Did you notice things were quiet around here lately?
I needed a break from blogging. This fun little storybook of my life turned from being a creative outlet to the main driver of stress a few months ago. Before hitting the point of wanting to completely shut it down, I went on a mini (unannounced) hiatus and it was well worth it.
Here are the six things I learned while not blogging for two months:
1. I’m much more “in the moment”
I’m no longer annoying the boyfriend to take the same photo for the 15th time and then spending 10 minutes on the spot editing the image and trying to come up with a witty caption. Instead I can enjoy the moment and take all the mental snapshots I want.
2. I remember so much less
This sounds like a weird one, but it’s true. This little blog is a documentation of my day to day life. I find when a coworker asks how my weekend was, I sometimes struggle recalling exactly what I did. Writing it all down here acted as a diary/log of all the fun. Without it, a lot of things were forgotten.
3. I haven’t been reading as much
I used to plow through books and write a review every week or two. I just realized it took me a month to get through my last book! Reading is my way of relaxing, yet when I stopped blogging I lost my desire to read. I want to get back to my binge reading habits and share all the good, bad, and ugly books I’ve read with you all. Beach reading season is coming fast and furious and I need recommendations.
4. I’m less connected with family and friends
I will admit, I never believed my blog meant much to my family and friends. Honestly, I thought they found it a bit of a burden to always keep up with. But funny enough, a lot of them mentioned they miss these little posts and that it’s a fun way to keep up with what’s going on in my world. My mom even asked to be my Facebook friend since she felt she wasn’t getting to see what I was up to anymore <- Good excuse, Mom :)
5. I have more free time, not to mention more sleep time
No more frantic 5am blog post writing and no more rushed (tragic) photoshoots of random objects in my house at 9am as I run out the door to work. Instead, my mornings are much more relaxed and consist of a few extra minutes of snooze time.
6. I’m not exploring new places as often
My blog forced me to check out new places, both near and far to share with my readers. Without that extra nudge, I’ve found I’m doing a lot of the same old things. Blogging is not only a creativity outlet, but also the perfect excuse to spend $10 on a frosé and sip it on a rooftop in Miami while soaking up the sun. Well, well worth it!
It’s odd how therapeutic creating this list was for me. It looks like the good of this blog outweighs the bad… so I guess that means I need to get back to it!
So I don’t get overwhelmed with the time commitment again, I’m going to plan to only post once a week (previously I was shooting for 3-4 posts per week and that was just clearly unsustainable). Only if I have time, a post I’m dying to share, or am feeling extra creative will I do a second post in the same week.
Hold me to it, y’all! I have missed you more than you know!
Now I’ll spend the rest of my morning sipping coffee and catching up on all my favorite blogs I’ve not read in the last two months :) The perfect morning reading material if you ask me.
P.S. Expect a book review, a girls weekend in Miami post, and details about my upcoming Switzerland adventure soon!