Ânia Marcos
Ânia Marcos

Taking My Own Advice: Why I’m Pausing My Blog Posts

I don’t know much about juggling, but I imagine no one starts immediately with 15 balls. You get used to one first, and then, as you improve your throwing and catching, you slowly add more balls to the mix.

Slow and steady.

…and if you sprain your wrist, guess what? You have to stop juggling until you recover and then start with fewer balls so you can build your way up.

Makes sense, right?

A few months ago I realized I was suffering from one severe burnout.

I didn’t see it coming, I refused to believe I was experiencing one, and I felt ashamed. Ashamed that I didn’t see it, and ashamed that I failed while trying so hard to maintain a balanced lifestyle so I could lead by example and write about it.

…but that was never what my blog posts were about. I never claimed to be an expert. It was always about sharing my experiences in hopes to help others who were struggling with the same questions.

Even though a burnout isn’t something to be proud of, at least I can look at it as an opportunity to be a more well-rounded person.

Today, I’m happy to be able to say I’m recovering really well and am able to juggle some balls again.

…but not 15.

That’s why, even though I love it, I’m pausing my blog writing for a while.

Slow and steady.

We have a limited amount of precious energy. After a pause, I switched jobs, careers even, and started asking more questions about myself.

What do I truly want?

I still don’t know all the answers, but I know I want to keep developing my Children’s Book project. I want to present it at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair next April.

I promise to be back and share more updates about my progress, process, and also what happened that led me to one burnout without realizing, but for now, I need to focus.

In the meantime, please comment or email me with any questions you have. I’d love to hear from you and address your questions on future blog posts. 🙂

See you soon!

…and thank you. Your support kept me going. You truly rock <3

6 Comments

  1. Xicolami - 3 weeks ago

    Best of Luck Ânia! I am recovering for a burnout myself and it’s something I don’t even wish to my worse enemy.
    All the best for you and take it as easy and slow as possible!

    • aniamarcos - 3 weeks ago

      Thank you!! <3 Your supportive comment means a lot, truly! 🙂

  2. Lauren - 3 weeks ago

    Âniaaaaaa I love you <3 In terms of feeling ashamed about being hit with burnout despite attempting a balance and leading by example, it occurs to me that in all experiments, scientists have to be a part of their experiments and inevitably experience the effects of their experiments, otherwise the experiments never take place, and they can't share their discoveries and revelations with others. So I hope that shame doesn't linger <3 And it's in apparent 'failures' that we learn and can share the most (as well you know) 😉 So enjoy your blogging break, lady! May it be fruitful and rejuvenating. I'll be here to read when (or if) you get back 😉

    • aniamarcos - 3 weeks ago

      Awww, thank you Lauren!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 T_T You're so sweet and encouraging, thank you so much!

  3. Lizzy - 3 weeks ago

    Your posts are always so on point, Ania. Seeing you take a break and listen to your own advice is just more evidence to the wisdom of your words. I always look forward to seeing your posts, and it will be lovely when you return to them, but I’m glad that you’re taking whatever steps you need to find balance. 🙂 <3

  4. John - 3 weeks ago

    You’ve given us so much to work on here anyway. Just to take action on the volume of advice you’ve provided. So glad you’re getting an opportunity to focus on a new adventure. You’re building on a strong foundation.

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