As you may have noticed, things have been a bit quiet on here over the past week and I wanted to explain why that has been. As you know if you have followed me for a while, I started posting 3 times a week last year, and stuck to it like glue right up until christmas (when I moved into my new house and basically needed time to move house and work my full time job). I wrote about needing a break because I just didn’t have time to write at that time, and if I tried, my posts would be rushed and my content “meh”. So I took time off.
Since my return I have been back to my normal schedule ( I think I have missed the mark a couple of times) and I have been enjoying it.. however there have been a few things that have been making blogging harder than it needs to be, and I really want to explain myself.
So basically over the past few months my life has been a combination of two things – 1) Work and 2) The house.
- I work a full time job. 40 hours a week. 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. My hours are stupid, they have been for 7 years, I work 6:30am until 3pm one week, and then the next week I work 2:30pm to 11pm. Rinse, Repeat. This makes fitting in other things like blogging quite difficult because I have to organise my time accordingly – write before work, sacrifice a day off etc. Weirdly I never used to find this balance difficult, but since the beginning of this year I have really struggled.
- The house – Since moving in we have been trying to do most of the work ourselves. Now I understand we haven’t been doing major work to the house, but we have been doing it by ourselves, whilst still carrying on with number 1. We actually moved house, by ourselves, just Me, Ben and a Van. The only help we had was Ben’s dad came to help on the final day of our van hire to help move the largest pieces of furniture. We then had to split our time between work, unpacking the new house, and fully clearing out and cleaning the old house ready to return the keys. It was hard work. Since moving into the new place we have redecorated the downstairs, ripped out some doors, ripped up the carpet across the whole downstairs and laid down some gorgeous laminate flooring. Again we did this with the help of Ben’s Dad, but again, we were doing this around work hours and Ben’s dad works permanent days (7am – 3pm) so when we were on days it was great, we got a couple of hours work in, but when we were on afters, we got nothing done, we also very rarely got the same days off as Ben’s dad so work on the floor was a slow process. But we managed it.
But here’s the thing, between trying to work on the house, and just work in general there hasn’t been a lot of time for play, which is what I consider my blog to be, its a place for me to talk about what I love. But that in itself takes time, it takes preparation, photos, product trials (which I feel I don’t get any time for, I realised I have several Birchbox / Glossyboxes that I haven’t gone through yet) and I just feel like I haven’t had the time to give this blog, and that honestly sucks because I love this blog. I don’t even know what happened last week, I just know I missed all my posting days and had nothing to give to the blog. I feel as though some of my posts recently have been rushed, like I have been posting because I need to, not because I actually had anything to say and I have hated it.
I have a week off work this week, a week to sort some things in the house and a week to sort out myself, to get some posts in the bank so that I can start posting again with the same passion I had before the house came along. A week to revamp this blog and make it again, what I wanted it to be.
I hope you understand the absence for posting and I hope you will be patient with me whilst I get myself back on track.
Thanks for reading.
Talk to you soon!