As a content creator, there's no shaking the sense of guilt that comes from not publishing frequently, or at least on a more consistent schedule. We feel the pressures of our #hustleculture, of balancing "the grind" with having a life, and, of course, the ongoing pandemic. As artists, we get caught up in the production - and in the likes and opinions on social media - rather than recognizing the potential for healing and fulfillment through our expression.
So, take a break. When you're feeling burned-out, or preferably before you get there, take a step back to reset and recharge. This could be for an hour, or an afternoon; a day or days; a week or weeks - as long as you need to feel re-energized and ready to come back. There is no timeline, other than that which is self-imposed. Blogging is supposed to be fun, and in order to keep it so, I took a break.
...Now what? I'm diving back into my content creation, and more importantly, looking forward to just putting my thoughts on paper, digitally. In a way, more so than on my other platforms, this blog is mine - it is not, and probably will not ever be "big" - and in this little corner of the internet, I share my authentic self. Not for likes, or for money, or for anything beyond the joy of expression. There's always the hope that someone will stumble across a post they connect with, or that is useful for their own projects - and if that's you today, high five!
As for where you'll find me most actively posting right now, I've been participating in the #fallforcostume challenge, hosted by @Redthreaded over on Instagram. It's become an annual tradition that offers a daily prompt for inspiring a month of posts across the costuming community. In fact, I've posted every day this month, and you can find me on IG @youngsewphisticate!
I do also have a few research-heavy projects in the works, both for my day-job (in interpretive program management), and for an upcoming virtual lecture for the Corsets & Cravats, 4th quarter series!
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