I haven’t written much recently, as my head has been a little all over the place and blogging has been the last thing on my mind. A few weeks ago I had some bad family news. My funny, active and full of life grandad had a heart attack during his weekly game of badminton, thankfully he’s pulled through and is on the mend but it was touch and go. During times like these I just tend to throw myself into family life, forgetting all the household chores and just play in the moment with my little girl.
Phoebe has also needed that extra bit of attention as she’s been suffering badly with teething again. Those nasty molars are causing her so much pain to the point she has actually bitten the inside of her cheek, resulting in two huge ulcers, a swollen mouth and loss of appetite (most unlike her!). It doesn’t stop there, we’re also getting some textbook teething nappies along side sore lady bits, making nappy changes very challenging. Therefore, when I have been lucky enough to get those Phoebe free moments, I’ve been using them for me time, reading a good book, doing some yoga or just listening to CD anything other than blogging and you know what, it’s felt nice.
At first I got annoyed at myself for not blogging but after a particaular stressful parenting day, I sat down and made a list of all the things I had planned over the following weeks. Looking at the list it suddenly dawned on me, I had so much on my plate that really needed my full attention maybe I should take a mini blogging break just while I organised everything. Once I made that decision, I embraced the break plus it meant I could plan my friends surprise baby shower (post coming soon) with ease and enjoyment.
By stepping back for just a couple of weeks, it’s given me a whole new lease of life for blogging but made me realise I need to strike a healthy balance between family life and NJP. Over the break I was able to create a managable, weekly/monthly schedule for blogging that will hopfully mean more writing and less faffing. Now I have more of a structure with my blog I’ve also been looking at my time management and given myself set times to blog including a cut off point, as well as setting weekly and monthly goals.
My bloggers Journal, Lets Squawk Collection – from Paperchase has been my new best friend, getting back to good old paper and pen is sometimes the only way. Prior to my small break, when flipping open my mac book, logging onto let’s say Twitter, I would almost get overwhelmed by all the invitations for the linkies that were running that day, feeling like I MUST join in with them all and somewhat like a bad blogger if I didn’t. So I ditched the laptop during the break in favour of my journal and found my creative juices flowing freely again. Paperchase have pretty much thought of everything a blogger would need to plan and organise their blog without having to spend a lot of time, energy or money doing it.
So, even though I haven’t been writing I’ve been working on things behind the scenes at NJP, remained active on social media, used my time to connect with other like minded bloggers, local brands and finally created some much needed new pages, which you can check out below.
I enjoyed my break but it’s so nice to be back sharing our adventures once again. Are you on a break from your blog? Let me know your reasons below or if you’ve recently been on a blogging break and just come back how did you manage your time whilst away and did the time away help?