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The Hardest Decision I Have Ever Made About My Blog

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I don’t even know where to begin. I’ve been dreading writing this post because it is a result of a big decision that I’ve had to make. I knew that this decision was coming miles away when I decided that I wanted to move further in my education and that there would be some sacrifices that I would have to make. But the feeling that I had to make an actual announcement and address all of this became very apparent this week when my acceptance packet for one of the programs I applied to came in the mail, and tremendously apparent when Paige literally wrote a blog post about making big decisions.

It was like the universe was screaming, “CHRISSEY, you know what you have to do.” My gut knew the answer and I knew what decision I had to make.

I once dated this guy who basically told me to sacrifice my career in order to be his wife. It was a straight-up ultimatum but I said no. I said no so fast that it could have slapped him upside the head and he wouldn’t have felt it. I knew I said no because the sacrifice wasn’t worth it.

But in this case, the sacrifice is very much worth it.

Recently, I’ve been taking the semester off. Which led to me producing daily content. Producing daily content is tremendously difficult unless it is your full-time job to blog. I think that unless you have a photographer on-call and have nothing going on except your blog, it can be difficult and tricky to balance all the aspects of your life. If I was still in classes, I know that I would not be producing daily content…or I would be producing daily content that is not very good.

So in the near future when I need to focus on school and my clinical coursework and rotations? I know I won’t be able to produce daily content. I wish that I was Wonder Woman and I wish that I was perfect, but I’m not. And I go on my blog and I write on it as an escape and I don’t ever want it to be something that causes stress in my life.

So, I made the decision that I would be blogging less. I will now be blogging two times a week and there will be new posts on Mondays and Thursdays. I’ll still be tweeting daily in my spare moments, and posting Instagrams a few times a week, but there won’t be daily blog posts anymore. I may sneak an extra post in here and there, but I do not want to promise anything that I may not be able to deliver on. Only time (and how hard this program is) will tell.

It was definitely a hard decision to make, but a necessary sacrifice for my future and for my career. I know this isn’t as dramatic as me quitting cold-turkey, but even this downsizing to only two posts a week feels MASSIVE in my eyes. I start feeling blog withdrawal after being away for like a day! But my purpose isn’t just to sit here and to churn out blog posts on the daily. I’m a human being with career goals, hopes, and dreams. And I don’t want to burn myself out.

I’m so prone to burning out, so I’m making this decision for myself. I promise that the content and the sass will still be same….you just won’t have it on the daily. But I think that will make when I do post a little more special! And my posts won’t be buried as easily.

The program doesn’t start for a while and I’m still waiting to hear back from some programs but the changes will start next week. I need to put myself in a routine (and you all too!) or else I will be so tempted to keep blogging on the daily once the program starts. And with how busy I’ll be and how rigorous it is…I can’t risk that.

I kind of think of it as a reward, rather than a sacrifice. One day (in a few years), when I’m working in the field and I’m a Medical Lab Scientist (or Technologist), I will have achieved a big portion of my career goals and be able to blog daily again. And that is honestly, a phenomenal reward for me and a great incentive. I truly do love blogging, if you guys couldn’t tell that already.

So that is my announcement and my big decision. I will see you guys Monday (as hard as it will be for me!). Thank you so much for your understanding and for being here with me as I embark on this personal journey. I appreciate you all you much, and thanks for always being absolutely phenomenal.

What do you guys think about the new posting schedule? How often do you all post? Does it work for you and your schedule?

“Truly successful decision-making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking.”
Malcolm Gladwell

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20 Comments

  1. You are definitely making the right choice! Your classes have to come first. Unfortunately, professors won’t postpone an exam or extend a deadline because you have to blog. 😏 I can’t imagine anyone being upset about your decision. You have my support!

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    • That’s exactly how I feel! I think that certain things have precedence and that me blogging 2x a week won’t be something that’s earth shattering! Thank you for your support and wonderful words, I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

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  2. I think you’ve made the right decision. I study full time, so I only post once a week. I would rather have balance in my life and post quality content weekly , than rush my posts. That would just take the fun out of blogging and then, what would be the point? xx

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    • I think so too! I think 2-3 times a week with good content is better than rushed posts and stressing out. Like you said, blogging is supposed to be fun!

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  3. You do what you have to do girl! Sneak posts as many times as you want and use that schedule option!

    Plus school kills. Work kills. Lol but it’ll be okay! Those that really enjoy your writing will stick around no matter what. I know I will be! ❤

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    • I’ll definitely have to see what happens through trial and error! Life gets busy sometimes and unless you’re a FT blogger it’s hard to produce daily content. Thank you for the support and the nicest words, you’re always so positive! 💚💕

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  4. Best wishes to you in starting classes again, and I’ll be looking out for those bi-weekly posts! I’m currently in school full-time, and have a goal to post twice a week but usually forget (the scheduling feature is becoming my saving grace)! I think you’ll probably be more diligent that I am, and I guess the bonus of the set schedule is knowing that, if blogging is how you decompress, there will always be time set aside for accomplishing it – even if it’s not as much as you’d like.

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    • Thank you, Liv! I decided to start this week so that I’d be accustomed to it once classes/my program starts. I think it’s definitely harder than it seems to keep current with blogging when life gets busy but like you said, since it’s therapeutic I’ll always have time aside for it!

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  5. Congrats on getting into a program, girl!! I’ve been wanting to further my education but decided to wait a few years when I’m more financially and emotionally prepared. Don’t ever feel bad for putting your career or personal life before blogging. Sometimes, like this situation, it’s absolutely necessary. Good luck on your new endeavor and I can’t wait to read about it! x

    Valerie // avecvalerie.com

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    • Thank you so much! I’ll definitely have to wait and see and vibe with my program to decide on posting dates. Right now I’m overestimating how busy I’ll be… but I’d rather be overprepared than underprepared! I think that deciding to go further in your education is definitely a big decision, I definitely contemplated taking some time off to work and recoup after my first degree but I decided that I just wanted to keep going. Thank you for the kind words and support! I’m excited for all of this and can’t wait to share.

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      • I definitely agree. It’s always better to be prepared than unprepared at all! I’m sure you’ll figure out a schedule that works for you. Can’t wait to hear updates!

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    • I will be posting Monday and Thursdays now, so there will be new content those days! I think that non-daily posting will make it so my content isn’t buried as well! So it’s a nice change.

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