Hello from Vancouver's last ditch attempt at a winter!
I remember back in 2010 when my blog turned from an online diary to a style blog. I discovered this world where real girls of all shapes, sizes, budgets and lifestyles styled outfits and inspired each other. It was love at first sight. ...I look back at the last 4 years and I'm still in such awe at the opportunities I have been given. My blog was this outlet where I could take my love of style and share it with this amazing community I had become a part of. I am so grateful for all of the love and kind words from my readers and fellow bloggers over the years.
Somewhere in the last year something changed. I was finding my blog was becoming more of a stress than the creative outlet I once loved. It was becoming really difficult to process why I was feeling so unhappy with my blog when I was so happy in other aspects of my life. I decided to take a week off to clear my head because trying to find the source of my discontent while still being so involved in my blog wasn't working. It ended up being a very long week. ;) This longer break wasn't intentional, but it was a much needed rest.
I have spent the last month or so really minimizing and trying to figure out what exactly I want. My priorities at 31 are different than they were at 27 but I don't think I had really let myself embrace that. My blog wasn't an accurate representation of where I was in my life anymore which was causing stress and frustration. The guilt and confusion that came with not enjoying blogging as much as I had used to was really weighing on me. I was so worried about letting other people down that I put an unrealistic pressure on myself that wasn't allowing me to grow.
I have come to realize that I was creating the stress myself and that my personal life and style blog really can be a reflection of my current life and style. You'd think that would have been an obvious one, wouldn't you?
I still don't know exactly will happen moving forward, but I am confident I will be able to find the balance I need to love blogging again. I hope that you will continue to join me on this journey of blog self discovery. It could turn out to just be a bunch of blog posts of me doing dishes and laundry while watching netlix but either way, I appreciate your support!
I was wondering where you were!! I truly love your blog, and I think you're a great writer. Whatever you decide to blog about, I will read. I think it's very healthy to take a step back and evaluate where you want to be and what makes you happy. Best of luck moving forward, back, sideways, or wherever the current takes you! xoReplyDelete
I'm SO with you! I took a fair bit of time off over the holidays, and I definitley a feel a pull towards other things at the moment. Listen to your gut and do what makes you happy!! I'll be happily following along!! xoxoReplyDelete
I know exactly how you feel. After years of blogging, it became an obligation instead of enjoyment. So taking period breaks is healthy in blogging - in anything as a matter of fact. You look like a smart, capable woman. I'm sure you'll find the right balance. And I do hope to see you back - SOON.ReplyDelete
Beauty Fashion Skin Care Blog -Girlie Blog Seattle | Casual Chic Style
I'm so sorry I missed this post - I would have commented on it sooner!ReplyDelete
I totally understand where you're coming from with this. I think the important thing is that you need to do what makes YOU happy. If a blog isn't a weight you need right now, don't do it. I always give myself the excuse that if I don't feel like posting, the quality most likely won't be there. I'd rather not post, than do it grumbling. So I'm glad you're taking time to reassess your priorities. :)