Sweater: Madewell ($59.99), also love this ($69.99)
White Distressed Jeans: Old Navy ($45)
Booties: c/o Rockport ($109)
Sunglasses: c/o Zenni Optical
Bag: Saks off 5th (old), similar here ($59.99)
Watch: c/o Christian Paul
Back from Blogging Break
I’m finally here posting from my blogging break and it feels like it has been forever! This was an unexpected break but it was definitely needed. Did you know in my 4 years of blogging, this is the first time I took a real break from blogging? In the past, I would say I would take a break, but really just walk away from blogging for only a few days. To be honest, the thought of taking a break stressed me out a bit. But then I realized one of my 2018 goals is to not stress about blogging. So you know what I did, I took a risk and took that break.
It is funny that I had to say I took a risk. But we now live in a world where being a workaholic is the norm. I don’t know what it is like for you at your work environment, but if you are not putting in more hours than 40, it is perceived as if you are not working hard enough. Which to me is sad. I don’t think you need to work more than 40 hours to prove yourself to be worthy. What matters are the results of your work. I do agree that occasionally you have to put in more hours, but where is your life? I have learned to put my life first. Although blogging is not my full-time job, it is why I decided to go on a break.
3 Reasons Why I Took a Blogging Break
I have been receiving Instagram DM’s asking me why I haven’t posted and I shared why on InstaStory. I do understand that after 24 hours they disappear. But one of the reasons why is that I was exhausted. Extremely exhausted. Although walking on the runway of the AnaOno x Cancerland show during New York Fashion Week was an incredible experience, it wiped the energy out of me by the end of it. I honestly think it was a combination of things. I had treatment on Thursday and immediately flew out to NY on Friday. From there it was nonstop. I was feeding off my adrenaline. So when I came home, my body told me to slow down. I felt like I couldn’t function because I was so fatigued (this was on top of the fatigue I am already going through as a long-term side effect). I listened to my body and barely opened my laptop.
I also took a break because I wanted to be present. We live in a world where everything is digital and everything is conveniently at your disposal. If I was going to take this break, I was going to do this right. Life is precious and we can’t rewind back. I deserve to spend time with my husband. After all, he has done so much for me. And being present should not be a chore.
The last 48 hours has been miserable. I caught an awful virus and I was puking my brains out. Sorry if that was TMI, but I honestly could not hold anything in. Ughhh it was the worst. But I am so glad I am feeling much better today. I will admit I still feel off, but I’m glad I’m improving. The fact that I can eat saltine crackers today is a big win for me.
Thoughts on Blogging Break
Overall, I’m glad I took that blogging break. I wasn’t planning on it and I had content ideas ready right after NYFW, but it just didn’t feel right to get right back into it. I wanted to enjoy my life and really listen to my body. I never did and now I am learning the benefits of it. Just like work, blogging will be back whenever I am back. But life is something that I can’t recoup.
sarah lindner says
Welcome back! Def need to take a blogging break myself! I have also been doing it for four years and never have truly taken a break! Glad to see you back!
Thank you Sarah! The break was much needed and I hope you give yourself one soon!
Ruthie Ridley says
Our bodies will definetly tell us when we need a break!! Sorry you were sick!! So glad you are back!!!
It sure does! Thank you Ruthie!
Totally agree! I’m glad to see you back! I wondered where you were, and if maybe you were sick. Glad you’re better, and posting more content! I think it’s so important to be able to take a break when you need, but your readers are glad to see you again!
Thanks so much for your concern! Definitely feeling better!
Welcome back and great outfit!
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I think it’s a great idea to take a break and refresh and regroup. I bet you are so excited to write all of your posts now!
Thanks Kim! I am definitely feeling refreshed!
Ashley DTKAustin says
I have been taking so many breaks lately and it feels AMAZING!!! I think we all need to disconnect every once in a while!
I completely agree and good for you!
Andrea Nine says
Oh sweet girl, totally get it and much needed. So sorry you caught a bug and were just plain whipped out but you’ll be back full speed in no time and my goodness, you look adorable in that winter white! Soooo classy!
Thank you so much Andrea! That bug was awful!
Kelsey Bang says
hope you are feeling better! cute outfit!
Kudos to you for putting yourself first. I definitely know how to you feel about wanting to be present, taking a break to disconnect is a good thing! PS. Love your outfit! I may try to recreate =)
Thanks Michelle! I’m glad I did it!
Glad to see you’re back to blogging! Love your outfit!
Lovely post. Thank you so much for sharing it. I love the images too. Have a great day xoxo Cris
You too Cris!
Glad that you are back and sorry you felt unwell! Love the jumper and the way you styled it!
Gil Zetbase says
So beautiful look!
Have a nice end of the week!
MONICA SORS says
Love that sweater!! You look so comfy!!
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This is a cute outfit. I love the sweater! I am glad you took a break and listened to your body. It’s important to refresh and recharge – things that are easier said than done especially now. I have never seen or experienced every one being so preoccupied. By everyone I mean my friends and family. It feels weird because every year I feel like it gets busier and busier. Welcome back though and great post! Looking forward to your next one.
Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com
It is so true! Thank you Maureen!
I hear you there. For the longest time, I felt like I NEEDED to post at least once a week and at times I’d make myself sick just trying to brainstorm for a new blog idea. However, I took a break in 2018 too for a week and it felt good to not have to worry about it and just resource myself.
Glad you decided to go on a break too!
It’s always good to take a break when needed. Working full time plus having a blog can be so tiring. I also balance a ton of stuff too(school, work, blog, sports), it’s a little insane how much blogging can tire you. I can totally relate girl.
Totally true! There’s just so much to balance!
Aww such a cute look <3
Jasmine Vargas says
Glad to see you’re back. It’s always good to take a break from blogging + social media. We always need that mental break to get ourselves together. Plus it’s always a great way to come up with new post ideas.
I couldn’t agree more!
You’ve done such a lovely job of blogging over the years. Can’t believe this is your first real break! Sorry to hear you were feeling under the weather. I do think a good break is beneficial in a way though, as you can come back feeling refreshed and ready to make more content 🙂
I know, I can’t believe it either! I’m thankfully feeling much better and refreshed as well!
Self-care is so important! I’m glad you’re feeling better!
Totally agree Nicole!
Sophie Atieno says
It really is a great idea to take a rest.I love the outfit too.
Glad you feel the same way Sophie!
Sometimes we need a BREAK and that’s more than okay- I’m so glad you’re back, and hopefully feeling better + more rested!
Love this winter white outfit on you, doll!
Le Stylo Rouge
Thanks Ashley for understanding! I do feel more rested!
It is important to take a break every once in a while. Then you come back refreshed with a new outlook!
That’s exactly how I feel!
such a nice outfit!! xo
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Welcome back!! I think it’s important to take breaks every now and again. It sounds like yours was much needed. There’s no point on producing content just for the sake of it.
I’ve cut back a LOT over the last several months for similar reasons. I hate not feeling present in the moment, or feeling pressure to capture a photo when I’m just enjoying day-to-day life!
Keep it up <3
Jackie from Something About That
I’m glad to hear you did it for yourself. I’m sure it was a relief!
Shann Eileen says
Sometimes it’s good to take a little breather to be able to collect yourself and then come back with renewed energy. Burnout with blogging is definitely a real thing, I can’t believe you haven’t taken a break sooner! You definitely deserve it.
Shann Eileen | http://www.shanneileen.com
I can’t believe it either but I honestly think I had the energy for it before. Thanks Shann!
I think blogging breaks are super important – for me, especially, it’s because it’s my full-time job. So if “regular” jobs allow people to take vacations, shouldn’t blogging allow me to do the same? So each time I actually go on a real vacation with my fiancé, I try to put blogging aside and just relax. It’s SO necessary – but it took me a long time to learn the necessity of it!
That is so true! And good for you! I think a lot of people need to have that mindset!
The Gluten Free Guide to Everything says
So sad to hear you are so tired and have been sick! I hope you’re feeling better now and enjoy being online again!
Marije | thegfguide.com
It is the unfortunate side effect of cancer treatment. I am glad I am feeling better!
Totally agree with you, we definitely need to take a break from time to time. But I/m glad you are back and not giving up.
It’s helpful for me to just take blogging as my hobby and not taking too seriously, I dunno how you feel about it.
Those are my thoughts too!
Sounds like this break was good for your mind, body, and soul <3 Hope you are feeling better and SO glad you are back 🙂
It totally was!
Glory of the Snow says
Being able to take a break and step back for a while when it’s needed is very important. You definitely did the right thing. Glad you are feeling better now!
Thank you Magda!
A Trendy Life says
Sometimes It’s necesary take a break. Wellcome again!
So true! Thanks!
Thanks for sharing! It is SO important to know what YOU need, and put that first!! Glad you did!
xx Leah / http://www.eatpraywearlove.com
Glad to hear you understand!
This is such a great read dear. Indeed, we all need and deserve a break from the demanding world of blogging. It’s a great way to refresh and rejuvenate your spirit. Glad to see you back dear! Happy blogging!
Jessica | notjessfashion.com
Thank you so much Jessica!
This is so healthy of you! I am really trying hard to be more present in the moment and not on IG or Twitter!
Thanks! It feels good to take time off!
Beautiful pics! I hope you’re feeling better this week. And sometimes a break is necessary. You’re right when you say that being a workaholic is the norm.
I am definitely feeling much better!