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Why I Took a Break from Blogging and a Big Announcement!

Why I Took a Break from Blogging and a Big Announcement! - I'm Taking Off - A Travel Blog

A month ago I decided I needed to take a break from blogging. I started this blog as a creative outlet that would encourage me to travel more as well as help others to find the balance between their careers and to chase their wanderlust. With one of my goals for I’m Taking Off being to write more about how to achieve this balance, I started to work on a blog post about how to achieve just that. When I finished this blog post, I read it over, and said to myself, “Sanura, you’re barely doing any of these things yourself!” Needless to say, this got me to thinking about my life and assessing my current situation. I found myself in a sad place, to put it mildly. What I probably should say is I found myself in a coffee shop with my friend crying about how overwhelmed I felt and my dissatisfaction with the life that I was living. I was a month into being thirty and felt like I was falling apart and I couldn’t believe it because thirty was a milestone I had long been looking forward to. I just knew this was going to be the start of the best years of my life. Yet, here I was, in this coffee shop going through napkins trying to hold it together. In true Sanura fashion, after I composed myself to some extent I tried to act like everything, was okay, but my friend closed my laptop and said: “You need to figure something out because you can’t continue like this.”

For me, the start of figuring things out was figuring out what triggered these negative feelings. I found that social media played a big part because I was being inundated with all these images of people living what looked like betters lives than mine. Now, don’t get me wrong. I know that half the time, social media is just a show, and people convey what they want their audience to see and not what their reality is, I get that. But when you’re scrolling through and taking in these visuals you’re not taking the time to consider the behind the scenes story. So knowing how I was affected by this, social media had to go. All of it. Except Snapchat because Snapchat was one of few things that made me laugh. Unfortunately, this break from social media also included my blog *sad face*. As much as I loved writing and engaging with my audience I couldn’t bring myself to write. It felt disingenuous to try and write about something I loved when I just wasn’t in a happy place.

Once I addressed the social media issue, I focused on the second thing I felt was triggering these negative feelings I was having. Work. When I started this blog, I said that I was not a quit my job, pack my bags, and travel the world kind of girl. That still rings true today. I’ve spent the last few years navigating my current career path and I’m quite proud of all I’ve accomplished, but I reached a point where I realized it wasn’t enough. As I’ve grown and matured, I’ve realized that I need to be a part of things that are meaningful, impactful, and representative of my passions. I began to think about organizations that I could volunteer with to feed this desire but then I realized that I wanted to do something on my own. I wanted to create something. So I made a list of the things I was most passionate about which were traveling, singing, dancing, and reading. Then one morning on my way to work, this idea crept into my mind that I initially dismissed, but it kept nagging at me. So I ran the idea by some good friends of mine and my family, and their excitement and support was enough for me, and I thought: “What if I put real effort behind this idea. I wonder what I could do with it?” So I accepted this challenge, and I am excited to announce a passion project of mine, *Oprah voice* MY LIT BOX!!!!Why I Took a Break from Blogging and a Big Announcement! - I'm Taking Off - A Travel BlogMy Lit Box will be a monthly book subscription service highlighting the works of writers of color. This is the melding of two things that I love, reading and being a person of color. I’ve frequently ranted about how frustrating it is reading “Top 10 *insert category* lists that lack diversity and this is my small effort to begin to change that. The payoff in this venture is not profit, but the immense joy I’ll feel getting these boxes into the hands of fellow book lovers. People who want to get lost between the pages of novels that detail the experiences of others who may or may not look like them, but appreciate their stories nonetheless. If I can create and foster this community of people who share this common interest, that is how I’ll measure success.

I cannot begin to tell you the wonders this project has done for my outlook on life. I feel as if ever since I made up my mind that this is something I want to pursue, I have had this momentum behind me that I can only attribute to me stepping into my purpose. I am excited and ready to hit the ground running to make something that I am proud of, that others will enjoy! I’m sharing this here because I want to invite you all to come along for the ride. You can sign up for e-mail updates on my preliminary site while the full-scale website is being built.

So to make a long story even longer, this is why I took a break from blogging. I realized something wasn’t right. I figured out what was triggering these feelings. I eliminated what I could afford to eliminate so that I could focus on getting better. I discovered what my life was lacking and brainstormed on how to fill that void and created something I cannot WAIT to share with you. But new ventures aside, I’m Taking Off will always be my first passion project that I will never neglect so…I’M BACK!!!!

xoxo
Sanura

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11 Comments

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    Geoff Walsh
    March 29, 2017 at 12:48 PM

    Hey Sanura, I just found your website this afternoon and this was the first post I read. I can totally relate to those negative feelings you talked about. I too am in the process of finding something to get passionate about and to read this was great inspiration. Good luck with this new project, it sounds awesome!

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    Omo and Eulanda
    August 31, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Just read this post and found it so inspiring. We especially love how you took a decision to reassess your situation and refocus on the things that are most important to you. Just went over to MyLitBox for a quick look and it seems to be a fantastic idea. We wish you every success in your journey and hope to keep being inspired by you and your writing.

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    Mikayla
    April 7, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    I love it! Where do I throw my money?!

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      Sanura
      April 8, 2016 at 5:40 PM

      I’m so glad you like the way my business sounds! I’m excited to say My Lit Box is now live and running so feel free to check out the site, http://www.mylitbox.com 🙂

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    Dana Carmel
    March 9, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    Sanura, your feelings are totally normal. I think these kinds of feelings come in waves at different points in our lives. But it’s important to stay attuned to these feelings and make adjustments and I’m glad that you’re finding your way out of the fog. And what a great light at the end of the tunnel with My Lit Box – such a great idea!

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    Tausha
    March 3, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    Welcome back 🙂 And congrats on My Lit Box! Completely understand the questioning your life at 30. What’s so great is that you took matters into your own hands and found how to integrate your passions into your life 🙂

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      Sanura
      March 6, 2016 at 11:31 AM

      Thank you Tausha!

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    Tiffany Robinson
    March 1, 2016 at 6:28 PM

    OMG! This is so exciting. I’m so happy for you and this new project. My Lit Box is going to be LITTTTT (love that name by the way). Sometimes breaks are good and I’m glad you took the time you needed to make changes in your life so that you’re happy again.

    Can’t wait to see your new posts!

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      Sanura
      March 1, 2016 at 10:13 PM

      Thank you Tiffany!!! 🙂

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    Sherice
    February 29, 2016 at 2:08 PM

    Awesome read! You are not alone. There are always moments in my life where I just want to give up. Moments where I just sit and ask God, why am I here. What is my purpose. Then he shows me the way. Good look on your new venture, can’t wait to see more about it. Also, if you ever get in a rut, I advise you to read Dr. Myles Munroe’s book, ‘In Pursuit of Purpose.’ An awesome read! Never give up! Best of luck!

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      Sanura
      March 1, 2016 at 8:53 AM

      Thank you so much for reading Sherice! It’s definitely been comforting knowing that we all go through these challenges and seeing people come out stronger than before. I can definitely relate to you in having these conversations with God and I’m patiently waiting to see what’s in store. I’ve been wanting to get into more books for encouragement so thank you for the recommendation. I’m definitely going to pick that up! 🙂

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