What Really Happened When I Stopped Blogging For Three Weeks

I kept thinking about this while I was in the shower: “Am I ready to sit down, open my computer and write again?” I never really stopped writing (I have a notebook that comes handy) but this was the first time I did not blog anything.

 

The Reason of My Inactivity

I got sick — sick of the Internet. There were too many things happening: sponsors tapping me for projects, co-bloggers getting in touch for guest posts, the #WanderFuckingLust series on Thought Catalog, among others. It got out of control until I didn’t find the energy to face them anymore. Wow, this blogging life is too much pressure!

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then, do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.

— MARGARET YOUNG

I felt like a prisoner of social media and the laptop so I set myself free. I decided to have an indefinite break and didn’t care if my blog stats will go down. I needed to have time for myself. I needed to connect to my spirit. I needed to see friends, to go out, to get drunk and gain new insights. After all, that’s where I get to formulate blog posts anyway — through unbelievably crazy experiences.

But now I am back and I want to share to all of you what happened in the process.

 

I re-connected with my family and friends.

Traveling kept me away from home for a long time and this was the best time to re-connect. I called my parents and we talked for hours. I spent a lot of time on Whatsapp and Viber participating in group chats of my family and friends. Man, I was really surprised because I missed out on a lot of things! I also realised I missed my phone. It’s been ages since I last used it to chat or text. I didn’t even charge it not until I decided to take a blogging break! Can you believe that?!

 

I took care of my health

I was never sick but for the longest time, I’ve been a girl scout to avoid going to the hospital and paying bills. That’s what traveling does to you: you will always do your best to avoid accidents (which is good) and you will endure an unbearable pain because you are saving money. The past few weeks, I decided I will never hinder myself to have health expenses. I took care of my one-year expired insurance even if I didn’t feel like renewing it at first. It’s too freaking expensive and I always think I can get by traveling without it. I swallowed my pride and convinced myself: “You need this. This is important.” There were other conflicting thoughts inside my head but I always try to remember what my mother said: self care is important. I am really proud of myself for doing this!

 

I went out with friends.

Traveling friends, I mean. I’ve been in Mancora (Peru) for a month now and didn’t even get to see my friends who live/are here. I spent a lot of time with them. We got drunk, partied all night, talked about life — things I haven’t done for a long time because I was busy “blogging.”

 

I am armed with new learnings.

… and I am really willing to write more! From this experience, I have formulated a lot of things to write about. I realised that the best way to learn is to be out there and not be in Peru facing the computer all day. I spent watching sunsets on the beach, playing with the neighbor’s dogs, eating street food all the time (sorry, mom) and many other things.

Finally, I have decided to keep some things to myself. I know I always share everything to my readers but this time, I want to leave something for me. Some memories that need not to be published, but remembered forever. 

Another news: I have a new blog layout! Thanks to the creative mind of Kisty Mea who blogs at Let’s Go Wander. I really love the new look! You should definitely follow her because she’s beginning to travel the Philippines and she is going to be big someday. I just know it!

I cannot promise not to have indefinite breaks in the future but I think this was good for me so I am going to do it every once in a while. It felt so good not to care and just live in the moment. I felt infinite participating in the world instead of conversing with my laptop. Blogging requires a lot of things and I decided I will not require myself to comply anymore. I will do it whenever I want to! Who knows, I might end up doing it more frequent than ever.

What happened to you guys for the past three weeks? Did I miss something? Share your thoughts and I hope you like the new layout as much as I do!

Trisha is one of those people who left their comfortable life to travel the world and learn about life. Her style is to stay in one place she likes for 3 months (or more) to know what it feels like to eat, cook, speak and sleep in another culture that isn’t hers. She'd like to believe she's not traditionally traveling but she just chooses to be somewhere else all the time. Trisha is an ambassador of Girl Rising, a global movement for girls' education and empowerment. In no particular order, her favourite cities in the world are Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong and Tel Aviv. Follow her life adventures on Instagram: @psimonmyway

Comments

  • March 23, 2015

    We all need to take a break, some time, Trisha. We all get burnt out, if we don’t take a break, from whatever it is, once in a while – whether it’s work, travelling, or a million other things.

    I’m so glad that you’ve reconnected with friends and family. They are so important!

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  • March 23, 2015

    I spent 5 weeks living in the woods in Bolivia over Christmas- it was impossible to use to internet so I just stopped everything too. Quite liberating really. I’m glad you had a break and it’s good to get in touch with your family!

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  • March 23, 2015

    The same thing happened to me in Costa Rica. It was as if I’d trapped myself into blogging 6 hours a day about being out exploring and experiencing freedom, when in fact I hadn’t been outside for a week. I had to rethink my social media schedule!

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  • Diana
    March 23, 2015

    Glad to have you back! Good that you recharged batteries and now have new verves.

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  • March 23, 2015

    It sounds like you made a very healthy, self-aware decision. It’s funny that for me, taking a break involves moving TOWARD blogging (i.e. taking a sabbatical from my regular job), while your break involves moving AWAY from it. I guess any change feels like a break!

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  • March 23, 2015

    I like the new layout! Glad you were able to take a break and recharge. Everyone needs a break from work, even if your work is blogging about fabulous places 🙂

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  • March 24, 2015

    I feel you – it’s so easy to get burned out on the constant grind of blogging. Sometimes taking a few weeks off to recharge and reconnect with the real world is just what you need!

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  • March 24, 2015

    Although the Kerala Blog Express 2 was a trip for bloggers, I rarely used the internet. I only checked my emails at 1 hour the most and there are days wherein I’m completely offline. It feels so good to disconnect and come back with lots of great ideas an enthusiasm!

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  • March 26, 2015

    I think we all need to take a break away from our online presence once in awhile. I did that (pretty much) for the month of January and had pre-loaded a couple of posts before I left so that I didn’t have to worry about my blogs. It felt really good to get away from the warp-speed of the net. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  • March 26, 2015

    Congrats Trish!!
    Admire you for taking time and enjoy life!!!
    Blogging is a addictive crazy job and sometimes it drains all our energy!
    I´m not ready to stop for while yet, but I’m definitely taking it in a more relaxed way. We spent a month in the Philippines and there I let myself rest and just answer couple of emails and FB feeds… I will follow your tips and maybe this year will take a serious break!
    Happy to have you back girl!
    Cheers,
    Nat

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  • March 28, 2015

    I think a break is great!

    If you’re no longer enjoying the travel or the blogging (possibly one due to the other), then it is necessary to mix it up a little!

    As for renewing the Travel Insurance.

    Good work, as I think you should never leave home without it, even if your travels are within your own country!

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  • March 30, 2015

    Good for you!! I think people slave away too much when they don’t need to. Sometimes to get where you are successful, you need to for a bit, but taking breaks is important.

    This week I sort of took a break on the travel blog front because I knew I needed to focus on some other things, namely making sure I was happy. It turned out that the short break has also provided room to work on my photography business a little more, giving me the energy to do a project that I wouldn’t have had been able to do otherwise! Definitely rejuvenating! At least in a way that lets me balance out my life a little better now.

    I love that quote by Margaret Young, by the way. 🙂

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  • March 31, 2015

    Welcome back Trisha! <3

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  • April 9, 2015

    We all need a break sometimes! What do you use for travel insurance (against possible laptop theft, etc.) .. I’ve been going along the way just crossing my fingers, but now I have a new laptop and am considering it.

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  • April 13, 2015

    It’s good to take a step back from everything you’re doing, disconnect and think about what you really want to focus on. I hope you’re better now 🙂

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  • April 25, 2015

    It was the perfect time for me to read this post. I’m leaving Shanghai in 2 months and have just started travel blogging this year. I’m so busy and learning so many things: it’s really hard to juggle and manage everything, especially when you’re just starting out. I’ve started to run myself down trying to keep up with the 10% writing / 90% social media recipe that seems to exist with blogging and this weekend, I’ve put my foot down. Need to take a break! You’re right, you’ve gotta be out there to gain more experiences! Thank you 🙂

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  • November 5, 2015

    You need to take time out sometimes. Often it reignites your passion and if it doesn’t, then stopping was the right thing. Glad you came back though 🙂

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  • January 17, 2017

    Well done. nice workout. it good for health.

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