My motivation to continuously create and deliver content for this blog is a fickle thing. Some days I am high as a kite with enthusiasm that is self-replenishing, and exuberant, and some days .. well, some days I find it damn near impossible to string two to three words together, let alone an entire blog post. Because nothing hinders my ability to write quite like demotivation does, and nothing frustrates me quite like not being able to write. But demotivation is inevitable when maintaining a blog, or just about any hobby that is sustained by self-motivation and a pure love for doing whatever it is that you are doing.
And as I approach my 6-month-versary on Olive & Clo, having successfully added blogging to my repertoire of habits, I have become somewhat adept at getting through the motivational troughs that seem to confront me on a regular Monday-night-basis. So, for today’s musings, I thought I would share with you guys, some of the things that have helped me keep motivated throughout these past few months. And whilst doing so, share a suite of completely unrelated photos from a morning spent exploring and horsing-around on the Instagram-famous, Tibrogargan Road of the Glass House Mountain Range on the Sunshine Coast.
Ha. Honest-to-g*d, this is not a self-plug. And this kind of goes without saying but, I am super-duper proud of this tiny virtual space of mine. And fudge, why shouldn’t I be! I have spent the better half of this year investing time and energy into challenging myself to improve, learn new skills, to be more creative, and daring, and to exercise mindfulness, and gratitude, and above all else, to proactively live whereas before, I had not. All whilst regularly documenting said journey on this blog and keeping myself accountable through the diarying of my thoughts, monthly achievements and adventures. And so by simply clicking on the Olive and Clo’s landing page, I can clearly and quickly see how far I have come since my very first post back in February, 2017. And I find that very, very motivating.
Motivation #2: Time Away from Motivational Detractors
I’ve touched on this topic quite a lot lately, and even more recently in my post (3 Life Lessons I Have Learnt) from late last week. So, in light of that, I’ll keep this brief. But simply put, a few motivational detractors for me include: hours wasted on Instagram and a general lack of sleep. Therefore, I try pretty hard to keep my social media consumption to a minimum, having even been known to deactivate my personal accounts for months at a time, and I try to average about 8 hours-worth of sleep on a nightly basis. And for the most part, these small little efforts really help to keep me going.
Motivation #3: Inspirational Quotes
Give me an Instagram page packed with motivational quotes layered over angsty, slightly-blurred landscape photos any day of the week. Like most people, I am an absolute sucker for them. And honestly, I don’t really know why I enjoy them so much. But if I was to hedge a guess, it would probably have something to do with the comfort it brings me with knowing that somebody, somewhere, at some other point in time, went through a similar situation or felt a similar feeling. And simply knowing that I am not ..alone, makes everything feel a touch more manageable. So whenever I find myself feeling demotivated, or down, you will more than likely find me trolling through troves of past wisdoms to get me through my hump.
“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” – Jordan Belfort
“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” – Wayne Dyer
Motivation #4: My Future Hubby
This won’t come as a surprise to most, but as the photographer, companion explorer and editor to this blog, my hubby-to-be, is quite literally, the Olive to my Clo. And what more can I say? Through his regular and hands-on contribution to this side-project of mine, Rhett not only keeps me accountable but motivates me through his unwavering support, and his daily encouragements, and his unyielding faith in me. Needless to say, I am one lucky woman.
Since rolling out this blog to family and friends, I have been asked: ‘should I start a blog?’ a surprising amount. And every single time, I have replied with a simple ‘yes’. If only to encourage them to become a part of the blog community and experience it for themselves. Because since starting Olive and Clo, I have had the pleasure of forming a handful of meaningful friendships with like-minded people from all around the world and from all walks of life. This might sound strange to some but I have found that, since finding these people, life has become that little bit lighter and a whole lot more fun. And that in itself, motivates me to continue.
That’s it from me today, a bit more long-winded than I’d originally intended. But nevertheless, I hope you guys enjoyed yet another installment of my musing. It’s been a hot minute since I have last blogged on Olive and Clo, but I am hoping to get back on top of life and into the swing of posting regularly again. And until next time, I hope you guys had a crazy-good weekend!
Love Linda, xo