I actually feel like this Elle Mills person when I stop creating. I think for me, I feel burnt out when I’m working for a purpose beyond myself because then it’s not fun anymore. Gotta earn a quick buck or so and so asked me to write another piece on the same damn topic, again. It loses it’s lure and then I’m like, stuffing my face with way too much pizza.

But also, healthy boundaries. Work life balance, you know. I think it’s easy for creators to blur that line because we’re able to be connected to the internet 24/7. I wake at 5 AM and start working. I take a two hour break in the middle of the day. At 5 PM the laptop is closed for the day. It’s time to have dinner with my family, enjoy the evening weather outdoors and settle in with a good book.

On the weekends I schedule stuff to go live so I’m not behind the screen. I’m rejuvenating my creative spark. This all of course takes discipline but discipline sure is a damn good cure for burn out.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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