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January update

janaury_diaryOrdinarily 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.

5 Comments

  • Reply Will

    I noticed.

    To be honest, I just assumed that you were milking the cow of success (by which I mean enjoying all the rich, creamy freebies that being an award winning blogger entails). I sure as hell would.

    Looking forward to more quality content in feb!

    February 3, 2016 at 9:39 am
    • Reply Laura

      Thanks Will. 🙂 To be honest there’s a stack of things on my worktop that need to be photographed and blogged about and I refuse to use them until I can. No random freebies for me!

      February 4, 2016 at 12:48 pm
  • Reply Gingey Bites

    Well what a lovely post and I totally get everything you’ve said here. It’s important to get the balance right because I don’t think people always realise just how time consuming blogging is – it really is a second full time job! Take all the breaks you need because I for one don’t want you to burn out – I’m your biggest fan! 🙂

    February 3, 2016 at 4:43 pm
    • Reply Laura

      Thanks Alex 🙂 I don’t want to become one of those bloggers who blog about blogging or whinge about the time, but you’re right it can be really time consuming! Much love to you too!x

      February 4, 2016 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Anna, Don't Cramp My Style

    Break is good! To everyone! i did mine in January as well. Just dont give up 🙂

    February 4, 2016 at 11:37 pm
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