TAKING BREAKS AND COUNTING BLESSINGS

Hello again, I write far too many of these posts, apologising for not blogging or being present online. But, to be honest, should I or anyone else for that matter feel guilty? Long story short a lot has happened in my personal life recently and I guess it’s just sent me over the edge.

SOMETIMES WE JUST NEED A BREAK

Trying to still attend university, do my university work, complete my qualification in Japanese and still work my part time job, trying to blog as well would just be too much. I would never want to do it because I had to, I write because I want to. Trying to juggle everything despite turbulent times has meant I’ve either felt overly anxious or numb, meaning I haven’t been able to enjoy doing anything for a few weeks. But, here I am writing this post now, why? I guess you could say I’ve got my mojo back. Yes, everything is still a pile of rubbish and I have no idea what’s coming in regards to my personal life, yes my university work is quickly piling up and yes my physical health has certainly caught up with me. But, finally I feel more like my usual self, I’m ready to blog, enjoy what I can enjoy and carry on with all my hobbies. Also, I’m at that stage where I am no longer a walking pity party and am content with what I have despite what’s going on. But to get to this stage? I needed a break, focussing on the essential parts of my life was far more important than trying to do everything.

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS 

I’m so grateful for my university, to study something I adore with fantastic support. I’m so grateful that I have the ability to work, although I’m not physically the fittest it’s great I’m able to earn lots of money and fund myself through university and travel the world. I’m also grateful to have the ability to travel a lot, both physically and mentally. I’m grateful for some of those close to me, my boyfriend, a couple of friends and my sister are just fabulous. I’m also just grateful to be happy, years ago I remember wishing away my life at Sixth Form as I was so unmotivated and unpassionate there, but now even though I’m looking to work in Japan in the future, I am still very much content with my life at the present. Japan will be an adventure and my dream, but my life is as happy as it can be right now.

“IT’S OKAY NOT TO BE OKAY”

When life throws rubbish at you, it is 100% okay to not be okay (as Charlotte said in her blog post right here). Whatever your circumstances, whether people have it ‘worse’ or ‘better’ than you, everyone is entitled to be human and cope in the way they wish. However, it is also so important to try and pick yourself up and remember what wonderful things you have in life. You’re entitled to feel however you wish, but remaining aware of your blessings will only aid you. You will get through whatever is bothering you, and ultimately for life to have it’s ‘up’s it must have some ‘downs’. You will be okay <3

Again apologies for the mini-hiatus, and this personal blog post which is a little out of the ordinary. My travel posts will be back within the next week for those wondering. For those of you who did enjoy a read of this, or for those of you struggling through a tough time, I hope this helped in some way <3

16 Comments

  1. Jess & Josh Cook
    March 20, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    Totally agree that sometimes we just need a break and have to step back! Glad you're back blogging now though 🙂 Jess | http://www.jessandjoshcook.com xx

  2. Anonymous
    March 20, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    Love this post, a great read! I am in the same position as you in that I am at University and sometimes struggle with the pressure of it all and am sometimes 'not okay'. This is a motivational end to the post in that you say that anyone can get through the hard times. Great post!Lois xwww.lifeasloismay.wordpress.com

  3. SazSinclair
    March 20, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    Love this!! You should never feel obliged to write you should put your thoughts in when you want to and feel like you have something to say!! Cant wait for some travel posts!Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.blogspot.co.uk

  4. Dion
    March 20, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    I love this and I could relate to so much of it. I took a break for two weeks and only posted today because it felt right to: sometimes we need to put ourselves first. I'm glad you did! Dion xdiondiane.co.uk

  5. VelvetBlogs
    March 20, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    This is so true! I've been considering having a break, if its something I want to do I shouldn't need to explain myself x Also can I just say, your blog is so sophisticated, I love the layout ahhh xxhttp://velvetblogsx.blogspot.co.uk/

  6. Corinne & Kirsty
    March 20, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    I loved reading this post. This is so true. I think taking a step back is the best way to think the way forward. Glad to hear you're back at blogging!! xx Corinne

  7. Chloe
    March 20, 2017 / 5:26 pm

    Hi, love the honesty of this post. You should never feel obliged to write and it's totally acceptable to have a break. Looking forward to the travel posts, Chloe #TeacupClub

  8. Lizzie ♥
    March 20, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    I totally understand how you feel as I'm going through a similar situation trying to juggle my blogging life with everything else that's going. I've learnt the hard way that you shouldn't overwork yourself, and now I'm going to go onto my 3-week blogging break from this week onwards! I wish you all the best in your goal of working in Japan. I'm going there very soon and I'm so excited! Lizzie Bee // hello lizzie bee

  9. Grow Change Accept
    March 20, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    So happy to have you blogging again!This was such a refreshing read, so true and inspiring!Jessica | growchangeaccept.co.uk

  10. abbeylouisarose
    March 20, 2017 / 5:37 pm

    A fantastic post, Sophie! Welcome back to blogging after your break! I totally agree, it's so important to take time out for yourself to recuperate and recharge your batteries! Like you say, you need the down times sometimes to truly appreciate the ups! I'm so glad you're feeling happy and content in your life!Abbey 😘 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

  11. Alex Osman
    March 20, 2017 / 5:37 pm

    This is so insipring! Happy seeing your back to blogging! Everyone deserves a break it makes a huge difference xx

  12. Rachael Shortt
    March 20, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    Great post! I'm glad you're back to blogging but I agree that it's only something you should enjoy doing not being forced into doing it. Sometimes you just need to take some time to yourself! PaleGirlRambling xo

  13. Cora Linn
    March 20, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    I feel from this post that you have a great philosophy on life! I'm glad you got your mojo back :)Cora x http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/PS This is my first visit to your blog and it's *stunning*

  14. Anonymous
    March 20, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    God you do so much! I already struggle just with work and my blog and there's still more I want to add on top! I need to learn to take a break before I burn out!

  15. Elen Lees
    March 20, 2017 / 9:56 pm

    Sorry to hear that things haven't been too great with you lately – especially in regards to your health! Wishing you the best in the future and look forward to seeing your future posts. Elen xblackcoffeebreakfast.wordpress.com

  16. Sophie
    April 10, 2017 / 10:05 pm

    Such beautiful photos, and very sound advice here. You definitely should not feel guilty!

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