Time out, a holiday, an evening off

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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!
Lynne x

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    May 16, 2016 at 9:15 am

    oh i hope you enjoy your break – so healthy to take one #BigPinkLink
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    This Mum's Life
    May 16, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Oh bless you, I can really tell that you need a break, from this post… I know what you mean, it’s just ever present isn’t it? I’ve had a few real eye opening moments recently, that are making me think not only do I need a break, but should I actually stop blogging altogether… I get anxious, yes, actually anxious, if my phone isn’t in my hand, or right next to me-I’m constantly compelled to be checking and updating my social media-I used to laugh at people who did that, and think they were very sad individuals! Pre blog, I hardly looked at my phone during the day, and I’ve had a few times recently where my 3 year old has made a grab for my phone and shouted ‘please, no more phone mummy…’ It’s been heartbreaking, I don’t want them to remember their mummy as always being glued to her phone. When I was a nurse, there was a joke that the patients were getting in the way of us doing our job properly-there was so much paperwork, that it almost became that that was our jobs. The other day, the phrase ‘the children are getting in the way of me working on my blog’ popped into my head, and I was disgusted at myself, and that I’d even let that come into my head. I need to take a step back, and I’ll be starting with our holiday in June, and then see how I feel when I’m back. I really hope you enjoy your time away from the blog, and come back with a clearer head and renewed perspective!!
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    May 16, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    This is so true. I had a bit of a break over Christmas and it did help. Unfortunately for me I find that k have nights off from freelance copywriting and spend the time blogging instead!! I hope you enjoy your break and come back refreshed 🙂 #bigpinklink
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    May 17, 2016 at 10:00 pm

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    May 18, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    good idea. It’s really addictive this blog thing though isn’t it. hope you manage/managed to have a good holiday. It’s the best thing in the world taking time out. Gives perspective! #bigpinklink
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    laura dove
    May 18, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    A blog holiday is always a good idea. I had one recently and it actually gave me the opportunity to get some new ideas, some inspiration, and come back feeling fresh and ready to get back into it. I think it’s so important to remember the reasons why you blog, and to make sure that you don’t fall out of love with your blog by seeing it as a chore rather than something of enjoyment. Happy holiday! #bestandworst
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    Jo Sandelson
    May 19, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Well done for getting your priorities the right way around. It can be all consuming this blogging lark can’t it. My husband is a bit of a blogging widower recently and looked forlorn most evenings I reckon time to go away for half term as a family or even a day out just to remind me of what’s important. I ‘ran away’ from home for a few days last year to save my sanity, and had the most amazing blog free time in a leaky tent under a torrential downpour. Weird but true #cropredy #

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    Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap)
    May 20, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    I agree with this! I’m off on holidays in a few weeks and I’ll not post, unless have scheduled before. I still love to Instagram and take loads of pics but tend to slow down with the rest!! I hope you have a brill holiday. Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x
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