In the last couple of months, I’ve been faced with an interesting quandary. I’ve got work coming out my ears. I’ve got life stuff needing my attention. I’ve got that “Phew, it’s been a busy year” feeling hitting me every second day.
We’re all good at some things, less good at others.
Left unchecked, I’m good at working too much. (Which is to say, I’m naturally bad at finding life balance.) It’s why I’ve spent so much time and energy over the past seven or eight years at setting boundaries, ensuring I stay healthy and motivated for the long haul. Because let’s face it: there’s no point burning out.
In my quest to get better at creating balance, over the years I’ve also become better at knowing when to press the pause button. I was re-reading my post I wrote recently for Samantha Nolan-Smith, and it struck me that while I wholeheartedly believe my own advice, I also need to take it. Usually, I do. But writing that post made me realise, I needed to press pause on the blog, just to give it (and me) a bit more breathing space.
Over the last six months, I’ve focussed on sharing lots of useful tips for freelance writers through this blog. In the process, I discovered I actually enjoy blogging. And I really enjoy connecting with you through the blog. So instant! So different to life as a journalist. It’s been fun to do and it seems like the advice is genuinely useful to you too. Fabulous.
But I’m ready for a shift. To what? I don’t know yet. Which is why I’m taking a pause from the blog for a while.
Over the next few months, I’m going to craft the existing posts into an ‘ordering’ of sorts, to help you navigate freelance life and better find the advice already written here. We’ll also be doing some work behind the scenes to instal all the bells and whistles that keep my website and blog looking their sparkliest selves. Once that’s done, and once I’ve regrouped (yes, after summer!), I’ll be back blogging again.
So where do you find me in the meantime?
So many options. I’m still writing feature articles for magazines and newspapers. Many articles a week. Mostly for the SMH and The Age, also for ABC and various others.
If you want one-to-one advice about your writing, you can book a mentoring session with me.
If you’re on Twitter, I’d love to see you @suewhitewriter. (I’ve got a Facebook page in the works too, coming soon.)
And we’ll also be unveiling my new look website and blog over the coming months.
In the meantime, enjoy the warmer weather, take the chance to go back and poke around posts you may have missed, and do one thing for me: have a think about your own big picture. Are your energies being put in the right place? If not, are you courageous enough to press pause?
See you in 2014!