Oh hey there to the few of you still reading! I hope this post finds you all healthy and happy and adjusting to dating things 2013. Seriously, how difficult is THAT to get used to? I am back. I was gone. It was obvious. This hiatus was necessary for many reasons. Hence the title of my post.
Every hiatus usually makes me feel sad. It also makes me feel like a slacker. This time I was actually able to take this hiatus without feeling the typical sadness or beating myself up. After almost 4 years of blogging I have become so accustomed to doing it and it always feels like something is missing from my life and my social self when this is gone. After a lot of thought during this time I realized the guilt is derived from my own expectations that I put in myself as “AliFoodFitFash”. I used to blog three times a day and have time to actively comment, email, tweet, facebook and engage all of my readers. Life changes and this just isn’t possible for me anymore. As a self-proclaimed perfectionist I have a total “all or nothing” attitude about my expectations of what I “should” do. Until a month ago when I thought “Ah, screw it”. I didn’t mean screw blogging, obviously because I am writing this post. I meant screw the guilt or feeling bad. I don’t NEED to blog three times a day to be a “good blogger”. A lot of Healthy Living Bloggers do that. In fact, most do. However, most of them view blogging as their full-time job. They view blogging as their “career”. Neither of those things are true for me. Blogging is a job, as in it contributes my income. But it is not my career or even close to being something I see as a full time gig. I might never be a full-time gig and I don’t know that I would want it to be. I am passionate about what I do. I love my job. More so than writing. Also, I like to think I am a much better guidance counselor than writer and I am sure you all would agree.
So, I decided to stop comparing myself to those bloggers. It is unfair to me. Plus, I think I reason people started reading Food, Fitness, Fashion to begin with is because they feel it is relatable. I work a full-time job outside of blogging. I actually always have worked a full-time job plus gone to school and/or had a part-time job the whole time I have been writing. The present day is no exception. I currently work a full-time job and a part-time job. I am hoping to get back to blogging more frequently with the my original goal in mind: to share how I live a healthy lifestyle while balancing it all. I hope showing you all how I manage it will help you find what ways work for you. I hope to continue to be real about the great days and the tough days. I hope to give you some fun and tasty recipes and some examples of challenging and effective workouts.
Anyhow this hiatus was brought to you by GREAT THINGS:
L: Learning- I had to learn a whole new school system and in a lot of ways a whole new job. I accepted pretty much my dream job as a Guidance Counselor in a district that I feel is a PREFECT fit for me. I started at the end of October and still feel like I learn something new every day. Learning so much so fast leaves little time, brain power or creativity for much else. I feel like I am feel less overwhelmed now, but that only took about 3 months!
C: Choices- At times I had to choose between blogging and my health. Let me explain. We are all aware that there are only a certain number of hours in the day. Some days I had to decide what was more important:
- Working out or blogging
- Sleeping or blogging
- Spending time with Adam and Oscar of blogging
- Relaxing or blogging
- Organizing and cleaning my house or blogging
In all of these instances I chose to do what I felt was more healthy for me at the time. And you guessed it, it was usually NOT blogging. How can I be an example of health without making sure my own health is a priority. That would hypocritical.
J: JOY-Yes, JOY! I am in a good place and sometimes I just want to take the time to enjoy it. I love my jobs- both of them! I finally feel like I got cut a break. I also worked REALLY hard to get where I am career-wise, health-wise and happiness-wise and I certainly deserve some time to sit back and soak it up.
Anyhow, thanks for STILL reading. I am grateful and thanks for your e-mails saying you missed me! As much as I enjoyed time off. Sometimes I girl likes to know she is missed.
See you all soon