Refueling. A necessary evil, but something we don’t have time for.
We all know that feeling. When our phone battery is at 3% and we need to charge it but can’t bear to be away from the phone. Or when you see the fuel light come on in the car yet you can’t spare ten minutes to go fill up gas because you are too busy. So then what ends up happening? You start to run on empty and fall too far behind. Taking the time to recharge or refuel will keep you motivated and keep you going in the long run.
With so many things going on in our lives from work, kids, activities, errands, family obligations, blogging, whatever it may be, we all need to pause, take a moment, and refuel from time to time. Not only is it beneficial to our health, but I truly believe it allows us to refocus and become even better than we were before.
These are some of the ways I refuel when I feel burnt out or lose motivation.
1. Refocus – Try to remember why you started in the first place. Remembering the reasons why you started takes you back to what made it fun or exciting to begin with.
2. Pros and Cons – Write down the pros and cons of what you are doing or trying to achieve. While I am not an advocate for quitting, sometimes if the cons severely outweigh the pros, it may be a good sign to move on. Basically do what makes you happy.
3. Remember successes – It’s easy to focus on the losses or the obstacles, but you have to also celebrate the successes (big or small). Look back only to see where you were when you started and appreciate how far you’ve come.
4. Goal setting – Whether you like to set unattainable goals or small goals, set some type of goals so you know where to aim. I personally like to set achievable goals for the short term and larger goals for the long term. With every goal you reach or milestone you come close to, celebrate!
5. Talk about it – Chances are if you are going through a rut, someone else is also going through it or has been there. Misery loves company, right? Talk about it and see how someone else got through it. Sometimes just venting out loud makes you feel that much better.
6. Baby steps towards large goals – It’s hard to go from 0 to 100 in a matter or weeks or even months. When you set your goals, take baby steps to get there. The saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day” has been overly used for a reason – it’s true!
7. Don’t compare – Don’t look at other people’s successes (or what you only see on social media) and be envious. They all started at the beginning and had the same behind the scenes challenges you are going through. They got to where they are and so will you, just be patient and keep focused on your own achievements and not anyone else’s.
8. Don’t fear failure and move on – We will all hit some sort of failure at some point. Who cares? There is way more to be learned from failing than from winning. Learn the lesson and move on. Mistakes are meant to help us grow and not break us down.
9. Put your thinking cap on – Go to your “thinking spot.” For me I do my best thinking in the shower or when I am going for a run. When you are in your “thinking” mode let your mind be free and you will see that it will automatically brainstorm your next steps or goals for you.
10. Have fun – Don’t take everything too seriously and enjoy the ride.
The next time you think your motivation tank is running low, take a few minutes, take a day, or even a weekend and refuel. Small bouts of recharging can go a long way. Let the tips above refuel your inner drive so you can go out and be your amazing self!
Top | Elliatt (sold out) linked some of my favorite bell sleeved tops here, here, here, and here
Shorts | Artizia (sold out) similar styles here, here, and here
Sunglasses | ZeroUV similar styles here, here, here, and here
Shoes | Roberto Durville similar styles here, here, here, and here
Bag | Chanel WOC similar styles here, here, and here
I really love this look, that print is gorgeous
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Thank you Filipa! I love prints when they are in black and white. =)
Love this post. So inspiring 🙂
You look so good. Loving the heels!
Thanks for sharing this with us.
Thank you so much Raysa! I think we all need a reminder once in a while that we need to slow down and recharge. I hope you got refueled this weekend and are ready to take on the world this week!
Such a cute look babe!! Thanks for sharing <3
Thank you Cece! Have a fabulous week babe!
What an amazing look, so stunning and the details on the bag are so cute!
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Thanks Camila! Have a great week ahead!
I absolutely agree on your Motivation! Just focus on your dreams and everything are possible. You look amazing as well on your outfit, so stunning and gorgeous!
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Yes, so true Katrina! Thank you for stopping by and hope that this helped motivate you for the upcoming week!
First things first: wow! You look as always so gorgeous! You’re killing it with this dress. Love the trumpet sleeves and its touch of the 70s, it is a perfect look! And I love your inspiring words regarding motivation… it can get lost so quickly indeed! We have to learn indeed how to recharge ourselves and I love that you made a post out of this! Very very inspiring and motivational!! Have an awesome Monday beautiful! Lotsa luv!
Thank you so much! I am obsessed with the bell sleeves lately (as you can see). I actually lose motivation time to time so this post was to also help me get through my rut. Have a great week ahead and make sure to take time for yourself too!
Love this post babe! Some really great advice, and totally agree.. it is so important to stop and recharge every now and again.
Also, OBSESSED with that top! I need it!
Thank you Emily! Yes and part of recharging is working out and getting your mind free and clear and energized like your recent post says! =)
Love this outfit! It’s something I def would buy! So flattering. And so glad you wrote about this Bc it’s so true, you need to take time for yourself to refuel every now and again. Btw your legs look gorgeous in these photos!!
Thanks Marie. You always remind me how I need to recharge and slow down and that is always helpful. =)
I love this look. It’s so chic!
Thanks Maryam you are too sweet!
I love this! I am such a comparer. I always feel awful due to someone else’s social media but then have to take a step back and be like, ‘hey we only post our best selves.’ PS. This outfit is PERFECT. Your hair is the perfect accessory with it.
Hi Christina, and yes, totally, we have to always be mindful we are comparing our worst version to the best version of someone else that we see posted. We have to just try and focus on our own game and not care what others are doing. As long as we reach our goals, who cares, right? Thank you!
Those sunnies are killer, and I’m really loving your hairdo here! Super cute look. Happy Monday! xo, sharon
Thanks Sharon! Happy Monday to you too! You post so many blog posts almost every day, it’s amazing you have the energy to sustain that! I am impressed, but yes, even a superwoman like you needs to refuel sometimes! =)
By the way, thanks for sharing such awesome tips on refueling. I’m actually feeling quite unmotivated to blog for the week right now so I think I’m due for a recharge, ha!
so obsessed with this print, you are rocking this look babe!! gorgeous photos! refueling is so important, and I love your tips here, always helps to remember successes and set goals.
Thanks Melis! You are always a major source of inspo for me and I appreciate your feedback!
This outfit is just gorgeous! I adore the pattern and the bell sleeves!
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Thank you Tamara. I am totally about bell sleeves and also love black and white! =)
Your outfit is soo chic!! Adore those bold sunnies and loving that monochromatic tropical pattern.
Thank you Atsuna. The sunnies are fun and thought it would complement the oversized bell sleeves on this. =)
I’m in love with the print of your top. So pretty !
Thank you Margot. I do enjoy this print especially because it still falls within my monochrome palette. =)
Very inspiring post! You look stunning and I love your top!
Thanks Yvonne! Hopefully you feel a little more energized after this post. =)
Such an inspirational post babe. Actually so helpful while on this blogging journey! haha, sometimes feels like I am going way too slowly but then remembering my baby steps are getting me forward every eency bit lol. You’re an amazing woman and I love your posts xx
Thank you so much Sydney, you are too sweet. Yes, especially for us newer bloggers it is hard to compare ourselves to the big bloggers and the climb to the top seems so far. But the little steps and little victories will eventually get us there. Keep on focusing on what you are doing because you are taking gorgeous photos and writing amazing posts! xoxo!
Love this post and the bell sleeves on your dress is gorgeous 🙂
Thank you Mel! I hope you are having a great week so far!
Great tips! It’s so important to recharge your battery and find things that inspire you and also be grateful for what you have. Also – your legs are #GOALS! Love this outfit!
Thank you Lindsey. Yes, being grateful is also definitely something I want to touch upon in another post. Thank you for your compliments and have a wonderful rest of the week!
You are so right! Everyone needs to know when to take a break sometime and it’s great that people take the time to realize and appreciate why they’re doing what they’re doing and to keep their head up. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of what we do and get lost in it or get burned out easily. Lately I’ve been taking weekends to myself and staying unplugged as much as I can. It’s been such a great release to refuel and recollect myself. By the way, I love the black and white outfit! The bell sleeves are totally a fashion statement.
Hi Jenn! I completely agree, we can get too easily caught up in the social media world and what if something major happens and we aren’t there to see it, but I have come to realize that it will always be there when we return. I definitely need to take a full day off once in a while and unplug to really recharge!
I need this outfit?! Such a good mix of the summery vibe with the winter bell sleeves trend! Good transition piece! and in response to your refueling tips, I think the ‘don’t fear failure’ part works the most for me. It’s sooo important to have a positive mind even in failure time and believe in yourself that things will get better in time! Thanks for your tips!
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Hi Margaret. Thank you so much! A positive mindset always helps us look forward to the future and better ourselves.
This top really is EVERYTHING!!! Stunning prints!
Thanks Jessie! I can do prints, as long as they are pretty neutral. Hehe!
Ahh Christine I love this!
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Awww, thanks so much Kate. I hope you are having an amazing week so far love!
This outfit is so fab. And I love these tips to refuel and recharge! It’s so easy to burn out these days 🙁
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Thank you Lily Rose! I agree, I think we all are on supercharge mode which isn’t necessarily bad, but we have to also learn to unplug and take a few moments to ourselves to reset.
Such a fabulous look, Christine ! I love this top ! And your legs are to die for
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Thank you so much Liza, you are too sweet!
Don’t fear failure is the best advice, thanks x
Hi Yuliya! Yes, I think fear of failing always sets us behind but if we are afraid to fail how can we ever attempt to achieve anything. Failure is a stepping stone to attaining what you want. Thanks for reading!
What a superb post babe!! Best advice tips right here! xox!! Adelina
Thanks Adelina, you know this post was meant for you and me! =)
Oh wow, absolutely love your style!! Beautiful blog too by the way.
Awww, thanks so much Jaschen! That means a lot to me! xoxo.
Love this post! Life it’s overwhelming when you are busy and recharging is a must. Thanks for sharing all the tips.
I absolutely adore your style!
You always write such inspiring posts, Christine! Thank you so much for that! And you look gorgeous in that dress!
Hi Sarah-Allegra, thank you for all your support, it means the world!
Such an inspiring post and you look so great, I love your top and those bold shades!
Awww thank you dear. I think we all need a break once in a while and a good reminder to reset and recharge. =)