Hello everyone!

Well, this isn’t the easiest post to write but it is a very necessary one.

You all need to know that I will be taking a break from updating this blog for a while. I know I have not posted much in the past few months, so I feel the need to make my posting absence feel a little more official.

There are a number of reasons that I will be taking some time off. Thankfully, my health continues to be stable so that is not a reason to step back. However, since last March my life has been in transition with a major job change, completing my cancer treatments, trying to figure out a work-from-home schedule related to the job change, and simply trying to find some life balance again. To say that I have struggled would be a huge understatement.

I have continued to work on projects, like completing my much-loved craft room, continuing bullet journaling, working on various knitting projects here and there, and going down the rabbit hole of developing a capsule wardrobe based on my own color analysis and lifestyle needs. These projects have brought me a lot of joy but have been very time consuming. They are done in between writing reports for my current job, which are highly time consuming and require a lot of my mental energy, taking care of myself, and taking care of my family. In the end, there hasn’t been enough time left for me to write posts about them.

When I have not had the time to write blog posts on these projects I have experienced an increase in stress. Blogging is hard work, and even harder if you expect to develop it as a source of income. My current reality is that I do not have the physical energy to balance the hustle and learning required for developing a profitable (or even an attractive and interesting) blog that draws readers while taking care of everything else in my life. To do so would be setting myself up for a fall.

So that leaves me here… it is time to take a break and take stock.

Those of you who know me personally know that I value self-care, and that comes with making tough choices. Until I can find a way to balance out my work schedule with the requirements for successful blogging and taking care of myself, something has to be put on hold. Since my work is my primary income, giving that up is not a suitable option. Also, since I have no intention of pushing myself into illness again by spreading myself too thin and failing in basic self-care (like healthy eating, getting enough sleep, and exercising), letting go of that is nonnegotiable. Therefore, holding off on blogging for now is the choice that needs to be made, even though it is difficult.

As I said earlier, this is a temporary break so that I can take stock of my changing life and schedule. I do not plan to add any new posts until after January 2018, and will decide at that time if I will continue to blog in some form or not. I really hope to be able to figure out a way to fit it in because I love writing posts and sharing creative content with all of you. In the meantime I will try to periodically post updates on my Facebook page and on Instagram. That way you can continue to see progress on the various projects in my life.

Until next time, thank you for following my posts and please stay tuned for (hopefully/ possibly/ maybe) new content in 2018. I wish you all a healthy and happy holiday season and may your wishes come true in 2018. Have a PrettyJoyful day!