Ordinarily I’d do a bit of a January round up about this time, but given I’ve only posted four times in January it seemed kinda pointless. No one actually said anything, so I’m not even sure if anyone noticed that the blog had been a little quiet but it was a deliberate thing, I needed a break. You see the thing about blogging, at least the way I’ve done it, is that it can get a bit all consuming – feeling the need to say yes to every opportunity, being out almost every night and the ones I’m not were spent editing photos or writing or scheduling social media. And I’m not complaining, because it’s all on me, but this is a hobby and over the last few months I was feeling a bit burnt out by it.
And one thing I’ve begun to realise is that it’s important to be kind to yourself. And like almost everyone else, although unusual for me, I made some New Year’s Resolutions. Last year felt like it was all about food blogging and I’m trying to rebalance my life, because I’m immensely proud of this blog and so ridiculously thankful for the opportunities its provided, but I wanted to feel like my I had more hobbies than blogging, even if it’s watching hours of Netflix guilt-free.
One of my New Year’s Resolutions is inspired by a project I’m doing with IKEA. It’s called ‘Live Lagom’ and it’s the idea that just the right amount is enough; it’s about living a more sustainable life. And I figured that one of the best things I could do was be more mindful of what I ate, by cooking more at home, eating better and producing less waste.
So where does this leave Full to the Brum?
Well after giving myself a month off from self-directed pressure, I’m feeling more positive about things. To be honest, I’ve probably spent as much time focusing on food, but I’ve been meal planning and modifying recipes and battling with my food tracker app to try and work out what constitutes as a good meal. I’ve still been going out for dinner and I’ve got a bunch of reviews to share with you, but I’ve also got some recipes too, as well as some other food and drink adventures.
Sorry, this isn’t the usual irreverence you’ve come to know from me, and that will be back, I promise. But I felt like I owed this blog, and its readers, an explanation – and myself a reminder that it’s okay to take a step back every once and a while.