Last week I unexpectedly went M.I.A from the blogosphere ,and I think it is exactly what I needed.
Heading off on a snowboarding holiday with a massive group is one of the most highly anticipated weeks in my calendar, however the run-up to this year’s holiday was absolutely frantic. Despite trying to pull off my very best super-girl impression, I am, in fact a mere mortal and did not manage to tick off all the tasks on my to-do list.
One of these incomplete errands included scheduling blog posts in advance of my trip. This lack of organisation was a massive weight on my shoulders, however, I was confident that after planning a strict schedule, doing some photo editing and drafts before I departed I would be able to stick to my usual blogging routine without sacrificing too much of my holiday.
The first day on the mountain is always a tough one, as a beginner snowboarder I took a lot tumbles, but despite feeling both physically and mentally exhausted I was determined to hobble back to our large Chalet early in an attempt to get some work finished.
As I tried to type away on my MacBook I heard my snow buddies gradually piling back into the communal area where they ate cake and shared stories of their day. I tried to persevere but soon released that I was churning out generic garbage as quickly as possible so I could join in with the shenanigans taking place downstairs. It dawned on me that working like this was not giving my blog, or my friends, the time and respect that they deserved – so I shut my laptop and did not open it again until I got back to London.
Over New Year, I had the same dilemma whilst staying in a beautiful house on the Scottish West coast. That occasion I choose to continue blogging instead of joining in with group walks and games, which I now sorely regret.
Part of me feels disappointed that I did not have enough self-discipline to continue working but mainly I feel that I made the right decision in taking a rare break. Though I still love my online life, last week being plugged in was not a source of inspiration for me; no offence, Internet, though you are filled with greatness there was simply no competition when it came to you versus , 29 friends and snowboarding.
Perhaps I could progress further if I had a little more drive, however, for me success is not just in the numbers it is about experiences and the people that I meet along the way. The important thing that I have to keep reminding myself is that to be a lifestyle blogger I have to have a life outside of my laptop. After a week of hurtling myself down a mountain, conversation, banter and too many beers I feel exhausted but mentally recharged and ready to start creating content.
Do you guys ever struggle with work-life balance? Any tips one how to achieve the best of both worlds?
*Feature image was taken by my lovely friend John Crowe