Breaking being stuck

plane over sun rainbow

playing with contrast at the extremes

Yes, it’s true! I am very much alive, except for my knee that is on the verge of (hopefully not) imploding.

It’s been about a month since my last post and frankly, I’m amazed the bloggidy blog is still getting views. Isn’t there some rule that you have to post constantly and if not constantly, then at least regularly to prompt traffic?

fallen trellis in the snow

fallen and forgotten

And I have a confession.

My motivation to write fizzled. Japan feels so far away. This was to be the pillar of the blog but it’s been over 5 years since we left and I wonder if my ideas are relevant. Alongside this is thinking that writing about Canada would be boring and forced.

But these worries are simply side effects of moving to a new city, new home, new jobs and a new life.

spiny piney growth

new, new, new

Who are we now that we have displaced most of what was familiar? We didn’t change countries or cultures but we shook up our routines enough for me to feel lost and blank.

This is really good. Getting too comfortable in the overstuffed chair of familiarity turns me into an apathetic yet antsy blob.

frozen leaves in the city

frozen in place

And this blobby is moving again!

Lauren at English Wife, Indian Life was the unintentional inspiration to get me out of my funk by posting something simple.

Simple includes photos and the ones here are from the last few weeks straddling our old and new homes. Playing with contrast to the max in the city skyline ones was fun. I never imagined the rich colors that would appear from what originally was a lovely, understated early morning sky.

city in black

plane landing at the start of another day

The other motivation was the blog of Jeff Goins, one I’ve been following for a while. I like his writing style and identify with what he shares. He recently published a book and one of the treats was getting the electronic version before the print one. It was a satisfying read and I enjoyed the many stories of how people found their calling. Being in a new place makes it easier for me to think about the future and this book has come at the right time to think about my life, including this blog, and where I want to go next.

morning sky

a new day

Thanks again for reading and commenting! Replying to your wonderful words is next up this week.

I can happily and confidently now say that I’m looking forward to getting back into blogging.

How do you get unstuck?

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27 thoughts on “Breaking being stuck

  1. Maybe to get unstuck, you have to “force” yourself writing the first post, then everything will flow again 😉 It’s just a matter on getting back on tracks ! Welcome back.

    • Thank you! And I was pondering the suped-up city skyline ones after the fact… they don’t feeeeeel the same now, if that makes sense. Part of the problem was shrinking them and then seeing them blown up again on my computer screen in the post. I’m still not satisfied with my shrinker software but at the same time, it’s free and I’m going to stick with it for now. 😀

  2. You don’t have to choose. You can write about Japan or about Canada or about something else entirely – whatever grabs you at the time. Welcome back – I enjoyed your sky photos.

    • Hi Annette! Nice to hear from you! I like your advice and it sounds familiar. I think I have been trying to stick to one topic and that feels limiting. This was part of the reason for changing the blog name. Thanks for reminding me that I don’t have to build walls around what I write.

  3. Welcome back! I also just moved, and it has been quite disruptive for my blog too. Seen from over here in Germany, Canada is just as exciting as Japan, so I do hope you will write about it!

    • Thank you! It’s been longer than I expected. Are you pretty much settled now in your new home? I think I saw it was Berlin??

      Thanks for the point about Canada! I can’t recall… have you been this way? Is there anything you are curious about? I could use some suggestions to get things going. 🙂

      • Yes, it’s Berlin, and even though we may not be quite settled yet, we love being here. I hope you like your new place just as much! My entire Canada experience consists of two weeks in Edmonton – I don’t know if that’s a representative place or not. But I saw on other blogs (and from the plane) that you have some pretty impressive nature over there, don’t you? In which part of Canada are you?

        • I would love to visit Berlin. I’ve only been to Germany once, way back in 1991 during a high school language trip. It was really incredible to see both the East and West sides starting to blend both overall and especially in Berlin. The two sides were wildly different in that city. Is Berlin going to be long term?

          As for Canada, how did you end up in Edmonton? Not that that is bad but it’s usually not at the top of lists for visitors! Our location is top secret for now but I may eventually relent. 😀 And yes, the nature is spectactular and varied. I think it’s definitely a top draw for both Canadians and visitors from outside the country.

  4. When I get stuck I start writing 😉 Sometimes what I think is a bad post turns out to be liked by a lot of people -_-

    Welcome back!

  5. Yay you’re back!! Love that photo of “new, new, new”. I understand how you’re feeling, it can be hard to pull focus. But I’m glad you’re back!!

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