Happy

I’ve been blogging now for 5-6 years — consistently for 2. A lot of changes have happened over time; both life changes and “me” changes. I feel like for the past almost year I’ve been posting consistently but not necessarily taking the time to produce the kind of posts I want to. When I finally consciously approached the topic I realized why:

1.) I’m spending a lot more time with friends and family. I’ve become more of a “yes” person. Do you want to go to the pool? To that new place downtown? On a weekend trip here? Yes! I love my blog, and it’s not going anywhere, but I want to make sure I’m making choices that will force me to look back and say “yes! I really lived!” rather than missing out on exciting memories I could be making. I’m not saying that focusing more on my site isn’t a passion of mine. I wouldn’t be doing it if it wasn’t! In fact, it’s me doing everything I love to do and blogging about it (DIY, decor, fashion, and travel). But I do want to take a step back and treasure the memories I’m making without anything attached to it sometimes.

2.) I love my job. I really, really love my job. I’ve had wonderful work experiences and met the best people along the way, but I’ve never had that “aha! THIS is what I’m supposed to do” moment. I’ve only been here for 3 months, but it feels like ages and I can’t imagine myself ever leaving. I’ve learned more in 3 months than I ever have marketing-wise in my entire life. I’m a marketing major, but most of my previous tasks have been more operational marketing — necessary for the job, but they lacked the creative side I crave. Now, I get to facilitate market strategy, research, competitive analysis, global strategy, persona messaging, and brainstorming/thinking “outside of the box” is not only welcome, it’s encouraged… all in an area that’s constantly moving and shifting… causing me to do it all over again. I realize this takes a certain type of person, but I feel intrigued, excited, challenged, and motivated! In addition to doing what I love, I also happen to have the most supportive team with a wealth of experience/knowledge and eager to teach. I feel incredibly lucky to be where I am.

3.) This kind of piggybacks off of the first, but I really love coming home after work and going to see friends, Chet, working out/staying healthy, and cooking. This generally only leaves room for taking photos on the weekends, which these days get monopolized by weddings and wedding events (not complaining by the way, I love weddings) or travelling — leaving me little to no time to take pictures. It takes a lot more time than you think: buying clothes (and spending $$), curating an outfit, taking the photos, editing the photos, curating the content, and linking. Not to mention sharing on social channels and marketing efforts. It’s a full time job! One that I love, but I’ve just decided to compromise more lately for the above reasons.

I guess what I’m trying to say is I’m happier than I’ve ever been, and I’m enjoying soaking it all in. “Life isn’t about finding yourself, it’s about creating yourself.” “Creating” yourself through new and exciting experiences is what you’ll remember 10, 20, 30 years from now. Though it takes more effort, I urge you to become more of a “yes” person toward new experiences — even the small ones (i.e. dinner with someone you haven’t seen in a few months or checking out the farmers market on Saturday morning).

To enjoying life,

Sarah

P.S. Adding to this: I’ve been getting questions on whether I’m discontinuing blogging, and the answer is no! Not at all! I’m just reflecting on why I’m not posting the kind of content I’ve been wanting to, and I wanted to explain why. I want to be focused on creating better-quality posts, which might mean less posts from time to time… just better content 🙂 And more time to enjoy life.

18 thoughts on “Happy

  1. This is a fantastic post! Love how you decided to take more time out for you and for opportunities outside of blogging. Happy to hear that you’re doing so well!

    xoxo
    Amy | Pastel N Pink

  2. I loved reading this. I’m happy that you are happy. This post really put a smile on my face and has me thinking about why I’ve been extra happy lately. I think it’s important we recognize the things that makes us happy so we can be continue to be happy! 🙂

    xoxo, Danielle
    http://www.glamrme.com

  3. Beautiful! I am happy your happy. It’s important to find the positive things in life. I am glad you enjoy work and saying yes is amazing!

  4. You are so right about saying yes to family, friends, experiences, making memories, etc. No matter what we accomplish in life, it will be these things that count the most! When you have passion and drive you want to give everything 100%. But there are only so many hours in a day so you can’t give everything 100% every day! You have a beautiful blog that brings you and us (your readers) great joy! So keep it up and don’t stress about having to write a certain number of posts every week. I will enjoy them whenever you do!
    x Emily

  5. I love how you were able to be open and honest with your readers. It’s so great that you’re so happy now. Since the blog isn’t your FT job, you don’t have to be present on it all the time – it’s definitely important to live a little 🙂

    xoxo, Jenny

  6. What a beautiful write up. So glad to see you happy! Enjoy saying YES to the exciting things in life and make wonderful memories.

  7. Aww this is so awesome! I especially feel inspired by you saying yes more and realizing that the blog will always be there. That’s something I definitely could do more of!

    X,
    Cristina
    cristinawashere.com

  8. This post is amazing! Made me smile! Love you and love that you are doing well & loving your job!

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