Making Time to Make Time

Making Time to Make Time

Photo Credit Werner Kunz

It’s been a whole two months since I last posted on this blog. Where has the time gone? What even happened? I honestly have no idea. Too much work, too little play? Perhaps. I don’t know, I just haven’t been feeling it. Whatever it is. My creativity maybe?

It’s affecting my work, and my whole life, really. I love my work. But lately something feels like it’s missing. You probably know the feeling. The feeling when you are ready to take the next step, but you have no idea what that step is. Maybe there is no opportunity (that you can see). Maybe you have so many possible paths that it is impossible to decide which is the best.

I have waffled between these two feelings lately.

I have a good friend who works in the industry, and we frequently bounce not only industry-related ideas off of each other, but also personal issues. She’s a give it to you straight problem solver. A pep talker. A friend who, if you ask her to, will hold you accountable. She has been a tremendous help to me in the past; helping me see my path, helping me build confidence.

I consulted her again recently about my feeling that something is missing. She put all my thoughts together without me even telling her all of the random thoughts I had written on random lists. She is that good. And now I have a plan of where to go from here. It’s exciting. And scary. And will take quite a bit of time for me to develop.

Time. Where does it go? Where does it come from?

It doesn’t come from anywhere. We have to make time for it. Weird right?

Actually, I think some people don’t need to make time for time. It just comes naturally to some people to slow down. Think about themselves. DO something for themselves.

For me, not so much. So I have declared May MY month. I’m cutting back on the work. I’m going to actually write. (I am even considering NoBloPoMo, although it will have to be split up between the two blogs). I’m going to work on my new projects. I’m going to network. I’m going to actually do the crafts I’ve been planning and plotting on Pinterest. I would love it if Ben and I could launch the food blog we have been working on for months on end.

Mostly, I want to feel relaxed. Creative again. Like there isn’t something that is missing.

So I’m going to make time. Will you?

About Laine

Elaine GriffinElaine Griffin (a.k.a. Laine) is a freelance WordPress designer, content creator, and speaker. She brings her background as a sociologist, advocate, and educator, to her work and her writing, which has been featured on BlogHer and The SITS Girls. On The Laine List she spills her guts about life, motherhood, and balancing work and family. She also sprinkles in some fun recipe and cocktail posts. On Elaine Griffin Designs, she writes easy to follow tutorials about WordPress, social media, SEO, and blogging.
Working from her home office in Finger Lakes Region of NY, Elaine, a wine lover, also enjoys the beauty of living in wine country!

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  1. Jenn says

    Good for you! March and April were tough for me too. I felt like they just slipped through my fingers and left nothing but stress. Excited for May to refresh the spirit. Best of luck Elaine!

    • Elaine Griffin says

      Seriously, where has the time gone? I am hoping for nothing but goodness in May. I’m hoping the same for you!

  2. says

    Great post. Your friend sounds very helpful. I’d love to hear about your plan sometime.
    There is definitely something special about you, Elaine.
    I kept coming back to you when I was trying to decided what path I wanted to take for my blog. I constantly compared other’s work to yours. A reoccurring thought that I had: “Well, it’s okay, but I like Laine’s better”.
    Thank you for being you, Elaine. :)
    Charlotte McMullen

    • Elaine Griffin says

      Awe, thank you so much Charlotte! I’m so glad we met! :) And thank you for being YOU!

  3. Elaine Plummer says

    Glad that you are taking the time and making the effort to explore your next phase. Life, for me, has always been an evolution of growth and possibilities. Looks like that is just where it is headed for you too. There have been times where I have not been certain where I was going, but I kept heading there. And, other times where I actively took another route. In the end, all has been good or mostly good, but always interesting. I am looking forward to following your path to see what is next in Laine’s life.

    • Elaine Griffin says

      Thank you so much Elaine! It’s hard to know what is right sometimes, and sometimes to follow the path, but I know it’s important to keep on keepin’ on. And in the end, if it wasn’t right, at least there should have been some valuable lessons learned, or experiences gained, right?

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