Three girls, three days.
That’s all it took to clear my mind of some crazy ass stuff! A sun-packed, Prosecco-flowing, olive-filled trip to Spain to refresh and recharge. When I have time to do this my head tends to end up in a different space. This is an Oh God moment for my nearest and dearest as it usually means I am on a mission.
And they aren’t wrong. I needed a break, even from my favourite hobby, my blog. I never thought I would say that, the thought of it used to freak me out. It’s my voice, it allows me to express my innermost thoughts, how could I possibly take a break from that?! I realised that life lately has been burning me out. Most bloggers try to get that balance right between their blogging and personal life, not to mention your day job and then everything else in between. It takes commitment, dedication and encouragement from loved ones to keep everything going with the same amount of passion. Being in the blogosphere with what I can only describe as ‘gusto’ along with a strong social media presence is what I love but I recognised my mind felt like it had a million google tabs open at once and it was time to take a step back.
The risk of not doing this means you blog without passion, what’s the point? The whole reason I do this is to express my thoughts, share my experience and well, just be me. I didn’t want to blog for the sake of it.
So my Easter break away with the girls was the right time to take time out. Knowing there was no pressure or deadlines really helped me to switch off. I was snap happy capturing fond memories with a renewed and revitalised mind.
I’m not sure whether it was endless sunshine and heat or whether I felt so far removed from every day life that enabled me to put things into perspective much more easily. Time away from busy streets, meetings, odd worries and unnecessary grief really does invigorate you and taking a step back from daily life helps you reassess what’s happening around you and to you.
So what happened when I took my blogging break?
- I reconnected with my geeky reading nature. I actually read a whole book and disconnected completely. Those million open google tabs in my head were kept in a loading state to be dealt with later.
- That blinking cursor moment disappeared! This seems to happen to all bloggers when they just can’t think what to blog about. My future blog post content started to spill out, I was able to think more clearly on what I wanted to schedule and when.
- I read heaps of blogs, as a reader not a blogger…how refreshing!
- I de-cluttered my life, I rid myself of toxic energy and started to build plans. Things to look forward to.
- I took pictures, heaps of them. I spent time connecting with my new Olympus Pen, discovering new features. I think I may have a crush on my camera.
- It allowed me to go back to the drawing board and think about my blogging strategy. I now know what I want to do in the next few months to expand and develop. It’s much easier to think clearly about this when you take a step back from it.
- I realised that taking a little time out is a great thing. It really is ok to do it and not feel guilty for it.
So here I am back and refreshed. I hope any other bloggers out there who are afraid to take a break take comfort in the fact that I felt the same but it has been an awesome experience. Have you ever taken a break from your passion whether it be blogging or any other hobby? I would love to hear your thoughts!
So hey you, yes you..I want to thank you for reading my post. Whether you’ve stuck around since the beginning of my journey or whether you’re new to my blog, thank you for reading and supporting. I genuinely appreciate it.