Well, technically is was a little less than a year because I posted my last Writer Wednesday post in March of 2018. However, I had been on a blogging break pretty much everywhere else. It was a very hectic time in my life, but in a good way, so I felt like it was a much needed break. There were many lessons learned, and I honestly did not know why the break was necessary until I took one!
Writing for 13 Years is a Long Time
Writing has been a big part of my life since January 2005 when I purchased my first website domain. I remember my son was just 1-year-old and I was expecting our third child. I do remember my first paid writing gig was writing how to articles.
One how-to article I clearly remember writing had to do with hairstyles for kids. It felt really good being able to stay at home with my kiddos while also making money writing. After that experience with writing I decided to start (and stop) blogging and building websites for the past 13 years.
Writing Takes Courage
When I started working from home I had no idea how much I would need to overcome along the way. There were so many moments where I craved some sort of validation that I was doing a good job writing. I wanted support and encouragement, and I wanted someone to just say that I was actually good at what I was doing.
This was the most difficult hurdle for me to overcome over the years. I learned early on that the world of blogging and working from home can be a bit competitive, and the validation and encouraging words will be few and far between.
Of course, all of those lessons were ones that I learned early on. Sometimes writing can be a lonely project, but so can so many adventures we go on in this life.
Writing Gives You Confidence
I had to learn how to believe in myself. It was heartbreaking and empowering all at the same time. Finally, the opinion other people had of me did not determine the steps I took or how I lived my life.Heather Bixler
So what does any of this have to do with my (almost) one year break from blogging and writing? I was so tired and burnt out.
Sometimes Rest is Best
One of my new favorite quotes of all time is:
You can’t pour from an empty cup.
What a simple and profound truth. I started to feel empty when I wrote. Instead of writing, I craved direction. The year I took off from writing was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
During that whole process we moved to a new house which was a breakthrough I had been praying for many years. As I rested, and just focused on something other than blogging, I was encouraged.
That validation I was seeking in regards to my writing I received through my english classes in college. I needed to take a break from blogging in order to take these classes. I think I am a better writer because of that experience.
When I took a break from striving to achieve specific goals, I was able to see God’s grace and favor over my life during my blogging break. The only way we will ever experience God moving in our life is to surrender it all to Him!
I had to look to my reasons behind not being able to let go of my writing and blogging long enough to take a break. In that process I was able to overcome guilt that I felt for not writing. I also realized that processing and pouring out what I learn about life through writing is something that is apart of me. It is a calling that I feel God has placed on my life and if I don’t write then I am just stuffing down the gift that God has given me.
Writing Something New
So, that’s why I decided to come back to writing and blogging. But this time I have a confidence I didn’t have before. I have direction on what my next steps will be. I have a plan and a strategy, and I am also going to try something new with my writing journey. Even though I have been writing for the past 13 years, it all feels very new right now, and that makes me thankful!
Have you ever taken a blogging or writing break that was for an extended amount of time? Do you have any tips or lessons you would like to share?
Share in the comments what you do to help create a vision and a plan for your blog and your writing.
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