13 May 2018

Where have I been?

Where have I been?

There's been absolute radio silence over here for almost a month now and ... it's been kind of great. So great that I toyed with the idea of quitting blogging completely, but I really found myself missing it at times. 

The last month has been absolutely hectic, and as I totally missed my end of April/start of May catch up (alongisde y'know, all the other posts I should have written), here's a bit of an update. 

We finally moved house. Everything got absolutely down to the wire with it and I was beyond stressed. We had to move out of our house on a Friday, and we signed our new tenancy agreement and paid the deposit for the new place on the Wednesday to move in on the Thursday. I told you it was tight. Those three days were absolutely filled with stress and sweat and tears and a whole lot of energy-sucking activities. 

But, we're in the new place and it's beautiful. Everything is finally unpacked, we've done the obligatory IKEA shop and I'm starting to feel like this is home.

I've been in a bit of a creative slump recently, and with the stress of moving I didn't want to add to that with forcing myself to blog. And it had reached the point of forcing myself. I was churning out content (which I LOVED and I'm proud of), but it had become something I was starting to dread. Blogging became a bit of an extra chore to do after work.

So that's why I've taken a step back. I wanted to come back when I was ready, and up until now I haven't been. I've just been enjoying taking a back seat. I've spent days getting the house exactly how I wanted and thinking about what I really want to do with my free time, rather than what I think I ought to do. Yesterday I spent pretty much all day reading and relaxing because it was my day off and I should be able to do what I want with it.

My blog was starting to drain me, and I'm determined not to let it do that anymore. If that means fewer posts and content that's more for 'me', not for what I think I should be posting, then that's all good with me.

Taking the time out has given me the opportunity to realise what I miss talking about (mostly books let's be honest), where I want to go in the future, and what my priorities in life are. I've had time to fill more of my bullet journal in, binge watch a whole lot of True Blood with my boyfriend and even pass my driving test (eeek!).

What I'm trying to say is: blog, I've missed you, but I didn't miss everything.

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8 comments:

  1. Welcome back and congrats on passing your driving test! I plan on taking mine soon. ♥

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope it goes well

      Steph x

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  2. Congrats on the driving test! And also sometimes it's so essential to take a step back, I find it helps me realise why I love blogging in the first place!

    Lauren | https://www.thecuriousginger.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you so much! It really was what I needed

      Steph x

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  3. Welcome back! I know I've said this before, but congrats on passing your driving test! Blogging can easily become a chore, and burn us out, so taking time out is absolutely the right thing to do. Hopefully now you can come back to your blog refreshed and loving it again! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. Thanks so much! I feel like I have so many more ideas than I did a month ago, and I'm looking at things from a different perspective

      Steph x

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  4. I'm so glad you hear you have moved house and that you're starting to feel settled now :) it's such a stressful ordeal and I remember moving all too well! x x
    Ellis // http://www.elliswoolley.co.uk

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  5. Welcome back to the blogosphere! I've been on a 2 month blog break for my mental health and it's done a good job. I'm back at it now, and I missed it too! :) Tania Michele xx

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