Happy New Year to all of you wonderful people reading my blog! 2016 has been a year of ups and downs – mostly downs, if we’re all completely honest – but I have a feeling 2017 has the opportunity to be much better!
So, onto my first post of 2017 and a brand new year of content here at Excuse This Honesty!
I am queen of excuses. As you can probably tell with the name of the blog, I feel like I have to have an excuse for everything – even if I’m being honest!
When it comes to taking a break, I’m the worst for coming up with excuses. Whether it’s because I feel like I’m letting someone down or simply because I know I should carry on doing something even though I’m burnt out – taking a break is something that I always feel guilty about… but I shouldn’t!
We’re Only Human
Even though I run this blog as a place for my own thoughts, it can be hard to feel like you’re not letting someone down by not posting.
However, I’ve come to realise that everyone needs to take a break once in a while, no matter what kind of life you lead. I think it’s human nature to take a step back every once in a while and just take a break from something that you’re doing day in, day out.
As I’m currently a content marketer, I write blogs for a living. It’s only natural that I would come home and want to kick back for a bit before jumping in to write my own blog.
A Fresh Perspective
Feeling like you need to take a break is a natural thing, and I truly believe that it’s your mind’s way of telling you to relax for a bit in order to go back to what you were doing at a later date and see it with a fresh pair of eyes.
Sometimes you can seriously burn yourself out by constantly pushing yourself to carry on. Instead, take as long as you need to and go back to it – you’ll be able to do a lot more and maybe even improve!
I’m not saying that when I take a break from writing here I forget about it; in fact, far from it. It gives me a little clarity to decide where I want to take my blog and plan out the direction – posts, ideas… even how I’ll go about carrying on my captive whale series (which is making a comeback – 2017 is an important year in cetacean captivity, I can feel it!)
This year, make sure that you’re taking time for you – no matter what you do. You’ll be thankful for it when you head back to working on something and feel passionate about it again for a while, I promise!
Taking a break isn’t something you need an excuse for – and that’s how I’m going to head into 2017! Will you join me?