How is it April? Once again, another year, shooting right by us. Time is marching on so quickly, I swear it’s giving me whiplash.
Which brings me to this post. I don’t tend to do monthly updates – my life is boring enough without needing to share it with all of you! Pretty much the same on repeat month in month out. And as you can imagine…that gets pretty repetitive. In case you didn’t know, I’m currently midway in my Bachelor of Arts degree in Sydney…but I also work full time as well. So you can imagine – full time study + full time work makes for an awfully dull, stressful Hannah.
March was an incredibly stressful and busy month. Early March, I went home to WA for a few days for a friend’s birthday and surprised my parents while I was at it. That was fun. Being able to breathe and not think (well, more like ignoring) about university for a few days and just be around people I love filled my tank back up from empty. However that little sojourn quickly caught up with me, and I’ve been battling to catch up ever since. If I’m not at work, I’m at uni, and if I’m not at uni, I’m at work, or trying to catch up on sleep. But it never feels enough, and I can slowly feel the claws of anxiety sinking in, threatening to put me back in a place I don’t want to be in again.
So on that note, in order to, well, get a little bit of order back in my life, I’m taking a mini break from the blog. It’s been just over a year now since I started blogging again, and none of the grand things I envisaged myself doing for the blog have really taken off. I’ve started questioning my place a little in the community, and where I fit in, and while I know that I love blogging, in order to maintain some calm in my life, I need to take a step back and re-prioritise. Everything will be left up, but there may be some days where the blog is down for maintenance as I fix some things up and retweak my theme and look. A break will also allow to catch up on my reading (outside of uni!) and reviews, as well as brainstorm new ideas without that looming panic of deadlines.
It’ll also give me time to work on my own personal health, both mentally and physically. As I said, I can feel those tendrils of anxiety weaving their way in, and for me right now, self doubt is a really big thing that I need to kick to the curb. I feel it in so many aspects of my life, and I know that it’s going to be a little while until I can next take a small break away from everything.
I’ll always be around on Twitter, albeit a little quietly, and my postings on #bookstagram will probably be sporadic to say the least. Until then, you probably won’t see any updates on the blog until the end of April/early May…and hopefully by then, uni stress impending, I’ll have some balance restored to my life! Because always remember, you need to take care of yourself first and foremost. And do know as well – if you are ever looking for someone to talk to – whether it’s about mental health, books, uni life, or life just in general – I’m always here!