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Trim the Fat and Re-focus

November 29, 2011

IT’S ALIVE!!!!!!!!!

I know what you’re probably thinking. Or at least I’d like to think I know what you are thinking as you sit there reading. So humor me and let this delusion in my head live on just a little bit longer. Some of you are probably thinking to yourself, “Wow, Genevieve created a blog! Good for her.” While others are setting there thinking, “Third time’s the charm, I hope she sticks with it this go around.”

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I can tell you that I’m sitting here feeling like it is a little bit of both. While this is not the start of a brand new blog it might as well be given the um, time off, I took between now and my last post. Six months. I know. It’s not something I’m proud of.

The truth is that I got burnt out. I took on too much and kept that up for far too long. I stopped practicing what it is I preach during the social media classes I teach which is to focus your efforts and energy on a few select things rather than dive in and do it all just because you feel you have to (or that it will somehow push you ahead).

Doing it all or at least trying to do it all doesn’t work. Trust me.

Because of the world we live in, we have become impatient and greedy. We’re constantly hungry for the next best thing and we have an unprecedented thirst for knowledge. We want to see more, learn more, experience and accomplish more. Right now is not quite good enough because we’re always thinking of what’s next and what’s to come. Our focus is always on the horizon.

It’s tough to slow down, breathe deep and take a good long look at what is benefiting you and what is not. It’s tough to give things up because there will always be some part of you that feels as though you will miss out on something great or something new.

We want to be everything we can be (excuse the pun) but is spreading ourselves thin the only way to get there? I’m not so sure.

For now, I’m trimming the fat and re-focusing. Getting back to the things I truly love and giving them my attention 100 percent. Blogging is one of them. I love to write and not doing so for months on end has both aggravated and saddened me.

So I’m back, I’m alive and I’m ready to start writing again. After all, third time’s the charm right??

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. November 29, 2011 5:13 pm

    Welcome back! Look forward to seeing what you pen.

  2. November 29, 2011 5:15 pm

    I’ve been worse – 7 months since I last wrote a blog article! I’m working on that. I enjoy writing too and am working on my biz plan for next year to focus on blogging, tweeting, meeting those I tweet, and cutting out all the conventional wisdom of what everyone else thinks I should be doing. 🙂

    • November 29, 2011 5:17 pm

      It’s hard to take everything on! The biz plan sounds like a great way to get back on track 🙂 I’m really making it a goal to stick with my blog this time around. I’m still not sure on what the focus will be and where the journey will take me but I’m pumped. Can’t wait to see how your journey turns out!

  3. November 29, 2011 5:24 pm

    So know what you mean. I spent so much time getting my blog started. Then family circumstance told me to focus more on my family, my marriage and ME. I had so much going on in so many directions that I realized there is nothing wrong with letting some things simmer for awhile. So while I have turned the heat down on a few things wonderful things in my life and are just letting them marinate awhile I am pouring more energy into the things that need my attention today. I figured, just like a good soup, the more I let some things simmer the better it will be when it is time to SERVE it. The better I will be. Welcome back!

  4. November 29, 2011 5:53 pm

    so glad you are writing again, you do it very well and it is fun to read what you share with us.

  5. Amy permalink
    November 29, 2011 8:22 pm

    Yay!!! So happy to read your post!

  6. November 30, 2011 1:23 pm

    On behalf of the Internet, welcome back Vieve! We’ve missed you.

  7. December 4, 2011 8:58 am

    Glad to hear you’re finding your focus, my friend. When the things you’re involved in start to feel more like burdens than pleasures, it’s time to lighten the load or change direction. Good for you for focusing on the things that bring you the most joy 🙂

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