My Extended Tea Break

I’m afraid I’ve been very, very naughty. Yesterday I skipped a day of posting. What’s more, I skipped the day before that, too.

I think it’s time. This blog has been a wonderful experience for me, but I’m starting to feel like it’s done what it was here to do. It’s built me up, taught me to see many things clearer, and taught me to write blog posts on a regular basis. It’s been good to see that I’ve managed to write something every day. Some days I haven’t been so proud of, and that’s partly why I’m calling it quits.

I started this blog for three reasons:

  1. Because it was scary and I wanted to go over that boundary.
  2. Because I had wanted to start a blog for ages but I hadn’t come up with a focused idea for one.
  3. Because I wanted to learn blogging: How to write blog posts, how to use WordPress etc.

For the past few weeks posting hasn’t felt as joyous as it did before. I’ve liked doing it, but I’ve often also felt exhausted. I came to realize that the reason might be that I no longer felt like the blog had a purpose. I have other projects which are more important to me now, and it’s driving me nuts to divide my attention between so many things.

I came here to find my voice, and I did. Now I’m tired of hearing it every day. This is why Hundred and Counting is no longer counting.

I might still keep posting when I feel like it, if I feel like it. I like this community and I’d love to remain a part of it, but sometimes I just feel the whole thing eats me up.

Today I was enjoying a cup of Yogi tea, and the proverb on it said: “Joy is the essence of success.” The past few days that I’ve taken a break, I’ve been feeling more joyous again, since nothing was constraining me. Don’t get me wrong, I still love writing and will keep on doing it, but I will allow more time for other aspects of my life, too.

Time to love, time to read. Time to eat tuna salad while staring mindlessly into empty space. Time to exercise and time to raise my nose towards the snow floating from the dark sky.

Thank you to all my blog neighbors once more. This has been such a lovely, supportive place to write a blog. I was scared rigid when I started, and it’s been wonderful to notice just how unfounded my fears were.

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16 thoughts on “My Extended Tea Break

  1. I am very sorry to hear that Laura – I have enjoyed your blog, admired the quality of the writing and your discipline. But if you feel you haven’t the enthusiasm for it then probably best to take a break. I hope you will be back.

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    1. Thanks so much, Julie! Writing this blog has been one of the best things I’ve probably ever done, but when it’s time to move on, it’s time to move on. Besides, I might be posting like mad two days from now once I’m rested 🙂

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  2. I am sorry to see you go Laura! Your blog has been one of my favourites that I follow and I will miss seeing your posts! I’m glad you found what you were looking for and wish you all the best in the future!

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  3. Laura! I will miss you! I can also relate to this post in so many ways. I’m not sure if you noticed, but I disappeared for a whole three months. I just felt so empty, out of ideas, and stuck with loads of college assignments that were draining me. I look forward to your future posts, and sending lots of luck your way!! 🙂

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    1. I did notice. With all the pressures life throws at people, we must do what we can. I’m thinking of starting another blog, more focused this time… I think focus would weirdly enough make it easier to come up with decent content.

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      1. It sure will. I wish there were courses on how to plan your blog, your theme and find out what you wish to focus on and maintain it, instead of just writing which nullifies the uniqueness. Please don’t forget to send me a link to your new blog!! All the best.

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  4. Well, my dear, if it had an important place in your life, you’ll come back around to it when the time is “write.” 😉 It has been great getting you know you. God bless whatever new projects you jump into!

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    1. And to you too! Thank you so much for all your thoughtful comments through the weeks. I’m sure I’m not through with blogging yet, just this particular blog. I felt like it wasn’t going anywhere, and due to the name I felt like I couldn’t stop posting even for a day 😀

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  5. Very sad to see you go – I’m going to stop following this blog now but please, Laura, when you start blogging again in whatever form please leave a comment on my post simply with a new link to your site- 100 and counting laura- new website or something like that. All the best! xx

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