Oh dear, dear, dear. It has been a while, hasn’t it?
This has been the longest break I’ve taken from blogging since starting my blog nearly five years ago. Life has just gotten in the way of most things lately, and a lot of my interests have been put on the backburner. I haven’t picked up my knitting needles or a crochet hook in weeks and my bookmark hasn’t shifted forward in days.
The truth is, I’ve been feeling very overwhelmed lately. I started my new job, and it’s a lot more difficult than I’d imagined. The work is a great deal more challenging than what I’d been doing before, and my brain is exhausted by the time I get home in the afternoon. I’m also working a lot more hours than I used to, and it’s been so difficult to manage my new schedule and trying to fit in all the things that I need to get done each day.
There have been a couple of teary moments. Moments where I’ve wanted to throw my hands up in despair and wish for my old job back. But then I remember how much I disliked my old job, how sick I was of struggling for money and how badly I longed for a shake-up. I know that once I get into the groove of this new work, it will make me so much happier and more secure than my old job. But first I have to get over the bumps and jerks of transition.
I’m trying really hard to be kind to myself and ease into this new challenge. So I’ve decided to take the rest of June off from blogging. I might do a couple of little posts here and there, but I think I’ll do much better if I take the pressure to keep to a blogging schedule off my plate for the time being.
My motto at the moment is: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
I’m focusing on each little, positive thing. Just putting one foot in front of the other and not beating myself up for the things I haven’t done.
Lots of awesome things have been happening here too. Here’s a quick run-down of some of my latest adventures:
– I turned 28 last week and had a very casual birthday with my family. I got loads of gorgeous pressies and cards and I saw How to Train your Dragon 2 with a special someone.
– I’ve met a special dude that I’m seeing an awful lot of. We’re not “officially” dating but we have been seeing a lot of each other and I’m having an absolute blast with him. We have loads in common and he’s super nice. Plus, he’s a massive honkin’ babe. Seriously, he’s flippin’ gorgeous.
– Two of my best mates got married in the geekiest, most sensational wedding I’ve ever been to. I’m so happy for them.
– Winter has struck and I’ve broken out my collection of cozy coats and warm boots.
That’s about all. What’s been happening in your neck of the woods?
I’m not sure about the elephant part but yes challenges in bite size parts can be helpful and easier to manage 🙂
Congratulations on your new job and new friends 🙂 from your words and past experiences of mine and others I can imagine how daunting and unsettling/worrying this is and I agree with other posters that taking a break from blogging was/is also helpful when you have to deal with other things at your own pace. You’re a mature, well thought out person so I imagine you’re dealing with things as best you can and doing your yoga/meditation – remember to keep breathing steadily and eating fresh veg/fruit for pick-me-ups. Could also try some homemade chocolate with Brown sugar or something equally sweet and nutritious, I find those helpful for headaches and peanut butter or homemade popcorn with unrefined salt for stress 😉 A good cuppa can also do wonders 🙂
Also belated congrats on your birthday 🙂
I’m sure you know it but alway remember you have support, you have loving family members including the furry ones and friends, you are not alone 🙂
Thank you so much for your kind words. It’s been a very daunting time, but it’s also been crackling with excitement. I feel so pleased with how well I’ve handled it and so humbled by all the support I’ve received. A break was definitely the right thing to do, and now I feel ready to get back into blogging with renewed vigour.
Feeling scared means you are being pushed out of your comfort zone. Which means you are growing. if you grow, you succeed, eventually.
Cut yourself some slack.
Not officially dating..hmmmm….his words or yours?
His words, but I’m happy with that for now. I’m feeling pretty laid-back about relationships at the moment. Right now, we’re having loads of fun and getting to know each other and I’m perfectly happy.
Aw, hang in there lovely! I am here for support whenever you need! I’ve been feeling rather blah, but nothing bad has happened – thank Gods! I am feeling better though and a teeny bit more social. ALSO. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope your day was AMAZING and that the rest of your year will be as well. 😀
Yay for How To Train Your Dragon 2 and your new friend! I hope you guys have loads more fun together. 😀
Jealous of Winter. ;.;
Take care, okay?
Awww, thank you sweet pea! I had a wonderful birthday even though it was more low-key than my usual birthday celebrations. Sometimes you just have to give yourself permission to take things down a notch, and a laid-back day with my favourite people was just what I needed.
I’m feeling a lot more grounded now and I’m slowly getting used to my new schedule. Things are starting to fall into place and I’m much happier than I can remember being in a very long time.
I hope you’re doing well sweetheart. I’ll be thinking of you!
Sometimes you just have to take a break from blogging and concentrate on other things. Unless the blog is your livelyhood and you have the time to spend on constantly creating content then I actually think that taking time off once in a while is a very healthy thing to do and you shouldn’t feel bad about it at all. We all have lives outwith the blogosphere and sometimes they have to take priority. The people that enjoy reading your blog will still be here when you come back. Big changes in life inevitably involve bumps and jerks (and sadly also often tears) but if you take your time, treat yourself with kindness throughout the process and keep to your awesome motto of the moment things will eventually level off and life will yet again become a much smoother ride. Wishing you all the best…x
Thank you so much for your kind words and gentle encouragement. Now that I’ve had a little time away, I’m beginning to feel excited about getting back to blogging. For a little while it had just felt like a bit of a chore, something I had to cram in between work and play. It’s been great to get a little distance from it and throw myself into some other things for a while. Now I’m ready to get back into it.
Love your blogs! Your comments about work got me thinking – I feel that way all the time, especially with full time work and full time study. Was nice to know someone else feels like throwing up the hands and running screaming from the building! I’d love to see a blog from you re: how you manage your time & what you do to remain sane in those moments? I have my own little techniques but I’m trying to figure out how to “work smarter not harder” and could really use some extra ideas. Sometimes I feel life is passing me by in a flurry of textbooks and office meetings…its a rotten feeling! Love some insight. Best of luck with the new role!! xo
Thank you so much for your words of encouragement. Thriving in the grown-up world is never easy, but I think it helps to realise that nobody has it completely together, no matter how much it may look as though they do.
I love the idea of writing a post about how I manage my time now that I’m working full-time. I’m planning on doing a whole month of work-related posts in July, and I will definitely include this topic in one of my posts. Thanks for the idea.