4.02.2014

Quieting The Noise

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Every once in awhile I will start to feel a little too inundated with blogs. Like all of a sudden I feel like they are EVERYWHERE. And that's awesome, it is. But sometimes it all just feels a little noisy to me. Not to be mistaken with nosy [really that too], but as in loud. It's like we are a million little minions running around constantly trying to shove our voices, opinions, thoughts, feelings, etc down everybody else's bloglovin feed, twitter feed, instagram feed, etc every second of every day. It can be this constant feeling of trying to keep up, hear what everybody else has to say that day, make sure we know what the coolest thing to buy is that hour, look at this, and then look at that, and repeat repeat repeat.

I obviously enjoy this whole blogging thing, but every so often I feel like I want to escape for awhile. I reach these points where it all just seems like a little too much to inhale. Realistically speaking I think these thoughts typically come at times when I am feeling overwhelmed, but when I'm not really sure what I am overwhelmed with. My content starts to slide, my motivation dwindles, my inspiration can't seem to be found anywhere, and generally my overall attitude feels "over it". I know that these feelings soon pass, but in the moment the thing that I desire the most is quiet. The feeling of becoming connected to something again that you have been losing out on whether that be listening to your own thoughts, getting lost in a good book, taking a pen to paper, or even enjoying an awesome meal in front of you without feeling like you need to take a single picture of it [perhaps that's a struggle only I deal with].

All of that to say that today I am choosing to be quiet. Turning off the music, stepping away from the computer, and simply enjoying the noise in front of me that I can hear rather than feel.

Happy day loves. 


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24 comments:

  1. Good for you! A little alone time to just enjoy life, with no other expectations, is something we all need to do.

    Enjoy your time away! Hope it helps calm all the chatter.

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  2. Good for you, Erin. I know exactly what you are talking about. I, for one, need a lot of these quiet moments. Enjoy enjoying!

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  3. You need to do this with anything that overwhelms you in life. It's refreshing and rewarding! Good for you!

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  4. I can totally relate to this today. I plan on running to my favorite little spot to watch the sunset tonight. I won't bring my phone, just a camera and myself. Enjoy your day off!

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  5. Yes, this. Every single bit of this.

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  6. To be fair, there's limited "shoving" of opinions, thoughts, etc. You make an active decision to visit and follow those "minions." :)

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  7. i feel like more often than not sometimes :/ so many voices!!!!! gah!

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  8. I feel like bloggers think a "self day" would lose them a bunch of readers that they put so much time in gaining. But I think the effect is actually the opposite. Taking time for yourself allows you to rejuvenate what you were losing in the first place, & also provides more content (because we aren't already watching it on Twitter or Instagram). Good for you, Erin! Enjoy your day! :)

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  9. We all have those moments! Sometimes life is just "go go go" and you need some time to relax and do NOTHING.

    Enjoy your relaxing day pretty lady!

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  10. I think we all need this from time to time. It's good for the mind & soul!!

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  11. Are you in my head today? I totally understand the "over it" days...going through a little of that pouty phase myself recently. It is great to know even the "pros" go through this.

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  12. I can totally relate to what you're feeling. Sometimes I just leave my phone at home when I'm heading out for dinner. Or, I simply leave it upstairs when I'm enjoying a movie downstairs. It's such a great feeling to not feel so "connected." Enjoy your quiet day :)

    ~Natalie
    NotesbyNatalie.com

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  13. I need to remember to do this. Disconnect. Turn off all the noise. Reflect, relax and take in the little things.

    -Allie
    dustingneeded.com

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  14. I was nodding and smiling the whole time reading your words. Thank you. Thanks for saying what we all feel. All. The. Time...

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  15. I'm still totally new to this whole blogging thing. But I can hear exactly what you are saying. Guess what? I bet when you step away and live life, you'll have something worth blogging about! Enjoy your quiet time!

    Sara

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  16. Well you definitely aren't the only one who struggles with the taking if food photos, haha :) but ITA. Sometimes we need to just take a step back and relax. I recently felt this way myself. :) we will all be here waiting to read when you come back!

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  17. I know exactly what you're talking about. Some days, it just is a bit much. A lot too much.

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  18. I've been stepping back recently on the blogging front. Just taking it day by day. I've been really enjoying it!

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  19. I love this and completely agree. Came across your blog and it's adorable! I can't wait to get to know you better through the blog world!

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  20. SO true. Loving blogging generally means becoming obsessed with social media, taking pictures of everything, etc. and it's so important to just stop some of that for a short period of time. Hope you had a great day of quiet :)

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  21. I love your humor and sarcasm in like everything you say. It makes me smile. I love this post. Like a lot. I agree with you with all of this. I started blogging back in 08. I don't know if blogging was big back then or not, because I never knew what it really was. I was simply writing down my thoughts on my space. About a year ago I realized how huge blogging really was and I hopped on the bandwagon. It quickly got over whelming and life happened so I stopped. Now I'm back, but taking things slow. Blogging is almost like youtube. You start on one video and an hour later you realize you just spent 60 minutes looking at a bunch of randomness. So like I said, this time I'm taking it slowly. I have my few blogs I keep up with, and I only participate in link ups I'm truly passionate about. Sometimes I do get sidetracked still...like now; totally rambling on probably making you think, "who is this chic and why is she telling me her blog life story?" Anyways, I basically just wanted to say I agree with you. It's nice to hear that a "big" blogger can sometimes feel like this too.

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  22. I totally agree, it's so easy to be caught up and race along at a million miles an hour. I'm going through today and trimming my bloglovin subscriptions, then I can focus on the blogs I love and that inspire me most :)

    Sophie
    http://what-sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxx

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  23. This is how I feel today, because I posted on Friday and for the first time...ever...I only had one comment all weekend :( I know I started off with a recipe, so a lot of people pin it and don't comment, but it hurt my heart to see all the visits and no comments. Busy Busy Bees we become, and don't remember to support each other in the little ways.

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  24. Erin, you should write about keeping perspective and staying motivated as we grow as bloggers. I know I'm still relatively new-ish, and I just recently did a whole re-design and became self-hosted, and in the process I started doubting my own blog and talent and really falling into the compare-yourself-to-everyone-under-the-sun trap. It can be, quite frankly, just depressing, and your insight and usual hilarity would undoubtedly make for a good (and insightful!) read.

    lovelovelove,
    Erica
    cominguprosestheblog.com

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I read and appreciate every one of your comments. Thanks for stopping by my space and sharing a piece of yourself on this huge ole internet. I meant that in the least creepy way possible. I'm just good at making everything awkward. Anyhow, thank you for your comments. They make me smile :)