Hi, I’m Back!

After a 5 month Medium hiatus.

Trudy Horsting
3 min readJan 20


Photo by Daniel Jensen on Unsplash

It’s been a bit. This break from writing on Medium wasn’t intentional. Writing for fun simply became less of a priority over other things in my life.

And that’s okay. Life happens. Priorities naturally ebb and flow as the days go by. If they always stayed the same, that would be a bigger concern.

Here’s the problem though. As I began working on other priorities more, and wrote less, writing was no longer a habit. That means it became harder and harder to get back into it even as priorities shifted again.

Writing, like anything, is so much easier when it is habitiual. Ideas for articles flow more easily, the words for each article flow more quickly, and it’s easier to sit down and get a piece done because you have to rely less on motivation.

Habits Minimize the Need for Motivation

Motivation is critical for so many things in life. But it’s also a finite resource. there is only so much motivation we have each day and only so much energy we can devote to different tasks.

For some of our to-do list each day, we have to rely on our habits.

Habits are not built instantaneously. They are created by the things we do most frequently. It’s easy for our daily routine to become a string of habits that we don’t consciously choose. For more insight on that dilemma, you can read this piece-

With a daily string of habits, there is no need for motivation. You get up, do the habits, and go to bed. Little thought is required. But as soon as you want to change your daily habits, motivation is required.

Writing was no longer a habit for me, so I had to rely on motivation to get myself started again.

My Plan Moving Forward

Moving forward, I have chosen to consciously work to make writing a habit as it once was. For me, this doesn’t mean dedicating a certain time to writing each day. It…



Trudy Horsting

Writer. PhD Candidate. Frugal Traveler. Passionate about health, personal growth, and saving money.