Single Thought of the Week: Missing Mojo

Jess McGlynnJanuary 10, 2013

Lost: One woman’s mojo.

If Found: Please return to the slightly harried looking lady most likely to be found chasing one errant toddler, trying to hold onto another whilst a young black puppy entangles himself and his lead round her legs.  She can usually be heard wondering aloud what day of the week she’s made it to.

What is mojo anyway?  Did I ever have it?  How do I know I want it?

According to the dictionary Mojo is:

1. A magic charm, talisman or spell
2. Magic power

Well, I certainly don’t remember having any of those things, if I did I would most certainly not be caught rummaging around the cupboards desperately searching out that bar of chocolate that I know I had but I also suspect my Other Half has scoffed on one of his midnight raids.  I’d just magic myself some wouldn’t I?!?

I’ve seen a lot of posts on social media recently about people losing their blogging mojo and I can completely understand.  I appear to not only have misplaced my blogging mojo but also my mojo for life.

At the moment I am literally running on autopilot.  I don’t know whether it’s the fact that I haven’t had a decent night’s sleep since sometime in September, whether I’ve been spoiled with my Other Half being around for 2 weeks over Christmas and not having to lift a finger or something more sinister but it seems to have totally vanished.  

I sit down to blog and my mind goes blank.  I’ve spent my time reading other people’s blogs for inspiration but none is really forthcoming.

I think “right I won’t blog, I’ll do something practical”, head upstairs to sort things out and just can’t be bothered.  I’ve lost it.  That spark I had that meant I spent my time running round always busy, always doing ten jobs at once, keeping everyone in the family ticking along nicely.

Is it because Christmas is well and truly over now?  We’ve packed away all the sparkly, cosy decorations and my house is back to looking plain and bare.  The fact that all we have left to look forward to is several months of cold, wet weather desperately wishing for Summer to hurry itself along?

I don’t know.  But I know I want and need it back.  Need need need!  

Because despite the fact that I don’t have it, I miss it.  I feel like I ought to be doing something instead of nothing and I need to get some motivation from somewhere to get back into the swing of things.  Perhaps then I’ll have something to write about!

I love that Britmums are currently running some blogging prompts.  I saw one yesterday on my twitter-feed which was “declutter” and I had a small (energy-saving obvs) lightbulb moment.

I need to declutter my brain.  I spend so much time thinking about things that I don’t seem to spend any time actually doing them.  In June last year I wrote this post.  Did I take my own advice?  Ha – did I heck!  But I plan to.  Perhaps this lull is the kickstart I need.

There needs to be some balance between living in the present and planning for the future and I seem to have caused my scales to go squiffy.  There are lots of ‘potentials’ in our lives at the moment and there is cause for us to sit and carefully consider the future.  Things are changing and we do need to have our heads in the game to know that we’re making the right and best decisions for us as a family but I can recognise that I’m spending too much time doing that and not enough living in the present.

I may even be losing my grip on reality (just a smidge!), yesterday I started to tell someone I work with about the death of a person we know, and it was only as the words started to leave my mouth that I realised that it was only something I’d dreamt about the previous night and had not actually happened.  If that isn’t the ultimate level of distraction then I don’t know what is!

So…onwards and upwards!

How do I declutter my brain?

I have no idea!

No, really, for me it’s going to be all about planning.  Planning help keeps me grounded.  If I know what is happening and what I need to be doing then I don’t feel like everything is in chaos.  

This week is going to be about making charts, lists and getting organised.  Obviously for some people this would be an absolute nightmare but personally I love it!  

I’m on the hunt for some cute printable organisational charts so if you know of any, please point me in the right direction.

In the meantime, I refer you all to one of my favourite quotes from the genius of Edward Monkton:

I’ll keep you informed 🙂

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