun out of it. You know? But the thing about telling yourself that it's only a season IS SO HELPFUL. THANK YOU FOR THAT. <3

      Hmm... I must agree with you, actually. I've always thought of the internet as something that brings out my creativity (and it does) but perhaps it brings it down a bit, too?? I will be looking forward to that post of yours!

      Thank you for reading and for all your kind words. <3

      *hugs pizza and glitter*
      xx Kenzie

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  6. This post was so encouraging. Lately I've felt down creatively and been think "what the heck is wrong with me, I LOVE to write posts and read poetry. What is happening to me?" But I guess everyone feels like this sometimes. I think it'd be great to pick up an old hobby I used to love, but never do anymore. For me it'd be crocheting. When I was 7 and 8 I would just crochet all the time. I was like a little old grandma as a kid, LOL. But also drawing. I never draw anymore and it can be so calming.

    Awesome post, Kenzie. I'm sorry I don't comment on your posts more often. I really do read them, I just forget to comment.

    ~ Ella Marie

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    1. EEEP, THANK YOU ELLA! <3 I am so happy to hear that this post was encouraging for you. <3 And I KNOW EXACTLY HOW YOU FEEL SO YOU ARE NOT ALONE. <3 That sounds amazing, Ella. I used to draw a lot when I was younger and it really is calming. I should try doing it more often... But I think we put too much pressure on ourselves so maybe we should just start doing what we are in the mood to do. ;) Crocheting sounds like a great start! I used to want to be a fashion designer when I was younger. I'd draw designs in this old notebook and show them to everyone. I wanted to sew as well (I even made a skirt once) but after a while, I realized that it just wasn't me. You'd probably be surprised to hear that that was my passion once, considering I practically wear the same shirt every day.

      No need to apologize, girly! I understand completely... I really need to get better at reading blogs and commenting on them. >.<

      Thank you so much for reading!

      xx Kenzie

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  7. THIS IS SUCH A GREAT REMINDER UGH THANK YOU

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    1. UGH NO THANK *YOU* FOR READING AND STOPPING BY WITH YOUR PERFECTION. <333333333

      xx Kenzie

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  8. "...but lately (and often) it feels like I am forcing myself to do the things I love doing." ME; especially right now. Photography is a big love of mine but I don't feel like doing it currently; and I feel bad because of that!!
    What the heck...

    This blog post is very relatable.

    xo

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    1. UGH, I AM SO GLAD TO HEAR I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE. I totally know what you mean! Sometimes you just have to accept the way you feel rather than stressing over it.

      Thank you so much for reading. <3 I am happy to hear I'm not the only one.

      xx Kenzie

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  9. I can relate a lot to this, and it feels so great to see someone else sharing the same feelings!seeing the world speeding and everything,everyone going so fast, at the opposite of me, sometimes makes me sick and feeling so weird... well, i feel the exact same as you explained in this post! And you're right, stepping aside and just stop pressuring ourself should be good, but its so hard when everyone just speed around you! I'll follow your advices and just stop doing things I love, it will come back by itself i guess... thank you so much for this ♡

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    1. Oh, your comment just made my day a whole lot brighter! I am so happy to know that I was able to help you in any way. I cannot agree more with you; I always feel like everyone is speeding around me and it makes me feel, well, dizzy!

      I feel like society puts so much pressure on people to do certain things by a certain age and when you don't do it or aren't already accomplishing these things, it makes you feel lesser in a way. WHICH IS NOT TRUE. (Hmm... maybe this calls for another blog post on this subject?)

      I am sorry that you know this feeling, though. But I do hope that you will be able to get back into doing what you love and living the life YOU want to live.

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting. It means the world to me. <3

      xx Kenzie

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    2. This would be such an interesting blog post, I am certain! Indeed the pressure of the society is huge, and it should definitely not be this way. You are right, let's live the life we want to live! We are the only ones to decide it anyway! xxx

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    3. YES, you are absolutely right. <33

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting, it means the world to me. :)

      xx Kenzie

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xx Kenzie