Without meaning to sound like Usher circa 2004, these are my confessions. I’ve been a bad blogger and I know it, but I’m hoping you’ll forgive me? (Below is my sickly sweet ‘please forgive me’ face).
As much as I would love it to be the case, I do not write full-time (I know, I know, I can hear you now – “But Hollie you’re so good, why hasn’t someone snapped you up yet to write what you like and pay you a hefty amount for the honour?”). If you’re a frequent Just Hollie visitor you will know I work in an office 9-5 and I do actually like my day job, so much so I have worked my big butt off and got myself a promotion starting January – YAYY!! So basically the long and short of why I haven’t been writing posts is this – I’ve been bloody busy. It is so difficult to be a part-time blogger sometimes because it is what you love and what you want to do, but at the same time you have to be realistic in the fact that it is just a hobby. Unless I can commit a LOT more time to blogging which I don’t have, it is never going to make me rich unfortunately. It is the sensible thing to do to put my main efforts into my 9-5 and getting this new role has been such a confidence boost for me, I am buzzing to go back to work tomorrow! Not something which is usually the case in January…
So I know it sounds like I don’t care about my blog or followers or that I’m not serious about this writing malarkey but that isn’t it at all – I think I just need to find a balance between my day job and blogging. I am the type of person that throws themselves into things; when I started Just Hollie I was fully focused on it for a short time, then the job opportunity came up at work and I threw myself into office life (not going to lie, the social side of it as well as working hard). So now I have both, the start of 2017 has made me reassess my life as most people do at the dawn of a new year and I have realised that I can do both. I can put more time into my blog and achieve good things at work, I just need to want it. And I really do want it. Writing always has been and always will be my #1 passion in life and I’ve loved my blogging journey so far, I just need the balance. I also can stop wasting my evening on doing things which I really don’t need to be doing. Spending an hour a night browsing Facebook and Instagram or starting a box set which I know will eat hours of my life. Ambition is useless without the get up and go to achieve your goals – so I’m giving myself a right kick up the bum – which I really did need.
To summarise, expect a serious boss bitch in 2017. I will blog more, bring you great content in the manner you have come to know and hopefully love (shout out to my followers, I still can’t believe people actually read what I write regularly) and also hoping to nail the new day job to keep the security and independence I want for myself. One day, if my writing took me to a place where I didn’t have to travel to an office everyday I will be all over it, but for now, I can’t pretend otherwise.
On a different note, I really hope from the bottom of my heart you all had a cracking Christmas! I spent time with my family, Daniel’s family and the lovely extended family I have which are my friends. I ate too much, drunk like a fish and my only exercise was on a dance floor – safe to say I’m now thankful for the new year and some normality to set back in!