Today is not your average blog post. Instead, I’d like to give you a little update on what’s happening with the blog/my life over the next month.
For the last year (and some change), I’ve published a blog post every Monday. I’ve really enjoyed writing the posts, and for most of that year, it wasn’t a big burden for me. Since we moved to our new house in May, that’s changed. Moving (and a few other things that were happening in my life at the same time) threw off my blogging rhythm and I’ve felt like I’ve been playing catch up ever since. Writing hasn’t been as much fun. It’s been something I just have to get done. I don’t like that.
On top of that, my job has changed ever so slightly in the last couple of weeks. I won’t bore you with all the details, but I’ve gone from 20 hours a week to 30+ hours a week the last couple of weeks. Plus I went from a “helper” to the “leader” of a program in less than 4 days.
That might not seem like a big deal. Plenty of people work more than that each week, I know. However, with me already feeling behind in my writing and feeling like I was failing at social media and really at life in general (it got a little dramatic there for a bit), having less time to work on my “extra curricular activities” was really starting to stress me out.
All this stress culminated last Friday when I ended up crying in my car because of traffic and being late and missing an appointment. It was bad. As I’m praying/crying on the way home (still stuck in traffic, by the way), a new thought came to me. Why don’t you take a break? I know of other people that take time off from writing, so why don’t I? It’s not like I’m making any money off this or anyone will be devastated because I don’t write for a couple of weeks.
I’ve been thinking and praying about that for the last week, just playing with the idea in my mind. Ironically, I started coming up with all sorts of blog post ideas (and writers block was one of the reasons I wanted a break), which made me think briefly that maybe God was telling me to keep on going. Despite this, I’ve come to the conclusion to take the month of August off from the blog (and maybe social media too, I’m still trying to decide on that one). My break will actually extend into September because my husband and I will be on our anniversary trip that first weekend and I’m surely not writing any blog posts then. Plus it’s Labor Day and I sincerely hope you have better things to do that day than read my blog.
I want some time to be able to plan out future posts, work on book proposals for my as yet unpublished book, and just get back into a good rhythm that doesn’t feel like I’m always working from behind. So, until September 10th, this is good bye (minus tomorrow when I do my books I’ve read in July post)!