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,
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.