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Blank Page Philosophies and Apologies

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Excuse the silly start all you cool cats, but we’ve been doing some major updating on the site – including making it run faster and switching over the last remaining social places (yes, like Bloglovin) – and I was trying to tie up some unattractive ends before posting. That and I’ve had some health problems lately that finally seem to be coming to an end, and lastly – most majorly – there’s been that fear of the intimidating blank page.

The Dreaded Blank Page

What is it about Blank Page Syndrome that affects all of us (or some of us plebeians, oh skillful not intimidated people)  in such a heavy way? That blank white page, whether it’s in a notebook or on a screen, is just terrifying at times. It seems to outright mock you with the thought of not being able to anything. Ok, maybe not anything, but you get my point. For a while it’s been seriously affecting me.

It’s somewhat easier to come up with ideas when you’re writing regularly. I still had that fear in a small way but since I was consistently writing I wasn’t as afraid of it. Getting out of that habit and therefore losing my confidence as a writer in some form, I lost all ability to think I could do this at all. It’s a scary place when you think you’re ready and able to do something and then *POOF* sorry, ma’am, that ability is gone. How do you come back from that?

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Fancy tea. Fancy tea in pretty teacups always helps.

Honestly, I wish I could say I went on a soul searching mission and found the answer to that (I’m sorry, it was kind of building that way wasn’t it?), but that certainly didn’t happen. I continually put off my writing reminder. Barely glancing at that thing because I felt so guilty about not doing something I loved because of fear. Finally I cancelled the popups and felt a massive amount of disappointment in myself for doing it. Which is obviously super helpful to get back into the swing of things!

And…?

There has been a lot that has happened over the last few months that’s kicked my progress backwards. It’s really been jamming my scantron. I don’t want to get into it because I don’t want to go all Debbie Downer on y’all, but I think I’m finally past the worst of it (*knock on wood*) and ready to tackle this very wordy blog again. Especially since we changed the name to something much more fitting than my own name (I felt weirdly egotistical using my name), made it simpler and super cute (I love pink, y’all), and a bunch of other boring back-end things.

So, for the time being, I hope you’ll hold on and bear with as I find my footing again. I have lots and lots and lots of Disney pictures to post. The last Disney post I had may have been from my mom and I’s trip back in November 2014…I’ve been back there three times and to Disneyland once since then! With more trips coming up! Sheesh, it’s been a while y’all.

Now, put your mittens around your kittens and away we go!

Wishing you loads of fearless blank page tackling,

Shantelle

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