5 Things I Learned from a Creative Rut

It’s been a hot minute since I last put up a post, over a month to be exact, and it’s been a frustrating month for me creativity wise. I felt unmotivated and uninspired by everything I was writing and the pictures I was taking – it all just seemed boring to me. So, I took an unintentional break to recharge and gain a new perspective. I’ve also been incredibly busy with college and work so writing began to feel like a chore and I was not willing to put out content that feels forced or I’m not happy with.

Although I still do not have a plethora of ideas overflowing I believe that the only way to power through this slump is to just keep going. As I’ve had this break from creating my own content, I still have been learning new things that I can do to be better at what I love.

So, here are 5 things that I have learned from my first major creative rut since I began blogging:

1. The Comparison Game Kills

I can do a whole other post about this topic because I feel like for everyone, not just people who are creative suffer from this every now and again. In a time that we have Instagram and everyone making their lives look glossy and amazing it’s easy to feel that you and your content isn’t good enough when you’re sitting there looking at everyone’s highlight reel in your pjs and several days’ worth of PJsashed hair; but hey that perfect person with the perfect Instagram they have awful days, too, but none of us are probably ever going to show that to the world. So, what I’ve learned from this is that even though I love Instagram a lot I need to take a step back when I’m feeling like what I’m doing and creating isn’t good enough and to appreciate the awesome thing that someone else worked hard to create.

2. Flow vs Force

Something I have really been trying to get into is being in touch with the universe and trying to connect with it to hear what it’s trying to tell me. What I try to force myself to do will almost never be done with love and pride because I’m just not feeling it and when I’m not feeling something I could not be less interested in it. But obviously, there are some things in life that you just have to do despite how much you don’t actually want to do said thing. However, what I have found is that the more I do things that flow for me, the forced tasks are much more manageable and don’t feel as forced.

3. Find What Inspires You

Finding what inspires you and what sets your soul to the highest frequency is what I’ve found that makes me the happiest and motivated to do what I need/want to do. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but one of my favorite ways to become motivated is watching Kalyn Nicholson’s YouTube videos and reading her blog. The more I watch and read content that is similar to something that I want to be making the more I feel the frequency shift from low to high in me and I start to feel better.

4. Life Happens

Sometimes life just happens, and you just have to roll with it and hold on until whatever is happening is over with. I found that the more that I have going on in my life and the more I try to also do creative things it just doesn’t flow well together which basically goes back to the whole idea of flow vs. force idea. But you know, life happens, and you just have to deal with it sometimes.

5. Taking a Break is Okay

Actually, it’s necessary. For a while, I felt guilty when I missed a week to post or when I took the month off I felt awful and kinda like a failure of a blogger. But I know I’m not actually those things and we all need a break sometimes even from the things we love and there’s nothing wrong with that. Taking a break, not only from blogging, but other things that I know I should be doing but I just can’t I feel an extreme amount of guilt – I’ve always been a guilty person even when something isn’t my fault – but sometimes you have to put things on pause and get yourself together before you get back up and go back at something full force.


Those are the main things that I’ve noticed that I’ve learned throughout this bigger creative slump and I hope you take something away that is helpful for you if you’re feeling creatively stuck.

It was a really long month and felt weird not posting for a while, but I’m back (I’m in the final stretch of my spring semester, yay!) and I have a lot of fun things planned over the next few months and I’m really excited about it.

I’d love to know what any of your experiences of a creative rut are like? What do you do to refresh your inspiration?

7 Replies to “5 Things I Learned from a Creative Rut”

  1. I love this! I love that you said it’s okay to take a break. I always feel so guilty when I do, but I really shouldn’t feel guilty. It’s my blog, after all! Also the flow vs. force thing is something I really struggle with sometimes. Sometimes I feel like I’m forcing myself to write. I’m going to try doing things that "flow" for me and see if it helps me feel more of a desire to do the things I’m forcing myself to do. That’s such a great idea that I’ve never thought of! I love your blog and can’t wait to read your next post!

    1. Kellie Monahan says: Reply

      You are seriously the sweetest and one of the most supportive people that I have ever met!! Thank you so much for reading and leaving such nice comment, it really means so much to me. The flow vs force thing is still quite new to me, but so far it seems to be working out really well so I hope it works for you, too! 🙂

  2. I love this post Kellie because I can relate so much! I find taking a step back from my own social media/blog writing is essential when I’m not feeling up to it. At that stage I go read the bloggers or watch the vloggers that have a positive impact on me and inspire my own content. I am also glad you wrote about the guilt because I don’t see a lot of bloggers mentioning it and although it’s ok to feel that way about something you love and miss doing, it’s important to tell yourself that you are not a failure for simple taking a break, the most talented writers, actors, musicians ect, all have to take a break to reenergise and come back bigger and better than ever! I wasn’t doing so well health wise recently and I had to focus on that first, and I can honestly say it was the best thing I ever did, for myself and my blog content. Keep going, girl and you’ll get there too x

    1. Excuse my typos on *simply and *etc… it’s one of those days. 😂

      1. Kellie Monahan says: Reply

        Oh don’t worry about the typos, I totally understand haha! But thank you so much for reading, I really appreciate it 🙂 I don’t see a lot of bloggers mentioning it either and I think it’s super important to acknowledge the not-so-glamorous side of writing/blogging; it’s just like anything else in life that you need a break from! I’m sorry to hear about your health and I hope you’re doing much better know, health is so important to take care of first!

  3. Carina Mazur says: Reply

    Completely agree! It’s so important to listen to your creative mind and not work against it! I get into unmotivated slumps ALL the time, basically 95% of the time. What’s helped me is channeling it through different things, so if I’m not inspired to blog, I’ll try to come up with a poem, or a deep though for instagram, or a diary post, a rant, an artistic tweet (LOL). It helps you stay on the writing flow while still taking a break. I loved when you said that we’re probably never going to show our bad days to the world. It’s so so true, who wants to see that? Comparison is so destructive for me as well, it’s so hard to stop though. The ‘flow vs force’ is actually such a perfect way of looking at it. If you don’t write for a month, that’s perfectly okay. Maybe your soul is lost a little bit and needs time to brighten up, find it’s rhythm. Girl your writing is so so good I’m so happy I found you <3

    1. Ahh oh my gosh you’re so sweet, thank you!! Comparison is really hard to stop and that’s probably the most annoying thing about it because you know you shouldn’t be doing it but you just can’t stop it. I really like that you try to find another way to create something else when you’re stuck – I’m definitely going to try that!

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