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A Hastily Made Decision

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Posted by Amber Corinne

“Rest and be thankful.”

William Wadsworth

69 Posts. That’s 130,088 words. That’s how much I’ve written this year. It’s why I need to slow down and take a breather. One of the best compliments that I’ve received lately was when a supporter and friend of mine on Twitter called me, “prolific.” I don’t take compliments well, but she was right. I have really been churning out the good stuff for months now. But, that comes with a price…

I’m worn out. I feel out of ideas, which is absurd because I have a whole notebook full of great ideas. But I don’t feel up to the challenge of writing them. I currently have 8 drafts sitting out there, just waiting for me to finish. I just can’t do it. I’m tired. As many of you know, I just went back to work after being off for 1/2 a year. The transition has been as smooth as these things can be, but it’s been a lot.

I worked hard during my time off. From learning about how to build a website, to learning about blogging, to how to engage and interact with people on social media. It’s has been a really beautiful experience. This blog has made me feel energized and confident. It has made me feel validated and helped me heal. Meeting new people, some that I call friends, has been an unexpected and delightful consequence of all of this.

That said, running a blog is hard work. I kept working when my grandma died, but that was when I first started to falter. Then I got COVID-19 and worked straight through that as well. I blogged through panic attacks and got up at 5 am only to spend hours, phone in hand, promoting my posts. I have forgotten to eat and to use the bathroom and I have worked so hard to get here. I am so grateful for the opportunity that each one of you has given me.

I’m telling you here first, I’m going to take a break from the blog for an undetermined amount of time. This is certainly not forever. I am so proud of what I’ve accomplished here, I could never give it up completely. I honestly can’t believe I’m making this post. I hadn’t even been thinking about an extended break. I was just sitting here tonight and it hit me, “You need to step away for a while.”

I’m going to go with my intuition on this one.

I may try to post an update post here or there. If I have any really great, groundbreaking ideas, you guys will be the first to read them. I will still be semi-active on social media and you’ll still see old posts being posted daily. I will also check the blog email and Contact Us regularly while I am away. But I need a break from new material. I’m at a crossroads in many ways, and I need to sort my way through it. I need to spend some more time with my kid, do some art, and go on some hikes.

I need to be able to all of those things without the pressure that I’m also putting on myself to run this blog. I need to figure out how to be able to do it all….be superhuman. Rest assured, I will figure it out. I’m just asking for a little time to sort things through. I managed to propel myself forward at a high rate of speed, in a lot of ways, and now it’s time to slow down and see that direction I want to go from here.

So, that’s that. That’s the announcement. I know you’ll all be gracious and compassionate…you always are. Just know that I will be back soon.

In the meantime, keep fighting the good fight. As always, my DMs and email are open, even when I’m on a break. Take care of yourselves. Be kind to yourselves. Forgive yourselves.

Love and light! Keep fighting the good fight! 💜💜

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5 thoughts on “A Hastily Made Decision

  1. Tangela

    I commend you for doing what’s best for you! You have accomplished a lot and that’s great. It’s also important to recognize when it’s time to pump the breaks. Take your time, we’ll be here when (or if) you decide to return.
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    1. Amber Corinne

      I’ll definitely be back. There is still so much good fight left to fight. I just need to regroup for a few weeks. 💜💜

  2. Biren

    It’s always the best thing to keep yourself on priority! Your accomplishments and most significantly the efforts behind it are truly commendable! Have your time and live it the best way you can! I’m sure you’ll bounce back better! You’ll find me here only once you resume! Have a great ME TIME!

    1. Amber Corinne

      Thank you Biren! You are such a supportive force in the writing community! It means the world!!💜💜

      1. Biren

        It’s my pleasure, Amber! Anytime! 😊

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