Yep, you read that right. After an unplanned but much-needed hiatus, I’m back and (hopefully) better than ever.
Why did I take this pause in the first place? Because I wasn’t in a good place, mentally and emotionally. Things at work weren’t going well (and there are still some issues, but that’s another post). I was under a lot of stress. My anxiety had gone away for a bit, then came roaring back, along with its frequent companion “Depression.” In general, my life sucked for a bit.
I needed a break while I attempted to get my life back on track. I had bitten off more than I could chew, which isn’t an unusual thing for me. This time, though, I realized it, so I decided that something needed to give. Unfortunately, that “something” ended up being this blog.
Now, things still aren’t perfect. They won’t ever be. But over these past couple months, I realized just how much this blog has come to mean to me. And even if keeping up a blog can be a lot of work, it’s something I genuinely enjoy. I’m not willing to give that up.
I spent several weeks wondering if I even wanted to keep this blog going, or just erase it from existence. I questioned what I was doing with my life, whether this blog had a place in it, and if I even still had enough passion for writing to keep it up on a regular basis. I figured that when the right time came along, I’d know it.
I still don’t know what I’m doing with my life. Maybe I’ll finally get my Irish citizenship, move somewhere in Europe, and get a job in marketing there. Or maybe I’ll stay in Louisville, build up my network and skills, and launch my own business. Or, or, or; there’s hundreds of possibilities.
This blog may not last forever. I hope it does. Who knows what the future has in store, though?
I know I still have a passion for writing. At the beginning of the year, I was doing a lot of writing at work and I got burnt out from it. Now, I’m not doing so much copywriting and I really miss it. Maybe I’ll end up writing a book or something. Who knows?
The only thing I know for certain about any of this is that “the right time” is never going to come along. There’s always going to be something standing in the way and making me think, “I can’t do this right now. Later, though.”
It’s like standing at the side of the pool and saying, “Oh, I’m not ready to get in. Let me take some swimming lessons first. Then I’ll be ready.”
When you finally take those lessons after months of putting it off, you’ll decide you need a new swimsuit. Then you’ll have moved, so you need to find a new place to swim. Maybe by that point you’ll be too busy and just give up altogether.
And all that time, you could have been having the time of your life. You could have spent summers at the pool with your friends, or gone scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef and met the love of your life in Australia. (Hey, while we’re imagining things, I’m going to imagine that I’ll end up with a hot guy with a fabulous accent, okay? Don’t judge.)
But none of that would have happened had you not started swimming.
So, jump in. Don’t wait for life to hand you the “perfect time.” Make your own.
Are you struggling with taking that leap, whether in your personal or professional life? Drop a comment and let me give you some support! If you’ve been here before and were brave enough to take that leap, I’d love to hear your story!