Creating New Opportunities

20180416_161626.jpgEaster Retreat

I am so thankful for my two week Easter Retreat. It has restored my Body, Mind and Spirit.

Indeed, lots of new ideas for blog posts, marketing and book ideas are emerging from my subconscious.

Withdrawal

During the first week of my retreat, I had very definite withdrawal symptoms from my blogging and social media schedule. It was difficult to step away from my phone!

However, as time progressed I stepped back, relaxed and really enjoyed my break.

The Outdoors Beckoned

Mother Nature is my go to restorative, and I escaped outside as often as the weather permitted.

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Everything is growing fast, and I have completed my spring tidy up. More details in next weeks garden post.

Clearing the Clutter

Indoors, I felt compelled to clear out lots of paper and old files. I ditched the following:

  • Old paid bills well past their payment dates,
  • Household appliance leaflets that I had kept just in case,
  • Old magazines I had saved for creating Wish Collages,
  • Booklets on local tourism attractions…

I am definitely not a hoarder, but it really surprised me how much paper I could release for recycling.

My sister expressed surprise that I had “anything at all” to throw out. She knows I am a minimalist!

Twitter

Lastly, my Twitter account was overdue an edit. I actually managed to reduce my Twitter lists from 48 down to 25!

It is now much easier to navigate.

REST + RESTORE = NEW IDEAS = NEW OPPORTUNITIES

After my Christmas blogging break, I felt compelled to reduce my blogging schedule to just one post per week. This freed up my time, and allowed me to focus on creating new contacts for my writing and book marketing.

In the following three months:

  • I had two posts published on The Mightyย  You can read them HERE and HERE
  • I await publication of two articles in “Working Writer” online magazine,
  • I submitted an article to “WomELLE” magazine. It has just been published and you can download it or read it HERE.ย “Colour your Life with Confidence” is featured on page 25.
  • I entered a travel writing competition at Fred’s Blog. I shall be posting my entry here soon.
  • I joined “We Love Memoirs” Facebook group where I will be featured on their Sunday Spotlight on 3 June,
  • I submitted “Watching the Daisies” book cover to The Book Designer, and received very positive feedback in January’s Awards…

The interesting thing is my blogging stats have not suffered from this reduction in posts.

Indeed, the rate of new followers is increasing!

If you enjoyed this post you might also enjoy:

Letting Go of Clutter

New Beginnings

Brigid P. Gallagher

Goodreads: https://goodreads.com/author/show/16119226.Brigid_P_Gallagher

 

 

 

 


83 thoughts on “Creating New Opportunities

  1. Great article on tips for living with fibromyalgia. I believe in and follow all of those things myself. The one things that still eludes me is good restorative sleep, despite all of my best efforts.

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  2. Isnโ€™t it amazing how reducing our clutter, both physically and mentally, can lighten the load, in so many ways. It sounds as though the break and time in nature did you a world of good Brigid. Wonderful news on your articles too. ๐Ÿ’–

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  3. I’m glad the two week retreat restored you Brigid. I don’t remember you applying for permission to go in triplicate though and you felt happy clearly to leave us without you for two weeks. Your poor garden, uncared for during all that time.I’m afraid you won’t be able to apply for five years now unless you sneak off and leave posts pre-written and ready to drop on us at intervals.
    It’s lovely to have you and your daisies back.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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  4. Welcome back, Brigid! ๐Ÿ˜€ Your positive energy shines through your post and I sense your inner calm and peace. Not only has this break been good for you but your work since reducing your blogging schedule is fantastic … Iโ€™m look forward to looking through the links at your work and publications! Congratulations on them all! Itโ€™s interesting how stats and followers does not seem to be affected by less blogging or being away awhile. Since my first year of blogging Iโ€™ve noticed my biggest spurt of new followers is when Iโ€™m away in Sweden. I canโ€™t figure why but just accept it with a smile! Hugs xx

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  5. I love your openness to change, Brigid. And the fact that when you let go of your routine, your stats increased. How wonderful! And other doors are opening for you – you are in the effort department, results are forthcoming. Your garden looks lovely. ๐ŸŒธ

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  6. Brugud, with the coming of spring and summer I decided I needed more time for exercise, relationships and work. So, I am in the process of reducing my time in front of a screen and although there are times I feel disconnected the rewards in the other areas of my life are making up for it. Congratulations on all the new writing opportunities that have opened up for you.

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  7. Gosh, we all need time like this—I better plan some soon!!!
    I absolutely love purging–to me it feels so freeing. Now if I could only get my mom to feel the same way…ha ha. Not that I should care, but as the only child, I know it’s all going to fall on me someday….
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  8. What a beautiful template for next month (my birthday month!), there are plans for a getaway and if I take a blogging break, perhaps some new energy will flow through for me as well! Congratulations on all the new opportunities and followers, you deserve it!

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  9. Dear Brigid, you haven’t slowed down you are still as ‘BUSY AS A BEE’!!!! I enjoyed all three articles -very good!. The colour visualisation one was particularly fascinating… definitely going to give it a try! Lovely words about your book cover, they are right it is eye catching and draws you in and the vibrant yellow is both warm and welcoming. Well done you! Pxx

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  10. I’m terrible for hoarding paperwork! No need for the half of it. I love how decluttering makes me feel motivated and refreshed. Like you, getting out in nature is so therpeutic and energising for the body, mind and soul. It’s hard to stay off the phone though – yes – I have to fight with myself about it sometimes! Lively to blig-meet you Brigid.

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  11. It seems like the break did you well and I enjoyed reading your lists of things ticked off and settled, it’s very soul satisfying when I see accomplishments like that, though not even my own..LOL! and the time away from social media frees up so much more time for the mundane yet necessary things in life. I have been guilty of spending too much time blogging and then not at all, for me grief has been a rollercoaster of emotional days. But coming back to favourite blogs like yours has been very calming and helping me push forward. I love reading about your achievements, you are such an inspiration Brigid, and I am praying and wishing you all life’s blessings , big and small.

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    1. Bless you Gina. Last year I lost my sister and the girl who was once my step daughter. Blogging helped me through the worst of times but I took a month off at Christmas to shed more tears and reassess life. Wishing you many blessings on your way forward Gina. Hugs xx

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  12. thank you Brigid, your blessing is exytra special, I am reading a lot of healing after loss books and the words help. I am so sorry to hear about your loss too, some people leave us too soon, we are left gasping, the holes they leave behind are deep and wide. I pray you find strength through the blog and also the many lovely friends you have here. One day, we will all be together again, fee of pain and disease and strife. Many hugs and warmest blessings to you too Brigid.

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      1. I love the cleaning out! And I am so excited about all your wonderful success! The combination of downtime and working hard- grand balance! I definitely am going to try the sea salt cleanse. Thank you for your inspiration. ๐ŸŒทโค๏ธ๐ŸŒท

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  13. Hi Brigid, I know i am reading this a bit late. Great share. I think spring automatically makes us want to clear out and declutter. Slowing down is important. It really helos.

    I liked how you have shared how you are spending your time writting and publishing your work. Would you write a post on how we go about publishing articles for magazines.

    I do find your posts inspiring.

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    1. Hi Bella. I think if you set the intention to write articles for magazines it will just happen. I decided at the beginning of the year that I was open to it and it all flowed. You can easily adapt existing blog posts for publication. Just check each submission requirements. Good luck. You are well able.

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