Everyone needs a break, when I worked in a full time job it wasn’t just 9-5, you were expected to work more. There were deadlines and big humongous high profile projects, and so, like everyone, I’d work silly hours. In saying that, even at really busy times with deadlines or huge projects I’d usually have at least Saturday or Sunday off, in fact I’d usually still have both. With blogging I find people expect you to be there 24/7. Sorry, I’ve not taken a week off since October. I didn’t take Christmas off as many did and I really enjoyed blogging over that holiday. I’ve taken days here and there, but no more than a few and even then I’ve pottered in the background as ideas struck me. In fact you’ve probably not really noticed. Now, I need a break.
I want to hope I can take a break, and completely switch off. But I’ll need to be strong. I had a trip to visit my parents a couple of weeks ago and I didn’t manage to take as much of a break as I should have. I had withdrawal from #thebabyformula and ran it a couple of days late.
But it’s made me realise, I do need a break. A break like I’d take from work around every 3 months. A proper holiday, just like annual leave. When we’re on holiday, hubby and I always either put our phones in the safe and don’t use them at all, or, if we’re road tripping use them minimally. We don’t want everyone knowing our house is empty, everyone knowing every second of our holiday. Everything we’ve done and saying things like “ahhhhh you went to xxxx, didn’t you like yyyy or go to zzz”. I want to come home and talk about my holiday, not be told about it! ?We always have a complete break, time to just be us. Together.
Now, I know things could be different on future holidays as a) we have Toddler H and, b) we now use our phones to take photos and videos of H all the time. However, my guess is that like we usually do on holiday, we’ll use our cameras. Wow, who’d have thought there was an invention for taking photos!! Yes, we’ll have a few more considerations than before, but we’ll have us time as a family of three.
I’ve been tired for a while, missing a few linkies these last few weeks, and having time with my parents. I’ve also recently been taking the odd night where for the most part I don’t blog, I don’t check social media and I do other things. Be that Thursday #craftnight (where I’ll check #craftnight only) or another night when I’ll have downtime. I might actually be tweaking the blog, writing on paper, writing guest posts or doing something completely different. But I need to put my foot down, we all need to turn off sometimes.
I also have a tendency to prepare for busy times: if I have something coming up I’ll take an extra bit of downtime beforehand so I’m ready. If we have family coming to stay I’ll adjust accordingly and blog more before, maybe even schedule a post for while they’re here. But, blogging is not my job. Being a mummy and a wife is.
Hubby has some time off so we’re going to have family time and maybe a last minute break. So, forthe next couple of weeks, I might not reply instantly, I might not join your linky that I’m ever faithful to, I might not blog much, but I hope to come back refreshed, with a clue how to increase those page views and a better blogging – life balance.
My priority is my baby and my husband. Blogging, you definitely come second and I need a break…. And so the countdown to my blog holiday begins…. 4 days to go!