5 Things I Learned During My Blogging Break

Here it comes…the ridiculously cliche saying of ‘long time, no see’– but it truly HAS been a long time since I’ve been over here, almost FOUR MONTHS! In case if some of you didn’t notice (which most of you probably didn’t LOL), I have been absent recently here on my blog as well as ALL of my social media, and I sort of just left without an explanation…

Firstly, (if there are any of you left!) I want to say how much I’ve missed you all, blogging is one of my favourite things in the world; sharing things I love and interacting with so many of you, and I’m super excited to be making a somewhat ‘comeback’. As much as I didn’t want to go on a break, I have to admit– it did me THE WORLD of good. To be completely honest, a big old combo of school, mental health and just LIFE, in general, hit me like a tonne of bricks and I needed to have a breather. I may go into all of that another day, but this post is just to say GALS IM BACK (if you’ll have me?!) and also just to share what I’ve learnt in the past few months my just focusing on yours truly.

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  • It’s okay if everything gets a bit too much

Although we all know it’s impossible, we all try to make out we have our whole lives worked out and are completely happy, even if we are far from it. During my break, I truly realised that this cannot happen. I understood that as well as trying to make others think I’m doing great- I was simultaneously attempting to convince myself that I was too, and I really wasn’t. We are faced with so much crap constantly whether its school, work, family or a million more reasons between, it’s going to happen no matter what. I took a step back and really evaluated what was important to me and whether what I was doing was for me or for other people. It’s okay to take a step back and start again, you are the biggest priority in your own life- its never too late to reinvent yourself.

  • You are valued so much more than you think

It is very easy to start seeing yourself through the eyes of others that perhaps do not value your worth. I along with the rest of you and the world know what it feels like to feel awful about myself, questioning whether I truly matter and what I am accomplishing can be classed as achievements. On this break, I cannot explain how I’ve realised how lucky I am to be surrounded by the people I am, by just really looking around, I can see how many people that appreciate me and that I love. You may feel as though nobody is there, but you will never feel completely valued unless if you learn to admit that other people do, and you do too.

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  • Hard work truly does pay off

Life can be so flipping hard as it is and we are persistently put through situations in which we have to work even harder. The endless exams in school, deadlines and just growing as an individual has OF COURSE led me to question ‘is this work even worth it?’. Let me tell you- it does. My whole life I have worked hard in everything I do, even if there are a thousand reasons why I shouldn’t, simply because I do not want to look back thinking I could have done better. When I say ‘pay off’ this can come in so many forms, yes I have been awarded for my hard work through materialistic things such as awards, praise and even a scholarship (I know, like WHAT!), but what I honestly value more is the confidence and pure proudness it brings me. Hard work is rewarding as it literally shows you that you are capable of great things and whatever you apply yourself to, you will in someway succeed- even if it’s not in the way you were expecting.

  • Give yourself more credit

It’s normal to underplay our success as we wanna be all ‘humble’ which I think is super nice, but also the fact we do acknowledge that not all of us succeed simultaneously and putting it simply, we don’t want to rub it in each other’s faces. However, you can give yourself credit without screaming your achievements from the rooftops. I’ve recently acknowledged that I should be proud of myself, not just of my academic achievements or whatever, but the fact that regardless of all the utter crap I’ve been through, I’ve managed to come out the other side as a person who I am proud to be (if I do say so myself). Yes, I have my self-doubts and insecurities, but that does not change how I have grown and what I have accomplished. We just need to give ourselves a lil’ pat on the back a bit more now and then, we celebrate our friends’ successes- so why not start celebrating our own?

  • Everything you are looking for is already within you 

We all live wanting more out of life, which isn’t selfish at all- it’s human. It’s not that we want more things materialistically, but more in the sense, we want more experiences, happiness and memories which sometimes ends up making you feel as though something is missing. However, I think that this can lead to us spending so much time looking for something that we didn’t realise we already had and ultimately ruining it. I really do follow the idea that ‘everything you are looking for is already within you’ in that I do not need anything else in order to achieve my dreams, I am not disadvantaged if I do not possess what others have because I alone am enough.

SO that’s just five things that I’ve learnt over the past few months- yes they are things I think we all already know, but they are just things that I’ve really pondered over and I think we all need to hear now and again! I know this kind of post is a bit more philosophical and personal, but that is the kind of person I am and I want to share that more here on my blog. If I am going to experience bad moments in my life, I want to at least find use of them by using them to grow as well as share with others!

I cannot explain how happy I am to be back and the blog posts will be back in full swing as soon as my exams are over! (which is TWO WEEKS ahhh I’m buzzinggggg)

Tash x

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  1. June 2, 2018 / 11:59 am

    Tash, you know how much I love your blog and the posts that you produce, so girlll, am I happy to see you back! I’ve missed our conversations and I’ve missed reading what you have to say. Everything you have spoken about in this post is so valuable and it’s so important that we try to focus more on our achievements and the good in our life, rather than the improvements that we should be making, because it will only cause more harm and pressure in the long run.

    You’ll have to hit me up in the dm’s again when you have a spare moment!

    Best of luck with the rest of your exams & lots of love always,

    Jade xo | http://www.simplyjadey.co.uk

    • June 3, 2018 / 7:15 am

      Thank you so much Jade, I’m so happy you enjoyed the post and this comment means so much!! xo

  2. June 2, 2018 / 12:01 pm

    I so agree that life can get too much! I’ve had a few breakdowns due to GCSEs and also have been questioning if it’s all worth it. So glad to hear that you are alright now! Can’t wait to see more posts in the summer xx

    • June 3, 2018 / 7:16 am

      I was honestly the same when I took my GCSEs! Now I look back I can see how silly I was because it all does work out in the end, but it’s crazy the amount of pressure you feel at the time! Thank you so much girly, so glad to be back. Good luck with your exams xx

  3. June 2, 2018 / 12:06 pm

    So happy you are back Tash! I missed you so much, I’m really glad you are feeling better😊❤️

    • June 3, 2018 / 7:17 am

      I’ve missed you too!! Thank you so much Roxanne, I’m back better than ever!😊❤️

  4. June 2, 2018 / 12:16 pm

    I’m so excited to have you back and cannot wait to see what amazing content you produce this summer! X

    Kate// itskaterose.com

    • June 3, 2018 / 7:18 am

      Thanks so much girly! Lots of new content is coming up this summer and I can’t wait! Xx

  5. June 2, 2018 / 4:04 pm

    eeekkk welcome back!! I must admit that I’m a newbie to your blog but I honestly can’t believe I never knew about it before! your whole blog is stunning and I’ve loved giving your posts a read (especially this one ahaha). I’m currently having a break from my social media due to similar personal/mental health issues and it’s so uplifting to read how much you’ve learnt and valued from your little break away (heres hoping i’ll find the same). I’m so glad you’re feeling more positive about things and I hope that continues.

    all the love from Fi x
    https://www.foreverfi.com

  6. June 2, 2018 / 4:20 pm

    I’ve truly missed your posts & I loved reading this! Big congrats on the scholarship, you deserve it!! I definitely need to credit myself more but I think I’m learning although it’s harder than it seems to stop putting yourself down! And I’ve never really thought about that ‘everything you’re looking for is already within you’ but I think that’s the perfect outlook and really need to put it into practice!
    Fabulous post and I’m overjoyed to have you back again!!
    Kate Xxxx https://www.luxekate.com

  7. June 2, 2018 / 4:51 pm

    Everything you said in this post is so true!! Like I genuinely found myself agreeing to every single point of the five, and there are some of them that I too have been pondering lately. I am so glad you’re back, Tash!! I seriously missed you and your posts so much. xx

    • June 3, 2018 / 7:19 am

      THANK YOU so much girly!! I’m so pleased you could see where I’m coming from in the post, I think they are things we think about a lot, but it’s nice to see someone else is feeling the same just to show we aren’t all alone. Hope you’re doing amazing girly, thanks so much for reading as always xx

  8. June 2, 2018 / 5:32 pm

    I can’t even express how much it makes me smile to see your back Tash! You are so inspiring, gorgeous and lovely and I missed having your new blog posts up on my phone! Hope the rest of your exams go well as you deserve it so much. Also I’m so glad that the break was good for you. Looking forward to more posts! Lots of love xx

    • June 3, 2018 / 7:20 am

      You are honestly so lovely Eden, thank you so much!! I deffo needed the break but I’m so excited to be writing again, so much love xxx

  9. June 2, 2018 / 6:48 pm

    I’m so happy you’re back tash! I love your blog posts & can’t wait to read them all summer! My exams are done in two weeks also, and I can’t tell you how much of a relief it’s going to feel like. So happy to have you back xx

    • June 3, 2018 / 7:21 am

      Thanks so much Soph!! Good luck with your exams, you’re gonna do amazing- two weeks until we are free ahaha! xx

  10. June 13, 2018 / 11:19 am

    Welcome back gal!!!! So glad to see your back blogging again- i’ve missed ya! Good luck with your exams xx

  11. July 2, 2018 / 2:06 pm

    I recently took a bit of a break too, but I’m excited to be back blogging this summer! I loved this post, so thoughtful and so true and I can’t wait to see more of your posts! 💕

    • July 5, 2018 / 9:23 pm

      Thank you so much!! I’m so glad your break did good for you too! xx

    • July 5, 2018 / 9:22 pm

      Thank you so much!! I so agree, that’s why I really wanted to write this post, to let everyone else know we all feel the stress sometimes! xx

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