Alternate title: the one where everything changes… for the better.
So, lately I have been really absent from the book blogging world. Here, social media, Discord… And I really hate it, and I really miss you all.
But it hasn’t been without good reason, I promise. Because you see, just over a month ago I started working full time again. Not even just full time. I started working two jobs.
For the past several years (7+) I have been working for my dad’s business doing the office work out of my parents’ home. I have a whole host of health issues, including chronic pain, Ulcerative Colitis, mental health struggles, and so on and so forth. I honestly didn’t think I would ever work in a structured work environment ever again.
And then in early September I was approached for my skills and my personality to work a 9-5, Monday to Friday office job. I was nervous, because I didn’t think I wanted to do that kind of schedule for anything less than my dream job. But I took the plunge. And it has been wonderful.
(I am still working for my dad for the time being, too. So I went from working part time in a home setting to working full time in an office, AND part time at home.)
It still isn’t work that I would describe as my dream job – I am not working in the book industry, after all. But I am doing better than just OK with the full time work. I am thriving.
I am still dealing with a lot of health issues, too. They didn’t magically disappear. I still have bad pain days, and bad bathroom days. I still get migraines and panic attacks. But I went in with full disclosure about my health, and that was huge for me.
Still, I have dropped the ball on my blog more than once since I started working more. And I take that really seriously. So for now at least, I need to restructure some things. I won’t be signing up for any more blog tours for the foreseeable future, and I am going to be extremely picky with the ARCs I request going forward. I still have time to read, and reviewing books is still something I love. But blogging is like a full time job in and of itself, and I can’t quite manage three of those. Not while maintaining my sanity.
Thus, I need a hiatus. If all goes as it has been, my probation should be done early in the new year. At that point, I will look again at the realities of what I can manage without burning out on anything.
Stay bookish, lovelies! ❤
Yay! I’m so happy you were able to get a job! I’m glad you’re hiatus is because you’ve been busy and not something bad! This is a GREAT update, IMO.
Kudos for knowing your limits and putting yourself first. Good luck with the jobs and we’ll be here when you are better positioned to come back
Glad things are working out so well for you!