OOTD :: of introspection and a foreshadowing

5.23.14

5.23.14

5.23.14

As you will probably see on this Sunday’s Week in Review collage, this particular outfit’s photo shoot was done on a separate day from the others.

Not really worth mentioning normally since, as long as you get an OOTD and bear with a slight difference in lighting, it’s really not that big of a deal. But it got me thinking of something pretty weighty and since I’ve not got much to deconstruct about today’s look, I feel perfectly well within my rights to address the weighty thing today.

Why have I stuck to this blog thing? Why do I bust my hump scheduling my life around when I can take my photos and collage them and filter them and write about them? Why have I expended more effort coming up with outfits than I have lesson planning? At what point does a hobby morph into an integral part of your routine? And at what point does the routine wear you down enough for you to give it all up?

Okay, that last question may have come off as being too dramatically self-serving. I assure you, this is not one of those posts where I announce my imminent departure from blogging in order to garner comments and pleas from my readers for me to stay and continue. I’ve still got some fight in me, folks. Not throwing in the towel yet.

But it begs the question, doesn’t it? Why do we do the things we, as bloggers, do? I know I’ve addressed this issue several times in previous posts, but like a New Year’s resolution unfulfilled, it keeps coming back to haunt me. Keeping up with this blog pretty much consumes my every waking moment. And, as a classic overachiever, I don’t feel content until I have several week’s worth of posts planned out, if not written and ready to go. (It’s why I usually have my entire year’s worth of lesson plans done in August.)

So when a day like today presents itself – when I lost the light taking 4 days’ worth of shots and I knew I still had this one to do and so I rearranged my weekend to complete this photo shoot even though it wouldn’t even post for another week and a half – I wonder how long I can sustain this level of energy and interest. Six months? Another year? Indefinitely?

Maybe it’s just time for me to rest and recoup. After all, that’s what teachers do in the summertime. I should kill two birds and take a holiday from blogging in the upcoming months. Of course, from an overachiever’s perspective, “holiday” simply means a break from the routine, not the work. I’ve got big plans, people! Big summertime plans!

So stay tuned for the big reveal in the next few days. I’ve got nine more official work days, then 5 teacher prep days and then summer begins. Let’s see if I’m up to the challenge.

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Custo Barcelona @ eBay
Trousers – NY&Co.
Sandals – Qupid
Necklace – eBay

:: Linking ::
Fashion Informant @ The Life of the Party
Fashion Friday @ Musings of a Housewife

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14 thoughts on “OOTD :: of introspection and a foreshadowing

  1. First, you’ve piqued my interest in Custo. Between that brand and Desigual, I feel like I really need to get me some muy caliente Spanish clothes!

    Second, I think all bloggers feel like they get too wrapped up in the virtual life once in awhile. And there’s no reason you shouldn’t make changes that suit you, because it should be fun! Personally, I can’t imagine blogging every day. I would only do that if it was part of my work. You could always lighten up on yourself by blogging less often. Or vary your focus. Don’t get stuck in expectations – we want to read your posts no matter what!

    • I just feel like a quitter if I stop blogging everyday. Silly and illogical as it may seem, that was my one claim to fame in the blogoverse. I know no one really noticed/cared one way or another, but that was a goal I set for myself. :/

      If you’re really interested in Custo, I’m about to cull my hoard and I’ll be putting some stuff up on eBay. If you wanted to preview the sale, let me know.

  2. I definitely think that it’s only worth the work when you truly love it and are excited about it! I’ve had times when I just didn’t really care about my blog and those were the times when my content wasn’t as good because I wasn’t putting the time and effort into making it good. Although I will say that I’ve made it more manageable by taking photos every day instead of taking them all at one time! Anyways, that’s all I have to say about that. Bottom line: If you aren’t loving it, take some “you time” to figure out what will make you feel happy and fulfilled, which it sounds like you’re already doing! 🙂

    • I do love it and am excited about it but I wish I could have the fun without the work. Ehehe!

      I’m actually the opposite of you – I need to take my photos ahead of time or I start to freak out that I won’t have time to post anything.

  3. To do it well, as you do, does suck up a tremendous amount of energy, Maricel! Taking a break sounds marvelous (I often want to, but find myself back at the keyboard, like a chocoholic at a Hershey factory.) I enjoy your blog so much, for your witty writing as much as your stylish looks. Have a fabulous weekend! xox

    • Thanks for the words of encouragement, Patti! I shall strive to maintain the quality of my posts during the summer so I don’t disappoint my loyal followers. ❤

  4. Ok, I’ll be the first to say it…I would miss your daily posts! Not having a blog myself, I don’t realize the amount of work one entails. I read your blog primarily because I love your wit and use of language! But, I would imagine that’s exactly what makes it so wearing. Whatever you decide, I wish you the best! I’m still pondering beginning my own…

    • And I’m still encouraging you to do so, which may seem contradictory since I’m talking about taking a break from my own. ;p

      I do think blogging is therapeutic the way journal writing is therapeutic, and I’m definitely going to continue, but I may just revise the direction and focus of my writing.

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