Blogger Burnout and Why Taking a Break is Necessary











Top: c/o David Lerner | Denim: Oak + Fort similar | Belt: Gucci | Bag: c/o Le Chateau  | Earrings: Forever 21 | Sandals: c/o Sanuk | Mules: Similar  

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You may have noticed that I have been absent on the blog and social media lately. There are no apologies here as the hubby and I are currently traveling through Europe and I owe it to him and myself to be present for this trip. The first few days I felt completely guilty with my absence but by the fourth day I felt at ease. My days off allowed me to self reflect and realize that I was on the verge of blogger burnout. 

I love the blogging world and all the craziness that comes along with it but sometimes I'm guilty of over-committing and in turn, completely depleting myself.  I have the type of personality like most of my blogger babes out there do, type A all the way. This can both be a good and bad thing when it comes to building your blogging empire. For me, my over-achieving personality had me working 7 days a week, and up past midnight on most nights. It's hard to say no and put work away when it's exciting and fulfilling but even a passion needs to be put to bed at night. 

Over the next few weeks, I will be journaling and creating a plan for myself to keep my days more balanced when I return home. If you'd like me to share what I come up with, leave it in the comments below. 

Now on to my outfit and a mini recap of my third day in Barcelona. Thank goodness I brought this off-shoulder top by David Lerner with me, I didn't realize how hot it was going to be on this trip! Midway through the day,  I switched from my mules to a pair of slip-on sandals to give my feet a bit of a break. I hope you're not getting completely sick of seeing me wear this Gucci belt because you'll be seeing a lot more of it in the next coming posts!

Barcelona continued to impress me with its beautiful monuments, parks and just overall warm and welcoming vibes. Stay tuned for a full guide of my favourite places to eat, drink and visit in Barcelona!

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  1. Would love to read what you've come up with! It's always such a challenge trying to figure out a "proper system" since my days vary outside of my day job. It's fun for the most part to have that flexibility yet at the same time, my Type A side is going nuts haha.

    Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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    1. I hope to share my ideas in the next month or so =). And i totally know what you mean! Sometimes I have to tell my Type A personality to shush lol.

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  2. Ah, I am sure your words will resonate with a lot of blogging gals out there, me included, particularly when you don't have a big team behind you helping with the content and social media. It can be exhausting and you indeed owed it to your hubby and to yourself to have some real holidays :) Looking forward to seeing your Barcelona guide and please, do share your tips on avoiding the blogger burnout syndrome!

    Besos


    Saida | She talks Glam

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  3. that outfit is so lovely! i sure would love to read what you have come up with! and i feel you, babe! i have my blog since January this year and i really enjoy to post something every week. but since my exams the past weeks, i am 'forced' to take a break on blog and felt guilty about it. but then again, i think it is doing me some good! so have a good time in Barcelona!!

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  4. I am definitely type A as well so I feel your struggle girl! Lovely outfit!

    Briana
    http://beyoutifulbrunette.blogspot.com/

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  5. I'm so glad you mentioned the blogging burnout! I've been feeling so overwhelmed myself lately as well! I agree, it's so hard not to put your all into this business, as it appears there's no other way to grow! However, taking a break and being present in the moment is so important, I need to learn to balance work, the blog and my personal life better.

    Much love from California!

    Paulina | Shenska

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  6. I think the summer and the stupid new IG algorithm has got us all re-thinking our online strategy and social media presence. I've dropped IG like it doesn't exist... posted twice in the last 10 days. I'm taking my blog more seriously and enjoying writing more. It's fulfilling and fulfilling in a different way.

    Thank you for sharing this honest post on how you're doing as a blogger. I loved it. Will continue to follow you and support your blogging adventure, Rina!

    Jessica || Cubicle Chic

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  7. Resting is definitely important no matter what you do. I think finding a balance between work and home lives is sometimes difficult but essential to your mental health. Take it easy! Do share what you have in mind. I'd love to read it. I feel overwhelmed too at times as a new blogger... especially when I can't seem to build up followers :( sigh! Anyways hope you are enjoying yourself in Europe!
    Love,
    Winnie
    Www.hersassycloset.com

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  8. It is important to give it a rest at times.I totally understand that it could be so hectic sometimes.Anyway you look so great in your outfit.I am really a big fan of that white top you are wearing.Awesome.It's so great that I am always just in love with all your outfits.
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  9. Yes! I am with you and it is so easy to get burnt out from blogging. Taking breaks is so necessary and I take frequent ones from social media or post when I know have the bandwidth to post. Glad you are being present. Enjoy your trip!

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  10. i love barcelona and I hope that you enjoy your trip
    disconected and discover new places.
    this outfit its amazing
    kisses

    amoriosdelamoda.blogspot.com

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  11. Hi Rina,

    I totally understand how you feel. I had to learn the hard way to calm down and prioritize. And also to safe my energy for my family. Btw, I love this dress and your belt. I will definitely not get sick of a Gucci belt. :-))
    X
    Miri

    http://currentlywearing.com

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  12. I loved this post! So encouraging! By the way I love the look too, you're gorgeous!

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  13. You look so gorgeous - I love everything about this outfit!
    I also totally understand how you feel and I would love to hear about what you come up with for balancing your work and family life!
    In the meantime, enjoy your European trip (and don't feel guilty!)
    Julia x
    http://www.thevelvetrunway.com

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  14. Burnout is soooo real! Gotta take breaks now and again to help ease the stress.

    Love your look, babe!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  15. I'm glad you are enjoying your trip. And, I agree that you need me time. Time away from work and to enjoy your family without thinking about what to blog next. I look forward to what new ideas you come up with after your trip end.
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  16. Really in love with this outfit!!! You look so pretty!!!
    Would you like to follow each other? :D

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  17. I think short break is necessary for everone to be back with bigger power :-) Wonderful photos my dear, I love your romantic top :-)

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  18. A break is necessary... but, I'm so glad you are back now on blogging!
    I love your style and your pics too!
    (Are you still in Italy now? I'm coming to Sorrento just now, I would like to meet you!)
    Kisses, Paola.
    Expressyourself

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  19. Amazing outfit! And breaks are neccessary at times. Take care!

    Hugs Bella, http://nouw.com/bellss/sheer-lace-top-30344072 // Instagram: bellaskoog

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  20. I only blog twice a week and even that I find time consuming. I'm surprised you have the energy if you're up until midnight. I can see why a break was much needed for you
    Kate || KATE KOUTURES

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  21. You are beautiful and that top is lovely. I like when bloggers don't apologize for taking blogging breaks. We all deserve time for ourselves no matter what our occupation.

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  22. Oh I hear you, I work full time in publishing with long hours and maintain a blog full time it is alot and yes you do burn out.

    But love your look hope you are enjoying Europe.

    Allie of
    www.allienyc.com

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  23. I definitely think it's important to be disconnected with social media platforms and instead being present with your experiences!
    I hope you are enjoying your trip :)

    xo, Allie

    www.champagne-tuesdays.com

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  24. Fab outfit - love that off shoulder top! I couldn't agree more with you on this - it is important to step back from time to time to avoid blogger burnout!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  25. Amazing style lovely

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  26. Loving how you combine this off shoulder top with denim, you look absolutely gorgeous!

    xx, Cinthy Kwok

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  27. I love this post! I wrote a post about blogging breaks and burnout when I got back from a 2 week vacation with my Husband last month too! It's so important to be present for those we love and to simply enjoy life and make memories. You also never know where the inspiration for new posts will come from if we allow ourselves time to rest and explore new places.

    Ellie | www.scotchandstilettos.com

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  28. Oh yes babe! So important to take a break every now and then and allow yourself to let the blog/social media platforms to grow in your pace. I think it sounds healthy that you've been taking some time off to focus on the trip and hubby! Xx

    www.thefashionfolks.com

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  29. You look so natural in your photos! Really beautiful! And I agree that it's healthy to take a break from time to time and just live life in the moment!

    Kim
    Simply Lovebirds

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  30. This is such a great post...I definitely understand blogger burnout! Also beautiful outfit!

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    http://ourruins.com

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  31. So stylish look!
    Have a nice evening!
    Gil Zetbase

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  32. I agree, sometimes it's essential to take a break! Amazing outfit :)
    The Fancy Cats

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  33. Ohh babe!! Take good care of yourself as you are doing such an amazing job!! Would be such a pity if you would love joy and energy! Enjoy your trip (I love all your photos)! Xx Susanne - http://bagatyou.com

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  34. It's definitely necessary to take a break from blogging and social media time to time.
    Love this top on you, looks so pretty.

    Nina's Style Blog

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  35. I love your style so much :) Denim and the belt, bag so pretty :) You are right it is good to take a break and recharge <3 http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2017/06/an-italian-summer-holiday.html

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  36. Ah, it's SO important to take blogger breaks, to feel refreshed, and refocused.
    Good for you for taking a break and knowing when you need a breather - makes for better quality content! These photos are gorgeous
    Lyndi

    www.stylecalling.com

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  37. I love this post! You look gorgeous and your outfit is lovely!
    xo Yvonne
    www.aproposh.com

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  38. So true dear, take your time, btw you look gorgeous!

    http://www.heelsandbeyond.com/

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  39. Glad you were able to take a break as it's so important I agree. Hope you are feeling better.

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  40. I totally feel you! and I applaud you for realizing this and taking yourself out of that situation. It is so tempting to just keep on going and being miserable, but breaks like this are totally necessary!

    www.prettyinleather.net

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  41. I love your sandals! Will check Sanuk's website now =)

    Angelie // Ikkoryu Fukuoka - SM Southmall

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  42. I love the top your wearing, its so cute! I agree taking brakes is so important and have just time to do something for yourself x

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  43. I also did not write to the blog for a long time) now I'm back! Have a nice summer! And I invite you to my blog!

    http://kira-gebbels.com/

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  44. Balance is always important. Your photos are stunning xx
    www.kayleytalksmakeup.wordpress.com

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  45. Totally agree with you: finding a balance between work and recreation is a huge challenge in blogging :)
    Love your outfit! And have a wonderful trip!

    xo Corina
    www.unbouquetdamour.com

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  46. Rina que guapa ese conjunto me encanta y el top blanco precioso. Un besazo y buen fin de semana.
    http://meryofstyle.blogspot.com.es/

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  47. Girl, you're killin' the look here!
    Just as how you always do tho! ;)
    So loving how healthy your hair looks when you wave it.
    Also, I'm curious about what you'd come up with the planning stuff!
    Good luck on dealing with the blogger burnout, you deserve to celebrate life to the fullest since you've always been working so hard all the time.

    Kisses from Tokyo,

    Shabrina
    www.shabrinahazimi.blogspot.com

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  48. I absolutely agree! a break and a balance is so important.

    natalie
    http://www.lucyandtherunaways.blogspot.com | https://www.instagram.com/lucyrunaways/

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  49. Glad to have you back. Your top is gorgeous.

    Bernie, xx
    The Style Fanatic

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  50. I can totally relate hun, glad to hear you are back though and would love to read your tips soon :) xx

    www.fashionjazz.co.za

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  51. Awesome look !!
    http://www.pperlenoirstyle.com

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  52. very nice and cozy love the slippers!
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  53. I'm in love with your look. Soooo beautiful.

    xx, Andrea - Strawberries 'n' Champagne
    www.strawberriesnchampagne.com

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  54. You look ravishing girl. And I see taking a break is important. Loving your job is good but taking break is imporatnt too. Glad you had fun trip. I would love to know your schedule if you can share.
    Vaishali
    http://www.vivaciouswish.com/2017/06/12/lancome-beauty-box/

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  55. Great content and love your thoughts on this post
    💗💗Thank you so much💗💗
    Hope you had an amazing week!!
    I am glad you enjoyed reading my recent posts and thank you!!Harija Ravi

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  56. You look such amazing. breaks are always very important.
    kiss
    http://www.swisstwins.ch/

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  57. Super shades and that OTS blouse is so chic. Love how you styled it. Great Post.
    Nistha
    https://www.fashionistha.com/little-black-dress/

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  58. very chic and fashionable...Love your top and belt!!!Simply TOP!!!!
    Sophia
    www.sophiasfashiondiary.com

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  59. You look absolutely stunning ! I love your top and bag ❤

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  60. YOur looks are so perfectly styled. <3
    I love it so much.


    X Merel
    www.andathousandwords.com

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  61. Don't feel bad about missing in action, everyone needs time to recollect themselves and be in the moment. And by the way, your top is really elegant, hope you have a wonderful trip!

    with love, Bash   |   HEY BASH

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  62. Enjoy your time off babe! I too have had several bloggger burnouts over the past 5 years. Sometimes you need to step back to feel inspired again. Enjoy your time with your man and relax as much as you can on your Euro trip. As always you look gorgeous and I loooove that belt and bag <3

    Much love,

    Tamara Chloé

    www.TcStyleClues.com

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  63. I totally understand your struggle and the need to take a break! Loved this outfit, the top and sandals are so cute. :)

    Catherine X
    www.thestylesynapse.com

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  64. I totally agree with you! We def need a break some times, enjoy yours! ♥

    www.heresometimes.com

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  65. I think it's really brave of you to admit blogger burn out. It happened to me a couple of years ago and I left my blog for about 6months - 1 year. It was at a time where it was starting to really gain traction as well. As a result, yes it did put me back and I feel like I'm starting from scratch again, but now that I'm back, I've really had a more healthier approach to blogging and one that is definitely more sustainable!

    I learnt that it's so important to enjoy life and to take the time to enjoy life. Blogging is a part of that life, but it shouldn't be your whole life.

    Good luck with your blogging plan - do share what you come up with!

    Talyssa xx

    The Hidden Thimble.

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  66. Gorgeous post! Enjoy your time off lovely - much deserved!

    Alya / moorizzla xx

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  67. It’s good to see you living in the moment during your holiday rather than through social media! There’s no point in working 24/7 if you’re going to burn out, because then you won’t be able to work at all. I am looking forward to seeing photos from your trip though!

    TFM Life & Style blog

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  68. Lovely outfit for exploring around Barcelona! Taking a break from blogging and social media is so important, especially when you are travelling with that someone special <3 It feels so refreshing to return to blogging after a little break!

    http://milenawears.com

    x

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    1. Thanks Milena! I agree. My hubby appreciated that I was all there =)

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  69. The ultimate way to enjoy some treatment is to hold a tension release massage therapy session. Leading massage therapist Sheryl McWilliams can testify to this. Kinesiologie

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