Love What You Do

The other day, I was in desperate need of motivation. It was one of those days where I had lots to do, but no inspiration to do it. I woke up bright and early, drank my iced coffee, and sat down in front of my laptop with the intent to write several blog posts. But the minute my fingers hit the keyboard, I had nothing.

Zero. Zilch. Nothing. 

Hours went by and nothing had changed. I was still sitting at my desk, still waiting for a bolt of inspiration to strike. I could feel myself getting more and more frustrated. There’s nothing worse than having big plans for yourself, but not being able to follow through with them because your inspiration has suddenly performed a vanishing act.

Unsurprisingly, I started to get pretty bored sitting there. I ended up scrolling through my social media feeds, absentmindedly reading tweets and liking photos. I thought the day was a total bust and planned on stepping away from my laptop and giving myself time to recharge.

But then, I went on Pinterest, which, quite honestly, either serves as the absolute best source of inspiration or the absolute worst source of inspiration. Going on there and seeing creative people doing creative things can really inspire you, or it can really bum you out. Fortunately, it ended up doing the former for me.

There I was scrolling away when I suddenly came across a powerful quote. To be honest, I hadn’t even been actively searching for quotes. I just sort of stumbled upon it.

“At first, they’ll ask you why you’re doing it. Later they’ll ask you how you did it.”

I don’t know why, but this quote really spoke to me. There’s something about it that I think can be applied to anything.

In life, people are going to judge you for everything. They’re going to judge you for what you wear and what you do, for how you act and how you look, for the words you speak and the things you think. Whatever you do, the judgements will always be there.

You can’t control what other people say about you. But what you can control is what you do in spite of what they say. Whenever you put yourself out there, in life and in blogging, you’re going to have people questioning you. They’re going to doubt you and ask why you’re doing what you’re doing. And if you give into their negativity and start asking these questions yourself, it’s going take its toll on you.

But if you ignore the judgements and do what you love, you’re going to have success with it. People will begin to look at what you’ve done and want something similar for themselves.

Seeing that quote and thinking about what it meant somehow gave me the inspiration I had been looking for. It made me think about how much I enjoy creating content for this blog and gave me the motivation to start working. It also helped me realize something really important about creativity. You can never predict where it will come from or what kind of things will inspire it. Inspiration exists in all places, even the ones we least expect. One thing leads to another and it just sort of happens.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that even when you’re going through a creative rough patch, remember how much you love what you do. Your creativity will come back to you at some point or another. In the meantime, think about the reasons you do what you do and don’t allow self-doubt or negativity to creep in.

I realize this is getting sort of ramble-y, so I’m going to leave it there. Sorry if you aren’t a fan of these kind of posts! Sometimes these are a good way for me to get things off my chest.

I’m off to take some blog posts because the sun is out (finally!)

How do you find inspiration?

Sincerely,

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31 thoughts on “Love What You Do

  1. Great post! I know what you mean! Sometimes the motivation and ideas just aren’t there! But you found it, I always find it’s best not to rush or force it and just let it happen! Which is what you did and you came up with a fab post! 👍🏼

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  2. I loved this post! It’s so true you have to love what you do and not do it only for others that actually you might not be loving or feel comfortable with posting something and you can’t rush anything you have to wait till your ready and loving your own posts

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  3. I relate so much to this! these days I have been doing a blogging challenge of posting something everyday, and sometimes I have no inspiration and no motivation to actually post something. I usually go on pintrest for some inspiration as you said, or remind myself of why I had started this blog and how much fun I have writing and expressing myself. loved your post! ❤

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  4. I loved your post – I often sit and have a conversation with myself every day on this topic; I’m a long way from sustainably doing what I love full time vs what pays the bills right now! Do you blog full time? and if so, how did you manage to do so? What was your journey to doing so? 🙂 xo

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  5. This is great! This motivated me! I find inspiration in lots of different ways, but usually through conversation with people or events that happen in my life. There are times when I stumble upon a quote that just speaks to me much like what happened to you! I’m glad you could push through and continue to write great posts! xx

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  6. This is a really great post. I’ve been stuck in a rut these past two weeks with no motivation at all. Reading this post and It actually inspired me to start putting work in the work I need to in a certain thing i love that I’ve been keeping on hold for the longest time.

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