I feel like I need to formally say "hi" after being away from the blog for the past 3 months. I never intended to be away this long, but wow does time fly! I'm glad to be back, and really missed my little space here on the internet. So "hi", and welcome back to Manis & Margaritas!
Well, where have I been? I wish I had a really interesting adventure to tell you about, that I backpacked Europe or sailed around the world, but the truth is far less impressive. Actually, it's not impressive at all. The truth is, I hit a wall. After about 5 months of blogging, it started to seem like a chore. I wasn't getting excited about painting my nails, taking pictures, and posting it for all the world to see. The weather outside got nice, I got busy, and I fell out of the habit of finding time to blog. I had other things taking up my time, and the thought of pulling together a blog post seemed overwhelming. I never stopped painting my nails, I still love doing that, but I needed some time away. I couldn't get myself motivated, and decided to give it a break for a while.
To be honest, I had feelings of failure after I stopped. I had all of these visions of what my blog would be, and then I just stopped, cold turkey. I realize now that I jumped into this whole blogging thing kind of on a whim. I had no clue what it was all about, but I knew that I enjoyed reading other people's blogs, and I liked sharing my nail art and stories, so I thought "what the heck, why don't I start a blog?". I really underestimated the amount of time and energy it takes to run a blog. I went through a period of obsession, where all I talked about was my blog, and I thought about how I could grow my blog, advertise on my blog, make money off my blog, the list goes on... Eventually, I snapped back to reality and realized that I was spending a lot of time on the blog, and was starting to dread doing my nails. I needed to find a balance that worked for me. I wanted to come back when I was excited about it again, and now is that time.
So, bear with me as I wade into the shallow end of the pool. I've learned my lesson, and this time, I'm not going to dive into the deep end without a life jacket!
Here are a few snippets of what I've been up to this summer. Thanks for sticking around, and we'll chat again soon!