Friday, April 14, 2017

TAKING A BREAK






My Outfit:

Kristina's Outfit:

Photography: Sara Ellen Photography Instagram: @saraellenphotography




So if you noticed I took a little break from blogging recently. There are times when blogging is exciting and I constantly have new ideas, and other times when i feel uninspired and I lose focus of where I'm going. Hence why I took a blogging break. A break doesn't always have to be a bad thing though, there can actually be a lot of benefits from taking a break. If you're an author or you have a blog I'm sure you’ve felt this way at one time or another. So today I am sharing a few tips for other bloggers or writers on how to make the most of your break. 

Enjoy Life

If you need to take a break from blogging for one reason or another, take this time to just enjoy life. When I’ve taken a break in the past I’ve often felt very guilty about it. I feel like I’m letting people down and I’m going to lose my audience that I’ve worked so hard on building. Just over not posting on Instagram one day, how silly! I consider myself to have a very strong work ethic. Having a blog means you work for yourself. So I don’t have to “clock in” anywhere at a certain time, but I have a responsibility to myself and to my loyal readers. I find that any free time I have is spent working on my blog and building my brand. While this is good for my business, I also have to learn how to make myself a priority too. It’s really hard to find that work/life balance when you are driven and super passionate about something. I’m often very hard on myself, I always feel like I can do better, or do more. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing but sometimes we all need to log off and just enjoy the life around us. This will give you time to redefine what is important to you and when you do come back to blogging, you'll have a clearer mindset. 

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Let’s be honest, we all do it. Especially with everything out there these days on social media, its really hard not to. But it’s really important that you don’t compare yourself to others, especially in the blogging world. Every brand has something that makes them unique and you have to remember that there is a reason why your followers follow you! Because they like you and your blog. Focus on your strengths and what makes you different. 

Set Goals

It’s important to set goals for yourself, but realistic goals. Setting realistic goals and expectations will make you happier. A lot of our pain and disappointment comes from our unmet goals. If you don’t have a plan with goals how can you expect to get anywhere?

Good Vibes Only

Surround yourself with positive and like-minded people. Ever heard of that saying, “you are who you hang out with”? If you surround yourself with negative people it’s going to affect you or hold you back in some way. If you're a blogger, take advantage of blogger support groups. No one will understand the ups and downs of blogging like blogger friends do. I’m super lucky to have my friend Kristina (in the photos above with me) to vent to and bounce ideas off of. We’re both positive, passionate people. So we’re constantly bringing each other up. 

Keep Learning

Although I’m not in school, I’m constantly learning. There are so many online resources these days to help improve your blogging skills, or really any skill you’re interested in. I constantly read other blogs for tips and advice about blogging. One that I really enjoy reading is Julie Solomon's blog. She gives great advice about blogging and building your brand. I also read a lot of inspirational books. A few of my favorites are: Be a Free Range Human, Girl Boss, and Big Magic

Be Grateful

Be thankful for all you have. Celebrate your successes and achievements thus far. It’s really easy to bring yourself down, we all do it sometimes, but remind yourself of how far you’ve come. I believe in living a life that you love. If you don’t like something, change it. It’s never too late to change your life. 

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