VLOG: What’s Up, August? (Not A Lot Going On + Too Much Going On + Productivity VS Self-Care)


GUYS. HI. I’M SICK AND TIRED. But here is a post!!! BECAUSE I AM A LOYAL WAFFLE QUEEN. The beginning of a new month is sometimes a really depressing time for me (especially when I’m SICK WITH A COLD FOR ABSOLUTELY NO REASON) but heyo I’m here I’m breathing so I’M GOOD TO GO. Let’s talk about lyfe.


NOTHING. AND THAT MAKES ME REALLY SAD. Seriously, I feel like I got ABSOLUTELY NOTHING DONE in July except for a few things for other people (whom I love so it’s all good but you know what I’m saying???) Sometimes it’s frustrating when I feel like I’m making no progress on my own projects and ugh ugH UGH. *bangs head into wall*

My sister’s debut novel, The Blood Race, IS OUT. *CASUALLY SCREAMING* It’s now available on Amazon in Kindle format or paperback!! <<< GO BUY IT YOU’LL LOVE IT I PROMISE. If you didn’t catch my last post, it was part of a blog tour for The Blood Race: a fabulous list of 5 Really Good Reasons To Read The Blood Race plus aesthetics and book trailers and ALL KINDS OF GOODIES. 


Speaking of which, the giveaway of The Blood Race has just ended and the winner is... If you entered the giveaway at the aforementioned post and YOUR NAME IS HAILEY HUDSON.... CONGRATULATIONS! *confetti explodes* You will shortly be receiving an ebook copy of The Blood Race! Thank you so much to everyone who entered; I hope you all get your hands on this book because it is wonderful. Happy reading!

Still working on the studio. But the good news is that by this time next month IT WILL BE DONE. *more casual screaming* FKJSALDJKS I’M EXCITE!!

I planned literally every blog post from now until the end of the year. LOLOLOL IDK WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME. None of these posts are written yet (wahhh) but at least I won’t be pulling my hair out come November. And speaking of NaNoWriMo….

ANOTHER PLOT BUNNY ATTACKED ME. LOLOLOL AGAIN, IDK WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME. Why do all the plot bunnies hate me?? Or is it that they love me?? IS MY BRAIN REALLY SUCH A COOL PLACE TO HANG OUT??? *nervous sobbing* Anyway this one is about a girl and a lighthouse and a broken pilot boy and sfkljaslkdja I’M IN LOVE WITH IT ALREADY.

Thinking about productivity VS self-care. Which I talk (a lot) more about in the vlog below…just considering how sometimes our “hustle” attitude lands us in a rut of not feeling good + not getting anything done. Sometimes productivity and hustling can be counterproductive??? IDK WATCH THE VIDEO AND THEN WE’LL TALK ABOUT IT.





What’s up with YOUR month?

rock on,
abbiee

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  1. I LOVED THIS VLOG, ABBIEE! Treat your plot bunny with excellent care -- would you consider using it for NaNoWriMo or something in the near future? Good luck on your music!

    And wow, the whole July was so stressful for me so the topic of productivity vs self-care is something I can really relate to right now!

    - andrea at a surge of thunder

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    1. EEEEP I'M SO GLAD YOU CAN RELATE TO THIS ANDREA!! *hugs* July was super stressful like what the heck. :') AND OMG YES THAT PLOT BUNNY <333 I already have something super planned out for NaNoWriMo 2017 but maybe next year!! Or next week!! HAHA WHO KNOWS WITH MY REBELLIOUS BRAIN *row of upsidedown smile emojis* thank you for watching/reading! <3

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  2. We're writers and story tellers, so we make words. Its just part of the job.
    You do so well with these videos. You seems o confident.
    Great post. Your posts are always so beautiful, not just in content, but in aesthetics. Amazing job! <3

    Also, hope you feel better soon! <3

    iviewrites.blogspot.com

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    1. AJKLSJD THAT MEANS LITERALLY SO MUCH TO ME THANK YOU *so many hugs* I really love making videos!! I'm so glad you like watching them! :D and omg so true about writing... *nod nod* <3 YOU ARE SO KIND THANK YOU AGAIN IVIE!!

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  3. I love the confidence in this vlog!

    The plot bunny sounds good, I hope that goes well!!!

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    1. AW THANK YOU <3333333 *hugs* it's going to take so much self-control to not drop everything and write that plot bunny omg :")

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  4. This was SO GOOD and I honestly love rambling because it's what I specialize in ;) . I really hope you get better soon Abbiee <3 *throws you waffles and cute kleenex boxes and all my DIY tea blends*
    I totally get you on the self care/productivity...that is EXACTLY what I've been thinking about this month and wow you really pinpointed it. I believe the two go hand in hand, because without self care, productivity ends up suffering and vice versa. But honestly, it's always good and necessary to take a break. <3
    Anyway Get Better soon Abiee! <3 And seriously you were so cute in your vlog especially at the end...like a sleepy panda bear XD <3 ROCK ON GIRL. xoxox

    Anna | www.worldthroughherheart.blogspot.com

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    1. AAAAAAH THANKS ANNA YOU'RE THE BEST!! <3 *high fives* rambling rules!! < I need a t-shirt with that on it or something tbh... xD YOUR DIY TEA BLENDS SOUNDS AWESOME RIGHT NOW <3333 as does waffles of course. :') I agree 1000%... creativity is pretty taxing sometimes and we definitely need to take breaks!! Still trying to learn this lesson... *nervous laughter* A SLEEPY PANDA BEAR HAHA THANK YOU <3333 that's what I felt like tbh xD

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  5. pretty sure this is the first time I've ever won anything in my life, ever... what a great thing to win! Can't wait to read it!

    Hailey
    www.haileyhudson.wordpress.com

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    1. THAT MAKES ME SO HAPPY HAILEY!! <3 ENJOY IT

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  6. Oh my goodness, girl, you hit the nail on the head! This is how I've been feeling for months. I literally just dropped everything with my blog, LOL. I put so much pressure on myself to work, work, work and create, create, create that I legit just broke down. You're so right that we need to prioritize rest and health for our bodies - if we're not getting sleep and taking breaks, we won't have the fuel to create. I really loved this! Thank you for being so authentic and genuine...you totally articulated what I've been feeling for MONTHS. Loved it. <3

    PS: Your lighthouse book idea sounds BEAUTIFUL. I love it already!!

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    1. SKLJSLKFJDS SERIOUSLY SO GLAD THIS RESONATED WITH YOU, ERIN. *hugs* That's exactly how I've been feeling too!! And omg yes I 1000% agree. Creative energy needs a lot of tlc and sometimes I forget that :") But yes I think it's definitely necessary to give yourself breathing room and take breaks and honestly just shake things up a bit when you're feeling stuck. <3 AAAAH I'M SO EXCITED FOR THE BOOK IDEA LIKE UGH LOSING SLEEP OVER HERE BUT THANK YOU!!

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  7. Love your vlog and blog Abbie! Keep going. Abbie, do follow my blog and vlog too! But, I'm not so confident to post my videos on youtube. Please give some support.

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    1. Thank you so much!! I wish you all the best in your vlogging and blogging ventures!! (BTW YOUR BLOG IS BEAUTIFUL <3)

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  8. Aaaaahhh I was just nodding the entire way through the part where you were talking about productivity (I say it that way too xD) vs. self-care. I AM HORRIBLE AT SELF-CARE. I live and die productivity and I can name about three times in the past year where I have crashed HARD because of it. Then I get back up and end up repeating the same process of crashing and burning and yeah it's not fun xD

    It's super hard to s l o w down and realize I'm not going to get everything done when I want it done, because -- spoiler alert -- MY TIMING IS NOT GOD'S TIMING. I think that has helped me the most in stopping this horrible habit I have of over working myself.

    NANOWRIMO. I'm currently outlining a new novel that I might write in November, but then I have another idea...I GUESS PLOT BUNNIES JUST LOVE WRITERS' BRAINS IDK xD

    I hope you feel better soon! <33

    audrey caylin

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    1. I CAN RELATE SOOO MUCH AUDREY. SO MUCH. *cries on ur shoulder* seriously the struggle is real. I just feel so empowered sometimes like "WOO YEAH I'M A HUSTLER" and then it all catches up to me and I'm stressed and sleep-deprived and ugh just...NOPE. I'm burnt out. And it really does suck. xD but skjlfjsk yes I'M SO GLAD I'M NOT ALONE. :''')

      The struggle with plot bunnies is SO REAL TOO! UGH. I need to do wayy more outlining before November but I have about 12,000+ words of outline so far?? so I'm not totally in the dark?? BUT IDK I LIKE TO BE REALLY PREPARED HAHA *nervous laughter* *screams into a nearby pillow* I HOPE NANOWRIMO GOES AWESOMELY FOR YOU DEAR!! Thank you so much for reading/watching! <3

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  9. ABBIEE YOU'RE SO PRODUCTIVE. But yes, be kind to yourself. I've been trying to find that balance of taking a moment for myself and also accomplishing everything in the world. It's hard, but slowly I am learning what I need.

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    1. AAAAH THANK YOU EVANGELINE! <3 YOU'RE SO KIND. eeep I'm so happy you can relate to this :') the struggle is so real sometimes omg. You're right, it is hard. I'M GLAD I'M NOT ALONE HERE *hugs* thank you for reading/watching!!

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  10. HOORAY FOR PRODUCTIVITY AND HOORAY FOR SELF CARE. I've definitely discovered that these two things can really go hand in hand, I mean, it's kinda really hard to get stuff done when you feel like a stressed out sleep deprived zombie. Take care of yourself girl! Loved this vlog.

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    1. YESSS!! I AGREE 1000% HANNAH :') it's all about balance, for sure. (But I've always rather struggled with that?? *nervous laughter*) THANK YOU SO MUCH EEEP

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  11. I always love your monthly posts and your vlogs!!
    Quick question. Where did you get your theme from ('cause I love it!) and also, how did you embed that giveaway on your site? I'm running a small giveaway on my blog right now and I looked up tons of tutorials on how to embed and none of them seemed to work. Thanks a lot!!

    littlebitofsunshineweb.wordpress.com

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    1. AW THANK YOU MADDY :') *hugs* I got my theme from an Etsy shop called MangoBlogs. That particular shop recently closed but the owner opened a new shop with similar themes for blogger here: FearneCreativeDesigns << SUPER PRETTY themes and SO CHEAP and they come with free installation if you ask for it in the checkout! 10/10 recommend ;)

      As for the giveaway, I did that through Rafflecopter. It's free and super easy to set up. You can pick how long the giveaway runs, as well as what people have to do to enter, and all kinds of other good stuff. Here's the link for that, too: click here!

      I hope that helps!! <333

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  12. Learning to live healthy can be SO HARD. Balancing everything that you want to do, need to do, and things you should do can make you crazy. WHEN TO DO WHAT WHEN?! It's a struggle for me to. I have found myself being to laid back this summer and it's scaring me a little! I am so use to being in school and having a million little things to do. There are so many choices to make in life and it is overwhelming to me. My mini rant haha!

    Loved the post and the Vlog! I have to get back to vlogging. I did it a little last year then stopped around December. i miss it! This is great encouragement!

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    1. I AGREE 1000% VANESSA! Living a balanced life is really a struggle...I'm still learning so much in that department. :') I'm so glad you can relate!! EEEP YOU SHOULD TOTALLY GET BACK INTO VLOGGING! It's so much fun. <3 Thank you for reading and watching, girl!! *hugs*

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  13. Sorry that you're sick. That's no good, especially in the Summer. I hope you feel better soon.

    I can't help you much with the productivity vs. Self-care. I have the same issue. Part of me is like 'if there's a will, there's a way', and then I get upset with myself if my body just can't keep up.

    It's amazing how stress/worry mess up your physical health, and I guess it's probably that way with emotional health period, not just those two things. So I definitely need to do better.

    I am genuinely amazed at your blog post organizing skills...

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    1. UGH YES IT SUCKS :( Thank you, Meaghan! <3 I CAN RELATE SO HARD. It's just so easy to get frustrated when my expectations far exceed reality. It really is amazing how much the emotional and physical body are super connected... I definitely have a lot to learn about self-care. :') AW THANK YOU SO MUCH HAHA I TRY *high fives*

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  14. I actually read seven books last month! And I'm trying to get back into writing.

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    1. Good for you, Grace!! <3 I wish you the best of luck on your writing ventures! :D

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  15. Great vlog! I've been thinking about the importance of balance in productivity and rest as well. It's definitely hard sometimes, but I definitely notice a difference in my work when I'm rested and energized verses when I'm not. Hope you have a great August and that you get feeling better :)

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    1. Yes!! I've been noticing that lately too. I've been trying to let myself sleep more at night and I find that I'm like 10x more energized and productive. O_o IT'S AWESOME. *hugs* Thank you so much for watching, dear!! :')

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  16. AWESOMENESS!!! Honestly, love this so much, can't wait to see all these posts you've so diligently planned out (super impressive btw)...

    <33

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    1. AAAAAAH THANK YOU SO MUCH ABBY <3333 That means a lot to me :') *HUGS*

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  17. You are such a lovely human ahhh <3 And your blog carried a good reminder. Kind of similar to what I just talked about too, actually. Living, and living /well/ is very important. And your laugh as you talked about writing ideas for all your posts CRACKED ME UP. I am so pumped for November! And your new plot bunny sounds SO AWESOME!

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    1. SJAHFKLSAJFKLSDJ HANNAH YOU ARE A LOVELY HUMAN! ๐Ÿ˜Š Thank you so much!! NOVEMBER IS GOING TO BE EPIC!!!!!! *hugs* I'm so glad I made you laugh!!! <3 Thank you for watching, dear!

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