Feeling Stuck

You know when you have all the ideas in your head, but you can’t seem to action them? When you have something on your to-do list errrrrrry damn day, every damn week and maybe even every damn month and you can’t tick it off? When you just feel stuck? Yep, that’s me right now.

For the past month, I’ve obviously been a little busy, and have embraced maternity leave with aplomb. I can’t remember the last time I took so long off writing on the blog (I scheduled stacks of content in advance of my due date). At first, it was freeing, and a novelty to wake up every day and not look at my to-do list or check social media, think of content ideas and reply to comments and emails.

Then I got a bit bored.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE motherhood and spending time with Anaïs never gets dull. But I do miss using my brain, and flexing my creative muscles too.

writers block - womans hands holding tea above flatlay with baby clothes

When I went on maternity leave (the day I gave birth!) I had no idea what to expect. Truth be told, while I loved pregnancy I’ve always been waiting for something bad to happen (is that just me?) so I presumed I’d hate motherhood…or at least, that I’d find it really hard.

So I presumed I’d not have time to do anything bar look after a baby, cry about my lack of sleep and look after the dog. And, as such, I worked my ass off scheduling stacks of posts ahead of time so I would have a decent amount of breathing space. I even hired a VA to help with my social profiles. The only thing I’ve stayed super active on is Instagram, and that’s purely because I honestly can’t get enough of it!

But as it goes, newborns sleep…..a lot! And as they can’t move you can actually get quite a lot done when they’re awake too! So right about now — four weeks into maternity leave — I’m super keen to get back to writing. I don’t want to pick up any proper paid work just yet, but I really want to spend the next few months working on passion projects.

Writing on this blog, writing prolifically and often. I also want to get cracking with the ‘April Project’ that I’ve been working on for almost a year. I am currently in a catatonic state because I can’t work out the technical side of it, and can’t find anyone to help me with it……it’s SO annoying!

And the blog? Well…..I can’t think of what I want to write. I want to write something, anything, but I’m frozen with writer’s block.

I’ve loved writing about pregnancy, but that came to a natural end on Sunday with the birth story post. I’ve also LOVED sharing my blogging knowledge, but honestly — I can’t think of any other useful tips I can share. I’m not travelling at the moment until Anaïs has a passport and, honestly, I hate writing about London (is that terrible?!).

So, what on earth does a writer desperate to write with nothing to write about, write about?!

Instagram cup of coffee

Naturally, I took to Instagram to ask the ever glorious Insta-family what they wanted to read about. And, happily, I have a whole stack of content ideas brewing away, ready to be written.

Watch this space.

L x

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7 Comments

  1. 18th May 2017 / 8:08 am

    I honestly love visiting here and seeing that you’ve written another post, because your honesty about how you feel and what you are doing is so refreshing. Can’t wait to see what posts are a-coming. Actually scrap that – can you write about the new Nandos that opened near you? <3

    • Lucy
      Author
      26th May 2017 / 12:17 pm

      Aw thanks mate! And, YES! Maybe a team trip to Nando’s?!

  2. 20th May 2017 / 9:10 am

    I can 100% relate to this! I really enjoy your blogging tips so if you ever feel inspired to do these posts again please do! I’d also love to know about how you get a VA, is it an ‘accepted’ thing to do in the blogging world and most importantly, has it been worth it? I’m always keen to find ways to ‘save time’ in blogging, especially as I’ve just taken on a temp 9-5 role and never feel I have enough time for social media! Have a lovely weekend & hope the words begin to flow x

    • Lucy
      Author
      26th May 2017 / 12:20 pm

      Thanks love! I have a few blogging posts planned in the coming weeks, but I love hearing questions from you all so I know what to write! I think it’s completely acceptable to get a VA, and even if it isn’t – WHO CARES! It’s difficult to manage everything when you have a full time ‘real job’ so I’m all about outsourcing the stuff you don’t need to do yourself. Which tends to be social media! I’ll write about it for sure, but drop me an email if you want specifics 🙂 xx

  3. 28th May 2017 / 7:04 pm

    Ooh I found the opposite. Couldn’t get anything done with a newborn. She wanted to sleep on me and when she was awake wanted to be entertained or carried around, didn’t like lying by herself. Now she happily plays by herself for a while but she loves rolling all over the room and under tables and things so I have to keep a close eye on her. Ahh babies, they are all so different! Completely agree though, I love being a mum but I wouldn’t mind using my brain a bit sometimes. Although said brain is very, very tired… 😁

    • Lucy
      Author
      14th June 2017 / 6:19 pm

      Haha! YES – my little brain is SO tired too. I’m sorta dreading when she gets older and I can’t leave her when I go for a shower! If only the damn dog would step up and be a nanny….;)

  4. 31st May 2017 / 9:48 am

    Thanks for sharing article nice one..waiting for next one keep it up

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