Wednesday, 8 August 2018

On Not Getting Complacent


Oh hi, hello, it's me again. 

I took a blogging break last week because I'd fallen into that awful trap of not getting anything ready for a post until the day before, rushing to get it all done and then not being 100% happy with the result (not that I am EVER 100% happy with anything I do, sucks to be a creative type eh?). I also wanted to have a little refocus, to make sure that everything I was doing was 'me' enough. 

Although I am very much team don't-be-too-hard-on-yourself, I do think it's important to do a bit of self-evaluation every now and then and to not get complacent in anything you're doing. And complacent is definitely what I'd become. Complacent at work, complacent with my blog and complacent with life in general; simply letting the weeks tick over and not doing much else. 

In a way, complacency is a nice feeling; you know you could happily carry on exactly as you are and life would be just, well, fine. But with complacency comes a loss of passion in what you're doing, the lack of a challenge and I don't want my life to be just fine. If you're feeling in a bit of a rut, take a break and spend some time refocusing because actually, exciting things can come from that.

Complacency makes me feel sluggish, like I'm just going through the motions week after week and almost just watching my own life go by. It's a very easy trap to fall into because there's no feeling of pressure to change and essentially there's no need to change, but as a person (and as the human race in general I think) I'm always craving more. Sometimes this is a negative thing because I feel like I should be doing more, achieving more and I end up putting unnecessary pressure on myself to succeed (whatever succeeding may be, but that's a whole other kettle of fish). I've spoken about being in that situation before, but that's not the only thing that can come from kicking complacency. It can also inspire you to try something new, put the passion back into something you already enjoy and essentially mean you get more from life.

Nothing major is going to change round here, but what I have decided to do is start a new venture because there's nothing like giving your extremely busy self even more to do is there?

So from next Sunday I'll be sending out a fortnightly newsletter, Call Me A Plant Lady, which is essentially a place for me to talk about one of the things I love the most - my house plants. It'll be full of tips and tricks on everything from keeping your plants alive, re-potting and styling plants in your home. I'll also be starting an Instagram hashtag #callmeaplantlady and will be featuring my favourite in the newsletter. It would mean the world to me if you could subscribe HERE because this is something I'm super passionate and excited about and I can't wait to flood your inboxes with botanical goodness. Also let me know if there's anything in particular you'd like to see or would like tips on!

Amy x 
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  1. That sounds great, I'm so rubbish with plants so could do with the tips! Have signed up!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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    1. Aw thank you so much for signing up lovely! Hope you like it xx

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  2. Your new venture sounds like fun! :) I think it's good to try new things now and then.

    Hope that you are hav‌ing a lovely week so far :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. I'm definitely going to have so much fun creating it! Hope you're having a good week too xx

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  3. Random request for the newsletter but I'd love to know WHERE you can get certain ones from, does it have to be a garden centre or could you get it at Wilko's etc? Excited for your new newsletter! xx

    www.natalieleanne.com

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    1. Oooh I can definitely do something around that! Thanks for the request! xx

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  4. This was a really thought provoking piece! I have been way more relaxed with blogging lately than I have ever been, I haven't really been sticking to a schedule and sometimes I even write posts and publish on the same day - past me a year ago would've been horrified haha! I'm definitely trying to make sure my newly chilled schedule doesn't make me complacent though, especially when it comes to quality photos - I'm planning my Instagram like nobody's business, trying to make the feed come together well! Trying to strike a balance between not putting too much pressure on yourself and not adopting an "eh, that'll have to do" attitude is definitely something that needs a bit of negotiation!

    Abbey xx
    Http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. There's such a fine balance between making sure you don't put too much pressure on yourself and also not getting complacent! I think as soon as something feels like a chore it needs to be reassessed! xx

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  5. can't wait for your newsletter xx
    katescloset.uk

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  6. Oooooh yay! I'd love for a newbie guide to plants and a cat friendly guide to plants because whilst I'm sure many cats out there are very good with plants I KNOW mine will want to rub up against, climb all over, play with and even possibly nibble.
    Sending lots of love your way Amy, wishing you all the luck in the world with this exciting venture!
    Peta x

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    1. Thanks for subscribing lovely! One of mine absolutely ADORES a nibble so a guide to cat friendly ones coming your way! Thanks for the requests :) xx

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  7. This is such a great blog post Amy and something that serves as a great reminder to us all! I always try to remind myself that when life feels as though it's stagnating, it's time to start some new ventures and challenge ourselves! Good luck with your new fortnightly newsletter babe :)

    aglassofice.com x

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    1. New ventures really keep things fresh! Thanks gal xx

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  8. Oh I AM subscribing! I need tips on how to take care of plants. :) After growing one very NOT demanding plant, I was oh-so happy, but realized that there is SO much to learn about. I have a cactus and 2 succulents, so if you have any tips on how to grow them the best way, I would really appreciate it! :)
    Madara| Lookforsmile.com

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    1. Aw thank you for subscribing! There will be lots of tips to come :) xx

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