Hi folks. It’s been quiet around here lately. It wasn’t my intention to just abandon ship without letting you know first, but it’s what ended up happening. Sorry about that. And thank you for all of the very sweet emails and tweets I’ve been receiving checking in. Don’t worry about me, I’m just taking a break.
Last June when I finished my thesis work I threw myself into this space: moving over to a new platform, bumping up to four posts a week, starting to work with an editorial calendar, and ultimately launching a business. This professionalization of the blog is, I believe, what allowed it to get away from me.
I’ve been working, one way or another, two full time jobs for a really long time. Between working full time and going to school at the same time, working full time and doing a bunch of contract work on the side, going to school full time and running a small business, then working full time while doing a full time MSc program, and lately working full time, blogging full time, and working with nutrition clients all the while trying to maintain my marriage, my fitness, my friendships, and my sanity. And folks, I’m tired.
Recently when the subject of this blog came up, I admitted, somewhat sheepishly, how burnt out I’ve been feeling. How it has somehow escaped my grasp and become this thing that consumes all of my early mornings, late nights, and each and every weekend. How brunch invitations stress me out because I’ll lose the best hours of daylight. And how I used to post because I had a recipe or useful and interesting nutrition information I was excited to share, but somehow that had evolved to posting simply because it was a Monday. Or a Tuesday. Or a Wednesday…
When it was first suggested to me that perhaps I needed a summer of self-care, including a break from this space, I reacted with fear. I couldn’t possibly! But I very quickly realized that, for the moment, I quite literally don’t have another post in me. I haven’t posted in three weeks now, and it’s been tough to even muster the energy to pop on here and tell you why.
Taking a break is a difficult and scary decision for many reasons. Will you still be here when I come back? Will my nutrition clients be able to find me? Is my voice even still relevant? But it’s one that was made even before I was ready to admit it. And, since I know now that I was working at a pace I couldn’t sustain in a healthy way, I hope that taking a break will give me the space I need in order to come back in a slightly slower and more meaningful way. It’s time practice what I preach: balance and moderation.
My plan is to be back in August, refreshed, inspired, and energized. In the mean time you’ll still find me as the nutrition contributor on Oh My Veggies, I’ll be bumming around on Instagram and Facebook a bit, and I’m still taking nutrition clients. But otherwise if you’re looking for me I’ll be sleeping, eating, reading, and drinking rosé.
So, folks, take good care of yourselves. Have wonderful, relaxing, and nourishing summers. I’ll see you all in August.