There have been times this year when I’ve really not wanted to write. When I’d rather just relax and do something completely mindless. When I procrastinate writing until 10pm, even though I have had the blank page in front of me all evening since I arrived home from work. When the energy just doesn’t seem to exist to do something productive. When a glass of wine and sleep seem like the only course of action.
These times are intensified when I don’t have plans that need to be accomplished that day. I always get more done when I have more to do. It’s motivation and deadline-driven. When I have to be out of the house at a certain time, I will get everything I want to get done accomplished before I leave.
But what happens when I feel overwhelmed because I have no money to spend, no place to be and stressed because the “to be paid” stack of bills is getting bigger and bigger? Combine that with a lack of exercise, and bad processed fast food common in low-income households, it can create a downward spiral difficult to get out of.
Today is a “I don’t want to write” day for me. Although I do not live in extreme poverty, I can see the beginnings of the downward spiral. My “I don’t want to do anything” days are becoming more frequent, and that scares me. All caused by stress and money.
A little motivation is sometimes what I need to kick start my life and pull me out of my funk. So here’s a video from One.org of how anti-poverty activists are really making a difference:
And check out their Living Proof website where they show the good news about what is happening with extreme poverty around the world. Here’s an inspiring video of a woman who is now growing her own crops to provide for herself:
It’s always great to hear some good news. And it’s definitely helping my mood, putting things into perspective, and motivating me to keep going.