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