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Some Changes.

September 24, 2014

This post has been a long time coming and to be honest, it feels like a relief to be writing it. If you know me, then you know how I operate: work-hard, play-hard. I work crazy long days for weeks on end and then I detach completely. It’s a strategy, which I found to be effective for me in the past, but slowly it is beginning to catch up with me.

Since the blog is not just my passion, but my job it is no exception that I’ve adopted this mentality in how I operate it as a business. So far it’s worked. And while I am so incredibly grateful for the following THM has achieved, in the process I have lost a lot of the core values that this blog is supposed to be about.

Balance is Key // thehealthymaven.comBalance is key. I’ve said it from the start. Move your body, eat your veggies, drink your wine and binge-watch your favourite Netflix show. Some days more veggies than wine, and others more Netflix than activity. It all evens out in the end.

But when those veggies and sweat sessions get pushed aside to make room for more work and then suddenly you find yourself eating popcorn and wine for dinner in your PJs from the night before, it’s pretty clear your balance is off kilter.

This has been me for the past couple of months. I have been working my butt-off, as is to be expected when you are self-employed, but not at the expense of your health. And especially not when you write a blog called The Healthy Maven.

As terrifying for me as this is admit, some changes are necessary. Partially because it’s time that THM and I slow-down our relationship and find a better sense of balance. But also because I have a few other projects in the works that are going to force me to divide and manage my time better.

I don’t want to keep pushing off workouts and skimping on the healthy food because there “isn’t enough time”. I don’t want to say no to an evening walk with C because “I’m too busy working”. I want to work hard to enjoy my life, but not have my life be my job.

So what does this mean? I will be cutting back to 3 or maybeeee 4 (should time allow it) posts a week. I used to post 6 days a week and over the last few months have dropped down to 5 but even this isn’t sustainable.

As to be expected, the focus of these posts will be my always favourite topic, food. Occasionally I’ll be popping in for an update on life, Maven’s Cravins, travel and some blogging-related posts. So pretty much the same as always, just less frequently.

While I am saddened that I’m going to have to be choosier when picking which recipe to make from my never-ending idea list, I also am excited to have a bit more free time to focus on some of the other things and people I love. Plus, I think once I reveal the other projects I am working on you will be happy about this change too.

My tentative posting schedule is looking like it will be Sunday, Tuesday, Friday with either Monday or Wednesday open should I have time to post. Otherwise STF it is (good thing there’s no day of the week with a “U”). I highly doubt you’re sitting at home trying to console yourself, but I felt the need to share with you why I might not be frequenting this place as often as usual.

Should you need some counselling, you can always stalk me on my various social channels. I can’t promise to be all that entertaining but I’ll do my best!

I just realized how fitting it is to be posting this on the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Lately, it’s been feeling like a chapter is coming to a close with a new one about to begin. I am excited/terrified/happy about what this next one has to offer and you better bet I’ll be filling you in when I have the time!

In the meantime, I’ll be embracing the change.

some changesHave you ever recognized that you need to take a step back from something you love?

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    September 24, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Excited to hear about the new project. Good for you for finding a good balance of blogging and taking care of yourself. No amount of work is worth running yourself into the ground over!

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    Emily
    September 24, 2014 at 8:08 am

    You’re absolutely right! There’s no sense in killing yourself and making yourself miserable when you’re self-employed and have the control. While it’s great to get absorbed and obsessed with a new project, it’s easy to burn out and not realize it. You are setting a great example of recognizing your limits and what makes you happy in life, and sticking to it. I wish so many other people would follow that lead (myself included!) since we tend to gravitate to this it’s-not-enough, 12-hour+ workday culture. Enjoy your little extra time, and let it help the creativity flow!

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    Em Todd @ CFGF
    September 24, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Good for you, girl! Not easily done. But sometimes putting your foot down and saying it’s time to do what’s best for you can feel so good. Still looking forward to the posts. And if I’m going to be honest, it’s probably better if I have less that I try to read every day anyway. 😉

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    September 24, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Girl, last night I got home at 6pm and had so much to do that I didn’t even get to eat dinner. I got to catch up with friends for the first time in months, and prioritized finally doing something to the rat’s nest on my hair so that I look presentable for a meeting today, and kind of doing one of the readings that I was assigned. And somehow I still didn’t get to bed until 12:30. So basically, I understand, and I’m glad you’re making the right move for you!

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    Tara Newman
    September 24, 2014 at 7:01 am

    I love your honesty and self-awareness in this post! I can relate to where you are coming from and have made similar choice in my life on a regular basis. Wishing you well.

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    Cat
    September 24, 2014 at 6:44 am

    Very good call lady! I find it easy to get into a trap of working too hard (again, self-employment + type-A personality = workaholism) and as much as I love it… I don’t love how it makes me say no to special people in my life, or not showering for days…

    So, yes, embrace the change of schedule! We’ll miss the Daily D, but it’s for the best 😉

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    erin @ The Almond Eater
    September 24, 2014 at 6:38 am

    Sooooo excited for the new project and for YOU–glad you are taking a step back 🙂 I’ve definitely found that a slightly more lax blogging schedule=more happiness and more time with M, which I enjoy. Oh, and eating snacks/wine for dinner? Totally been there.

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    Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy
    September 24, 2014 at 6:37 am

    No need to feel sorry about it, David a! You’re still posting a lot per week so we wont miss you 🙂

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    Lauren
    September 24, 2014 at 6:01 am

    I am really happy you are going to find some good balance again girl – it is so important!! You are going to do it wonderfully I am sure of it! Can’t wait to see what projects you have lined up xx p.s. your new photo is beaut!

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    September 24, 2014 at 5:55 am

    I don’t even know how you have developed, cooked and beautifully photographed so many recipes so many days of the week! Perfect time to find a new balance…. L’Shana Tovah!

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    Sigrid
    September 24, 2014 at 5:37 am

    I usually never comment, but I couldn’t not do so for this post! I’m so happy that you’ve decided to take some time to breathe. I have had to do the same in my life, and so I know exactly how amazing it feels to finally have time to take a step back and open up my life to the people I love. It’s not truly living to me if I prioritize food/fitness before my boyfriend, my parents, and my friends.

    So I’ll keep reading your blog! Definitely looking forward to seeing what projects are coming up!

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    September 24, 2014 at 5:09 am

    YES.

    I cannot wait for the big reveal. I already know you two will donald trump it.

    Work out this acronym- TGIHYOSD.

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