I’ve been blogging here at EatsLeeds for over a year now, and I’ve thought long and hard about taking this break.
I had a hectic few months in early 2017, that included traveling + moving house + getting married, all in the space of six weeks before mid-May.
To be honest, I was struggling to keep up with everything. Between day-to-day life (my day job, my freelance business, and developing recipes for EatsLeeds) and big-life-stuff life (buying a house and planning a wedding) I was stretching myself way too thin.
I focussed on running regularly, feeding myself properly (and taking the odd bit of downtime with a beer and my favourite people), but I was still feeling the pressure.
I started EatsLeeds in early 2016 as a creative outlet, and it has become so much more than that. Somewhere in the process though, I lost some of my passion, and I started to see blogging as a chore.
When I made the decision to take a break from EatsLeeds, it was just six weeks until the day I married my best friend, and part of the reason I made the decision was that I didn’t want those lovely memories to be overshadowed by negative emotions. I needed the time and space to breathe in the happiness of every day (and that might just be the most woo sentence I’ve ever written).
Basically, I was feeling the overwhelm. My freelance business, my mental health, and my relationships with friends and family needed to come first for a while.
So I took a 6-week break from the EatsLeeds blog.
And I had the loveliest time. I rediscovered my love of travel, I settled into our beautiful new home and I enjoyed the best. Wedding. Ever.
Whilst I was on my blogging break I was also reminded of why I fell in love with food blogging to begin with. Blogging led me to rediscover my love of writing and rekindle my passion for finding delicious recipes that fit into my vegetarian and gluten-free lifestyle.
And it also led me to rethinking my purpose as a blogger. I thought about my goals, what I wanted to achieve, and I made a massive decision.
To retire this blog and focus my energy instead on freelancing.
I love writing, I love blogging, I love helping small businesses to get on track with their website content. If that sounds like something you might be intersted in, you can find out more at ZoePickburn.com