Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Juggling and Struggling | A little life ramble...


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, 
Jessie. xoxo

24 comments:

  1. Oh lovely I just want to give you a huge hug! It is so difficult fitting everything in and you have to still have a life and time to relax <3 It sounds like you're really passionate about your masters and that's the most important thing - what I love about blogging is how it's never going anywhere so you can sort of dip in and out. Looking forward to seeing your new blog and future posts on here too :)
    Love Holly x

    www.thehollydays4.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Oh thank you Holly! Exactly - I just need a week where I can catch up on everything and get it all under control again I think. That's very true. I just miss it a lot :( Thank you!! I'll be posting on here as soon as it goes live xx

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  2. I wrote about something similar and I've noticed a lot of other bloggers have been struggling to keep up with their blogging schedule...it must be a hectic time of year for all. You're so right, unless you're a full time blogger sometimes you just too many other commitments to be able to set aside a decent amount of time for it. Plus, when I blog I like to do it properly, I don't want it to be a rush-job.

    It's weird how guilty we feel when we can't keep up with blogging. It must be ingrained in us. If only I had the same dedication to working out :P

    I must admit, I missed it massively and feel more like myself again now I've started to blog again :)

    - Lubna | The Digital Review

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    1. Awh sorry to hear you're in the same situation Lubna, but I think we will be fine and get through it! I definitely agree that I feel so guilty if I haven't blogged for some time. Glad to hear you're back to the blogosphere though! : ) xx

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  3. Hope you figure everything out. It's so easy to let it all get on top of you. I had it last year where I realised I didn't have the time to do all I wanted to! Hope you start to get your head around the media law!

    M xx

    The CSI Girls

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    1. Thanks lovely. It's hard to keep on top of everything. Haha, thank you! I hope so too! xx

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  4. Life sounds pretty hectic right now so the right thing to do is to take stock, like you've done & adapt. Posting 2/3 times a week is a great idea because you will have the outlet you need but without the pressure, Try not to stress too much xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. Very true! I think I've made the right decision. Thanks lovely xx

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  5. Sorry to hear that you're having such a stressful time. I did a masters last year, had a part time job, traveled to see my boyfriend and run a blog, so I know exactly how you feel! I hope the masters continues to go well for you(:

    Abi | ramblingsofablonde.co.uk

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    1. Oh wow - I really feel for you Abi haha, but you got through it and I will too : ) Thanks lovely, I absolutely love it. Just a huge change! xx

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  6. I think it's amazing that you're still able to put 2-3 posts out a week even though you work and are in uni 9-5! I think I could probably just about deal with one post a week. It's good you're enjoying your course though!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

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    1. Oh thank you so much Alice - it's probably going to drop down if I'm honest but I really miss blogging haha. Thank you! : ) It's so good, just super stressy! xx

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  7. I have also been feeling overwhelmed with school and other commitments and it's getting a little harder for me to juggle school and blogging. Although I have far less commitments than you and only post twice a week! I don't know how you manage to do it so kudos to you! :)

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

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    1. It really is hard to get the balance between the two. I think posting twice a week is a fair number! Ahh thank you hun! xx

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  8. I totally know this feeling hun and trust me, even full time bloggers feel like they've got too much to do with meetings/events/negotiating sponsored stuff etc and not enough time to actually blog. You're doing so well with juggling everything but try not to put pressure on yourself, your time will come when you have more time for it... do't stress yourself out!

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
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    1. Awh I bet! Your lives are so hectic but also look like so much fun haha :) I just feel so guilty if I don't get a post up and miss interacting with everyone. Thanks lovely - I'll try not to! xx

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  9. Totally know what you mean, I've been working so much recently and it's hard to keep it up and blog at the same time! Definitely about finding a schedule and balance which works for you. Glad the masters is going well! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

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    1. Thanks Jasmin :) I'm going to start doing a lot more writing in advance and scheduling - its just finding the time to write! xx

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  10. I love your honesty and being open in this post!! You got this! ;)

    Ursula

    www.blueridgebeautyblogger.com

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  11. You are doing so well, just remember to put yourself first at all times xx

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  12. Aww Jessie I'm so sorry you've had a hard time, but I know just how amazing and dedicated you are and I know you can do this! There's nothing wrong with changing a few things to make your life better for you, and as an avid reader of your blog I'm happy that you'll still be blogging :)

    It'll all be worth it in the end lovely, you are awesomeeee!

    Hazel xx

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