Morning AJ’ers! Can someone please tell me how we got around to Monday again so soon? Oh, and while you’re at it, perhaps explaining how it’s already the middle of September?! That means it’s 6 weeks since I got back into blogging properly… how time flies and all that! So, although I’ve been posting weekly since my return, today I’m talking about why I stopped apologising for not posting regularly and why you should too.
Life… it’s a funny little thing, right? It’s something which is controllable, yet uncontrollable all at the same time. How does that even work? Who even knows? If you’re an avid follower of Simply AJ (or have just looked back far enough) you’ll know that, for a long time, I wasn’t posting with any regularity. I don’t even think I can say I posted on a monthly basis. Yet, when I think back to it, it didn’t feel that long. That’s the thing about life… sometimes it gets in the way and other times you’re just too busy living it. When I look back on the last couple years, it’s really little wonder I posted as little as I did. Because it’s sure been a crazy whirlwind of a time!
However, if I look back at the last year specifically, a lot of it was down to health… both physical and mental. I’ve mentioned in a few of my previous posts that, this time last year through to around Christmas, I spent a lot of time going back and forth between hospitals and doctors, leading to the eventual diagnosis of arthritis. Then January happened and the moving process. And, just when I thought I was settled and over the chaos, I was flung back into another diagnosis process. This time finding out I had the double vitamin deficiency. This prompted a stage of bad mental health.
Why am I telling you all of this? Because, ultimately, my health was more important. I needed time to focus on me. I needed the chance to better myself, in order to get back to where I wanted to be. If I didn’t take that time, who knows where I’d be right now. Certainly not in a position to be posting on a weekly basis. My point is… you have to look after YOU.
I spent too long feeling bad for not posting on a regular basis. I spent too long feeling like I was disappointing my followers. And I spent too long apologising for it all. What happened? I ended up losing all my motivation; my inspiration; my enjoyment. I even thought about packing it all in. What was the point? The thing about sorry is that it generates the idea that I’d done something wrong. I hadn’t. I took the time out that I so clearly needed. See, if you’re not 100%, how do you expect to give any of yourself to your blog, social media, followers? You can’t. It’ll exhaust you.
Living my life means that I end up with inspiration… ideas for blog posts. I end up with the motivation to share that inspiration with you. I find enjoyment out of doing so. Because, not only am I living life and sharing it with all you AJ’ers, I’m having fun doing it too. After all, I WANT to enjoy blogging. It’s not as though I get paid for it. My enjoyment and my love of blogging IS my payment. As Richard Branson said:
“Fun is one of the most important, and underrated, ingredients in any successful venture. If you’re not having fun, then it’s probably time to call it quits and try something else.”
So, here I am, after having some much needed time off… I’m posting weekly, I’ve set up a YouTube channel and I’ve got hundreds of ideas (literally). It really was the best thing for me, and it will be for you. DON’T be afraid to take some time off. DON’T feel like you have to apologise. STOP feeling guilty for it. Life; it’s unpredictable. Everyone needs a break. Everyone needs some me time. It’s self-care.
Take care of yourselves,