So remember last week when I said I would be back “in a bit?”
Yeah, me too.
As you can tell, that hasn’t really happened yet.
I don’t know about you, but I think breaks are healthy. Whether it’s a break from working on a project all day, a vacation to get away from your job, or just another way to rest/recharge your batteries, taking breaks are ESSENTIAL.
So, I’m going to take a break from blogging.
Not forever, but just until further notice.
I’ve talked to a couple people about this (and I mentioned it in an Instagram story), and I think it’s time for me to step back, revisit my “why”, and focus on other things. When something doesn’t make you excited or joyful anymore, that’s how you know that something needs to change…..
Revisiting my “why”
Last Sunday, I had a call with my amazing friend Amy and we talked about blogger “burnout” and not being motivated to write. It was such a necessary conversation for me and I’m glad we talked about it. (Yes, food bloggers get burnout too!) She asked me some questions like how long I’ve been blogging and what I enjoy most about it, but then she asked me what I like to write about, and I stopped.
I couldn’t answer her….well, I know what’s easy for me to write about, but do I actually enjoy it?! Have I gotten to a point where I’m regurgitating old content just because I don’t know what else to write about??
I took a Creative Writing class in high school and LOVED it. Finally, I had the freedom to write what I wanted to write about! (No offense to any college professors out there, but I hate academic writing.) When I discovered some blogs in 2013 (hi Julie, Katie, and Monique) , I thought, ‘huh, maybe I could do this too. This looks like fun!’
Then I started utilizing Instagram more to post pictures of my oatmeal creations every morning. People loved it, and then I discovered The Oatmeal Artist’s blog. Then I started my eating disorder recovery and the decision to start a blog became even more apparent in my life. Sure, maybe no one would read it, but I did have a lot of oatmeal recipes I wanted to share…I also wanted to improve my negative attitude, and I thought that blogging about positive things would help that.
Wow, long tangent.
In essence, I need to go back to WHY I started my blog in the first place, because I’ve lost sight of that right now. I’ve found other things in my life that I’m so excited about doing, and my blog hasn’t been one of them. It’s a weird feeling to write that because I used to love sitting down to write posts. Sure, I’d have days where I wanted to bang my head against the screen because I didn’t know what to post, but other days I’d sit down and crank out a post in less than an hour! This doesn’t mean I still don’t enjoy writing, but I need to focus on other things right now.
Like my piece for the BFA Concert in April.
Graduating in May.
And maintaining my sanity in the process.
So what does this mean for A Dancer’s Live-It?
Nothing, yet. The blog will still be up and available for all of you to peruse through whatever your heart desires. You can still always contact me by email, or through Facebook and Instagram. I will still be commenting on blogs (for those who blog). I’m still here for you, I’m just stepping back and letting life take the wheel right now.
So THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart, to all of you who’ve been with me since the beginning of this crazy journey. I’m so blessed and grateful to have made some amazing connections through the blog world, and that doesn’t mean they can’t continue!
I will miss all of you dearly, but don’t worry, my Instagram is still going to be active with plenty of pictures of food and desserts, dance pictures, and Cal. I realized that I enjoy the photo part of blogging more than the actual writing. That makes sense, right?
Remember: this isn’t goodbye, it’s just see you later. This is just until further notice. If I come back and decide to continue blogging, then you all will be the first to know! If not, you’ll still find that out too! I won’t leave you in the dust. You all are amazing.