Happy October, friends! Fall is officially here now. There is absolutely no denying it. I woke up to 35 degree weather this morning. Before we know it, there will be snow on the ground here in Michigan. I’m trying not to think about that.
Fall goes by in a flash here. That’s why I’m loving practicing some fall mindfulness right now. It helps me enjoy fall that much longer. Right now I have a fall candle burning and I’m looking out at some red leaves on an unusually sunny day.
September definitely did not feel like fall to me, but as I said last week, I love warm weather so I definitely wasn’t complaining. My husband and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary on the 18th. It fell on a Monday this year, so we got a three-day weekend. We spent all Monday doing fun things. Bowling alleys on a Monday afternoon are very strange, I have learned. On top of that, we went out to a few other places in the area we have been wanting to visit.
Last year on our anniversary, we were out in Colorado picking up Koji, our Shiba Inu. So our first wedding anniversary was spent in a car with a puppy for 21 hours. It sounds fun, but it wasn’t as great as you’d think. Needless to say, we were happy to celebrate for real this year.
In addition, I got to team up with my friend Summer over at Coffee With Summer in September. I was so excited to team up with Summer because she has been incredibly influential in my blogging journey. If you didn’t catch my guest post, An Introvert’s Guide to FOMO: 6 Ways to Beat the Fear of Missing Out, don’t forget to check it out!
On top of that, as some of you may have heard through social media (if you’re not following me on my social media channels, you’re missing out on a lot of exclusive news + fun chitchat with me!) that I recently got a promotion at work. I’ve taken on a supervisory position which has been really great. I love my job and I love that this new role has given me the opportunity to help my colleagues grow as well.
But with the new job came an increased workload. I will get into more about my self-care in a bit, but I made the difficult decision to scale back a bit on how much time I spend blogging. I spend on average about three hours a day working on my blog, bringing the grand total time per week up to 15 hours a week or more. That’s a lot of time! I finally came to the conclusion that I needed to take a step back if I wanted to keep pumping out great content and maintain my sanity at the same time. I’m choosing to scale back to posting twice per week rather than three times per week.
My husband has been encouraging me to do so for quite some time, so the idea of cutting back a day has been on my radar. But it wasn’t until my friend Sheila over at In Search of Sheila had announced that she was feeling burnt out and needed to take a week off that I finally thought “Yep. This is definitely the best thing to do.” Taking a step back from blogging feels a lot like failure for me, and I think for a lot of people. For those of you reading who aren’t bloggers, it is astounding how much effort it takes to put together a product you’re proud of, especially if you’re a perfectionist like me. But it isn’t failure. I read a quote a week or two ago that I’m paraphrasing, but I have been using it as something of a mantra since making so many big decisions. “Strength isn’t just about holding on. It’s also about letting go.” I think this is going to be a really great step forward for The Light Owl, and not a step back at all. I’m excited to see how my extra free time and lowered stress levels will make a positive impact on my blog.Strength isn't just about holding on. It's also about letting go. Click To Tweet
With that being said, I have been massively stressed out this month. Today I’m having more medical tests run for the health problems I’ve been terribly vague about. I’m hoping after today I can let you in on more about what’s been going on with me. I feel like September went by so fast that I didn’t prioritize my goals as much as I should have.