I caught Blogger Burnout.
Since Easter, I suffered serious exhaustion from social media and being on the internet 24/7. I had a bad case of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out.) It felt like I had to consume everything I came across on the internet otherwise and would feel this great anxiety if I didn't share it with you at that very second. What started as a place for me to share the things that inspire me turned into a job (that sadly, really didn't pay me much!) Every time I looked at my screen, I started to feel fatigue which eventually affected my creative drive.
One day I was listening to The Simple Mom Podcast and Tsh said something that has stuck with me since - in away, she set me free. We read blogs, go through pins and tweets thinking that we'll be able to consume it all in one sitting when the truth is we will never be done. The internet is never done. The internet is infinite. So it's up to us to get up from ours screens and know when to walk away. And that's exactly what I did...
...I just didn't think it would be for two months.
But it has been a glorious two months. Less time on the computer meant more time outside. I started to workout, eat healthy, enjoy life, enjoy my husband and enjoy the simple things that led me to create this blog in the first place.
And I am ready to come back.
I am inspired, rejuvenated and ready to share with you the beautiful and pretty things that make me happy - because I am happy again.
Over the next few weeks, I plan to give my blog a Happy Pretty Makeover. One of the key elements I felt was missing from this blog was myself - my creative self. In the beginning I felt that it was best to keep Happy Pretty Things and Stuff by Nicole separate, but now I see they are one in the same.
How can I share with you all the beautiful things I come across without sharing a piece of my heart?
My work is the one key element that is missing from this blog and I plan to make it one of HPT's primary focus. (Don't worry, I still plan to blog about recipes, fun NYC spots and of course Happy Pretty Links!)
To the readers (who I haven't lost) I would like to say from the bottom of my heart - Thank You. Thank you for your patience. Your kindness. Your encouragement. From this day forward I promise to continue delivering content that inspires and brightens your day. May you always be happy and feel pretty.