After a long soul searching hiatus, I’m back!
This photo felt appropriate because how can you not be at your most relaxed drinking in a robe, outdoors?
But in all seriousness, I stopped blogging because blogging just wasn’t making me happy anymore. As I mentioned in this post, I was dealing with a LOT of anxiety and I felt like blogging was adding to it. That was when I realized I needed to step back, take a hard look at what I wanted to be doing with my free time, and what I needed to stop doing for a bit.
Blogging fell into the break category. If I’m being honest, a lot of the stress with it came from the comparison game. We all know that game, and it is not a fun one. With so many amazing creators out there, I was feeling very down on myself. Why didn’t my photos look like theirs, why wasn’t I getting the same campaigns, why wasn’t I getting invited to as many events as they were, etc. I have to say the one thing that got me down the most though, was trying to figure out how other bloggers were able to handle a full time job, social life, relationship, and a blog. And why couldn’t I?
I couldn’t be the only one feeling this way, right?
Well after speaking with some other women in the industry I got my answer. No one feels like they are succeeding in every aspect of their life. If they were killing it on the blog that week, there was a good chance they hadn’t had many plans with friends recently. If they had a workout routine down, they weren’t engaging with followers as much on Instagram as they would have liked. Basically what it comes down to is, you make time for what you want to be doing, and blogging just hadn’t been my number 1.
After a nice and refreshing break, my creativity has sparked again. What helped me really get there was reading Dana’s post and then talking to her about it afterwards. She reminded me that we don’t NEED to do what everyone else is doing in the blogging world. Actually, we’re encouraged to not do the same thing. Why did I feel l then that in order to succeed with blogging I had to constantly be purchasing new things that maybe I didn’t quite love, or posting about every sale out there? These things just weren’t me and were not realistic to my life.
The next step.
So moving forward, this little blog of mine is going to be 100% true to me and my readers. If you guys want to see sales, I’ll gladly post about which sales I’m checking out. But I’ll also be giving you more insight to things that make me happy-such as travel, rewearing articles of clothing I already have, fast and inexpensive restaurants, the works! So I’m happy to welcome you to the new and improved Sequins & Strawberries. I hope you enjoy your stay!