Heyy I’m back from my blogging Hiatus!

Hey guys,

I’m not sure if anyone noticed but last month I took a break from blogging. I’ve spent the past few weeks in South Africa exploring the lovely Johannesburg and Cape Town! I’ll be totally honest, it was an unintentional break. Just as I was about to board my flight, I ended up breaking my phone (just my luck)! I was devastated however it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

There’s been a lot happening in my life lately, transitions I am going through and burdens I have been carrying that I had not giving myself the time to process. Not having my phone allowed me the space to address emotional needs and desires. I began to centre myself and delve into the personal issues that I realized have been weighing down on me for many years.

I learned this holiday how to switch off and truly unwind without the guilt of being unproductive. I realised that I am the most productive and in alignment with my purpose when I carve out time for self-care and prioritise my well being.

Not having my phone made me hyperaware of what I was experiencing, instead of focusing on capturing every moment digitally. I tuned into the different cultures, people, history, stories I was experiencing in South Africa. I connected with nature. I ate some amazing South African and West African food. I watched plenty of action movies. I immersed myself in the experience which is often missed when we are so focused on using our phones all the time.

Anyhoo I am glad to be back! I also want to say that I am so thankful for the support I’ve received since the beginning of the year. It warms my heart that I am able to connect with some amazing people on this platform. You all inspire me and reading your stories has helped me on my own journey. I do have a few new blog posts coming this month which I am excited about so stay tuned.

Do you take Social Media breaks? Do you think they are helpful?


Love Ash x

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10 responses to “Heyy I’m back from my blogging Hiatus!”

  1. Good to have you back. 🙂

    1. Thank youu! Looking forward to your content 🙂

  2. Welcome back! The phone breaking was a blessing indeed. You were able to enjoy everything around you. I began taking digital breaks on the weekends, and enjoyed my weekend so much more. I could actually be present in everything I was doing, and the people around me received focused interaction.

    This caused me to seriously look at social media and ask myself, “Was it adding any value to my life?”
    The answer was no. It was taking time away from me with very little return. I closed down all of my accounts except this one, and Instagram and lived happily ever after. 🙂

  3. I take social media breaks as well, it is all about being in the right frame of mind to put out the best content as possible!

    1. That’s so true! I feel that when I take a break it reminds me of my intention with using social media. It’s so easy to get caught up in superficial things and think that can affect the quality of content that is produced. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  4. I take breaks all the time

    1. That’s so good! I need to do the same honestly 🙂

  5. Nice to see you back! How was South Africa?

    I love social media breaks. I often feel obligated to “check in” with my subscribers. How lame is that? Like you, less digital distractions means more focus on things that matter, things we’ve been ignoring. And it gives me time to catch up on my art and reading.

    1. Thank you sis! It was an amazing experience, had lots of fun and learnt a lot too. I feel the exact same and I feel like my blog doesn’t drain me like other platforms so I don’t mind checking in as much. But it’s good to have breaks without feeling ‘obligated’ to check all your socials. Sometimes I feel guilty for taking breaks but it’s something I’m definitely overcoming. Yess that time away is so helpful to really focus on other things that are meaningful in life. I’m the same I make it a priority to read more when I take breaks. It’s nice to hear from you 😊

  6. I’m a big advocate of social media breaks. I try to take them daily. Normally switching off my internet at 9pm so that the last few hours of my day are cantering myself. Also, it means that I don’t start the next day waking up to messages and notifications which make me feel ‘obliged’ to respond to. I start everyday with meditation, journaling and reading. Once I’m up and out, I decide when I want to start responding to the world. But not until I’ve connected with myself.

    Welcome back 🙂

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