This is nothing new. You’ve heard me say this before: there’s too much. Once again, I find myself in the position of trying to figure out how to cut back, stop the train, do less, focus on priorities; in a nutshell, I’m too busy.
My weekly schedule is definitely full. I’ve been around long enough to compare and I know that I do more than many. I work full time, manage a family of five with my husband, have a large extended family, mostly-regularly attend church and try to be involved, try to read, try to exercise, try to see friends, and try to write. I’m a do-er of many things and a master of none. Most of the time I’m just doing enough to scrape by until the next moment. All of that is what you see from the outside. Inside, my brain and my soul are even busier. Constantly thinking about everything that I’m not currently doing, questioning how I am doing things, trying to remember all of the details so we never drop a ball. I’m rarely just present, and it’s exhausting. I’ve accepted that it won’t ever stop. But I might possibly, maybe, be getting better at realizing when the stress gauge is getting dangerously high and making changes before, instead of after, everything blows up.
I’ve had some success in the last six months with this blog. Even though the numbers are modest, I have more followers of my blog and social media space than I imagined I would at this stage. I’ve had three posts syndicated on other sites. I got enough positive reinforcement, and truly enjoyed the process, to be excited and want to come back to more writing. Right now, this just isn’t the best time of my life to keep it going. Some of you do just as much, and more than me, and still run a very successful and amazing blog. I have a lot of respect for what you do. That pace just doesn’t work for me right now.
So, what I’m putting the breaks on is this – my writing. I’m not happy about it, but I am at peace with the decision. From your perspective, not much will change. I haven’t been writing much lately anyway. But what changes for me is my internal turmoil. By writing this post, I’m giving myself permission to release the stress.
As I started getting more into blogging this year, I was really happy with the things I was learning and the progress I made. But for someone like me, who isn’t a full-time writer, blogging takes consistency. The more you write, the better you become at sharing your voice. The more you post, the more people read your work and give you feedback to help with continued improvement. Facebook gets your writing to more people’s newsfeeds. Followers click on your content more often in Twitter. More begets more. Even though I haven’t been writing, I’ve been consistently stressing about the lack of consistency. Feeling stressed to write, feeling stressed to share content, feeling stressed that I just can’t find the time for any of it. So with an officially communicated time-out, I can let all of that go.
You will still see me around every now and again during this hiatus. If I have the time and something to say, I’m going to write. When I see content from other people that I want you to see, I’m going to share it. I still have too many funny stories happen in my family that will need to be told. Continue to follow me on social media to get notice if I happen to write new posts and to catch little doses of the craziness that is my family. And one day, I hope to be back here, consistently writing and connecting with all of you once again.