I’ve done it before and mentioned it previously in a blog post but I took a mini break from blogging. I mean, literally two days. I had two evenings this week where at 7pm, no blog post went up. And in all likelihood, no one even noticed. I was burnt out and I had no motivation whatsoever to work on my blog.
And it upset me because I freaking love my blog. My little space on the internet provides me with so much joy on a daily basis and I love writing. However, it was just becoming another string that was pulling me apart. I’m not going to lie, I feel like I’ve had too much on my plate recently and I was being stretched dangerously thin.
Work is super busy with an awards show coming up. We’re in the middle of buying a house and I’ve had the best month of paid blogging work that I think my blog has ever had. Most of my family and friends know that I work hard but I got to the point where I was about to break.
But then the holiday to Magaluf came along and it completely reset the system. It was a few glorious days away in another country, away from social media (mostly), away from work, away from blogging and away from the stress of it all. I felt free and I had some of my favourite girls around me. We laughed, drank and laughed some more and it was perfect. Also Magaluf was hilarious, totally insane and I now kind of miss it.
It was the perfect getaway that I needed, to be refocused and motivated to move forward. Blogging alongside a full-time job is difficult because blogging is a full-time job if you don’t treat it just as a hobby.
Blogging isn’t just writing, it’s brainstorming, scheduling, promoting and pitching. Like many professions, I don’t think people quite realise just how much work is required behind the scenes.
AND I LOVE IT. But I was desperate to escape it for just a little while. And now I’m back. I’m ready for the awards this week. I’m ready for another potentially great month of blogging. I’m REALLY ready to move into mine and Sam’s first place together and I’m ready to work harder than I ever have before.
Sometimes we need these little hiatus’ every now and then because we’re only human. We can only take on so much. In a world full of competition, where it feels as though I am constantly critiquing and criticising myself, for not pushing myself harder, I need a moment to just think and go ‘Natalie, you’re doing just fine, stop being so hard on yourself‘.
Work hard yes. Make something of your life that you are proud of but don’t forget to live. It’s something us workaholics tend to forget occasionally and before you know it, you’ll have missed some incredible moments because you weren’t present at the time.
Are you a workaholic? Let me know in the comments below when you are taking your next holiday break.