Sunday, December 9, 2012

Why I Won't Quit Blogging

The hard thing about blogging is that its a demanding hobby. It takes a lot of energy, a lot of creativity, a lot of personal time that I simply don't have much of anymore. When my day job is already sitting in front of a computer, surfing the interwebs, the last thing I can think of is logging online once again after dinner.

Especially since I started this new job over the summer, I've felt like I've really neglected this blog, not really devoting the amount of time, love and energy that I want to give. I've even thought about putting blogging on the backburner for a while.

But when I started seriously thinking about it, I realized that when you give a lot, you also get a lot in return, right? Blogging has opened up so many doors for me.

As a hostess, I've learned how to turn a sock into a bun, host a dinner party like a European and have picked up more DIYs than I could have ever imagined.

Pizza Night_1

As a traveller, I've discovered new places I would love to visit, because of detailed travel posts that I'd never trust from a Lonely Planet. (Next year, we're going to India finally!)

As a girlfriend, I've learned a bunch of tricks and tips for cooking new meals and planning birthday surprises. Although Steven, a non-blogger, seems to always outshine me every year. (Especially this time.)

{my birthday at Chateau St. Gerlach this year}
One of the big things that I have been given from this blog is friendship. I have had the opportunity to connect with a handful of wonderful girls also living abroad in Amsterdam, many of which have become my closest friends.

+ Rachael from Let's Be Adventurers
+ Liz from Explore. Dream. Discover
+ Lily from Lily Wanderlust
+ Ellen from The Company of Clever

We meet for cocktails, dinners or apple-picking. We started a Book Club and we even celebrate holidays. Creating these friendships abroad has been a stroke of luck for me, and without this blog I would have never found them!

Book Club_2

So whenever I think about how time-consuming of a hobby I have, I think about what I've gotten out of it. There are so many other bloggers I'd love to meet: women who inspire me, make me want to try a new sport, learn how to be a better photographer or eat healthier.

Conversely, I've also shared this post about my favorite restaurants from Barcelona more times than I can count and it warms my heart thinking that maybe one other person in the world would be inspired to travel this great big world that is out there.

The more blogs I visit, the more I want to continue being a part of this community, sharing my experiences and reading more about others no matter how much of my personal time it takes up. I suppose you can call this an epiphany, when I was one click away from deactivating this blog.

Some people are inspired by public figures, I'm inspired by bloggers :)

Who inspires you?

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  1. You. YOU inspire me! Just this morning I was eating an avocado and egg tortilla wrap and was thinking of you. If it wasnt for your avocado and eggs pics I would have necer tried this new favorite combo of mine! Miss you and keep blogging!

  2. This blog has inspired me to keep traveling, keep searching, follow my heart, and start my own blog. Thank you!

  3. What an inspiring post! NEVER QUIT!!!!!!

  4. Fantastic post and very inspiring.

  5. Awww Jeanelle! So glad to have met you in this blogging world. We are similar in so many ways and I am uplifted by you SO much, especially this year. :) xoxo

  6. I was so happy this morning when I saw Glocal Girl in my reader with a new post! I'm glad you've decided to keep writing because I'll definitely keep reading :)

  7. i honestly don't think i could have made the leap of moving abroad alone had it not been for blog world. seeing everyone else doing it gave me so much more confidence... and how else would i ever had a almost girls weekend in brussels ;)

  8. I'm so happy you won't stop blogging because I love reading! I don't think I'd ever get the courage to be an expat but I know your blog makes me want to travel and see more of the world. I could not be more jealous of you and Steven's picture in front of that beautiful piece of architecture! Thanks for constantly inspiring Jeanelle!

  9. Hi Jeanelle,

    I found your blog via Nicole (La Mia Vita) via Liz (Explore. Dream. Discover). I am enjoying it so far, looking forward to more as I have subscribed :)

  10. Jeanelle, I'm so glad we met through our blogs! Amsterdam wouldn't be the same without this great group we've formed. A great think about blogging is that you tell your own story on your own time, don't let the chaos of life take the fun our of blogging!