26 December 2015

Time Out

Time Out
Another year has come and has almost gone and I am sat here having just written and published my Merry Christmas post. It is funny because when I very first started my blog back in 2012 I had no idea at just how much I would come to love it, yet here I am having just written my third Christmas post. 

For the last six months however I have felt as though I have out grown this little space on the internet. Those that follow me on twitter may have witnessed my frustration in regards to this on occasion and for that I apologise; I am not one to publicly harp on about something. I guess for the better part it shows that I care and only want to do the best that I can, although for me that is still no excuse. I have come to realise that I have expectations of myself which are perhaps too high; I think I can do so much when in fact I have reached my limit. 

At the end of July I landed myself a new job and I have to say that it has changed my life a lot. I work full time now meaning I am out the house from 7am until 7pm, it is a very long day and it can make blogging extremely difficult. I find this especially tough come the weekend when I have everything else to do such as cleaning, washing and food shopping to take care of, and that's before I have even had chance to catch up with friends. My job is leading me onto some pretty great opportunities at the moment which I am so grateful for, therefore my blog will take a bit more of a back step come next year, although I am most certainly not disappearing; I enjoy it too much to do that. 

I do worry that in stepping back I will lose readers and that my blog will struggle to grow. Numbers do not drive my blog, they never have and they certainly never will, however I cannot lie that seeing my readership grow is encouraging. For me they show me that maybe I am doing something right and that people enjoy what I am harping on about and do you know what, that's blooming awesome! 

Over the last two months I have seriously being thinking about a brand new blog and re-brand. That is not because I am bored, on the contrary I have never had more ideas than I have now; I just need more time to produce the content to go with them. To be honest I need a fresh start, I have loved A Little Boat Sailing and the opportunities it has provided me, however the girl that started that blog has grown up a lot since then. I have been through highs and incredible lows whereby I have to say that my outlook on life has changed considerably and do you know what, I want to talk about that. Whilst I adore beauty blogging this is not a true reflection of me, there is more to me than my favourite lipstick and in 2016 I really want to embrace that and to share it with you.

From the bottom of my heart I would like to end this post with a huge thank you to those that have being following my blog. This journey, as small as it may appear has been incredible. Who could have predicted that by opening up blogger one evening over three years ago that this would have led me to the point of sitting here on Boxing Day 2015 at 12:37am thanking people I have never even had the pleasure to meet.

Over the next few days I will be taking a little blog break as I need some time off to simply relax. In that time I will be catching up on some of my favourite blogs and I will be on the hunt for some new ones to follow too, therefore if you have any recommendations for me then please do leave them in the comments below.

I hope everybody has had a lovely Christmas and I wish you all a very happy and successful 2016.

P.S The Daniel Wellington code I have running is still going strong therefore if you have any Christmas money to spend this year and you fancy treating yourself then you can pick up 15% off your order using the code 'alittleboatsailing' over on the Daniel Wellington website. 
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