Why I Took a Break from Full-Time Blogging

So I feel like I have a few things to address today and I'm just going to jump straight into it. Firstly, I have a full-time job now ...

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So I feel like I have a few things to address today and I’m just going to jump straight into it. Firstly, I have a full-time job now (didn’t really see that one coming either). After my last post about feeling a bit lost, I felt like I needed a bit of stability in my life. The thing is, I’ve not really had a proper full-time job in…. ever? Instead, I’ve always been a bit entrepreneurial with my work, for lack of a better word. I started small businesses, blogs, social media consulting, content creation, web designing… I guess I’ve always had 9032740 things going on at once. I’ve always worked for myself.

But I felt like there was something missing. Experience? Structure? Consistency? I’m not sure I can quite pin it down, but having a full-time job is not something I had ever experienced and I felt like I needed to. Working for myself is all I ever knew but I felt like I didn’t know myself very well.

There’s also the fact that I’m quite a social person, as in, I hate being alone. I hate working alone. It’s hard and I don’t think it’s entirely normal to go days without seeing people. I LOVE to be surrounded with chatter, personalities & diversity. It’s what keeps me inspired.

Along with this, I was feeling very overwhelmed by blogging. I didn’t know what I wanted from it and where I wanted to go. I felt like I needed to step back after 2 years of going at it full-time. And I’m so thankful that I did because I’ve learned more about myself than I have ever before. It’s improved my practical skills like waking up on time, the struggle of the daily commute, social skills, time management… it’s just what I needed at the moment.

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Going from university to full-time working from home / blogging is interesting. You learn a lot about yourself but you also don’t at the same time. You miss out on learning those invaluable life lessons and practical skills. You don’t learn how to deal with stress very well either, or how to grow your social skills. I don’t regret it because in a way, I feel like I needed it as well. Forever learning things the hard way, but also the only way I can.

Basically, I just want to address that I’m in no way giving up blogging at all. If anything, I feel like I’m working harder to earn it. I was at a point where I was constantly stuck with ideas. I wasn’t stimulated enough and I had too much freedom. I live for those moments my life does a complete 360. I really do hate a boring story.

And I wont lie, it’s nice to have a consistent pay, you know? Blogging in Australia isn’t like how it is in London, the blogger capital of the world, so it is a lot harder to create a career of it.

So for the moment, that’s what’s happening. I’m working 9-5, 5 days a week and then blogging pretty much every spare chance I get; after work, during breaks, and weekends. Let’s just say I feel like I’ve really mastered the skill of replying to emails on my iPhone whilst doing a billion other things.

To be honest, some days have been completely exhausting but even more rewarding. If you want something bad enough, you’ll make the sacrifices. Over the past couple months I’ve really found where I want to take this blog so I’ve been slowly stepping back into it, which you guys might’ve already noticed!

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“Don’t give up what you want most for what you want right now.”

I know I’ve had a few questions about this and how to keep up with it all when you have a side hustle. Maybe I can do a post? Share a few tips and tricks I’ve learned. In the end, the whole point of me creating Sunday Chapter was to have my readers leave feeling inspired.

I would love to know your situation – do you blog part-time or full-time? Have a side hustle? Work full-time? Let me in on your aspirations!

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  • loved your post! I’m from Bulgaria and being a full time blogger here is an unrealistic dream but having this as your side project that you do just for you is actually very satisfying <3
    http://vickyweek.com

    • Thank you!! Oh I can imagine it’s not a very big industry over there, but if you love it, that shouldn’t stop you :) xx

  • Sometimes it’s good to just step back and take a breather. The first thing is having the passion to love and care for ourselves first, we will definitely feel the signals if we put our body through much stress. Nature has a way of telling us to slow down while we find new perspectives to approach. :)

    You are well on your way to a great start, keep walking and striving for the better, and remember to love yourself, because no one can do that better than you! :)

    💋LA BIJOUX BELLA💋 | BY MIA | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

    • Yes!! Couldn’t agree with you more, Mia :) thanks so much – your comment is so lovely xx

  • I’m really happy for you that you decided to do something you wanted. I’m kind of in the same situation only I can’t actually get a job haha I love blogging and I’m currently doing it full-time but it’s not what I want to do forever, I’m only 20, I want more experiences. And in the times when I had something going on besides blogging I found it a bit difficult to do both things well so I like the idea of the post with your tips and tricks because you seem to be doing a great job at it. Good luck with your job, I hope everything goes well :)

    Marta – http://www.aroundcolours.blogspot.com

    • Aw thank you Marta! I think blogging can be an incredible job that takes you many places, but a lot of it depends on where you live. It’s such a struggle to balance it all – will do a post on it soon :) xx

  • I love your outfit :) I hope you’re enjoying your new job. I work pretty much full-time, my working hours vary each week depending on client’s deadlines and requests etc and it can be so hard to find the time to blog as much as I would like, but like you say, when you want to do it so much, you find the time x

    LuxeStyle

    • Thanks girl! Juggling everything is such a struggle, but hopefully it all pays off in the end :) xx

  • I hope you will enjoy your new job! I blog besides my fill time job (34 hours) and sometimes it is hard to manage, but I love blogging so sometimes I don’t publish often new work.

    • Thank you! It’s been a very interesting few months haha. It is definitely a struggle, but very rewarding! xx

  • Hey so happy for you you got a full time job. I recently quit my full time job and started the blog (almost 5 months ago) and so far I am happy with the decision. Of course, is not stable but I have big plans for it and I hope it will work. Good luck at your new job!
    https://mihabalan.com/2017/04/03/spicy-up-your-monday/

    • Thanks girl! Always do what makes you happiest :) good luck with your blog!! xx

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  • Congrats on the job! I think your journey of going from blogging full time to part time is very unique, especially when blogging full time is a lot of people’s dream (including mine!) I do agree that you learn many invaluable lessons from working in the “real world” and I don’t take my situation (working full time, blogging part time) for granted at all.

    http://www.insearchofsheila.com

    • Thank you! Haha I know I do everything backwards. Hopefully I’ll be back to full-time soon! :) xx

  • Congratulations on the new job, hope it’s going really well!! I think it’s so important to follow what your heart says and to keep yourself happy!

    elwillmer.blogspot.co.uk
    xx

    • Thank you Ellie! You always leave the loveliest comments :) xx

  • missgetaway

    Absolutely loved reading this. So good to hear that you found something you love and that it’s making you happy. I think that is neither stepping back nor giving up on your dreams. You go girl :)

    Love, kerstin
    http://www.missgetaway.com/

    • Aw thank you so much! Not as happy as blogging but working my way back there :) thank you for your support! xx

  • I work a full-time job and have my blog on the side. Honestly, for now, it works. Who knows what the future holds. Congratulations though!

    • Thank you! It’s a tough gig to balance both but I feel like it teaches you so much more! xx

  • I can really relate to you in needing to take a break. I spend time updating my Accounting Blog when I can and sometimes you just have no inspiration and no ideas at all. A break, a holiday, anything works well for getting fresh inspiration

    • Yes! Exactly, breaks are so important to get a better perspective. :) xx

  • Sepideh

    What an interesting perceptive! I was just telling my hubby today that I don’t want a 9-5 job and wish I could work from home so it’s interesting to hear that you were missing the structure and socializing aspect of a job working for someone else!

    http://www.elleisforlove.com

    • Haha thank you! I feel like I do everything the opposite way around. Some days I miss it but working from home can be incredibly isolating & if anything, was making me go backwards. Everyone is different though! I don’t want a 9-5 either – still trying to find something in-between :) xx

  • Adel C

    Hi! I’ve been reading your posts often and I’m inspired with your blogs. This is so new – turning from full-time blogging to a 9-5 job is a refreshing perspective that I haven’t read from other bloggers yet. Good luck and I’m following your quest coz I can relate to that. :)

    http://www.wishingbelle.com

    • Aw thank you, that makes me so happy! It is quite different haha. I’m excited to have you following along :) xx

  • I loved reading your perspective. Aside from a few part-time jobs while I was in university, I also have always worked for myself. I agree, it would be nice to work somewhere where you get to meet new people… blogging from home can get a little lonely at times.

    Jennifer Ashley
    http://www.prettylittledetails.com

  • Diana Maria

    I’m currently working almost full time and blogging on the side. I’ve never been able to fully commit to my blog, but am working harder than ever now to do so. You’re so inspiring, Angela! I think it’s great to want to work, gain social skills and be around others while blogging. Good for you for managing both!

    Sending light & love your way,
    My Lovelier Days

  • aline

    this is nice

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