Why It's Ok to Take a Blog Break

I have a confession. 

I often fall down right after all my best intentions. 

Before my trip to Berlin, I read up on how to take a break from your blog. I packed a journal with the intention to  plan out how I will rewrite the website copy and restructure the pages. I set my email out of office to tell people I'd be checking in when I could. It all seemed very organised and I was going to be the person who had her stuff together and glided through a vacation with no blip in content or contact. 

Life got a bit, well, 'lifey' just before I left and those scheduled posts and up to date emails didn't happen. Berlin is distracting. A silence fell over me and I've not fought it. 

Easing in to some good relaxation time can fill you up again with creativity

Easing in to some good relaxation time can fill you up again with creativity

Instead I've built new nests in new surroundings and walked through the city with no real sense of purpose, just letting life wash over me a little. 

Why it's ok to take a blog break

It's felt good I won't lie. 

So what is my lesson from this? Blogs can be like a city break- you feel you need to cover all your bases, keep the momentum going and seize every opportunity. That can become particularly true when your audience and following is growing rapidly- suddenly you're aware of those eyes on you and it starts to gather a pace that even you don't know if you can keep up with.  

So be all means, schedule those posts, pre schedule some tweets but also? Just wander. Aimlessly wander and see what happens when life surprises you. You might just find yourself lost in it and longing for a little more time to notice the small things like the way a stitch catches the depth of a hand dyed yarn. 

Then you know that you're on to a good thing. Trust me x

A Tidal Wave of Food

The thing about writing and podcasting about your creative, practical life is that you need time to actually do these things. Over the last few weeks, life kind of happened and I was struggling to get anything fun done. The podcast deadline was looming and I has this haunted look of a woman exposed. 'I'm not creating!' is all I kept thinking. 

Strangely, it was the catalyst I needed to work something new into the podcast. I looked back at my knitting and realised it takes a village to make a knitter. What does that mean? Well there's so much influence and persuasion about what to knit and at different phases of your knitting life you will linger of some of those influences longer than others. I really enjoyed pressing pause and mulling over my previous projects as it reminded me that I do actually create and make when I give myself the time to do so. 

Encouraged, I wrote up shownotes and began thinking about things to include food wise.... then it hit me. I was in the house on my own for a long amount of time. Why wasn't I making?

Stay tuned for this amazing soup recipe- it was amazing. Did I mention amazing?

Stay tuned for this amazing soup recipe- it was amazing. Did I mention amazing?

Soup followed...

Closely followed by some very delicious raspberry bars...

Rounded off nicely with banana choc chip cookies... (heartfelt plea- can anyone get their hands on Cinnamon Chips from Hersheys? These cookies used up my last and every stockist in the UK is sold out!!!!!! Help?)

And the risotto we ate for dinner. 

Sometimes the hardest thing is finding the time to create and when you start, it's like opening the floodgates and it opens you up to everything you missed.

Everything.

 

Lots of blog content to come, including soup recipes. messy play fun and maybe even darning. Yup, I have sewing needles and am going to attempt to use them. Wowsers.  

Still

Sometimes amongst all the chaos, the constant movement and the endless (endless) work, you need to stop and be still. Taking time for yourself is always hard but it's something I struggle with even more as a mother of an oh so Playful Tot. However, unless we take risks we don't know where our boundaries lie right?

I've been scrunched up into myself lately, brow furrowed and just living for the afternoons in with the Tot, rolling around on the floor and completely lost within each other. I've loved it. With Unravel coming at the weekend though and so much social strength needed to cope with crowds of people and banter, I knew I needed to push myself a little. 

With a trusted friend I tried something new..... Art, lunch, let the girls run wild and then? Stillness. 

I wonder if it will stick?