It’s late August. Angeline is back in school. I am back to work…kind of.
I am having such a hard time getting back into the swing of things after our incredible summer! I had been working non-stop all year in order to save enough money to fund our summer travels, so when June rolled around and the final school bell rang, I made a resolution to really take a vacation while we were on vacation.
What’s a real vacation when you’re a blogger?
I think it’s different for each person. Part of my job as a blogger is to share my life with my readers and social media followers. When I travel, whether it’s a press trip or not, I think it’s important to share with my readers and social media followers what I am doing, what I like, and what I recommend. Who would want to read my blog if they didn’t catch a glimpse of the overall life I lead?
A blog post about shopping in Aix en Provence isn’t nearly as appealing if I hadn’t shared photos along the way, in real time. I love making my social media friends feel like they are on the adventure with me!
So even when I am on vacation – a real vacation – I am active on social media. Plus, it’s something that I really love doing. Who doesn’t love Instagram?! But as far as blog posts go, I did the bare minimum. I wrote posts in advance and had a few friends write guest posts for me so that I wouldn’t have to worry about blogging while I was gone.
Well, I was gone from June 22-July 7, and then from July 16 through August 1. Because we got so sick on the way home from Rome, I was in bed for a week. So that meant that I didn’t really get back to work until around August 10. I did write a blog post here and there when I was hired for campaigns, but they were few and far between.
It was the best summer I’ve ever had!
But now I am back at home, back at my desk, trying to get back into the swing of things.
And it’s hard.
Don’t get me wrong, I still love my job as a blogger and don’t plan on giving it up anytime soon. But as you might have noticed, I am posting less, and taking on less brand work. I might kick things back into high gear after a while, but for now, I am only accepting campaigns that really get me excited, so that I can actually get excited about going to work. Ha!
If only every aspect of my post-vacation life were that simple…after not cooking a single meal for two months, I have found that I really detest my kitchen. I walk in to make dinner and struggle to come up with any ideas. Last night I ended up going to Publix (our local grocery store) and buying a rotisserie chicken, macaroni and broccoli from the deli and that’s what we had for dinner! Chris and I went out to dinner three times last week alone. We hardly ever go out to dinner, that is usually an entire’s month worth of dining out budget!
I had all of these ideas for baking projects after I got home, and now I don’t even want to look at the oven, let alone spend a day using it! I received a box of McCormick extracts and Coffee Bean chocolate powders in the mail yesterday and I think it was the first time I’ve thought about baking since I came home. I was all like, oooh, orange extract, what can I make with that?
I think that’s a step in the right direction. Too bad I can’t find inspiration when it comes to cleaning the house. Not cleaning the house all summer made me so lazy, I can barely stand the thought of loading the dishwasher!
Maybe if I work a little harder, I can afford a maid and then not have to worry about that part…
How do you get back into your regular routine after a vacation? Am I the only one who just wants to crawl into bed and daydream?