Okay, I’m back – this is my first blog post in almost two weeks!
I’ve been struggling to find the right balance lately.
When I first started on my writing journey, my blog was my main and pretty much only focus so I was able to post regularly and make sure everything was up to scratch. Of course, with blogging comes promotion so social media took up a large part of my days too.
I love my blog. I love writing about whatever I want, when I want. I love that it’s my space and I have the final say. I love interacting with readers and other bloggers. I love that nobody can change my words or tell me they don’t like my ideas.
But right now, blogging doesn’t pay the bills.
I was so fortunate and lucky to gain regular freelance work very early on in my writing career and last month I earned almost as much as when I was teaching full time – for part time hours from home!
It’s tough though.
With the ability to choose my own hours, workload and destiny I became obsessed with working more and more.
Managing to update my blog as often as I was as well as working hard meant that I was sacrificing other things in life, such as sleep and quality time with loved ones.
My boyfriend had a week off work last week so I made a conscious effort that I’d only work my contracted bare minimum hours. I went almost cold turkey from social media and to be honest, it was needed.
Burn out narrowly missed
Now, I feel a lot more refreshed after a break and ready to find a better balance between work, life and blogging.
It is nice to just take some time out now and then though.