Blogging Break – Take Care of You

You may or may not have noticed that I’ve been absent from my Blog since the  beginning of May, I went on Vacation with my Husband to San Francisco and Seattle and I was starting to dry up on post inspiration. Firstly, my vacation was about me and My Husband, I spend a great deal of time thinking about my blog without trying to think of blog post ideas when I should be focusing on my vacation enjoyment and giving my attention to my Husband, so that’s where I was, mentally and physically, away, “out of office”. But sometimes a break is needed.

We need time away, from Work, from our day to day life and chores to take stock and reassess, not to mention to decompress. I definitely needed this time away, starting to feel burnt out and miserable. As bloggers, we are constantly thinking about blog and social media post inspiration; Photo opportunities, posts we want to write, stats and Instagram Algorithm updates that are killing our engagement. And whether you’re a blogger or not, it’s hard to switch off when we’re at home sometimes. We all need that time to decompress and take stock of our lives and what’s important with those people who are important.


We all know that Social Media is a Friend and a Foe, we see posts that people have written and you start thinking about how, if you’ve written a similar post, that their post is better quality, or that you’re posts aren’t as inspiring or enticing to read, sometimes, when you’re in a rut or stuck for ideas on your next post, it’s good to just switch it all off and go out and just enjoy time away, outside, seeing and experiencing different things and places. All these things can give you inspiration for your writing, they can spark the creativity where it had been fading before.


Another important thing about taking a blogging break is to re-learn how to just be present in the moment instead of planning for Social Media posts. Be Present for the people you are with physically, not the imagined or Online Connections and people who don’t know you and only see or connect with your pretty posts. The real connections are the ones who deserve your undivided attention.


When I was in University, studying Acting, I remember being told to write what you know. So that’s why many of my posts are quite personal and I talk about bullying and anxiety, I don’t want to simply write a “Here’s what I wore today” post and put that up, it doesn’t help anyone, It has no meaning or value, and to write something like that simply for the sake of posting a blog post feels lazy to me and pointless. I want the posts I write to inspire and to provide help and comfort to those reading it. I want there to be substance to my writing and therefore you won’t find any outfit posts anymore on just the outfit I wore that day, Style posts are about HOW TO STYLE: HOW TO wear a certain look or trend with confidence, HOW TO get a certain look on a tight budget etc…


This 2 week Blogging Break has allowed me to be present for and with those people that I love and care about and it has allowed me to be able to clear my mind of the noise and re-focus on what I want Scotchandstilettos.com to be about, it’s allowed me to find inspiration and make memories that will serve to push me along in my blogging journey and it has allowed me to decompress and de-stress.

I hope that you continue to enjoy the posts that I put up and I hope that this inspires you to write only what you love and what sparks that passion in your soul. Take a Break, Take Care of You and be present with those around you. Focus on making Memories and who knows where your next inspiration could come from!

Xoxo Ellie

Photos by Jenna Lynn Photography

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23 Comments

  1. May 20, 2017 / 9:38 am

    It’s so important to take breaks to help find a good balance in life. Being “present” is really key.

  2. May 20, 2017 / 10:07 am

    You look so cute in this outfit! Me time is sooooo important! It’s so beneficial.

  3. May 21, 2017 / 5:26 am

    I love stepping away from my blog and social media. It’s always so crazy to me when big bloggers don’t. What happened to just prioritizing living your life?

    Love this post so much. So thrilled you’re back at blogging though!

    Xoxo,

    Ashley || Sed Bona

  4. May 22, 2017 / 12:37 am

    I love this! You and your husband looks good together.

  5. May 22, 2017 / 2:58 am

    Taking a break from blogging is the best thing you can do for your wellbeing and for those around and even for the blog. You get a chance to re-evalute and re-assess your blogging and why you do it

  6. May 22, 2017 / 4:26 am

    Your outfit took the whole catch! N yes we all need a break, be it from blogging or professional lives. It a MUST

  7. May 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

    Yes, breaks are very important to keep sane! I blog as a hobby but that can get intense too!

  8. May 22, 2017 / 5:06 am

    I’m glad you took a little break girl and admit that we all need a break once in a while because being a blogger and on socials all the time is incredibly stressful and causes so much anxiety. I wrote a post recently where I suffered an anxiety attack and needed to take some time off to regroup!

    Helen xx
    http://helenchik.com

  9. Amber
    May 22, 2017 / 5:22 am

    Sometimes having breaks is important to clear your mind. Sometimes I do take small ones so I can focus on my family, and then when I come back, I’m ready to go!

    Love your outfit!

  10. wildandfreeoutdoors
    May 22, 2017 / 7:09 am

    I definitely needed this!!! I love what you said at the end to only write what sparks your passion in your soul! That’s so true!!! Breaks are important too… everyone needs them 🙂

  11. May 22, 2017 / 9:11 am

    Wow, just wow, everything right here is exactly where I find myself all over again about every six months with my blog. I did take a near year long hiatus in 2016, and when I came back I was busting with inspiration. Now though, I’m hitting that drag point again, of why am I here? Am I wasting my readers time? Am I a worthwhile source or writer? I’m like you, I want my posts to mean something, even if it’s just to spread some fun positive vibes. But since the A to Z challenge concluding at the end of April I’ve hit an absolute wall; the challenge was such a success it showed me that my blog could be more than what it has been, and perhaps I need to step away to strategize what that should be.

  12. May 22, 2017 / 10:26 am

    We all need a good break from time to time. You look fantastic here!

  13. May 22, 2017 / 1:37 pm

    Your photos are beautiful! You’re looking very refreshed. 🙂

    Sometimes breaks are what we need to reconsider our priorities and to clear our minds! Hope it was a great vacation.

  14. Sharon Wu
    May 22, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    I’m so happy to hear that you took a break to have some time to yourself babe. That’s so important and necessary for staying motivated and inspired to do what we love. Being on social media all the time can be really overwhelming and stressful and I can relate a lot on this! I’m glad you’re back though! Hope your week is going well xo, sharon

    http://www.stylelullaby.com/fashion/william-rast-justin-timberlake-cool-factor-clothing-line/
    @stylelullaby

  15. May 22, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    I love these photos and I’m still DYING over that hair of yours! It’s so important to take a social media break and I love what you said about remembering to stay present in the moment! I need to take a social media detox soon!
    Kyla
    wanderlustkyla.com

  16. May 22, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this post. Blogger breaks can be a wonderful idea. Especially because at times blogging can become overwhelming.

  17. May 22, 2017 / 10:26 pm

    That’s so great that you are taking the time to be present with your husband and away from all the pressures of life. You always need that. I didn’t get enough of that with my wife. And it didn’t work out well.

  18. May 23, 2017 / 11:16 am

    Blogging break is very important because it not only helps you in releasing stress but also, you get some new ideas. Glad that you didn’t think about blogging and focused on your ultimate vacation with your hubby!

  19. May 23, 2017 / 11:49 am

    Its so cool of you to take a break alil from blogging and spending some quality time with urself and ur husband as well

  20. May 25, 2017 / 8:26 am

    I can 100% relate to this as a fellow blogger. Sometimes you need to separate yourself from the stress because hitting the restart button is occasionally the best thing we can do!

  21. May 26, 2017 / 7:59 am

    Lovely post…written from an honest place. I love that. Welcome back from your break.

  22. leopardcouture
    May 27, 2017 / 10:32 am

    I loved this post Ellie!! I couldnt agree with you more on everything you said here! Blogging/ planning/ social media sometimes can be overwhelming and draining, if you don’t allow yourself some time off here and there! So glad you gave yourself a little break, I’m going to try to do the same soon 😉 – Mitra xo

    http://www.leopardcouture.com

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