As most of you probably know (from social media) I spent this last weekend in Atlanta at the Haven Conference. It was an amazing weekend, filled with hugs, laughter, camaraderie and passion. Passion for our profession (Yes, blogging is a profession…I can’t believe I just said that!) and passion for our readers. I had an amazing time but it was exhausting… very little sleep leading up to it and not a whole lot while I was there.
The one thing I noticed was NO one and NONE of the sessions talked about burnout. It can happen to the best of us, can’t it?!? Even though no one was coming out and saying it, I left most sessions feeling like I needed to stop what I was doing. I am burned out. My creativity is fading and I need a break.
The one thing I struggle with is comparison. I try desperately NOT to compare myself and my blog to others, but I’m human…it’s part of our nature, whether we mean to or not. I often get caught up in a whirl wind of keeping up with everyone else…and let me tell you that is the most exhausting and unfulfilling place to be.
I’ve thought for about a year now, that I should take a break but I just couldn’t fathom the idea of letting go of my blog for even a short period of time. BUT I have finally come to terms with the fact that it’s time for a break. I need to put this passion of mine on hold for just a little while and rejuvenate. I need to step back and get back to the WHY. I need to remember why I started doing this in the first place. I need to find that passion again. Without passion I will just be mediocre at best and boring at worst.
[bctt tweet=”Without passion I will just be mediocre at best and boring at worst.”]
It’s time for me to let go and let GOD take over. I think he’s been nudging me for a while to just trust his plan for my blog. I’m not sure what that is at the moment, and I think that fear has been holding me back. I don’t feel like I’m a great writer so I struggle writing anything personal, but I know that somehow my passion for home decor and DIY is where I’m supposed to be.
So with all that said, I wanted to let you know that there won’t be any new blog posts from me for a little while. I’m going to take off the rest of July and the first part of August. It will give me some time to catch up on some things and take a little breather. I’ll still be active on social media and I’d love to stay connected with you.
I don’t think I say it enough, but I am SO grateful for each and every one of you. YOU are why I started this journey in the first place. I want my blog to be a place you look forward to coming to and place where you feel appreciated. I also want you to learn something or be inspired!! I look forward to what the future holds for this little dream I had 5 years ago of sharing my passion!!