Saturday, January 7, 2012

When you're stuck.

You're going along at a breakneck pace. Making plans, making lists, checking off one item after another, and feeling proud of yourself -- and maybe a little exhausted. It feels like you're really getting somewhere in your business, in your blog, in your artistic projects.

And then... something happens. One day you wake up and everything's different.

You can't get out of bed -- you pull the covers over your head. Just five more minutes (or five more hours). All those exciting plans become daunting tasks, and your to-do-lists might as well be thirty miles long. In fact, when you look them over, you realize how many items weren't necessary at all, and you feel like a big goof for getting sidetracked.

And your emotions? They come in layers, like baklava. Fear, guilt, dread, fatigue, sadness, anger... more fear. It's hard to sort them out because as soon as you reach one layer, there's another one underneath.

In short? You're stuck. Overworked. Overwhelmed. Overextended.

I'm sure this happens to most of us at some point in our lives. Maybe we work ourselves too hard, maybe personal problems get in the way, maybe we take on more than we can handle. Maybe we lose direction.

The good news? Getting stuck can actually be a great opportunity. Not only can we come out of it, but we can do so stronger and more confident than before, with a better sense of what's truly important.

How? Well, this is something I'm experimenting with right this very moment. I'll throw around some suggestions in part II of this post, but for now, I believe that the first step is admitting you're stuck. Because admitting a problem is usually the first step to solving it -- or so I've been told.

So here we go: My name is Sarah, and I'm stuck!

Are you stuck, too? If not, I'm so very happy for you, I can't even express it. I'll make sure to address prevention in another post. But if you're in the same boat (or baklava) as me, by all means, speak up! We can work though this together.

Now that it's posted, check out the next part of this post! Thanks for reading, thanks for being awesome, and have a sequintastic day!


  1. Uh oh! My middle name is Baklava! Looking forward to reading about your solutions. Sounds like you have a bad case of Greek pastry! :)


  2. That was me on Thursday. I just reached this level of exhaustion where I just wanted to lie in bed and not do anything, much less anything on my list. Also I hated the 3000 or so words I had written this past week and deleted them. Oh well! Good practice, right? ;D

  3. Sometimes I get "jewelers" block, kind of like writers block, but for jewelers. How do you get out of it? Well, I tell myself, take a deep break, back off, you can't force creativity. Go do something else. I don't know about you, but I have a lot of things I enjoy. Take a day to go knit, crochet, antique. Spend the day with girlfriends. Recharge your batteries. When they are, the creativity juices will flow again.

    The second issue I face as a small business owner who works at home, I NEVER leave work. The first few weeks after I started to focus on my business 100%, I found myself very tired and very angry. Then i figured out why, I never took a break. You will do yourself or your business no good if your burnt out. Rome wasn't built in a day, successful businesses aren't either.

    Hope this helps - BTW - I made some rockin' earrings last night with my Saturday Sequins Prize Package. I hope to get pics up soon!

  4. I love the baklava metaphor.

    A new year is a pretty common time for things to catch up with people...I mean we put so much energy into the holidays and then reality kicks us in the pants when it's all over.

    I went for a nice jog this morning, getting out and exercising helps me feel unstuck. :)

    Looking forward to your next post!

  5. Well, for me, the day after New Year's was like that. I woke up feeling the weight of the world. Here it was, the New Year and I should be feeling full of ideas etc. Instead all I wanted to do was crawl back in bed. As the week wore on I felt a bit better but not 100% yet.

  6. Great post, Sarah, and really well articulated. I know just how you feel. Writer's block, jeweler's block, DIYer's block... sometimes you just want to throw in the towel!

  7. Hoping this note finds you less or totally unstuck! We need you to be happy!

  8. blocked up too... have decided to start with myself on this one! got some retail therapy going, coloured my hair, did my nails and have got it into my head that organisation is key and if you feel good you'll do better! Been overtired and had the flu but this week its on! Will keep you updated, either i have found a cure or im just going to be look more together while i fall apart hehe! love this week's blog!x

  9. Thanks, everyone, for your insightful comments! You're all so wonderful, it boggles my mind.

    Melissa, I like the idea of taking a break. I keep telling myself I'll rest, but even with my cold, I bead 6 hours a day. Not good. Also, I can't wait to see those earrings!

    Ajax, good point about the new year. The holidays stress me out so much, and I have so much traveling to do. It's no wonder I'm exhausted afterward.

    Jo, working on yourself sounds like a great idea! It's been too long since I've had an at-home spa day, taken a nap, or just sat still. I hope it works for you! Definitely keep me posted.

  10. I gave you the advice to do one thing at a time, lest you become overwhelmed. Then, lo and behold, I'm feeling overwhelmed because I'm trying to do too much. As a result, I've had to put the fun things aside in order to do the need things that are less fun, and I feel guilty for not doing the fun stuff (that still needs doing eventually). But I've just got to do one thing at a time, no matter how irritating it is that I work like that.

  11. You've hit the nail on the head - as always you put wonderfully to the point what many of us are feeling. I've just finished you beaded posts and they are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!! stunning work, I'm off to read the next instalment of these posts :)

    1. Oh, thanks!

      I'm really glad you're getting something out of this post. It definitely helped me out of my rut, that's for sure. :)


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