I’ve written and rewritten this post a hundred times in my mind trying to find the right words to express how I feel. I will start by getting to the point. I am taking a sabbatical from blogging. I use the term sabbatical because I would like to keep my options open, but at this point my heart is telling me I need to let it go. I need to let it go in order to make room for new possibilities and opportunities.
This wasn’t an overnight decision. I have been thinking about taking an indefinite break for the past year, but I’ve had a hard time letting go. I put a lot of heart, soul and time into this blog for the last five years. I have learned and grown so much creating Joyful Scribblings. I’ve met some amazing people, had some fun opportunities and I like to think my writing and photography skills improved.
Joyful Scribblings has evolved over the years from a gratitude journal, a source for recipes and craft ideas and most recently ways to get out of your box. It’s now time for me to step out of my comfort zone once again. My goal was to always be a source of inspiration not a source of comparison. I have many passions in life and things that I find joy in, but joy is really something you feel from within. Joy isn’t affected by outward circumstances.
I’ve learned many things over the past five years of blogging:
- Don’t take everything so seriously.
- Enjoy the journey.
- People before work
- Establish priorities and let the rest go.
- Take risks and trust your intuition.
- Be you!
- There are no failures only successes. Failure is when you are too scared to begin and don’t try at all.
- I’m capable of learning more than I think I can.
My interests are a little different from when I started my blog. I have evolved and I’m excited to see what other things God has in store for me. I’m open to writing and photography freelance work, helping others with their blogs and collaborating on projects. As I approach the empty nesting phase of life, I’m craving a connection with people outside of my computer screen.
I want to thank you for reading my Joyful Scribblings. Time is precious and I’m honored that you took the time to read my words. Unless you are a blogger, you have no idea how much your comments and sharing meant to me over the years. I’m going to keep my website up and running at this time so feel free to visit past recipes or posts. All of my social media accounts will still be active as well, but I will mainly post things on Instagram. If you subscribe to my blog you’ll get a notification if I post anything new here.
How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. – Winnie The Pooh