OOTD :: of taking it easy and not sweating the small stuff

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So if a blogger stops posting in the blogosphere and no one notices, has she made any sound at all?

No, that was not me being all self-pity partying; I just wanted to be cheeky and clever with my play on words and such.

But really, aside from a lovely private email from Val @ Muse Fondue, my one-week Thanksgiving hiatus went relatively unrecognized. And rather than feeling all butt-hurt feels about it, I was actually quite relieved. Because I’ve been getting that “this is too much of a pain; maybe I ought to just stop” niggling in the back of my mind, and maybe I can combat that by just easing up on my rather punishing posting schedule. And maybe I ought not feel guilty about doing so since my readership didn’t seem to suffer from it anyhow.

Oh, I know I’ve already pulled back by not posting on weekends. But now I’m also thinking that I’ll just do OOTDs when I’m at work and not when I’m on vacay. I’m also thinking of scaling down my linkups (sorry, Anne!) and going back to dressing for weather and whim, only participating in themed linkups if I already have the items and/or the inclination. And I think one or two pics of the outfit is all anyone really needs, yeah? Collaging does take its toll, you know.

If all this sounds like my gearing up for a swan song, never fear. I’m currently battling some difficult life things right now and I need to focus my energies on them and get myself sorted. Hopefully, getting sorted happens sooner than later, and then I can go back to auto piloting my responsibilities and enjoying my leisure activities once again.

/crosses fingers

Today’s ensemble is representative of one of those difficult life things. I wear all black today to mourn my going back to school after a week of bliss. Normally, after a break, I feel rejuvenated and raring to go, but that is not the case with this year’s batch. There is no joy; there is only gritted teeth and forced professionalism.

116 more days to go.

 

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Ross
Vest – Tek Gear @ Kohl’s
Pants – H&M
Boots – Seychelle’s

:: Linking ::
Visible Monday @ Not Dead Yet

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23 thoughts on “OOTD :: of taking it easy and not sweating the small stuff

  1. Yikes! I hope you’re just adjusting to a new schedule and the angst is just that! I only manage one crummy post a week and this time of year it’s difficult to get around … everyone was slowed down by the Turkey Production Number Day … it takes the whole week, I think.
    I love your graphic tee choices … I’ve even been on eBay, following your lead, and I can’t find statement Ts that make the statement I want. If I were clever, I’d do my own, but I just go blank when I get off my critical high horse and try to do my own bon mot-making.
    You look badass and intrinsically cool-woman.
    We all love you. And I’ve always wanted to say this … you are every bit as interesting as I think you are!
    Hope Chapter 13 is in hand now. You get kudos from me for making it to 13 chapters!
    Carry on, kid.

    • The angst is much larger than scheduling disorientation but what does not kill me, right? I’ll manage but thanks for the words of encouragement.

      I used to be a fervent anti-words-on-my-chest gal but the way they design some of these tops now – where the words are more like graphic elements rather than read-my-boobs – is making me reevaluate my stance on the matter.

      Chapter 13 is a bear but I’m still plugging away and intend to make it my female dog by month’s end. 😀

  2. I think this sounds reasonable and smart. We are all here as a hobby and we all have real lives that need to be tended to and enjoyed. I would hate for you to feel negatively towards this amazing blog because you were wearing yourself out! I know that I, for one, will read whatever you have to write regardless of how frequently you write it. I will also send positive vibes your way regarding life’s difficulties. I went through that really rough patch this spring and once I posted about it, it helped to have the support of blogging friends. I’m also going through something that could turn out to be pretty crazy at the moment. If it does in fact happen, you will for sure find out. But for now, could you send some positivity my way too? Let me know if there is anything else I can do for you!

    • Sending positive vibes your way in the hopes that they’ll serve you better than they have me. Perhaps if we switch happy harbingers, we’ll reset their buttons and end up the happier for it? “Crazy” goes both ways; I hope yours is the good kind. 😀

  3. You are the coolest teacher! If only your students were equally hip and appreciative of your amazingness. I’m sorry to hear this year is not going so well, but when you finish your novel maybe you can say goodbye to all that. And you shouldn’t feel obliged with blogging – it should be fun. A little distance helps you focus on the things you like best about blogging – or just gives you the break you need. Chill, dude! We’ll still be here. 😀

    • I think that’s part of my malaise, though. The novel writing has stalled because my real-world responsibilities have derailed the inspiration train. Here’s hoping winter break will fix all that. As if Thanksgiving break wasn’t enough, right? Teachers! Greedy, greedy… 🙂

  4. i was wondering if you took me off your email list! hehe. i miss those days you just posted what you were wearing to work or when you’re out and about 🙂

    • That’s just too much work, to take pictures of the outfit on the same day I’m wearing it. One, the light is never right and two, there’s too much pressure to then write about it on that day too. Work sure does get in the way of blogging.

  5. I’m sorry the year is so tough on you, and you aren’t feeling like you have many smile sources. Hope you feel better soon : (

  6. I noticed!!!! And I kept coming here to check whether you’d posted but I knew that you were busy with your novel (you mentioned cutting back) and obviously Thanksgiving and well, didn’t want to appear too pushy- in asking where you were since I’ve only known you a little while and it’s not like we’re in each other’s blogging pockets commenting on everything. But rest assured I noticed. 🙂
    Blogging should never be arduous or it loses its magic so don’t give into the pressure. Do when you can! I rarely feel its ardousness except when I’ve got a batch full of photos I have to post on a holiday or something which I WANT to post but it takes ages. In that case, I just put off said post until I have the energy! Hope that the difficult things in your life will sort themselves out.
    Are you doing TARDIS Tuesday linkie because I will post but otherwise I’ll save it!
    xx

    • Definitely doing TARDIS Tuesday. Have this entire week post-dated, in fact, so please come and join the fun tomorrow. My bloggy friends are my only sources for smiles these days. 🙂

  7. I did miss you! But hoped you were just chilling for Thanksgiving, and you were. Please don’t let blogging become a must-do, for most of us it’s just fun and creativity, and maybe $9 a month : > Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, xox.

    • Yes, I agree about the fun. I need to rediscover the fun. Maybe I’ll try my hand at being less wordy or feel pressured to be clever with the words all the time, yeah? Posting pics is the easy part, after all.

  8. I missed your posts, but you had mentioned in a comment to me on T3 that you were considering taking a break, so I was expecting it.
    I think easing up on the themes and link ups is a good idea – we don’t want you to burn out!
    I’m sorry life is hard right now. 😦 My husband has a tough job that he doesn’t enjoy (he likes the actual work, but not the company), so I understand how difficult that can be.

    • Yep, I knew you knew, but that made me feel even worse because I had said I’d work on the novel for you to have by Thanksgiving break and I got nada. :/

      Just knowing I’m allowing myself that release makes me feel tons better.

      I love being a teacher but am feeling chafed and downtrodden by people right now. My silver lining is that eventually I get a new batch.

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