Things have been a little quiet here on Tattooed Tealady recently, haven't they?
After an entire week without posting even once, I have to admit, I'm feeling pretty darn good. I've been toying with the idea of 'taking a blogging break' for quite a while now (actually, if I'm honest, for well over a year), but the habit and blogger-guilt always set in stopping me from stepping back. I also wanted to make sure that when I did have a blogging break, it was on my own terms, when I would have planned in advance and had a backlog of posts scheduled to keep things ticking over.
Well, it didn't quite work out that way. Instead of having posts scheduled, ready and raring to go, I had nothing. No posts, not even photos to try and get some posts ready. I didn't want to take photos, I didn't want to sit at my laptop writing posts. I wanted to do other things; spend time with my partner, plan for life outside-the-blog, enjoy myself, spend time remembering who I really am. So I did, for one whole week and it was amazing.
It is so important to understand when you need a break, and when you need one, to take it. It's so easy when you're a blogger to become completely wrapped up in blogging and I am guilty on more than one occasion of getting so wrapped up in blogging that I've forgotten to live my life offline. The amount of times I've stayed in, sat on my laptop writing posts, sat up into the early hours of the morning taking photos - I love blogging so blooming much, but it is so easy for it to take over every aspect of your life, and that's not something I think is particularly healthy if I'm honest.
Summer is just around the corner, and this year we're set to have the hottest summer in almost a decade. I remember 2006 and the absolutely crazy heatwave we had here in England. When summer starts, I don't want to spend it couped up indoors online. I want to enjoy the sunshine whilst it's here, go out and enjoy myself whilst the skies are clear and blue. Don't you?
I'm going to take a different approach to blogging from now on. One which is better for me, and hopefully better for the blog, too. I'll still be sharing reviews and posts, but I don't want to feel guilty for having a day off anymore or not having everything planned, ready and scheduled ahead. I want to share more of me and my life, more about the things I love outside of beauty and what I love most about life. The changes will be small, and may not even be noticeable to some, but I hope you'll stick along for the ride and see where it takes us.
Stop existing. Start living.