The Sunday Post: Blog/Life Updates

There’s no denying, Sunday posts (and posts in general) have been a little slack around here recently – such a shame because they are my favourite post to write. The past month has seen one of the busiest and most stressful months, all made even worse by the fact that I couldn’t really say what was going on.

Working full time and blogging full time for me used to go hand in hand, and I could manage the two without even really thinking about it. But when it eventually came to running more of the business side of things (sorry to take the romance out of Hello October, but I like to think content has never really changed despite this) I starred to really struggle. I was under a lot of pressure at work, and not shutting off on the weekends was really taking it’s toll on me both physically and mentally.

My job role isn’t really one that most people stay in for very long due to the stressful nature and, after more than two years in that role, I started to become really unhappy. Everyone around me could see I was burning out and it came to the point where I had to choose my job or my blog.

I gave my notice and last Friday was my last day in the office, we built a fort and ordered pizza and decided that every Friday should be that way. I totally vlogged it, so you’ll see Day 1 of Vlogmas tomorrow at 6pm (SQUEEEE!) and am looking forward to devoting some serious time to my little internet space that has come so far in three years.

It almost goes without saying, but I hope you’ll all understand that I’m not doing this for an easy ride, or to make crazy amounts of money. I’m doing this so that I can spend more time living a healthy lifestyle, spending more time with the people I love and doing a job that I love (that doesn’t give me high blood pressure or grey hairs).

A big thank you to all of you for sticking by me through my radio silence. I hope you’re excited as I am for the months ahead and for vlogmas! Every other day at 6pm – be there. (Imagine I used the emoji fist there) But seriously, thank you for sticking by me and for all of your support that has allowed me to be in a position where I can make this choice. All the loves for you x

84 Comments

  1. 30 Nov 2014 / 10:09 am

    I know the challenge with full time job d and blogging so well and you should be still really satisfy that you manage both so successful!
    Lovely greetings from Bavaria, Rena www.dressedwithsoul.com

  2. 30 Nov 2014 / 10:12 am

    Congratulations Suzie… I imagine it must have been a tough decision, but the fact that you've managed to run Hello October at the standard that you have, all the while working full time is pretty amazing, so I'm looking forward to what's to come. πŸ™‚

    Lauren xx

  3. 30 Nov 2014 / 10:15 am

    Congratulations! Best of luck now with full time blogging – looking forward to more posts and videos! xx
    http://cocoamay.blogspot.co.uk

  4. 30 Nov 2014 / 10:17 am

    I have always admired so, so much the obvious time and effort that you put into your blog and channel, all while working a full time job, but could never imagine how you actually balanced it all. I think this will be such a positive change for you and I can't wait to see the content you create with more time on your hands!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

  5. 30 Nov 2014 / 10:20 am

    aw congrats, happy that you're doing something you love and thats all that matters πŸ™‚

    Rachel // Style Soup

  6. 30 Nov 2014 / 10:26 am

    Congratulations! I am really looking forward to Vlogmas!

    http://whatmaisiedid.blogspot.co.uk/

  7. 30 Nov 2014 / 10:28 am

    A big step but so exciting… you can start the new year in a totally new head space. Congratulations πŸ˜‰

    www.ohheyblog.com

  8. 30 Nov 2014 / 10:30 am

    congratulations and I am looking forward to more posts! I wish you a more relaxing december then;)

  9. 30 Nov 2014 / 10:53 am

    Congratulations. Looking forward to seeing vlogmas x

    pintsizedbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

  10. 30 Nov 2014 / 10:56 am

    Congratulations Suzi! I am sure that it was an extremely hard decision to make, however we all know that you will succeed in which ever field you go. I cannot wait for Vlogmas to begin and to see what you have planned for the future!
    M x

    http://pantryandco.blogspot.com.au

  11. 30 Nov 2014 / 11:00 am

    Best of luck, Suzie, and I can't wait to see this space flourish. πŸ™‚

    P.S. Forts and pizza ftw!

  12. 30 Nov 2014 / 11:05 am

    Congrats Suzie! I'm happy for you. πŸ™‚ And I'm so excited for Vlogmas!! <3

    Colorful Closets

  13. 30 Nov 2014 / 11:06 am

    best of luck! hope everything is going well xx

    http://cristynottingham.blogspot.co.uk/

  14. 30 Nov 2014 / 11:12 am

    Exciting and happy news! This is great, so all the best of luck with you! πŸ˜€

    Diana P. | Cups & Roses

  15. 30 Nov 2014 / 11:13 am

    Nice hearing that you'll be less stressed and doing what you love! πŸ™‚
    Excited for vlogmas!

  16. 30 Nov 2014 / 11:15 am

    I'm really happy for you Suzie! That couldn't have been an easy decision to make but I'm really excited to see your blog grow πŸ™‚ good luck! xx

  17. 30 Nov 2014 / 11:19 am

    Congrats Suzie, I wish you the best of luck full-time blogging! I've always admired how amazing your blog and its content is, especially considering you were working full-time alongside it, so I'm incredibly excited to see what even more wonderful things you'll be able to do with your blog now!
    : )

    Amy at The Girl in the Bowler Hat
    xxxx

  18. Anonymous
    30 Nov 2014 / 11:36 am

    Congrats Suzie, it's a brave step but one you won't regret – your health has to come first. (Selfishly) as an avid reader of your posts I am looking forward to watching your internet space flourish xx

  19. 30 Nov 2014 / 11:36 am

    Dear Suzie,
    I have always admired how you managed to run such a wonderful blog (both on the design and content fronts) alongside working a full-time job. Working a stressful job myself I always appreciated the effort and hard work you put into your blog posts and your videos. While I was excited when you put out a blog post or video (and always on time!!!) I've always wondered how you managed your time in order to do these wonderful things for our enjoyment whilst having some time for yourself as well. I see now that it all had taken a toll on you πŸ™ However hard the decision I'm happy that you chose to turn the situation into what is best for you. I speak for myself (and maybe for other readers and subbies) when I say that we'd support you no matter what. However, I'm thrilled that you picked your blog πŸ˜‰ And I'm so excited for what December and the New Year will bring for you, your blog and Youtube channel.
    Wishing you some relaxation and happy times!

  20. 30 Nov 2014 / 11:48 am

    Congrats Suzie! It's always good news when a blogger than take it up full time πŸ™‚

    Honey Go-Lightly

  21. 30 Nov 2014 / 11:52 am

    I love your blog style and the simplicity of the layout πŸ™‚ hope you're doing well

    http://photographyalice.blogspot.co.uk/

  22. 30 Nov 2014 / 11:55 am

    You must feel like a huge weight has been lifted off your shoulders – great decision, can't wait to see more exciting things on the blog as a result!

    Josie XOXO
    Fashion Mumblr

  23. 30 Nov 2014 / 12:02 pm

    It's great that you've made such a beneficial decision. Obviously your health and happiness is the most important thing at stake, but I can't wait to see what this means for your blog πŸ™‚

    sabellahope24.blogspot.co.uk

  24. 30 Nov 2014 / 12:06 pm

    That's so exciting and so good that you're putting your health first!

  25. 30 Nov 2014 / 12:16 pm

    This is so exciting! Sounds like you've made a very wise decision- health and a work/life balance is just so important. Can't wait for some Vlogmas action πŸ™‚ x

  26. 30 Nov 2014 / 12:23 pm

    The most important thing is for you to be happy <3 glad we'll being hearing more from you now!! xx
    Just Jen

  27. 30 Nov 2014 / 12:27 pm

    Love that little picture with Nala at the corner :')
    Marissa Jamie || Faithfully, Marissa β™‘

  28. 30 Nov 2014 / 1:02 pm

    Congratulations Suzie! I think you've made a really wise and brave decision, and I'm excited to see what you've got in store for us for the future πŸ™‚

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

  29. 30 Nov 2014 / 1:09 pm

    Congratulations! I have always been impressed by how you managed to balance the two, and I am glad you get to have the opportunity to do what you love now.

    Bethan Likes

  30. 30 Nov 2014 / 1:16 pm

    Congrats on having the balls to do what you need to do! Too many people are too afraid to do what you have.

    Emma xo | Missemmalouise12.blogspot.ie

  31. 30 Nov 2014 / 1:29 pm

    So happy for you, life is too short, do what you LOvE! Xx

    Katiedujour.blogspot.com

  32. 30 Nov 2014 / 1:32 pm

    Congrats! and good luck with everything

    www.mandybajwa.blogspot.com

  33. 30 Nov 2014 / 1:49 pm

    Congrats! Always do what makes you happy πŸ™‚

    http://jumbleskine.wordpress.com

  34. 30 Nov 2014 / 2:30 pm

    Well done Suzie, I'm so happy for all the things this blog has brought you because you deserve it all!

    willowtea.blogspot.co.uk

  35. 30 Nov 2014 / 2:35 pm

    Congratulations that's wonderful news! Xx

  36. 30 Nov 2014 / 2:40 pm

    congratulations, cant wait for vlogmas x
    casualyetchic.blogspot.com

  37. 30 Nov 2014 / 3:12 pm

    Congrats for choosing something that is right for your Susie! I hope you take it easy this December πŸ™‚

    www.emandthem.co.uk

  38. 30 Nov 2014 / 3:16 pm

    Oh wow that is so exciting!! Congratulations and I hope you can enjoy Christmas time even more now! πŸ™‚
    www.iliamura.blogspot.com

  39. 30 Nov 2014 / 3:36 pm

    Good For you!! Life is about having experience and spending time with those you love! You shouldn't have to work yourself into the ground and be miserable!!
    Best of luck!!!

    http://haileysworkshop.blogspot.ca/2014/11/christmas-wish-list.html

  40. 30 Nov 2014 / 4:22 pm

    Congratulations! I'm happy for you that you are now able to just spend the time on something you love. I hope I can too one day!

    www.lrnwrght.com/blog

  41. 30 Nov 2014 / 5:21 pm

    Congratulations I always look out for your new blog posts as one of my favourites so I can't wait to see some more of them! πŸ™‚
    gingham and glitter

  42. 30 Nov 2014 / 5:38 pm

    So happy you were able to choose between the two! I love your blog so very much!! xx

    http://lilliemysel.blogspot.com

  43. 30 Nov 2014 / 5:46 pm

    Congrats! Its amazing you choose what you love, great job!
    Love
    Pili
    pils13.blogspot.com

  44. 30 Nov 2014 / 5:55 pm

    Congrats.. I totally understand you about the stressful work situation. I'm kinda stuck in that situation right now. After 7 years I'm really not happy anymore doing what I'm doing, so I'm trying to expand my horizon. Xoxo Nathalie
    http://makeupdiaryofanaddict.blogspot.com/2014/11/november-favorites.html

  45. 30 Nov 2014 / 6:06 pm

    Congrats! I love your blog so much- looking forward to future posts <3 xx

    www.monochromeroses.blogspot.co.uk

  46. 30 Nov 2014 / 6:20 pm

    Wow Suzie, that is such a huge change! I have to say I am a tad surprised as whenever you talked about your job you seemed to really like it but I am glad that you were courageous enough to make the step and decide to do what you love for a living. I'm looking forward to reading more and more of your posts as you're such a talented blogger and adorable girl.

    I wish you the best, xx

  47. 30 Nov 2014 / 7:09 pm

    I can't wait for you to come bak into you blog world πŸ™‚

    I'm running a "Christmas" giveaway (lorac pro pallet+ the wet brush), if you're interested, check this link:
    little taste of heaven

  48. 30 Nov 2014 / 7:45 pm

    Congratulations, I hope everything works out for you! I'm slightly jealous. Kate x

    www.vanillainnovember.blogspot.co.uk

  49. 30 Nov 2014 / 7:58 pm

    i would have done the same thing in your position – happiness comes first! looking forward to seeing what you come up with for vlogmas πŸ™‚

    xx fameliquorlove

  50. 30 Nov 2014 / 8:25 pm

    Congrats! I would love to be in your position n the future, but at the moment university comes first. Have been reading your blog for a couple of years now and it's awesome to see how far it's come, can't wait to read your future content πŸ™‚

    www.taketwentyone.co.uk

  51. 30 Nov 2014 / 8:43 pm

    Congratulations Suzie! I'm so glad to hear this as I adore your blog and seeing more it's amazing. And most importantly if it's the best for you it was the thing to do! πŸ™‚ xx

    Gyudy's Notes Of Beauty

  52. 30 Nov 2014 / 9:22 pm

    Congratulations and best of luck with everything the future holds for you!

    She Likes to Shop

  53. 30 Nov 2014 / 9:47 pm

    So happy for you! It's truly commendable that you worked full-time as well as kept an amazing blog! I know great things are on the horizon.

    p.s. Nala is adorable

    Cath in the Hat

  54. Anonymous
    30 Nov 2014 / 9:58 pm

    So happy for you! Good luck πŸ™‚

  55. 30 Nov 2014 / 10:28 pm

    Wonderful news – great you can do this as a part of your lifestyle now too. Can't wait for Vlogmas! x

  56. 30 Nov 2014 / 10:34 pm

    Quitting your job is very brave, congratulations for making that decision! So excited for vlogmas! πŸ˜€

  57. 30 Nov 2014 / 11:31 pm

    I'm sure the stress of the decision will be totally worth it, can't wait to see Vlogmas.

    Annabel β™₯
    Mascara & Maltesers

  58. 30 Nov 2014 / 11:45 pm

    Congrats! I can't wait for lots of posts! x
    graciousghost.blogspot.com

  59. 01 Dec 2014 / 12:43 am

    Congrats on taking this step! x

    BlogΒ |Β Marjorie

  60. Monica
    01 Dec 2014 / 2:35 am

    I've admired your commitment to maintaining such a high-quality blog while working full time for quite a while. Your decision to put your well being first, though, inspires me, and I'm happy that you are in a position where you are able to choose blogging as your main focus. Best wishes for your future endeavors! Xx

  61. 01 Dec 2014 / 2:59 am

    Congratulations Suzie! I am so happy for you and cannot wait to see all of the exciting things that are ahead. You are such an inspiration and we will always stick by you πŸ™‚

    Wishing you a healthy & fantastic start to the holidays and new year.
    xx
    Faith
    http://www.thats-just-fabulous.com

  62. 01 Dec 2014 / 3:03 am

    I'm very impressed Suzie. Congrats and I can't wait to hear more about it!

    Adam Inflight

  63. 01 Dec 2014 / 5:18 am

    Congratulations Suzie! It must have been a tough decision but I'm sure it must feel amazingly freeing to have done so. Can't wait to see what this new chapter of your life brings!

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn

  64. 01 Dec 2014 / 8:04 am

    That's so nice to hear! I'm looking forward to what you do in the future and wishing you the best x (Fist bump emoji back at you)

  65. 01 Dec 2014 / 10:07 am

    Congratulations that's so exciting!

  66. 01 Dec 2014 / 10:47 am

    How exciting!! I can't wait to see what's next for Hello October πŸ™‚

  67. 01 Dec 2014 / 2:55 pm

    I hope this works out for you. Good luck. I'm wishing you all the best.

  68. 01 Dec 2014 / 3:32 pm

    How exciting Suzie! You really deserve it. I just hope you'll continue to tell us whether a product was sent to you or if you bought it yourself. That is the main reason why I respect you so much, bloggers like Estee, Lily and Anna never admit that the products were sent to them. Very disappointing. I hope it will all work out for you! Really love your blog πŸ™‚

  69. 01 Dec 2014 / 10:13 pm

    If it was all too much then this sounds like a good decision. I love you and your blog/youtube and wish you the best with everything x

    My Beauty & Fashion Blog // taraclare.blogspot.co.uk

  70. Anonymous
    02 Dec 2014 / 1:29 am

    Congratulations on being able to make this choice! It's inspiring to see you being proactive about making your life the way you want it to be – I kind of wish I could muster up the courage to do a similar thing! I've stuck with your blog and channel longer than anyone else's because your content is always amazing and because I love how honest you are. If focusing more on the blog means taking on more partnerships/sponsors/ads/etc., as long as you stay honest then I think it's a great thing! You obviously work so hard on all these lovely things you share with us and it's wonderful to see that that work can also support you. Good luck and best wishes!! πŸ™‚

  71. 02 Dec 2014 / 2:02 am

    This is so incredable! I am so happy for you and you will be so happy to be able to create freely and take care of yourself!
    Allison from www.mercuteify.com

  72. 02 Dec 2014 / 6:46 am

    So exciting for you Suzie, congrats!! Definitely sounds like the right move for you and will be an exciting period in your life! x

    Cass | CassandraMyee

  73. Szemeijamie
    02 Dec 2014 / 10:15 am

    Follow your heart and just be the one and only Suzie. We will be there. xoxo

  74. 02 Dec 2014 / 4:36 pm

    Suzie that is the most exciting news, and it's truly inspiring seeing you progress to the point where you can start blogging full-time. Congratulations! xx

  75. 02 Dec 2014 / 10:02 pm

    congratulations! how exciting! I would love to do this one day – I can dream! Can't wait for all the things to come from your blog πŸ™‚

    Rose and Weston x

  76. 04 Dec 2014 / 3:50 am

    I love reading your blog and watching your Youtube videos! You are great at what you do, so it makes sense that you chose blogging and Youtube. I'm still in the baby stages of my blog, but watching it grow is very rewarding, I hope one day to have a blog as successful as yours!

    makeuptalkwithmallory.com

    Mallory πŸ™‚

  77. 04 Dec 2014 / 6:07 am

    that must have been a scary step – but so good you were able to make such a decision! you should always look out for yourself. πŸ™‚ good luck with everything!
    xo, cheyenne

  78. 05 Dec 2014 / 4:57 pm

    Congratulations! You are so talented and intelligent and I am so glad that you chose to continue on with YouTube and blogging. You are a true inspiration to me and so many more!

    Stay amazing and good luck,
    Rebecca x

  79. 07 Dec 2014 / 7:16 pm

    Suzie you are one of my favourite YouTubers and love reading your blog posts. This post is so inspirational and I think to be happy you need to follow your instinct. p.s I love your style so much. The Topshop hat in vlogmas day 1 is fab.

    Trish
    www.reservedforruby.com

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