I feel like it’s been a long time since I wrote on here, and in truth, this is absolutely correct. So, why did I fall off the face of the Earth, and more importantly, why have I returned?
If you follow me on social media, you will also have noticed that I haven’t been very active on there for the past few months – Instagram Stories is where I’ve been most likely to be lurking, but even then, not too often!
A few unexpected changes have occurred in my life, which in turn have impacted my plans with The Green Vie, and generally my life.
The first of which is that I’ve joined the Veganuary team as part of their marketing department. It’s true, I never had plans to move from working for myself to having a full time job, however I still have the luxury of working from home, and of course I’m working for a fantastic vegan organisation too.
Needless to say, I still have lots of plans for my brand, and will absolutely not be forgetting all the hard work I’ve put in over the past couple of years – so don’t worry about that! As I’m also still doing some very exciting freelance work, I don’t have a great deal of free time – and it’s important for me to ensure that when I do, I can focus on my mental and physical health, and work-life balance as a priority. Which is why I decided to pause things on social and on my website for the first few months of working at Veganuary.
Since then, I’ve had an amazing (yet very busy) holiday in the US, which has given me some well-needed time out, which is why I’m ready to come back.
As readers will know, I had planned to launch my magazine and books around this time, but due to my huge working schedule, I’m rescheduling both for next year, as there’s no point in doing a rushed job, becoming more stressed, and skimping on quality.
In other news, I have to have an operation next month, which will require time off work to recuperate (yes, I still hate not working!), which is another reason why I have to be more realistic with my time and manage my projects in a way that is feasible, and is not going to constantly raise my cortisol levels, and lead me to burn out again.
A few things I’d like you to take from this blog post:
- If you’re tired, feeling run down and need a break – forget about what the social media ‘gurus’ tell you about the algorithms, blah, blah, blah. Take some time out! Experience real life, without viewing it through a lens! Your followers will still be there, and your sanity will be restored!
- Never underestimate the sheer amount of work, time, money and effort (physically, emotionally and mentally) that it takes to create a brand, business or concept, especially if the person in question is also working a traditional job too. Sometimes people have a calling to create, and that is never going to leave them – but they need support and understanding of those around them, when they are trying to push through and be successful in their own right.
- Don’t be afraid to say ‘no’. This isn’t just in a work capacity – if you’ve worked a 50-hour week and don’t want to go out partying on a Friday night, then don’t! You don’t have to do what other people want you to, especially when you have more things to focus on outside the standard 9-5.
A slightly different type of blog post, but it’s something I’m feeling increasingly more passionate about. Life is so short and fleeting, what’s the point in being miserable, sad or forcing yourself to do something which you’d rather not do?
Find out what makes you happy. Do more of it. Say ‘no’ to things that don’t light you up. Take control of your life, and don’t let others steer your ship for you.