Typically I only take 2 breaks away from blogging in the year; summer and the holidays but the last 2 weeks have been especially draining for me and I simply just need another one now. I didn't plan on it and I thought I would be able to push through till December but I fear that if I do that, I will without question break down.
I had planned on showing off a new blog theme/design to mark my birthday and to give my platform a fresh new professional look but unfortunately I got scammed by Pipdig, which was the host I patronized. I took the L on that one because I didn't do my due diligence like I normally would to make sure it was legit before making payment to them for a theme I liked. I had seen one or 2 bloggers use their themes on their blogs and just assumed it was a safe bet but I was wrong. Money has been wasted with nothing to show and that really got under my skin because this has never happened to me before.
My sister suffered a really traumatic sickle cell crisis that required her hospitalization for several days and that also had a profound effect on my emotional health. I'm used to seeing her go through these painful episodes but this was different. We know what's going on with her now and that's just put me in a bad head space. Time away to breathe and pray is all I need at the moment.
Other personal issues that I've been dealing with have taken a toll on me mentally and for that reason also I need to pull back and take care of myself. None of this was planned like I said but I need another break to regroup, get my mind in a more positive place before coming back to do what I love creatively. I plan on being gone only a month and so hope to be back by the 3rd Of November before taking the next break to spend time with my loved ones over the holidays.
2020 has made self care even more of a priority because it has really been a tough year for all of us. As always, I hope not to lose too many of you while I'm gone and hope to come back feeling much better and ready to keep giving you the content you enjoy.