20 November 2017

A PERSONAL NOTE



I'm back bitches. And boy has it been a while. Life lately has been beyond chaotic. Some days are lively, others simply filled with pure exhaustion and depletion. The struggle for work, life and blog balance has been challenging at best, and something I've found myself contending with over the past few years. One minute you're certain you've found that holy grail of balance, then the next, the unwieldy realisation that such discoveries are hardly feasible in the longterm.

The past few months saw me take a whirlwind trip to Northern Portugal and attempting to relaunch myself back into the freelance world. And all the while being steadily inundated and preoccupied with my usual nine to five. That notion of balance, seemingly lost between the pages. However a beautifully honest post by Shoes and Glitter awakened something from within and brought about some much needed clarity. It wasn't that my love for blogging had expired, but it certainly was waning. And the culprit was through my relentless pursuit of perfection which had truly depleted my creativity and overall enjoyment that came with curating this blog and other social media outlets. There was also the small, awkwardly significant detail that I had just lost motivation.

Plus I was simply burnt out.

Now, I wouldn't say I am returning well rested. Far from it in fact. Nor am I yet to conquer my nemesis "balance". But I do feel as though I am reentering the blogsphere with more transparency and direction. Albeit a work in progress but that is what most blogs are. A permanent document of continual improvement and reinvention. The past year or so I feel as though I've strayed from my original intentions. I had been overly caught up in hype and certain blogging moulds, attempting to conform and seemingly losing my overall vision in the process. It has been a patchwork of disorientation and irregularity. And my worst offending trait has been absence; in every sense of the word, but one I hope to amend in the near future. And while I still stand by my ideals for quality, I'll be far more flexible, organised and (hopefully) consistent in penning such creations. With a firmer focus on my own writings and a deeper exploration into photography, travel and visual stimulation. Most importantly more creativity and cohesion between styling and my own voice.
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  1. Welcome back Sonia!
    Have a great start of the week!
    Kisses, Paola.

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  2. Thanks a lot :D

    finally my dear. I've missed your posts <3

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  3. Welcome back! It's always a good idea to make a break!

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  4. Its great to see that you are back :)
    Wonderful post dear!
    Beauty and Fashion Freaks

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  5. Welcome back girl <3
    Nice post!
    rampdiary

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  6. Sonia! So great to hear from you and to see you're back!:) XOXO I was wondering how things have been with you coz the last thing I remember was your Portugal trip. I totally understand why you took the time off. Reading about what you've been up to...wow! You've been certainly busy! So awesome to hear that things have gotten to the point where you now feel ready to be back in the blogging world. I will say that the saying "Perfection is the enemy of the good." We all get caught up in being the best and sometimes, when that doesn't happen (using our own system of judgement), it's like, what?!?!
    Your blog has always had beautiful content, both in prose and in the pictures. Just keep doing what you're doing.:)

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  7. Welcome back.. kinda sorta..
    We all go through those periods.. and need to take a little break, take a step back and reassess before diving back in or sometimes even saying goodbye.

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  8. Great to see you're back! I'm posting much less than I used to but sometimes that's just the way it is... as long as your motivation is back.

    ANOUK

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  9. Nice to see you back to blogging Sonia.

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  10. SLAY GIRL!! And welcome back! Would love it if you checked out my new trend talk post

    Kisses xo | From Aliona With Love
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  11. This was so beautifully written, welcome back! I just returned to blogging after months of not posting and I totally understand how on top of being busy, you just lose your motivation because you're exhausted. I felt the same girl, I hope to see more posts soon! :)

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  12. Welcome back, Sonia and it's good to hear from you again. We all get really burnt out, myself included and I wish I could just pack up and shut down the blog for a bit instead, I half heartedly push myself on. My writing is suffering, the quality of my post is embarrassing....you motivate me to stop and take a breather.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

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  13. Congratulations on your return to blogging and the embrace of your individuality!
    The blogosphere is richer with your voice in it.

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  14. Hey you girl, nice to read you again! I think you have to do what you feel <3

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  15. Hi Sonia welcome back!
    I am glad to hear that you have found a balance. I believe that one has to blog whenever he/she has the need to tell about something.
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  16. True !

    I take my blog as a creative space for my thoughts and ideas .

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  17. Welcome back, gurl! Can totally understand sometimes blogging can be very exhausting, taking a break is a good idea I feel :)
    xx
    Ankita
    http://realgirltalks.com/

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  18. Great to see you back blogging again! My current blog isn't my first one, the last one died after I never updated it as I felt nothing was 'good' enough, so I resolved this time to just post what I had anyway and who cares if I scroll back and cringe at my outfits in the future? haha! I hope you continue to enjoy blogging and you find something that works for you - having fun and enjoying what you post and posting when you can will always be more enjoyable than feeling like you have to stick to a schedule! Do what makes you happy :)

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope you are having a nice start to the week :) I'm taking part in a capsule wardrobe challenge on Instagram which is fun! :)

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  19. I'm so glad you're back Sonia! Balance can be a tricky proposition at certain points in our lives and I hope that you will be able achieve a comfortable measure soon. I struggle with it myself at times but sometimes stepping back for a little bit can really help. Looking forward to seeing your new posts.

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  20. Yesss! Welcome back! Your trip to Portugal looked amazing. I LOVE IT THERE. I hope you're taking it easy and not stressing too much. I totally get what you mean about being a perfectionist. I've learned to let a lot of that go while blogging. Basically, I choose my battles with myself haha. Not everything is going to be perfect, but as long as you're seeing yourself/ your content get better and better, that's a basis for celebration. ;)

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

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  21. I'm happy to feel you again welcome back

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  22. Well, I know what you're talking about. Welcome back and hopefully you drift into that balance soon :)

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  23. Oh I hear you, blogging is A LOT of work and a commitment. And it is all consuming and you have to wear so many hats and then on top of it all it keeps chaining. Not the easiest of feats to pull off to be sure and seeing the overwhelming success of a handful of bloggers/vloggers makes it seem like you are spinning your wheels but if you love you will return to it right?

    Allie of ALLIENYC
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  24. I can entirely understand how you feel. I am glad to see you're back. I've been incredibly busy these days with freelance projects and work life, so it's impossible to blog more than once a week for me. Above all, do what makes you happy in the end. Look forward to seeing more from you. Wishing you the best, lovely. <3 x/Madison
    FASHION TALES

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  25. Such a great review! Thanks for sharing dear!!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
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  26. Welcome back, dear! I hope you feel more oriented now and you just feel better. It is important to take breaks once in a while and try to understand ourselves.
    Btw, I am identifying myself with every single word of this post, so thank's for sharing it!
    And also, love your writing!

    xo Corina
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  27. I am happy to read a new post from you
    My best wishes to you darling
    xx

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  28. Awww welcome back girlie! I have to say I go through similar situations from time to time with my blog too. It really is a difficult job to maintain a blog and keep cranking posts and content and trying not to lose sight of your vision and love for blogging. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us and I hope things get better <33 This photo is GORG btw!
    xo Samantha

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  29. I hope you find that highly coveted perfect 'balance' Sonia! Happy to see you return to blogging, I've always particularly enjoyed your creative layouts and general aesthetic :)

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  30. Welcome back, Sonia! I see you have really hard times behind you and I'm relieved to read you feel at least a bit rested. Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts! And finding the right balance is for sure challenging ...
    xx Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  31. Breaks are good sometimes !
    But I'm glad you're back on blogging !
    xx,
    Margot
    https://troughthepasturesofthesky.com/

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  32. Wonderful post!
    Have a nice week!
    Gil Zetbase

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  33. Happy to see you back Sonia! I've been there! HaHaHa I know how you feel. I get a gust of enthusiasm and then have to slow my roll. It's all about shifting gears! But always do what is best for you.
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  34. I know what you mean, Sonia, blogging can be exhausting at times so a break is sometimes the best way to reconnect with your blogging voice and charge up the creativity batteries. Glad to see you are back and hope you are finding that balance a bit closer every day. Love from England,


    Saida | She talks Glam

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  35. I'm glad you're back & fully recharged! Looking fwd to your posts, babe! xoxo

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