11. The Dip | 31 Days

This is post 11/31 of Write 31 Days. See full list HERE.

So I have finally reached what Seth Godin calls “the dip”. I haven’t actually read his book by that name but from what I understand, a dip is a temporary setback that gets better if you just keep pushing past the difficulty and moving forward. 

We’ve all experienced the dip in some form or fashion. You feel like you don’t have any more ideas, you don’t have any more strength, you don’t know how to solve the problem, and you just want to quit. 

I’ve reached that point now. Day 10 of 31. Couldn’t even make it halfway before reaching this valley in my creativity. To be honest, I even procrastinated. I watched a couple Youtube videos, scrolled through my email, dozed off… Finally, I knew I didn’t have enough time to make my morning deadline if I didn’t get to it and just start writing. 

But apparently, it gets better. Pushing through a dip is just fighting through the gunk to get to the good stuff: reaching a goal, solving a problem, finishing a complicated task, coming up with the idea. 

I would rather not post when I don’t feel good about my writing. I’m extremely insecure and I’d rather hide then put myself out there. But I have to because I committed to 31 days. I don’t imagine we produce our best work when we’re in a dip but staying committed, remaining consistent is the only way to get to the good stuff. We don’t get anywhere without trying. You have to keep pushing through the dip. Cause it gets better. 

I think I just added another title to my reading list. 

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Monday Morning Gifts

It’s Monday morning, y’all!

This is so not the post I planned on writing but I was grappling with a school assignment last night till the wee hours of the morning so that kind of threw a kink in my plans. But! I have determined to blog on Monday mornings and I will do just that.

There are gray skies overhead in my neck of the world but, surprisingly, despite my lack of sleep, I’m feeling more energetic today than I’ve felt in many a Monday AM. So I thought I’d give you some presents and spread some Monday cheer :).  We all need some inspiration and motivation to get us going, yeah?

First, a song.

Okay, another song cause I couldn’t choose!

Second, one of my favorite passages in the Bible.

“To whom then will you liken Me,
Or to whom shall I be equal?” says the Holy One.

Lift up your eyes on high,
And see who has created these things,
Who brings out their host by number;
He calls them all by name,
By the greatness of His might
And the strength of His power;
Not one is missing.

Why do you say, O Jacob,
And speak, O Israel:
“My way is hidden from the LORD,
And my just claim is passed over by my God”?

Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the LORD,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.

He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.

Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,

But those who wait on the LORD
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:25-31

I looooove these verses cause they remind me of the greatness of God and His watch care over me.  He gives strength to the weak and they will not grow weary.  Thank You, Jesus!! 🙂

Third, a resource.

I’m really trying to change my sleep schedule and be early to bed, early to rise.

(That way, these Monday morning posts will be for real in the morning, like at 6 or 7!)

Late nights are such a hard habit to break but I’m determined to get it together.

Last week, I found this really great podcast that I’ve been listening to and it’s giving me another push toward my goal of a better sleep routine and increased productivity. So far I reeeeeally like it so you might want to check it out too!

It’s called the 5 AM Miracle hosted by Jeff Sanders and you can find it HERE on his website or subscribe in iTunes, Stitcher or where ever you listen to podcasts.  Check it out and let me know what you think!


I don’t know what you’re facing this week, but one thing I can guarantee you: God’s got your back.  Whatever you’re dealing with, whatever obstacles your facing, whatever circumstances feel overwhelming, He’s got you and He will not fail you.  Give it all to Him and rest assured He will lead you through.

Have a blessed week, y’all!

Elyssa

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