Getting Out of a Rut + the Power of a Pant Suit

 I cherish the beginning of a new month. It is a time for a little self reflection. A moment to slow down, check in, and see how the mind and heart are holding up. And I have to be honest, the past few weeks I have been stuck in a little rut. I have been feeling disconnected creatively, and allowing my anxiety to cloud my focus and drive. I am a firm believer, that what we focus on the most will manifest in our lives. I need to hone in the power of my originality and trust that hard work does pay off. Especially during the times when I feel spread thin or completely overwhelmed by my over-arching long term goals. The life of a freelancer is a wobbly and thrilling journey. So, as I continue to pursue acting, blogging and paying my bills, here are some of my tactics for feeling a unstuck. 
 - Dress the part. Want to feel successful, and powerful? Get out of your sweats and dress the part of the person you want to be. Everyday, wake up and pick an outfit that elevates your confidence. I often work from home, but I am trying more to get out of my PJs ASAP. Even if I am not leaving my house immediately, how can I create a look that represents the person I want to be in the world. (Can I also say, this pant suit from Zara made me feel incredibly cool during my visit in NYC). 
-Get outside. Especially in LA, don't forget the power of sunshine and fresh air. If I am feeling overwhelmed or notice myself lingering on my phone for a long time, its time to go outside. Take a walk (for me its with my dog). Ditch the electronics and social media for thirty minutes to an hour. You'll feel refreshed and ready to keep working.
-Surround yourself with people who inspire you. I often feel very isolated by the work that I do. I feel my best when I am around people. I am an extrovert in that sense. So during the week I try to schedule a couple coffee dates, or go to blogger events (I especially love the events by Who What Wear). When I feel locked in a mood or my self doubt, I notice an instant shift when I connect with other creatives. Meet new people, create a community, and support one another in your pursuits.
-Create a schedule. This is the hardest thing for me. My schedule is not consistent every week. It changes even on a daily basis. But when I write a schedule down and commit to it, I get more work done. Some days I wish I had the structure of a 9-5 schedule, but why can't I create that for myself? I also get more work done when I am not home- so I am trying to schedule "office hours". Getting out of my house and perching at one of my local coffee shops elevates my productivity (making the three bucks for coffee worth it). 
Here are a few of my favorite books that have helped me, when I was feeling low about my unconventional lifestyle. 
BIG MAGIC- Elizabeth Gilbert
THE ARTIST'S WAY- Julie Cameron
YOU ARE A BAD ASS- Jen Sincero 
Sending support to all you babes who hustle hard for their BIG dreams. I support you full heartedly! I know when I am feeling stuck, it is only temporary. I have the power to shift my focus, and find a way to take it day by day. 
Zara Flared Trouser, Blazer + Striped T-shrit, Urban Outfitters Patent Leather Boots, Vintage 1950's Handbag (Vintage option here, Modern option here.), Ray Ban Sunglasses
Photos by NYC based Laurel Creative


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