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There’s nothing that a Leslie Knope quote can’t fix…


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After my post last weekend on general life updates and feeling a bit ‘meh‘ during the month of January, I don’t think I’ve ever had as many comments or emails asking me to share the tips that got me out of my creative funk. Thank you so much for the kind messages; sometimes it’s nice just to feel like we aren’t the only ones who want to fall asleep in our dressing gowns and hope that motivation gives us a little prod to wake up when it’s ready. Now I don’t think that my advice is particularly groundbreaking, but it might be the prod you need. It certainly was for me…


SORT YOURSELF OUT. Now this is a really obvious one, but are you looking after yourself? Are you eating wholesome homemade meals? Have you drunk enough water? When was the last time you worked out? Is it time to wash your hair and put the can of dry shampoo away? When I truly asked myself all these questions I realised that it was time for me to down some water, head to the gym, stop by the supermarket on the way home and treat myself to a bit of a pamper evening. If you’re not feeling 100% then it’s pretty much guaranteed that your brain is going to feel like poop too.

CHANGE YOUR SURROUNDINGS. Swapping desks for the day with a colleague or going to a different coffee shop for your morning round of caffeine and email tackling, really does make all the difference. I’m a real fidgeter when it comes to my workspace. Sometimes my desk gets me for the whole day, other times I sit up to my kitchen table and then there are moments when Mark comes home to find my laying on the floor, with my legs on the sofa and my laptop resting on my belly – Chiropractor’s look away now! Instead of my usual home-hopping, I headed to a local cafe and set myself down for an afternoon there. Aside from the constant distractions of cute dogs and way too interesting conversation-snooping, it really helped me to knuckle down (and got me out of the house and out of my PJ’s).


DEFINE YOUR MISSION. Working out how I want my content to serve you as a reader, has really helped me to nail down ideas and direct me to the topics that feel right to talk about currently. I’ve been reading a couple of business books and in them things always seem to boil down to the elusive idea of a ‘mission statement‘ which is something that I just hadn’t been able to get my head around in the past. After some thought I’ve realised that I want my content to be helpful and informative in some way, but always with a dose of light-heartedness and humour. Hopefully I’m back on track and on my mission again.

IMMERSE YOURSELF. Whenever I want to get back into the swing of a healthy lifestyle, I pick up an issue of Women’s Health. If I need to clear my head and remind myself what’s important I have a read of Sarah Knight’s ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k’. If I’m unsure for content ideas I watch a tonne of videos and read blogs that both inspire me and get my creative juices flowing again (side note: I’m LOVING Lizzy Hadfield at the moment). Basically I immerse myself into some kind of literature that relates to the area of my life that I need an injection of motivation in at that time. This is the thing that always helps. It’s just impossible to read Women’s Health whilst eating a bowl of Coco Pops. Trust me I’ve tried it.

Photos by Lauren Shipley



  • These are some great tips! I think I really need to think of a ‘mission statement’ for my blog – it could help to give me some more direction on where to take my content!

    Lynnsay x

  • Thanks so much for the tips, I really hate getting stuck in a rut and I’m going to ensure I try these next time I do!

    Beckie xo // The Pale Tails

  • elisha mae

    Another inspiring blog post Anna – I so agree with what your first point on sorting yourself out in terms of health and wellbeing to give you back that spark!

    Lovely words as always.

    Elisha-Maé |

  • I find that changing your surroundings makes a huuge difference! Although it’s always tough putting the dressing gown aside haha ♥

    Amy // Snippets of Amy

  • I feel the same way about sorting yourself out. Usually my motivation is down when everything is a little too much and I need some pamper and leider ve. Not the junk food and a movie love, the one that really helps energize your body.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • theflairsophy

    These tips are great – simple, and sensible. I love the overall simplicity of your blog – informative, to the point, easy to read and made me chuckle! Just what I need after a long day at work or when I am taking that 10 minutes work break x

  • alice bea

    Love this post!

  • The point about changing your surroundings is so spot on. I did a working morning ‘power breakfast’ from a nice coffee shop yesterday morning and found that I got SO MUCH more done! A goal for me this year is definitely to take on more flexible working – you don’t always have to be behind a desk in an office x

    A Little Lucy | Lifestyle Blog

  • Fatima

    Magazines, books and other blogs is definitely where I find motivation 🙂 Great post, Anna!

    Fatima x

  • This was so motivating and inspiring to read Anna! So glad you are feeling more on track now 🙂 we all have those times.

  • Gaby

    I love your piece on changing your surroundings! Right now I’m clearing out all the junk from my room and it’s so refreshing, when it comes to work, less really is more!

    Gabrielle Isabella x

  • Thanks for this, I’ve been in a bit of a rut recently and have been in need of some inspiration

    – Natalie

  • I defintely think reading new blogs and switching it up a bit helps – can’t beat Life Changing Magic either!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

  • This was really helpful! I find doing something completely different and taking my mind away for things helps me a lot x

    Zoe Mountford x

  • I do the same thing when I am stumped for a video or blog idea!! So nice to know even big and successful bloggers feel this way!

  • Victoria

    I get sudden ideas for posts and just write them down in a journal I have for all random things! I need to try out going to a cafe though, especially when I try to study for uni, always sitting at your desk can get a bit gloomy

  • For me, the best way to get out of a creative funk is to stop thinking about being in a creative funk. Take a break from whatever is stressing you out and go do something that you love. For me, whenever I’m struggling to come up with post/story ideas, I like to take a break and go play the piano. Since it has nothing to do with my blog, it’s really easy to disconnect from everything. And usually, after a few songs I end up coming up with new ideas.

  • I got into such a creative funk over my blog, I struggled to come up with ideas for posts, or if I did have ideas the words just wouldn’t seem to make sense and I ended up ditching multiple posts. I find when this happens I need to take a break from blogging and social media and within a couple of days I normally have a brain wave with multiple ideas.

    Alicia x

  • Thank you for the tips! I am currently in a rut and I think it has to do with I have a lot on my plate being at University. Reading some of the other comments on this post was very helpful!

    Laila from Townhouse Palette

  • Helen

    This is such a great post ! For me, I like to clean my space around me and get up and do something I haven’t done before. Sometimes its trying a new exercise class, learning a new hobby or just trying a new cuisine. Anything thats a change 🙂


  • I think pretty much all good things start with looking after yourself and taking good care of yourself first. So I love that tip.

  • I’m totally with you on getting away from your desk and going to a coffee shop. Changing my surroundings has really helped me buckle down and get work done. Love this post!

    Carrie |

  • Lexie

    this is so helpful! I’m stuck in such a rut but still want to create x

  • Such good tips and also, love those roses!

  • I love Lizzy Hadfield as well! Have watched her for a while now (I love her weekly vlogs), anyway I totally agree with the Women’s Health and not being able to eat coco pops thing! It’s impossible to not look after your body when you are staring at a magazine which is all about looking after yourself. I always end up changing my surroundings a lot, even if I move to my dining room table to work instead of on my work desk. It get’s the juices going! Thanks for the inspo!

    Kat Rosa Olwen // Health & Lifestyle

  • The first and second tips are ones that I really need to get to work on – I am terrible when it comes to establishing a routine and I’m very much like a hermit 90% of the time; I hate to leave the house! However, maybe the change of scene would do me some good, as you’ve suggested? I’ve been told to read Sarah Knight a few times, so I might just see if I can get hold of a copy in the near future – I’ve heard that it’s really good and puts everything into perspective. Thank you for these tips! I’m also glad to hear that you’ve re-established what it is that you’d like to create content-wise. Here’s to moving forward,

    -Alicia x | Lifestyle Blog

  • Such great tips!

    Being freelance, it can definitely be hard to pull yourself out of a funk when things start becoming a bit same-y same-y, and I get too used to hitting the snooze button when I know I aren’t being held accountable for anyone.

    Having a mission statement is such a good idea! Think i need to go back over and redefine mine for sure 🙂

    Heather x |

  • Great tips – I’ve been in a creative rut for a long time, which explains why I have not blogged in so long, I’m ready to get back into it. I have my blog redesign/new name and I’m excited to return to blogging!

  • Anna

    Great post and tips… thank you for sharing!
    Anna From Italy

  • Hi Anna,
    Great post. I was wondering if you would share what kind of business books you read. I am looking into redefining my job and searching for some inspiration but there are just sooooooo many business books to choose from.

    Cheers.from the Netherlands