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Slice of Life Sundays: 2-8-15

newslice-of-life-sundaysIt’s been forever and a day since I’ve checked in with you guys. I’m so sorry. To say that I’m in a funk is an understatement. I always go through phases where I feel motivated and not motivated. This phase of non-motivation has been the longest one yet I think.

A dear friend recently talked about creativity having ebbs and flows and I can see that it’s so true. I’ve never really considered myself a creative type until four years ago when I discovered cookie decorating. I took art in high school but wasn’t really an artist. My sister was the artist in the family and I was the math whiz. I’m realizing more and more that I do have a creative mind and sometimes it goes into a rest period while it’s searching for inspiration and motivation.

My mind has been flowing with ideas but executing them is where I’m struggling most. You kind of have to be in the mood for creating or else it just won’t work. I have a few projects lined up with deadlines so I’m hoping that gives me the swift kick I need to just jump back into it.

Are you a creative person? How do you deal with the lulls? What keeps you inspired and motivated?

Something else I’m curious about is whether people are still reading blogs like they have in the past. I follow The Blog Maven and I recently listened to a podcast where the discussion came up about people not reading as much as they used to and blog posts getting shorter and shorter to compensate for this trend.

I know I’m guilty of going on YouTube a lot to watch tutorials and vlogs. Is vlogging the way to blog now? I would really like to start filming some YouTube videos again because editing videos is something I really enjoy. It’s a lot more time consuming than typing up a post but there’s a great deal of satisfaction in seeing your final product. You’ll never see me on camera though. I’m okay with my hands showing but that’s about it. I’m inspired everyday by YouTubers and would love to get back into it.

On the life front things are good. I guess I failed to mention above that one of the reasons I’m not creating is my wrist. I’ve been dealing with wrist pain for about three years now. Or is it four? I forget. I’ll save you the long story but basically when I was tested years ago I was told that I did not have carpal tunnel. They labeled me as having arthritis because all my MRI’s showed was inflammation. Over the years I’ve had wrist pain so bad that I can barely write or hold things. A long journey of seeing different doctors and having tons of tests led me to no relief other than through injections and a diagnosis of fibromyalgia because over time what once was just wrist pain began to spread to other areas. I’ve grown tired of getting injections to mask the pain. Surely too many steroids in our system is not good for us. I’ve gone to see a new doctor who put me on anti-inflammatories which have helped some with the pain but whatever is hindering my mobility is not helped with medication. This doctor believes that I do have carpal or possibly a ganglion cyst that is not visible or both. I’ll have testing done in a couple of weeks. Part of me wants there to be something wrong that can be fixed with a surgery but then the other part of me doesn’t want surgery because that will keep me from blogging and doing so much until I heal. Such is life. It is what it is and I’ll deal with it as it comes.

Another thing that has been happening in my life is a new addition to our family.

Luna

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Meet Luna. She’s an 11 week old Pembroke Welsh Corgi but a fluffy one. Apparently corgis can carry a recessive gene for fluffy and when bred a fluffy or two can pop out. Luna is the result of her parents carrying the gene and she’s the cutest thing ever! Pepper, our older corgi, has been taking her time getting to know her but they have played a couple times which is a good sign. We’ve only had her for one week but she’s already bringing so much joy into our lives. Zoe has been gone for eight weeks now. We still miss her so much and I still cry every now and then. She’ll never be replaced but Luna is helping fill a little of the void that’s in my heart. Zoe had the gentlest personality and hardly made any noise. Luna is exactly the same. It’s like a part of Zoe has come back to us. We weren’t sure if getting a puppy was going to be a good thing since Pepper is eight but Pepper is looking a lot happier and seems to enjoy Luna being around. I think as Luna gets older they’ll have a great friendship. We’re always worried about Pepper though with her kidney disease but we just take it one day at a time and enjoy every day we have with her. With medication and special diet food she’s been stable and we hope that she’ll continue to be for years to come. We just love the corgi breed. They are such intelligent and wonderful dogs to own. I’m so happy we decided to get another corgi.

So needless to say having a puppy around is a challenge. She requires a lot of time and attention so I have to try and work around when she’s taking naps to get things done. It’s been six years since we’ve had a puppy in our home so it’s taking some getting used to but it’s well worth it. I just have to come up with a routine and I’ll be fine.

Hope you have a great Sunday. The Walking Dead is back on tonight. Woot!


 

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  1. I totally get into a “non-creative” mood too…I think for me, building our house , just wiped me out. I need to get back to being creative and blogging regularly too. I will agree, I don’t read as many blogs as I used to, and tend to gravitate to the shorter ones. Shorter blog post are a new trend too…just show the project, craft or recipe, simple directions, a few pictures and move on. I am not much of a writer, so that makes me happy.
    I am so excited for you and Luna, what a happy addition to the family, I am sure she will bring you years of happiness!
    Hugs and Love!
    Kim @ The Cookie Puzzle recently posted…Party in Your PJs #41My Profile

    • Thanks Kim :). I wouldn’t say I’m a “writer” but I like to think I am and shorter posts are okay but when you’re really trying to speak to your readers and explain a project you need the length. Maybe this is where videos come in. Not so much explanation and a link to the video to see it in action.
      Melissa recently posted…Slice of Life Sundays: 2-8-15My Profile

  2. I definitely understand the funk. Even on Wellbutrin I get the funk. What helps me is SAM-E. If I miss one day my mood floats down and it is hard to get anything accomplished. Good luck!

  3. I buy SAM-E at cosctco. Good luck!

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