It has been almost a full year since I posted a travel update. Have I traveled? Yep. Have I eaten at amazing restaurants? OH YEAH. So why have I not posted?! There are a lot of reasons, but it boils down to one thing: Living in the moment.
When I am hyper-focused on getting the right photo, or the details of a place where I have been... I forget to enjoy it. So. I took a year (insert deep breath). In the past year I have been to Asheville (again), Boston, Kiawah Island, Boon, Charlotte (Again), Vail, and many trips to local cities in the south. I did not write about a single one and GOOD GRIEF- it was liberating.
You may be thinking why in the heck would a blogger feel liberated from writing? Well the truth is when I started this blog, I did it for fun. I did it for me and the ladies in my book club.
The world of blogging is competitive and downright expensive (new clothes, new apps, new bamboo purses... what even is a bamboo purse?!). No one really talks about the cut-throat business because frankly the business is still SO NEW that the IRS is just now recognizing it as a business (yep... the government just now is recognizing us).
Bloggers are kick-A hard working women (and men) who put deadlines and expectations on themselves to produce and produce with hopes to build a business that self sustains.... and let me tell you, most of them do. The late nights, the early instagram posts, the feeling of guilt when you don't post in a few days... it all adds up and for me that meant taking a year to step back and enjoy my vacations.
Most bloggers have "day jobs" that are really hard. Most bloggers have boyfriends or husbands who like to spend time with them. Most bloggers are women who have college roommates they like to keep up with (Shout Out #443) and dirty dishes to wash at night. So I am here to tell you, fellow bloggers, you aren't alone. The expectations you put on yourself are real, but so is your life. You are allowed to not post to instagram today when you go on a date with your boyfriend. You are allowed to say NO to coffee with the new girl who needs advice. You are allowed to breath. Take a year. (Okay, that is a little dramatic, but you get the picture).
You are resilient and kicking A$$ in the blogging industry, and you deserve champagne and a toast. A toast to the freedom of living in the moment. Anyone else feeling the pressure? Let me know how you handle it @Klacole