What do you do when the going gets tough?

Yesterday was a tough one.

It was a dark, drizzly day after a bad night of sleep, followed by a bit of bad news. And it was on the heels of a wicked cold that had me laid up Wednesday through Sunday. Not a good cocktail for a sensitive soul with work to be done.

Needless to say, I came home after dropping off my son to feeling rather adrift.

I didn’t know what I wanted to work on. None of the many items on my idea list or to do list was the least bit appealing. Even though I had come up with some nifty ideas on the way home in the car, when I sat down at my desk and confronted my computer screen, a strong feeling of despondency — and resistance — came up.

I didn’t want to do anything.

Or did I?

I checked in with my heart.

I checked in with my spirit.

I asked, “Is there anything I DO want to work on?

The answer came back, “Yes. My script.”

(And this was even after doing my first round of writing first thing in the morning.)

So I did. I got out my latest set of assignments, turned on my timer, and dug in.

An hour later, I felt like myself again. I even went on to have a happy, productive day working with my clients and revamping my website (you can see the evidence on my Shop and Home pages).

By doing my work, by turning to my calling rather than away from it, I found myself.

Your Turn

What works for you?

When you’ve fallen off the wagon of clarity and productivity, how do you find your way back to taking action?

And by the way, I’m not intending to say that action is the only solution here. There are times when for me the right “action” is clearly nothing work-related, like rest, reflection, exercise, or taking a break. But I think I’m talking about something different here — that Thing that happens when you know getting back on path is just what’s called for but it’s feeling elusive. I’d love to hear what works for you.

Tell us about it in the comments.



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  1. Hi Jenna,

    I can totally relate to this experience you describe. Many times when I feel out of sorts and disconnected to my self, I’ve found that sitting down and focussing on my passions, whether this is doing something connected to my business, or writing, drawing or reading a particular book that I know will help me, I find that I find myself again, I calm down and I can focus and the rest of my day improves.

    What’s hard is when I’m at my day job and therefore out of my own space and away from my things (computer, book, horses) and my focus has to be on other people (I’m sure being a parent is similar), I find it so much harder to find ways to do this, but am trying to find a few, one is music, I put on music with my client and sing and dance, something that we both love and helps both of us, rather than plugging away at chores or just wishing I’d feel better, and it works!

    Thanks for sharing this!

    • Angela, Thanks for posting this. You’ve made some lovely suggestions. Great point about being out of our element/own space and what to do there. I love your idea.

  2. I love castle, too. Probably because it’s about a writer and crime, two things that intrigue, especially together.


    p.s. did you just add comment luv? thanks. I feel it’s a must for bloggers who want to pay it forward.

    • Agreed! Castle is a great combo of a writer and intrigue, I love it too.

      I’ve had Comment Luv for a while now, I forget where I first saw it, maybe on http://www.TheBloggess.com? I love paying it forward and I love the interconnectedness the plugin reinforces.

      Thanks for commenting, G.

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