If you’re a regular in these parts, or a follower of my social media channels, it may be no surprise to you that lately I’ve been somewhat, well, absent. Who knows, maybe not. Maybe I hide it better than I think..
I’ve said it a lot over the past few months, so I’m sorry if this is getting somewhat repetitive, but things around here are pretty nuts. I know. Such is life ….
Getting used to the new routine of full-time career life, while also trying to balance my blog, traveling and having some sort of social life, has been no easy task for me. As a teacher working only 4 days a week for the past 3 years, I had a ton more time to dedicate to my, let’s call them “out-of-work” needs.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my new job. I got so lucky with this one and couldn’t be more grateful. Still, there’s always an adjustment period with big changes. I guess I just didn’t expect it to be this difficult.
Ramble aside and long story short, when it comes to blogging, I’ve been seriously lacking in inspiration, motivation and time. I’ve been straight up overwhelmed trying to keep up with this side-blogging-life of mine.
To be completely honest, I’ve started questioning if it is all worth it. You know, to keep my blog and all the hard work that comes along with it. If you have a blog, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Posts don’t write themselves. Writing, taking pictures, interacting with others and trying to manage sponsor, affiliate and advertising relationships is extremely time consuming. It’s like a full-time job in itself. I give serious props to bloggers who make a living from their sites and even more props to those who make a decent penny part-time.
But anyway, this brings me to the main question I’ve been pondering lately ….. “Is it time for a blogging break?”
Then last week, as if the universe had sensed my silent struggle, I received an email.
And no, this wasn’t just any email.
It was an email from a young girl, finishing up her junior year at university, who some time ago had come across my Instagram. After following me for a while, my Instagram eventually led her to my blog and then my blog, straight to me. She had followed my journey to Spain and then to Chile and now that her time at school was coming to an end, she wanted to follow in my footsteps. To do it and see it for herself. She was asking for some advice, but mostly just wanted to reach out and say “thanks.” Seeing that I did it, let her know that she could do it too.
Cue my mid-week exhaustion water works…
And no, believe it or not, the point of me telling you this is not to brag. So please try not to take it that way. And in full disclosure, I’ve only received a handful of these types of emails over the years. The point is, that this handful of meaningful messages, make all the work that goes into blogging more than worth it.
Receiving this email made me think back to why I started blogging in the first place. Sure, I started for a lot of other reasons as well, like wanting a creative outlet, updating my friends and family on my life abroad and keeping a record of my journeys. But, for me, the true satisfaction and what I really wanted to accomplish, was to tell my story and inspire people to follow in my footsteps. I wanted to encourage others like me to take the leap, to take a risk and actively pursue their dreams, whatever they were.
Getting that email, right at a time where I felt ready to give up and throw in the towel, I remembered that it’s not about the fame or the fortune, or whatever the heck else can come out of blogging. If I wanted my blog to be my full-time career (which for the record I don’t) I would have made that choice a long time ago.
Blogging is my creative outlet. It’s my way to look back on my travels. To connect with others. To share my thoughts and dreams and inspirations. Blogging has changed me and become such a part of who I am. It’s something I once loved and something I really want to love again.
I don’t want to dread writing my weekly post. And I don’t want to feel stressed out about something that used to be a beloved hobby.
And so, I’ve decided instead of taking a blogging break, to make a blogging change. I want to get back to the part of blogging that made me happy, that helped me feel inspired. I want to give others a more honest, inside look at my life abroad and let them know, that if they want, they can do it too!
I’m not sure exactly what this means yet, or what exact changes I’m going to be making or when, but something has to change. And I’m pretty excited to figure it all out.
Welcome to Wanderful Wednesdays!
Consider yourself a wanderer?! Well then, this Blog Hop is for you!
Meet your hosts: ME, Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World.
Here on Wanderful Wednesday we hope to promote an open and supportive community for like-minded bloggers- expats, travelers and all kinds of wanderers!
The linkup will take place every Wednesday at 8AM GMT.
Wanderful Wednesday Guidelines:
- Link up a wanderful travel related post below! One per blogger per week please!
- Spread the LOVE! Blog Hops are all about hopping around & getting to know others within the community! At the very least please try to comment on one other post before you go!
- Let’s get Social! Really liked a post you read? Don’t be shy! Share your favorites on Social Media! You can use the hashtag: #wanderfulwednesday
- Don’t forget to grab the button and link back to your wanderful hosts! Help us spread the word and let’s get others involved!
You can also pin your post to our new Pinterest Board! Let me know if you’d like the invite.
This week I’m highlighting Desert Glamping in Oman by Ashley at Born Explorer! I love how she describes the desert as a giant sandbox and honestly are there any cuter animals than camels?! There’s just something about the desert that speaks to me …. If you haven’t already, be sure to go check out her post and spread the love! Thanks for linking up with us Ashley! 😀
Happy Hopping Friends!! 😀