Signing off for summer
For the past 4 and a half years, I have never taken more than a week away from my blog. Not when I was dealing with grief and trauma. Not when I was getting married, or heading off on our honeymoon trip that we’d spent months planning. Not when I started a brand new job, or launched new projects, or had a diary so full that I wondered whether I’d ever get a full night’s sleep again.
Throughout everything that I’ve done or achieved or been through in the last 4 and a half years, I have continued to upload new posts to this blog. For a lot of that time I have also sent out my weekly newsletter, uploaded a weekly podcast episode, and engaged on social media everyday. There are over 1000 blog posts published on this website, and I have poured many more hours into this side hustle during the past few years.
I’m really proud of that. I’m proud of how my writing has developed during that time, and I cherish the connections I’ve been able to make with some of you guys. I also feel very lucky that I have a sort of digital scrapbook of some of the most important years of my life. I love that reading an old blog post can take me back to a very specific time and place, that I can relive those memories all over again via the words and photos that I chose to share.
But in the last 12 months or so, my little business has started to change. As well as sharing content on my blog and in my newsletter, I’ve been adding other strings to my bow - coaching, courses, podcasting, speaking gigs. And I’ve loved it! It’s been truly fantastic to stretch myself in new and different directions, but the truth is, I haven’t really taken any time to pause and think about how it all fits together.
So that’s what I’m going to be doing this summer. I’m pressing pause on the constant content creation for a little while, so that I can get deep into the heart of this business I’m building and where I want it to go. There’s so much I’ve wanted to do for so long that I’ve struggled to find the time for - things like tweaking the design of my website, creating more free resources for you all, and going deeper into my coaching studies. And I realised recently that the only person who can give me that time is me.
And so, all that to say that this is the last blog post I’ll be sharing for a little while. The newsletter will also be taking a little summer hiatus, and the podcast will wrap up for a month or so at the end of July too. But I promise that I’ll be back in September with a bang. There will be a truckload of new content, a shiny new website and some new free resources for you lovely subscribers to get your teeth stuck into. Plus, Joy School will be open for enrolment again!
Until then, I hope you all have a truly gorgeous summer. I hope you get to see plenty of sunsets and sunrises, I hope that you get to make lots of new memories with the people you love the most, and I hope that you lean into every single moment of joy. This season presents so many opportunities for laughter and spontaneity and adventure, and I hope that you get to grasp them all.
And if you want to keep an eye on what I’ve been up to, come over and follow me on Instagram. Amongst all the scheming and planning and learning, I’m hoping to squeeze in a couple of adventures, and I’ll be sharing them all there.
Thank you, as always, for reading my ramblings and always supporting my work. I can’t wait to hit the ground running again in September xxx