When You Take a Step Back

Let’s have a little chat today, shall we? Unless my imagination is running wild, I don’t think that I’m the only one feeling burnt out or burdened by blogging as of late. It is summertime after all – the sunshine and warmth beckons us outside to live life during these glorious remaining weeks of the season instead of being glued to a computer and phone screen. And, you know what? I’m here to tell you that it’s okay when you take a step back.

When You Take a Step Back

You may have noticed recently that my posting schedule has been inconsistent. Some weeks, I’m able to get ahead and write three or four new posts while other weeks, such as last, I only published two days of new content. My extreme Type A personality would be lying to you if I didn’t say that I didn’t feel stressed about that at all – trust me, I was feeling a twinge of guilt anytime that I stopped to think about it. But then, lucky for me, I have the best support system in the form of Ryan and he reminded me that I shouldn’t feel guilty for living life and temporarily setting work aside. And, based on what I’ve seen and read in the blogging community lately, I don’t believe that I’m the only one that has adopted this attitude!

Most of us are in what some would consider our “prime” years of life – of course, we all have a ridiculous list of responsibilities, but we’re also able to take time to enjoy life and what it has to offer. Many of us have so much to love about life right now – new jobs, new homes, starting a family, etc. Shouldn’t we allow ourselves to enjoy those precious moments to the fullest instead of letting stress and personal pressure overshadow them? Especially when it comes to blogging – as a majority of us are doing this as a side/part-time job, shouldn’t it get back to being fun instead of constantly worrying about stats, shares and schedules?

When You Take a Step Back

I, personally, have felt a great weight lifted from my shoulders since I made the decision to take a step back and better manage my priorities. Don’t get me wrong – I love to blog. It’s a big part of my life and daily routine, and I don’t plan to quit for the foreseeable future. But, there’s something to be said by cutting back a little. It actually has given me a fresh perspective and inspiration, which ultimately leads to new content ideas. I always would rather put out quality content a few times a week opposed to publishing a post just to publish. Not to mention, I feel better about myself as an individual – with a lower stress level and refusing to beat myself up about something so trivial, I’m able to be a better wife to Ryan, doggy mom to Finley, and person to those around me.

Sometimes, we simply just need to take a break. And, when you take a step back, it’s amazing what you experience.

Thank you to Betsy Boo’s Boutique for sponsoring this post.

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  • I feel like I read at least one post like this every summer 🙂 No worries, girl! It happens to us all in the summer. We’ll have a lot more time and desire to cozy up to the computer in the winter!

    • Haha, I know I’m not the first person to write a post like this, but hey – it’s nice to get the feelings off my chest. You’re right, winter will be here before we know it and we’ll all be back cozied up in front of our screens!

  • Good for you for stepping back and creating a schedule that makes you happier!

  • Great post! Blogging during the summer is just hard. I have not been posting much the last few months since I started my new job. I am just tired during the week and I just want to relax at night. Anyway… LOVE your outfit in these photos too, you look great!! 🙂

    • Absolutely! Life still happens around us whether or not we blog about it, so we have to enjoy it and do what’s best for us. Hope the new job is going well!

  • Yup, totally feeling that way right now as well. The Summer is so laid back and it’s so hard to find my blogging mojo

  • I couldn’t agree more! I’ve definitely been inconsistent with posting this summer but I feel like if your heart isn’t in it at the moment it’s okay to break until you feel inspired again! Blogs are supposed to be fun, not stressful 🙂

  • Debra Stachelski

    We all need to give ourselves permission to take a step back once in awhile, especially in the summertime! How cute you look in these pics, love the pink top on you!

  • That was a difficult lesson for me to learn, but definitely something I had to take in! Blogging can so easily burn you out, and it definitely affected more than just me. This top is beautiful on you!

    • It’s something I still struggle with for sure, but I think it helps when we have such a strong support system around us!

  • You gotta do what’s best for you, lady! Good for you for knowing that + taking control. 🙂

    PS you look gorgeous here!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • I 100% agree with this! Summertime is slower in the blogging world, so why not step back and enjoy life a little more? You look beautiful in these pictures friend!

    • You are so right, and I’m so glad that so many of us have adopted that attitude for the summer. Thanks, lady!

  • Christina Sotherden

    Amen, lady! Great post and I love the idea of taking a step back – I’ve been fizzling all summer and am definitely laying more low with posts in August – I’ve been terrible with emails/comments all summer and as bad as I feel, it feels great to not be overwhelmed with making sure to answer something, etc.

    These photos are gorgeous!!

    • Absolutely! We can’t do it all, all of the time, and obviously most important is that we take care of ourselves and our family. Thanks, girl!

  • Biana Perez

    First of all that pink top looks amazing on you and I love your hair like that!! Going to 3 days a week this summer has been great – I feel like I can catch up more with other things too….although even some weeks it’s hard to maintain! xo, biana –BlovedBoston

    • Thank you, friend! And, you’re so right – cutting back helps get other things on the list finished, even though it’s still a struggle some weeks!

  • Darcy from A Memory of Us

    I definitely think taking a step back is important. I went down to three days a week last Labor Day weekend nad hahven’t looked back. It is often enough to keep me engaged in the community but not so often that I feel stressed about it.
    http://www.amemoryofus.com

  • Could not agree with this more! I’ve taken a step back as well, and have cut down the number of posts per week and don’t stress if I’m enjoying life and traveling instead of trying to document it all. Enjoy every bit of your summer, and this space will be here when you can and want to be here. P.S. LOVING this OTS top on you – gorgeous <3
    Green Fashionista

    • So sweet, thank you! And, yes – it’s so nice to just take trips and enjoy life without the worrying of having to document it at all times (if you don’t want to)!

  • Great post and I totally agree with you. Managing a blog can be stressful at times and it is okay to take breaks when you want. Cute outfit too! Love that top 😉
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

  • Thanks for sharing! I often get stressed about scheduling too, but is is nice to take a step back and remember what is important. Love this pink and white combo on you!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Yes! Great post and one we all bloggers should read and understand. We all have lives that keep us busy and blogging should be fun and not the main priority in life. Enjoying our life should be the priority and then we can share the great parts of our life on the blog (when we have the time and energy)! PS – Love that top!

  • totally agree girl. i am definitely not someone who takes blogging seriously, it’s not my job or anything close to, so i don’t need to be strict with it, but i am a firm believer of doing it when i want, and as soon as i don’t want to, as soon as it becomes a chore or makes me feel guilty, take a step back. life is for living and all that jazz.