Why I stopped blogging for a year

I was uninspired
I was tired
I was creatively blocked
I was sad
I was stuck

The list could go on and on. For anyone who may be new (probably a good majority of you), I stopped blogging after I graduated college. I had a post here and there, but overall, for most of 2016 and 2017 my blog sat idly by waiting for another post.

I had nothing to say. I like to be open, vulnerable, and honest on this blog, but I also like to keep it as positive as possible. Even my most vulnerable posts have a light at the end of a tunnel. However, during my unplanned time off from blogging, I didn’t have a lot of positive thoughts to write down. I was in a job that made me so unhappy, but I couldn’t turn to my blog to write about it because I never knew who might read it and take it personally. I was in a city I had been in for years and I felt like I didn’t have anything new to say about where I was going with my friends. I truly felt stuck in so many aspects of my life.

Now, before I continue, I want to make sure something is very clear. During this time, I had/still have one of the greatest support systems. I had a group of coworkers who saw my unhappiness and worked to make every day have a little bit of light. I had a stellar friend group who made sure to take my mind off whatever was bringing me down to bring me back up again. I had my parents in my corner telling me to do whatever needed to be done to get out of this state of unhappiness. Seriously, my support system couldn’t have been better. And to all of you who stuck by me, even when I was a little rain cloud, thank you. I needed you and you were there.

After quitting my job and moving, it took me six months to really find my creative voice again. During the six months I got to travel, I reconnected with one of my best friends in Texas, I saw my other best friend in Texas get married, and I spent a lot of quality time with my family.

Then, I decided it was time to revamp the blog! In Here we go again, I wanted to take this blog in a more creative writing direction with my series PROMPTED. That didn’t last long. My creative writing spells come and go and then I have no ideas for another three or four months. I still plan to post creative pieces here or there, but honestly, that wasn’t the right feel for this blog.

Now I’m back and writing about things I love: travel, reading, and life in general. This is a place to practice my writing, a place to be vulnerable when I need to be, and a place to call my own. If you’ve stuck with this blog since the beginning (I’m talking back in 2013 when I was writing about my study abroad trip), then thank you. I know it’s been inconsistent and I’ve always promised you consistency, but this time I won’t do that. I hope to blog at least once a week, but life happens, so I’m not promising anything.

If you’ve ever gone through or are currently going through what I went through, I’m here for you. I never wanted to burden people with my unhappiness, but if people make you feel like you’re a burden, maybe do a little reevaluating (but I’m not here to tell you what to do).

If you read through this entire post, let me know what kind of content you want to see from this blog! Any specific posts you’d like me to write about?

As always, thanks for reading.

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just a girl inspired by traveling, dogs, and the people who surround her.

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