As a big proponent of making the most of your time and chasing new experiences, I feel like it's time to take my own advice. I'm getting away and taking a break.
With an endless stream of projects, plenty of contract work, and my own demanding creative gigs, my year so far has been dominated by an ambitious schedule. Don't get me wrong, it's a good kind of busy. My videos, photo sets and various blog posts have reached tens of thousands of viewers in the last few months, and the opportunities that have popped up on the back of some of these things have been amazing. The correspondence, messages, and personal emails have opened so many doors, and I seem to have hit my stride. It's been incredible, exciting, and utterly exhausting.
I reached the end of July realizing that I hadn't taken much time to just enjoy myself without getting wrapped up in my work. My blog, as part of promoting and sharing these things, has also been a demanding part of the process. In the course of all of these extra projects it's only been more difficult to go out and actually have enough of a life to post about anything. I knew something was going to have to give - so here we are.
For the first time since 2010, I'm giving myself permission to take a break from my website for the very sake of making it better. I'm going on a few road trips, I'm going to visit with friends, I'm going to cross a few things off my bucket list, and I'm going to shelve ALL of my work for a few weeks. It's the perfect opportunity to come back with a vengeance when summer winds down - and at the very least, it will give my creatively-taxed brain a rest.
I love this site, and I love what it's become in 2013. It's not an easy thing for me to separate myself from a project that I've invested so much in, but I need some time to recharge without feeling pressured to share, post, or promote for a change. Seems reasonable, right? Enjoy the rest of your summer folks! I know I will.