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Life Update & Tips on Blogging


Hello, my beautiful friends! I have truly missed you all.

So I've been somewhat MIA recently, okay well a few months and while I could say that I was recharging my batteries or laying on a sandy beach with no cell service, I honestly wasn't but I wish I was. I wouldn't say I was necessarily feeling "uninspired" either,  I was just feeling inspired in other areas of my life, other than blogging aka my day job as a social media coordinator for historic sites along the St Lawrence corridor. Sometimes when you have a lot going on, it's hard to focus on life and blogging.

Don't get me wrong, I love what I do though working in the tourism industry is hella busy come summer time. I work evenings, weekends you name it but it's pretty sweet. Though it hasn't given me much time for my side hustle of blogging, which in reality it is the number one item that motivates me in all aspects. In fact, it's always been the thing that relaxes me most and brings me joy after a long day. And truthfully, blogging gave me the skills to land my current gig.

Rosalyn Gambhir - Life Update & Tips on Blogging
Snapped by the lovely Claire Bouvier at Doner Studio
There were times in the past few years, where I've personally been all-in with a full-time, a part-time job along with the side hustle and a few projects on the go. Crazy right? With that comes the skill of time management and self-care. Blogging and freelancing can take a lot out of you. Working with brands, creating posts, posting on social media, always being on top of your Instagram story game, etc.

Sometimes you just need some time to recharge and that's totally okay. I find that if I'm burnt out, my posts don't come out as good and I don't actually end up ever posting them. I'm the type of person that won't post something if I'm not absolutely in love with it and there are several posts that have sat in draft mode for months.

While this lifestyle still hasn't changed all too much, this year has been more intense than any other. A lot of my brain power has been going into my day job which isn't a bad thing. In the blogging world, you’re told to be consistent but if you need a break, no one should be telling you otherwise. You now yourself best. If you're feeling like you might need a blogging break, then just go for it.

Rosalyn Gambhir - Life Update & Tips on Blogging
Mackinnon Brewery's Sunday Market
While my hiatus was somewhat unintentional, as one week passed by another flew by and then it was a few months. I could say I'm sorry but my mind needed the time off. During this time, I attended a university friend's wedding in the beautiful Muskoka, my fiancee Ryan and I hosted our first bbq at our new home over May long weekend, I went to Boldt Castle with my mom for Mother's Day, checked out Mackinnon Brewery's Sunday market with the girls, explored new foodie spots such as Spearhead Brewery along with Otter Creek Farms Food Truck in Kingston, celebrated Ryan's 35th birthday with friends and the list goes on.

Essentially I wanted to acknowledge this slight break from blogging but thoroughly enjoyed being present and snapping candid shots here and there for Instagram rather than thinking too much about the perfect gram.

With that said, I am BACK and what better way to celebrate than to share some blogging tips:

Do It Because You Love It

This is a big one - do it because you love it and you will do it forever (hopefully).

In a world where social media dominates, it isn't shocking that many are living towards the numbers,  from likes to followers but that isn't the gateway to happiness. It may for a short period of time, but in the long run, you need to figure out who you are and what motivated you at the beginning to drive your passion especially if you are interested in blogging. You need to love the process and that will allow you to continue this journey, rather than starting and then coming to a complete halt (which sadly I've seen too many times).

So my number one tip is to start with the right intentions.

Time and time again, I have seen people start a blog because it's the ‘it’ thing to do. Don’t look at the numbers or money, because I’ll be honest - you won’t be able to maintain your blog with that mindset, especially since these are longterm goals. In the words of Gary V, you've already lost.

Making It Work

Success doesn't happen overnight - it takes persistence and tenacity to get your foot in the door. But patience is the holy grail of hustling to get your way in the blogsphere. You can't be afraid to go the extra mile and while there's lots of ugly, you also need to also find a middle ground that will allow for work-life balance. Trust me - juggling a day job, freelance writing, blogging, and the list goes on, I have found my happy medium that keeps me sane yet I love it all. You need to work hard to play hard - no blogger woke up one day and instantly got invited to glamourous events. They worked their butts off to get to where they are today!

Sharing The Love

This is probably the biggest takeaway of all. Boys and girls, that means getting off your high horse and stepping away from negativity - no competition, no agenda and pardon my language, no freakin' bullshit. Comparison is noise - rather find your tribe aka build a support system of like-minded gals who have your back.

Rosalyn Gambhir - Life Update & Tips on Blogging
Peonies bush at our new home

See you on the next post friends!
Rosalyn Gambhir
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  1. Great post Rosalyn! I have also found this summer more distracting (in a good way) from my blogging. I'm a firm believer in taking time off, and just doing what YOU need to do. Your tips are spot on!
    Hope the rest of your summer is great too!
    ~Jess

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