Happy Monday sweet friends! I don’t have a look, or a book list, or really anything in particular to share today. While I’m not sure that anyone noticed, today I wanted to take the opportunity to have a little chat & explain why I chose to take a break from blogging & social media for the last few weeks.
To begin, I didn’t start out with the intention of a taking a break from blogging or social media. Life just sort of got in the way. The end of summer/beginning of fall is always a busy time for me. This year was worse than usual. In addition to my usual fall activities (I volunteer as the membership advisor for my local ZTA collegiate chapter, so fall recruitment means lots of long days & late nights), work got crazy busy. Another organization that I’m involved in asked me to serve as team leader & our team is scheduled to present a CLE in late September. Then add in doctors’ appointments (I really thought knocking them all out in one week was a good idea at the time), vet visits, cruise planning, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I love being involved in all of my “extracurricular” activities, but I was quickly approaching burnout.
To top it off, I was feeling sort of uninspired & it was getting really hard to find the motivation to complete an Instagram caption, much less a whole blog post. So I just stopped pressuring myself to shoot, write, & post. I let the blog fall to the backburner. I know, one of the biggest rules of blogging is “be consistent,” but the stress of posting was taking the fun out of it. There is so much more that goes into blogging, besides just getting a post up 2-3 times per week. And I started this blog as a hobby, a fun way to express myself & share my style, not to create additional stress in my life.
I recently read an article that explained that we all have the same amount of time in our days, but truly successful people know that you have to be careful in selecting what to focus your energy on & eliminate the unnecessary. The idea is that, when you’re focusing on too many things at one time, you aren’t really doing a great job at any of them. By focusing on a limited number of things, ideally no more than 3, you’re devoting more time to each & increasing your chance of success. With everything else going on in my life last month, the blog & social media just weren’t in the top 3 things I needed to focus my attention on.
But things are starting to slow down in my real life & the change of season has me feeling more inspired. It’s time to get back to enjoying this blog, & social media. Fall has always been my favorite season. I love the clothes, the scents, the leaves, the chill in the air. I’m feeling refreshed, relaxed, & ready to get back to sharing some fall looks, decor (including our new kitchen!), book lists, & some surprises with you! I’ll be back on Wednesday with a new fall transition look!