So I’ve been on abit of a break lately…. from my blog. An intentional break that I really needed to come away and have some time to evaluate, to think and get creative.
2016 was a challenging year for me, filled with what seemed to be far more testing times and a couple of low points than good. Previous to that, things had been going really well and life seemed great. I got a new contract with a company I have always dreamed of working with, I was travelling, I had been enjoying so much time with my friends and family and I was just doing my thing to be honest. I felt very at peace. 2016 started hard and slowly but surely it felt like hard times were coming one after another, and I found myself thinking at times, what the hell now??! One after the other members of my family faced health issues, relationships were breaking down and work and blogging was becoming hard. My year was topped off with me facing a setback at work which really challenged my character and patience and I faced leaving the company I adored.
It was then that you sit back, reflect and think what on earth has been going on here. I started to think that actually although everything happens for a reason, how can all these things be teaching me something, or happening for a reason? What’s the reason? Is there even a reason?
Then in November, the same day that I found out about my job situation, a position came up in the same company that I had wanted for about 7 months. It propelled me to put on a serious fight to get this role. I have to say, I don’t think I’ve ever done more research, worked so hard or networked so hard for a position, but I thought- this was a reason. To my delight, I was offered the job and I honestly felt like actual boulders had been lifted out of my mind. So much so that I went into a meeting room at work and just cried my eyes out!! In that moment I realised some sort of reason and purpose.
I was then offered something which we all take for granted. Time. I wasn’t to start my new role for 6 weeks! It was my opportunity to get my head in gear, and to start and use that positive energy for something good. I decided to go travelling for a month on my own to Australia. A time I will never forget, never regret and will always cherish. It was the best trip, incredibly liberating and eye-opening. One of life’s biggest lessons is not just what you can learn about or from others, but it’s what you learn about yourself. And I certainly learnt a hell of a lot about myself during that time… trust me.
When you are dealt situations that may be challenging, or misunderstood or just damn difficult; how are you going to get through it? It’s a real test of character and strength and all recent experiences I’ve had, including my trip really tested me.
I also decided, when I got my new job, that a fresh start was on the cards. I needed to reboot, take some time and just reflect on things. Life is never perfect and even those who seem to lead perfect lives, have all been dealt hardships. In fact, there is no such thing as ‘perfect’. But everything is always a work in progress, you live to learn, work through things, extend your experiences and build your character.
So I’ve been on a break. From my blog, but also from a lot of things, even a break from the UK! But I’m happy about it. I’ve learnt that it’s good to take some time out every once in a while to even do something as simple as understand your own feelings and be comfortable with that (actually this could be incredibly hard for many people) but its a chance to allow some room for growth.
When it comes to my blog, I’ve always maintained that I wanted to stay as authentic to myself as possible. There are millions of bloggers out there, and I think many get bogged down in the blogosphere and follow the same pattern and style of blogging, instagramming, picture taking and so on, and eventually lose their individuality. I can sadly admit that I’ve seen some of my favourite bloggers go down that route and the reasons why I first was inspired by them; because they were individual and personable, have now moved into a consumerist not so likeable type of marketing. I’m not one of those bloggers who has a mass following on instagram or bloglovin or whichever social media platform you might view as a measure of success, but I’m ok with that, and if I can inspire someone, my job is done. Ultimately what I wanted to achieve with my blog, was to create inspiration and have people view me as a creative, and this break from blogging has allowed me to hit the drawing board again, think of some new creative ideas and get to work on them. I’m pleased to say that I’m really uber excited about what’s to come next, including a revamp of Nimi Notes and also the launch of a brand new website with a different purpose. I’ll be announcing information about the launch of this site on the 8th March 2017- International Women’s Day. I’m hoping to follow suit and #BeBoldForChange.
Stay tuned for some exciting new content that I can’t wait to share!
Images courtesy of Chandan Sojitra