Let me share something personal with you: the first half of 2015 was a struggle for me. Adapting to our new city after a third move in three years, and overcoming an illness is a lot to take on all at once.
The reason I haven’t been blogging regularly? This is why. The question for me was: Can I take blogging breaks?
What taking blogging breaks really means
And I’m here to let you know that when you have those seasons in your life, you need to stop everything and take care of you.
It’s okay to “get off schedule”. In one of my podcasts I talked about keeping on a general routine of getting blog posts published regularly: once a week at the least. But do you realize what happens if you live by that “rule”? When reality of life’s curveballs hit you, you begin to feel like giving up on blogging altogether. And that’s what I want you to avoid.
We’re not perfect. I’m a mom (homeschooling and homemaking a lot of the time), and I’m a wife of a busy navy officer who keeps my life adventurous. Throw in a few moves, illnesses, and general every day life stressors, and I have been WAY too busy to keep up with my blog(s) this year the way I wanted to. And that’s okay. Life doesn’t revolve around our blogging.
When your business is your blog, you tend to it, cultivate it…but sometimes you have to trust that you have built systems into your blog that will carry you through the seasons when you don’t have the time or the energy to keep it up. Let it go and watch it coast along. It will be just fine when you get back.
I have learned that it’s okay to let go. I haven’t posted in months, and I came back to positive comments where people are grateful for the content. Evergreen content is crucial. People don’t care that it’s two months old, so long as it helps them through their current situation.
You know what else? I have had to let go of opportunities and I’ve learned to say no to those invitations that don’t fit into my life right now.
I’m even reinventing my income strategies for this blog so that I can commit to the lifestyle I want for 2015-16…which is one that is predominantly family-oriented.
Rather than committing my time and energy to one on one coaching, I’ll be offering digital products. Whether that means less money for me isn’t something I worry so much about. Sometimes the bottom line (money) doesn’t matter as much as the real bottom line (time, health, people you love).
So that’s what I’m letting go of for the second half of 2015. How about you? Even if business is booming, do you see areas where you need to let go?
Write me back. I want to hear from you.