It’s been a while! Before we get deep into this post, I’m gonna kick off with my look. I’m wearing this fab jumpsuit from Quiz Clothing from their Summer Miami Collection and the comfiest/most wardrobe crisis saving sandals a gal could own for summer. I love jumpsuits for summer, because they’re just so easy!! And this one is even better because… POCKETS!! Ah no seriously, although I love any item of clothing that comes with built in pockets, I find jumpsuits great for pulling together a quick look, especially when you’re trying to get out the door to work in the morning.
Ok… So let’s get into it! It’s been nearly 5 whole months since my last blog post (not including my one off Royal Wedding style post)!! It’s the second longest break I’ve taken from the blog since I started all those years ago – Only second to when I took a 6 month break to finish my Ph.D., which was a very legit reason tbh!!
Being totally honest with you, this break was well and truly needed. Last year was extremely demanding in every possible way and in every aspect of my life. It left me absolutely exhausted and even though I kept up the blog, my heart really wasn’t truly in it. By the time the end of the year came around, I was so drained and pretty much running on empty, that I had to have a good chat with myself (am I the only person who does this?) and realised I couldn’t keep going this way! So I had to decide what had to give, because something had to. Unfortunately, it was the blog (the original plan was Instagram too, but that didn’t go so well)…
The reality is that this blog of mine is a hobby, a passion project! It doesn’t pay my bills and I don’t think it ever will, simply because it doesn’t motivate me the same way my full time job does! I love it as something I do for fun, but I don’t know if I’d have the same love for it if I was dependent on it for a living.
I probably shouldn’t write this here but, making a profit from my blog and getting free shit just doesn’t motivate me. I like going to work, I like having somewhere to be everyday, I like meeting and interacting with people, I like being challenged and pushed by my colleagues and my clients. So when push came to shove and something needed to give, the blog was the obvious choice for me.
To be honest the whole toxic b/s that’s being going on in general around the whole blogging world probably played a part in it too, and just the internet in general. And don’t even get me started on Instagram. That thing is just all over the place and it just seemed like absolutely nothing I was doing was working for me. So that messed with my head a little (or A LOT) and I just needed to take a step back and really focus on what’s truly important (aka not likes on a god damn Instagram picture 🙄🙄). So what initially started as a 5-day break from Instagram (which was actual total bliss!) and a week or two off the blog, turned into an extend blog break and scaling back my Instagram efforts, minus Royal snaps of course 🙈 (I’m posting a lot less now and putting zero pressure on myself to do so!).
Again, I’m gonna be totally transparent here and say that when I started this (not so) mini break, I wasn’t sure where it would end. I didn’t know if I’d be back in a week, month, year, or never. I kinda thought never was the most likely outcome but truth be told, I do miss this lil old blog of mine. Especially putting together and sharing wedding outfit and shopping style posts – I haven’t stopped doing this, I do still look for stuff all the time because I love it, it’s just that now they go nowhere and help no one. So I will get back in to those, FO SHOOOOO!
It’s also been AH-MA-ZINGGGGGG to get messages from people saying they miss my posts or my writing. That’s such an honor and absolutely amazing thing to hear. The fact someone would take even 5 minutes to read what I write is amazing in itself, but to hear it’s actually missed is a whole other level. Especially as when I started this I literally thought no one would ever read it.
So wanna know what have I been up to in leu of blogging? Well, firstly I wanna say, this extended break has been lovely. I’ve been coming home from work and just chilling, I’ve been going down some seriously random Wikipedia rabbit holes (my latest one started at Greenland and ended up at Zealandia with all the different type of world maps thrown in the middle somewhere – don’t even ask!!), watching many shows and documentaries, and just not feeling guilty about not replying to emails every single day…
What have I been watching? I have now officially exhausted every single Royal Family (and I mean all of the Royal Families) and JFK documentary in existence. I then moved on to the wider Kennedy family and RFK documentaries (I think I’m pretty much done with these too) and the Roosevelts and Vanderbilt’s (some casual evening viewing). Then there are the TV shows. I finally watched Mad Men, all 7 seasons and 92 episodes, before moving on to all 7 seasons of Suits in prep for the Royal Wedding (of course). In between, there have been a few random Netflix and Amazon Prime show here and there. So yep, I watched a whole lot of TV. I also did nothing and stayed in bed all day some rainy Saturday’s, spent so much more time with friends, stayed out later to do fun stuff instead of going home to make sure I finished a post, and had lots of visitors. So I’ve managed to fill the time and it hasn’t been too shabby at all, at all.
So now that I’m back, what’s the story? Well, I’m not going to commit to posting every week. I need to do what’s best for my health, so I will be blogging but maybe 2 or 3 times a month instead of a few times a week.
At the start of this year I set zero goals. Last year I really felt like rather than helping me, they made me feel SO guilty about not achieving them fast enough. Instead I set 2 simple tasks I wanted to do for the year:
- Be better at keeping in contact with family and friends
- Take better care of me
I think I’m doing kinda good so far!
Any who… I’m excited to be back and promise I won’t leave it so long next time! In line with taking better care of myself, I’m off to get my hair done at my favourite NYC hair spot – Sanctuary Salon in Williamsburg for the evening. Treat yoself and all that…