Blogging is one of my absolute favourite things to do. I love getting up on a Sunday morning and settling down to catch up on my blog feed as I eat my breakfast. I love thinking up new post ideas and writing about and photographing different products. I absolutely love chatting to bloggers online and participating in a variety of bloggers chats. But lately I've had literally no time to do any of these and this makes me really sad.
Sometimes life takes over. Unless you're a full time blogger, most of us have a gazillion other commitments, as well as our blogs. I'm a student, I work part time, I love working out and I also love socialising and seeing my boyfriend and family, all whilst blogging in between. But now everything is seriously starting to take its toll.
I started my masters back in September and honestly thought I would be able to carry on with all these commitments without a care in the world. Boy, was I wrong. Jumping from eight hours contact time a week in my undergrad to almost eight hours a day, five days a week, as a masters student was a huge shock to the system. I honestly feel like I have a full time job (for which I'm not getting paid) and after being in university all day I'm up all night working on assignments and researching and reading. It's a good job that I bloody love it as it really has taken over my life, but I feel like I've really made the best decision to do it and I'm learning so much every day.
However, no matter how much I love the course I'm doing, there's no denying that I'm feeling a little overwhelmed with everything. Every day we're given assignments and tasks to do, and I also have to run a new full time blog (keep your eyes peeled for this!) and keep up to date with reading for core modules. We also have to study media law, which I'm finding difficult to get my head around, and have to start applying for placements ready for next spring. Having all this to do as well as having to travel back home every other weekend for a full weekend of work and trying to blog and work out in between all got a little too much and I had a mini breakdown last week and decided something has got to give.
Fear not, this doesn't mean I won't be blogging anymore. For me blogging is an absolute passion and a huge part of my life. It's helped me so much in a variety of ways, and genuinely brings me so much happiness and pleasure. I could never give it up; but this does mean that posts will be stripped back to 2-3 a week from four. I just want to ensure that my blog posts have the utmost quality and I don't want to keep churning out posts just for the sake of it. I want to keep focused on my masters and to keep blogging a fun escape from reality.
It feels so good to get this little rant off my chest and I want to thank everyone for their kind words when I was having a bit of a stressy week last week. I've also decided to cut down on hours in my job in order to have spare time on the weekends to do uni work and see my friends and family, so I'm hoping that this will seriously help. For now though, I hope you all continue to enjoy reading my posts - even if they are a little lesser over the next few months!
Lots of love,