Hello, luvvies!

While #Blogtober has come to an end, and we’re already in the third day of November, I do want to continue blogging when I can! I hope you enjoyed the Blogtober series, even though I definitely didn’t do it consistently all the way through. I’ve been attempting to make changes to my routine so that I can better utilize my time these days with so many things on my mind, and on my plate.

I posted about this on my story a day or so ago, but someone else posted on their story about how it’s “NO”vember, and I couldn’t agree more. I truly need to say “no” to more things than I have been because lately I feel like my own brand has taken the back burner for other things I have going on. You all already know; I’ve definitely written about this before, even gave tips and steps on what to do to prevent the different levels of yourself from being entangled.

So, what are a few specific things I’m saying “no” to?

#1: snoozing.

Y’all, I kid you not, I’ve been in a MAJOR HABIT of snoozing all October, maybe even a little in September too. And starting my morning off like that causes me to rush, and to not get things done that I want to before I head to work, such as my devotional time and eating a good breakfast and drinking my coffee instead of taking it to go with me. I also haven’t been able to do my morning stretches, and I want to get back into these habits again!

#2: neglecting poetry.

It’s hard as a creative to focus on every single creative aspect all the time. So while October was a huge month for photoshoots and blogging, I’ve been missing my little poetic self. So, this month, although I may blog some, I’m dedicating it to writing poetry, or working on it in some form or fashion. Maybe I’ll update the looks of previous poetic affirmations and poems, and repost them again. Maybe I’ll work on a poetry book or two 👀 And I won’t be posting poetry here on the blog every single day, but I may do it every once in a while. I mostly want to do it for my own sake, my own practice, my own peace of mind.

#3: collaborations

I am the WORST when it comes to saying no to people, specifically to people who present opportunities to collaborate with them creatively on something. I always just see it as a chance to push myself, to try something new, to expand my portfolio a little. But this month, unless it’s something I’ve already committed to, or recently committed to, I need to start saying no to these things so I can focus on my own creative work. I have to commit myself to this, so that in 2021, I can have some things set up for myself moving forward, and I’ll have more time in my schedule to be able to say yes to different projects from different people!

These are just a few things I aim to say “no” to this month, and for the rest of this year! I want to be hyper-focused on the things I’ve begun and haven’t gotten to finish yet.

What are some things you need to say “no” to right now? Is it difficult for you to say “no” to certain situations or people? How can you practice this boundary more?

Mishy 🦋🤍

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