taking a break

time for a break // www.heynutritionlady.com

Hi folks. It’s been quiet around here lately. It wasn’t my intention to just abandon ship without letting you know first, but it’s what ended up happening. Sorry about that. And thank you for all of the very sweet emails and tweets I’ve been receiving checking in. Don’t worry about me, I’m just taking a break.

Last June when I finished my thesis work I threw myself into this space: moving over to a new platform, bumping up to four posts a week, starting to work with an editorial calendar, and ultimately launching a business. This professionalization of the blog is, I believe, what allowed it to get away from me.

I’ve been working, one way or another, two full time jobs for a really long time. Between working full time and going to school at the same time, working full time and doing a bunch of contract work on the side, going to school full time and running a small business, then working full time while doing a full time MSc program, and lately working full time, blogging full time, and working with nutrition clients all the while trying to maintain my marriage, my fitness, my friendships, and my sanity. And folks, I’m tired.

Recently when the subject of this blog came up, I admitted, somewhat sheepishly, how burnt out I’ve been feeling. How it has somehow escaped my grasp and become this thing that consumes all of my early mornings, late nights, and each and every weekend. How brunch invitations stress me out because I’ll lose the best hours of daylight. And how I used to post because I had a recipe or useful and interesting nutrition information I was excited to share, but somehow that had evolved to posting simply because it was a Monday. Or a Tuesday. Or a Wednesday…

When it was first suggested to me that perhaps I needed a summer of self-care, including a break from this space, I reacted with fear. I couldn’t possibly! But I very quickly realized that, for the moment, I quite literally don’t have another post in me. I haven’t posted in three weeks now, and it’s been tough to even muster the energy to pop on here and tell you why.

Taking a break is a difficult and scary decision for many reasons. Will you still be here when I come back? Will my nutrition clients be able to find me? Is my voice even still relevant? But it’s one that was made even before I was ready to admit it. And, since I know now that I was working at a pace I couldn’t sustain in a healthy way, I hope that taking a break will give me the space I need in order to come back in a slightly slower and more meaningful way. It’s time practice what I preach: balance and moderation.

My plan is to be back in August, refreshed, inspired, and energized. In the mean time you’ll still find me as the nutrition contributor on Oh My Veggies, I’ll be bumming around on Instagram and Facebook a bit, and I’m still taking nutrition clients. But otherwise if you’re looking for me I’ll be sleeping, eating, reading, and drinking rosé.

So, folks, take good care of yourselves. Have wonderful, relaxing, and nourishing summers. I’ll see you all in August.

 

 



 

Comments

  1. Linda @ Veganosity says

    Wow, you must have been running on fumes Katie. I have to admit, I was wondering, and a bit worried, about you. Thanks for the heartfelt post. Enjoy your break! I’ll still be here when you get back. 🙂

  2. Kathryn says

    Sleeping, eating, reading + drinking rose sound like excellent ways to spend the summer. I hope you have a great break away from this space and I look forward to seeing you back here when you feel like the time’s right to return. We’ll all still be here.

  3. heather says

    Katie,
    Well done! It’s hard to come to the realization that a break is necessary. Enjoy your time away to re-energize, re-connect and reflect. Who knows what the possibilities are? Best Heather

  4. Anne Titcomb says

    REALLY looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks – you will find the surroundings peaceful, your Mum has done a terrific job of the garden, both flowers and vegetables, lawn swing is ready for you along with chairs. I am sure some wine will be served there too. Can’t wait.

  5. Tessa says

    Have a good rest, Katie.
    I drank a sugary drink yesterday for the first time in a long time in some sort of mixed drink. And overnight, thoughts (that I am sure came from your blog) reverberated through my mind, not to make a habit of that. Definitely the sugar that troubled me, not the rum!
    We will look forward to your return.

  6. Krista says

    Thank you for advising that you are well and will return.
    I’ve been concerned re: your work load; you deserve much rest. Please know that you are missed and appreciated. In addition to your recipes…the nutritional education you share with readers is well worth the wait! …………RN, MS

  7. Alissa says

    Hey Katie! It’s good to hear from you, and oh boy, do I ever hear you when it comes to being overwhelmed with blogging and working a full time job. Taking a break is definitely the right decision if you’re feeling burnt out. I’m looking forward to seeing some blog posts from you in a couple of months, but I’m glad you’re getting some much needed rest in the meantime. Have a great summer!

  8. Ceri@naturalkitchenadventures says

    Of course we will all still be here! I commend you for noticing the burn out and deciding to take a step away. Well deserved I say. I’ve been in awe of your 4 posts a week this last year (I’m still bumming around in a happy place on just 1). Cheers to that glass of Rose, Ceri x

  9. Christine says

    Taking a break is an important part of work! It makes total sense. We’ll definitely still be here when you return, and in the meantime we just may join you in some of that summertime sleeping, eating, reading and rosé 🙂

  10. Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits says

    Katie, I hear ya on SO MANY fronts! It’s true, I get super stressed out when my friends want to meet up over the weekend because I’m afraid that I won’t be able post enough recipes the following week. Having to work full time and maintain a blog can get suuuper stressful, and it’s hard to do everything. We’ll definitely still be here when you get back, so don’t worry about it! Enjoy your time off!

  11. Kare @ Kitchen Treaty says

    I’m missing your recipes but totally respect (and COMPLETELY understand) the need for a break and regroup. I hope you are having the most wonderful and revitalizing summer. And I kind of hope you don’t even look at this blog comment until August or later. 😉

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