Until recently, I've prided myself on refusing to take a break from blogging since this site was launched. On multiple occasions I would carry my backpack home to Jersey for just a day to take several weeks' worth of photos in preparation.
If you've been following along on Instagram, you'll know I just returned from a month of backpacking through Europe shortly following a few weeks in Asia. Needless to say this kind of travel does not quite accommodate blogging, so I finally took my first slight break in 2.5 years. And you know what? It was worth it.
As much as I love creating content for this site, it was a nice change to not have a plan. I didn't prepare posts for the time I was away or spend every night in my hostels trying to publish from my phone. For the first time in a while, I traveled as everyone should -- with my mind focused on the present experience.
Because of this I have returned feeling refreshed and newly inspired. People always need breaks from their consistencies; it's the reason for PTO and holiday closings. Not only do these diversions support relaxation, but they also provide room for starting anew. One of the things I love most about travel in particular is the opportunity to become educated and inspired and thus change the pace of daily life back home.
Work hard, but don't be afraid to step back once in a while. It's been proven that a simple walk outside during your typical lunch break refuels your creative thinking. Let's just say I've returned from quite a long walk, and I'm ready to take on this blog again with full force.
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