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Why I’m Taking a Blogging Break

a blogging break

“Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.”
— Sonia Ricotti

Last weekend, my friend Dee Williams and her two-year-old Australian Shepherd, Oly, visited us. It was a wonderful weekend filled with good food, laughter, silly dogs, walks, and more. For example, I took Dee and Oly to Lake Siskiyou for a long hike, we had a delicious cup of coffee at Berryvale in Mt. Shasta, and then we spotted a unique rainbow-covered bus in the parking lot. Plus, Dee made a special mango salsa for us on Saturday night, and we also did a little bit of writing.

The best part of Dee’s visit included long conversations about our personal and professional lives. The conversations I had with Dee made me think about my life in different ways. We talked about deep topics, asked big questions, told funny stories, and laughed hard.

However, our talks also prompted me to take a short break from blogging. Last week, I encouraged you to unplug and take a break from your screens. Now it’s my turn to unplug. I will still work, write, take photos, and engage with my photography students, but I won’t post essays, photos, or links on RowdyKittens.com. I’m also taking a break from writing to my newsletter subscribers.

I’ve been sharing my writing and photos on RowdyKittens.com since December of 2007. Over the years, I’ve taken both short and long digital sabbaticals to renew my creative juices. Every time I take a break from blogging, email, or social media, I feel refreshed and full of creative ideas that I can’t wait to share.

I don’t see this break as a full digital sabbatical because I will still be working and completing tasks that include time online. Instead, I’m giving myself permission to take a break from the blog, and I want to use the extra time to ask myself big questions like:

  • How can I make the rest of my year awesome?
  • How can I take my body of work—which has been focused on education and empowerment—to the next level?
  • What can I offer readers during fall and winter? How can I simplify my posting schedule?
  • Should we move into town this winter or stay in the tiny house? More importantly, is the tiny house still working for us?
  • How can I take care of my body and mind in more holistic ways?

If I want to answer those questions, I need to take a break from blogging to find the answers.

During my blogging break, you can connect with me on Instagram or in Chicago.

  1. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with mini blog posts on Instagram. During my blogging break, I will continue to post photos of My Morning View along with photos and small stories of my everyday adventures. You can follow along here. My daily photos are also automatically posted to Twitter and Facebook, so you can keep up with my small stories and daily photos there, too.
  1. Last week, I talked about my upcoming trip to Chicago. During my time there, I will host an informal reader meet-up. If you live in Chicago, or in outlying areas, I’d love to meet you! The meet-up will be a great opportunity to connect with like-minded people and to chat about living simply, happiness, everyday adventures, and good coffee! I hope to see you there. If you want to attend the meet-up, please RSVP here.

When I’ll be back … 

I’ll be back from my blogging break in mid-September—maybe sooner. In the meantime, I hope you’ll connect with me on Instagram or in Chicago. Alternatively, you can read one of my books or explore past articles and links.

With gratitude,

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  • Kayla Dawn Thomas August 25, 2015, 9:52 pm

    You are asking very similar questions to me right now.
    1. How can I make the rest of the year awesome?
    2. How can I take care of my body and mind in more holistic ways?
    3. How can I take my body of work to the next level.
    You are so level headed, Tammy. I appreciate how you share your journey. It keeps me grounded and motivated. Good on you for taking some much needed time to recalibrate.

  • Denise Compton August 26, 2015, 3:56 am

    Tammy, wishing you much rest, much fun, and many adventures during your break. Speaking for myself, I will miss your posts, but I’m happy to see that you’ll be on Instagram. Thanks to you and Courtney Carver, I’ve become an Instagram fan…the posts there make me very grateful as there is so much beauty to see around us. I don’t always feel that way with other social media.

  • Jill August 26, 2015, 7:31 am

    We’ll miss your posts, and your beautiful photography. (BTW, I always love when the kitties get in on the photography!) Take all the time you need and recharge. We will be here when you return.

  • Meg @ AdventuresinVerdance.com August 26, 2015, 7:36 am

    See you next month!

  • Marla August 26, 2015, 7:53 am

    I so appreciate you and your sharing! Thx, Marla ps have a great trip!

  • Angela @ Setting My Intention August 26, 2015, 8:14 am

    I know that this time will be so restorative for you. I’m finding it so hard to balance out time on social media/promoting and actually blogging and decluttering!

    I read your Happiness book and loved it!

  • Luann August 26, 2015, 8:20 am

    I have been wondering what your thoughts were about winter this year, and the tiny house. I have so enjoyed following this whole journey. I wish you the best as you try to figure this out………

  • Keeley August 26, 2015, 8:51 am

    Enjoy your break! I hope it’s rejuvenating. 🙂

  • Sylvia Gil-Stearns August 26, 2015, 9:00 am

    I wish you well and look forward to all you’ll share when you return.

  • Sandra Pawula, Always Well Within August 26, 2015, 11:03 am

    Have a nourishing break, Tammy. I appreciate all the goodness you bring to the world, and look forward to the new directions that emerge for you.

  • Linda August 26, 2015, 6:04 pm

    Take as long as you need. We’ll be here patiently waiting when you come back! 🙂

  • Alane August 26, 2015, 8:06 pm

    Enjoy your break. I will miss you glad you are following your heart.

  • Tara Schiller September 1, 2015, 12:25 pm

    I love how your keys are on the porch. 🙂

    I’m just returning from about a one month break from my blog and I think it was really good for me. Enjoy your time.

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