Sunday, 22 May 2016

Why I haven't blogged for a while | The Small Desk

I know, I know, you shouldn't make excuses, and the path to hell is paved with good intentions and all that. But I just want you all to know that I'm not abandoning this blog and that there are good reasons why I haven't felt inspired to write, and why I haven't had to time to blog.

Like most creative outputs you need time, not only to make and do, but also to think. You need time to think about what you want to write: to thrash out an idea and to craft it. You need to be able to have time to allow yourself to be inspired, and you need to feel like you have 'brain space'. At the moment I feel my brain is overloaded.

We are in the final stages of buying a house, and this is pretty much all I can think about. We are not able to book any removal services yet because we don't know exactly when we're moving in but it could be in two weeks time. It stresses me out to think that I can't get a service booked further in advance, yet at the same time I'm trying to get as many quotes as possible because that's the only thing I can do to prepare. There's just one final thing that needs confirming but it's taking ages and I have to make phone calls to the estate agents and solicitor every day to push them to move on things. It's exhausting.

Secondly, everything at work is changing. There's a restructure of my department going on, and a colleague of mine whom I've worked with for over five years is leaving. I've had a lot of tense and difficult conversations with a number of colleagues this month and it's been mentally draining. On the positive side I am still on the right career path for me and I'm now commissioning content, which is fun. I know it won't be like this forever, but at the moment it is hard.

Another thing that has prevented me from blogging is not feeling as though I have guaranteed quiet time at home. My neighbours are getting better but they still randomly play loud bass music at 10pm, which is the time I would blog. When we move into this new place there is space in the middle of the house for a desk, which is far away from both neighbours and we won't have anyone living downstairs because we'll have a whole house. I can't wait!

As if that wasn't enough, I've been socialising more than normal as I got engaged at the beginning of the month. Now, I'm 100% not complaining about this but it has meant I've had less time in the evenings.

I will do a May favourites, but as you can see it's been a month of two halves. I can't wait to move into my new house and for things to settle down again at work. I really feel I can then start this blog moving again and hopefully write better and more interesting posts for you to enjoy. I'm also super happy that I'm marrying the boy I've been obsessed with for the last eight years! Thanks for sticking with me, it means the world!


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