I struggled to choose a title for this post and without a title, I didn’t really know where my writing would take me. But I guess the beauty in this will be an upfront recollection of where I’ve been the past month and why I believe taking a break prevents you from breaking.
Blogging and “being a blogger” has been a pretty weird ride over the past few years.
After starting my blog in December 2012, I have spent more than four years sharing the ins and outs of my life day-to-day through social media and my blog. I have travelled to 6 continents and 60 or 70-something countries (I lost count long ago) and have been incredibly fortunate to see and experience so much of the world. I owe this all to blogging and the wild ride it has taken me on.
But the truth is that life changes and with it, you change.
As a firm believer in change being a good thing – a constant challenge, a shift of gears, a chance to start anew… I’ve spent the last month grappling with what this change means for me, my blog and future endeavours.
Its Okay to Take a Break
Here is where I’ve been hiding out – at home on the farm. Bliss, no?
For those of you who don’t know – I come from the island of Tasmania in Australia. It’s a hidden gem for those who come to discover it and a perfectly-positioned postcard just waiting to happen every which way you turn. It is often unbelievable to me that such a beautiful place exists, let alone a place I can say I grew up in and will spend the rest of my days enjoying (and probably still pinching myself over!)
After four years of wanting to escape the place I grew up and explore the “rest of the world”, I can now say with certainty and belief in my own words that I have grown a strong love and appreciation for Tasmania.
Since meeting my partner 2 years and 2 months ago on the dance floor of my sister’s wedding, I have slowly been spending more and more time at home and as such, spending less and less time on airplanes and in airports.
But that’s not to say that every day has been less of an adventure.
Pursuing Other Passions
Since choosing to split my time between home life and “blog life (living out of a suitcase)”, I have rediscovered my love for the simple things. Things like cooking, cleaning, even getting excited to put a load of washing on and have the house sparkling top to bottom.
Through this time I began to spend more and more time in the kitchen baking (those with a sweet tooth will know sugar is an obligatory food group, I won’t have any of this sugar-free business!) As a result of this, I opened a bakery in my home town. It has been one of the craziest, most challenging and certainly most exciting things I have ever done.
Aside from business pursuits, I have also made more time for other things I adore: gardening, interior decorating, entertaining and generally feeling like I have two feet planted on the ground – a feeling I missed so much after living out of a suitcase for four years.
Blogging is Changing & So Am I
Another challenge I have faced internally (a lot, lately) is the changing nature of blogging and social media. At the beginning of this I felt like an outsider looking in and lately I’ve began to feel caught inside this world of “living online”. The online stuff I love includes Pinterest, writing general nonsense on Twitter and sharing secret places around the world on Instagram.
The online stuff I don’t love so much is the oversharing, the constant pressure to be more exciting in order to be a better business and quite frankly, the over staging of photos (remember when you just ate your food before taking a photo of it!?)
Don’t get me wrong – it would be ironic and hypocritical of me to say that I hate the interwebs in any way – I love how integrated and interconnected we have all become. But I do feel as if this year I would like to have a different relationship with the interwebs and my approach to it.
The past month you may have noticed I haven’t uploaded a single photo on Instagram – a pretty big shift from my 2-3 uploads per day. Quite honestly, I was tired of uploading because I felt like I had to upload something to be interesting.
You may have noticed in the past month I have also gone from sharing 5-7 blog posts per week to a dismal 1 or 2 every few weeks. Truth? I have been too busy living in the real world to live online this past month.
And truth? It has been awesome.
Where to now?
Wherever the wind takes me.
In 2017 I plan to have more authentic adventures – skipping the oversupply of hosted trips and blogger perks for the old school DIY trips with my film camera and paper maps to lead the way. I still plan on sharing my adventures and keeping the fire alive, but doing so on my own terms and for the right reasons – because I just love to explore.
This year I also plan to share more of my other interests – DIY projects, interior decorating in my home, adventures in the kitchen and so on, and so forth. I’m welcoming change and I hope you will too. None of us were ever meant to be one-dimensional so don’t be afraid to pursue multiple passions and keep embracing what makes you feel alive.
See you soon.