Sometimes You Need to Start Over at the Very Beginning

I have been gone for quite some time. 6 months to be exact. I feel as though I am starting over at the very beginning of my business journey and speaking to an entirely new audience. It makes me a tad nervous. It makes me wonder if I should continue to break or if the time has finally come to jump back into the game. But I feel as though I’m ready.

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I haven’t left the social media world entirely during my break. I did have about 3-4 months where I did nothing. However, my love for social media and blogging, as well as, my passion to help others kicked in.

I’ve been working behind the scenes with a dear friend of mine. Her offer couldn’t have come at a better time. I needed it and she needed assistance. I’ve been doing a variety of Virtual Assisting tasks ranging from creating Facebook promotional content for brand pages, a bit of ghostwriting, and of course my beloved blog management.

Let me tell you, I’ve really missed it!

One thing that has really helped me through my sabbatical was keeping in touch via Twitter and Facebook. My former clients continue to pass referrals to me for blog assistance and web design.

I am forever thankful!

As I slowly come back into the scene and rebuild my business, I’d like to share a few tips with you for not totally isolating yourself from your audience and your clients.

Announce your sabbatical

Don’t be shy about it. Your clients want to know the real you. They have ups and downs in their lives just like you do.

I announced my sabbatical on Facebook, Twitter, and my blog. I felt my audience and friends needed to know what was happening in my life and that I may not be readily available to assist them.

However, we all know that these social media channels won’t reach everyone so when I was contacted via email or other various ways, I kindly let them know I was not accepting new work due to health issues.

Keep in touch

If at all possible, keep in touch with your online world. Utilize your social media channels as much as you can during your departure. If you can, hire a Virtual Assistant to help you keep your brand in the limelight.

I know it’s not always feasible, but maybe even a good friend can assist you so you’re not left in the dark.

Believe it or not, your friends, clients, and audience do care.

Take all the time you need

I started to get stir crazy around month four. Trust me, I was a hot mess and could not focus on anything. Thanks to my beloved furchild for the therapy and I managed to get through.

Don’t feel pressured to come back before you’re ready because you are bound to fail. Regroup your thoughts. Meditate. Destress yourself. Come back when you are passionate about getting started.

I know quite a few bloggers that have left the online world entirely. Whether it was for personal reasons or to tackle a new journey, it was something they had to do for them.

Too often we worry about others and not taking time for self-care. It is imperative to take as much time as you need and if you don’t return, don’t beat yourself up over it.

Life is a journey. Seize the opportunities.

Returning to your business

After your sabbatical, hopefully, you had time to think about what your mission is and how you would like to reach your goals. If you don’t have a plan, you’re not ready to return.

I’ve thought about my business and what I want to do. Quite frankly, I keep getting pulled back to web design because there are so many bloggers out there that need affordable services. Web Design wasn’t my first choice in coming back but thanks to a few former clients who needed assistance, I decided I can’t possibly not help. However, streamlining the web design service is what I wanted to do. I want to keep it basic and not elaborate.

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Continuing to make WordPress theme alterations is a plus. I find there is a huge need for bloggers wanting to change-up minor things in their blog and not having the know-how or being timid in trying on their own. Believe me, I’ve hosed many of my blogs back in the beginning. I understand the fear.

I enjoy the social media work I’m doing for one of my clients. I believe this may be a service I will offer in the very near future.

And of course, blog management, which can come in a variety of shapes and forms for those in need.

Ultimately my goal is to keep it simple and stress-free. I’m only taking on so many clients and projects in order to allow for the new lifestyle I’ve created. I’m in a very happy place right now and plan on staying here.

However, I can’t be totally happy unless I’m helping others.

It feels good to be back but enough about me. I would love to know if you’ve taken a long sabbatical from your business and how, if at all, you managed to come back. Share your thoughts below and hopefully help others that may be shying away from their return. 😉

20 thoughts on “Sometimes You Need to Start Over at the Very Beginning

  1. Hi Bren,

    “Start over again” is a bold move. Most of the people just quit rather than starting over again.

    Only professionals or the people who believe in their passion have the zeal to start over again. It is good to see you are back again.

    Keep sharing more!

    1. Hi Gaurav! Bold and SCARY! I’m still nervous about it and not sure what direction to go but at least my site is back up and I’m moving forward. I appreciate your comment and your support! 🙂

  2. Hi Bren,

    It’s so good to see you back in action again. Not that we ever lost touch via Facebook. It is great to take a break, recoup and then come back at your own pace. I’ve taken a break long ago with my offline business and yes, it is so scary to come back. But the people I loved working with were there and welcomed me back.
    If we ever want to help others, we do have to share our own story….i.e. in this case its ok to take a break and deal with other things.

    You are a fine example of what all bloggers go through. We all need a break sometimes. I am sure your comeback will be stronger than ever. All the best to you.

    -Donna

    P.S. Give those pups a kiss for me lol

    1. Thank you, Donna! I’ve taken several breaks over my blogging career and yes, it is scary to come back. However, the break is generally necessary and detrimental to our health. I’m glad that I am friends with you and many others outside of our blogs. It means a lot to me to continue our friendships even when we have downtime.

      Speaking of my pups, they are doing fabulous and I couldn’t be happier. Look for more updates! 😉

    1. Hi Kathryn. So happy to hear you’re cancer free! I’m sure your journey was scary and you’re thankful for the outcome. God bless you! Please keep in touch!

  3. Hi Bren,

    Welcome back, we or shall I say I missed you here. Its good to have you back. Taking some time off is good in all areas, including health. as it will aid you to replenish lost energy and come back with full force. We are happy that you re back.

    1. Thank you, Moss. I always appreciate your support and our chats. Sometimes we need to take off even if we don’t want to. I had to but I did miss it after awhile. It feels good to be back and hopefully I’ll get back into some sort of routine. Thanks for always being there!

  4. Great to see you back Bren! We all need a break sometimes. May be days, weeks or months. So happy you are back in the blogging game. Plus, evidenced in your comments, your buddies will always be there for you 🙂

    1. Hey Ryan. You’re right. Sometimes we do need it and I would recommend anyone that needs it to take it. It’s so easy to get burnt out and if you’re already in a stressed situation, no sense in adding the additional blogging stress. It feels good to be back though. And yes. I’m thankful my friends, like yourself are always here for me. Thank you, as always, for your support and friendship.

  5. Hey Bren!

    You’ve shared some great advice here! I am so happy for you and wish you the best – no doubt you’re going to do well. You’ve already built a foundation, it’s just a matter of easing on it to it. 🙂

    We all need a break to recharge and sometimes it takes a while but in the end it’s worth it because you come back fresh and inspired!

    Go on and do you mama!

    xx,

    Cori

    1. Thanks, Cori. I’ll never be big time but I don’t want to be either. Previously, I bit off more than I could chew and was glued to my computer. Definitely don’t want that now. But thankfully, my head is on straight and things are really good in my life. It’s time to go back to helping others with my knowledge. Thanks as always for your continued support, gf! Muwah!

  6. Hi Bren, Nice to see you back! Somehow I knew you would 🙂 You liked it too much to stay away. As long as you can pace yourself you will be FINE. I’m so happy and proud of you GF!

    1. Thank you, Lisa. It’s still kind of scary but I felt the need to come back now. I’m so very thankful to you and so many others who kept the faith in me. You’re an inspiration to me and many others. I feel if I keep it simple, I can still enjoy my new peaceful life. Thank you as always for the support and friendship. 💖

    1. Thanks, Dana! Not too shabby for WordPress.com, eh? Lol I’m taking it slow, just like I should. Life is too short to be stuck behind a computer all the time. 😁

    1. Thank you, Debbie. I know we all need a break every now and again. Especially when times get tough. I’m thankful for everyone who has pushed me to come back and continue to build my dream. Feels great!

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