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Week by Week 6: Bad Blogging, Good Living

September 9, 2015

I’ve been a bad blogger.

Over the past week or two, despite my best intentions to write, I inadvertantly abandoned any semblance of planning. I ignored my to-do lists. I hardly so much as opened my computer, and I neglected my social media efforts almost entirely. On the blogging front, it has been a thoroughly unproductive couple of weeks, a complete bust.

And you know what? I’ve also had the best time in Broome since I arrived here in June.

Lately, instead of manipulating my time away from work to squeeze in whatever writing I can manage, I’ve been letting life come first. I’ve been doing what I want when I want and letting the hostel flow guide my days off. These indulgences have made for an unplanned vacation of sorts, one that I realize now was very much needed.

I live in paradise, after all. Sometimes, it feels right to let go of work and simply embrace the amazing fact of my being here.

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I’ve woken up early to walk through the dunes and do sun salutations in the sand. I’ve luxuriated in long swims at Cable Beach, where last week the waves were the biggest I’ve ever seen here, a complete departure from the water’s usual calm. I’ve basked in the sand in all of the sun-worshipping glory of Broome’s increasingly hot afternoons, watched little white crabs scuttle between their shady tunnels at low tide while hawks circle overhead and witnessed the sky turn from grapefruit to molten orange while running down the beach at sunset. When the tides were at their highest last week, dozens of us made our way to Ganthieume Point for a full day of beer, barbecue and cliff jumping. As the tides went out and left us to enjoy playing on the rocks, a pod of six dolphins swam by just barely beyond our swimming range. The next day, we dressed up to get drinks at a nice bar in town while watching the full moon rise over the mud flats during Broome’s infamous Staircase to the Moon phenomenon.

Broome is a spectacular place to live. Still, more than anything else, it’s the people I share this place with that make Broome paradise. In my last weekly update, I wrote about being reminded to appreciate everyday and everyone a little more. During the past couple of weeks, I have done exactly that. From lingering around the breakfast table at the hostel in the morning to spontaneous afternoon beach parties to simply lounging around watching old TV shows and getting meals out with friends, every hour outside of work has been perfect. The tourist season is coming to an end here in Broome, which means that people are slowly but surely making their way out. We’ve said goodbye to friends in showers of bubbles and piñatas; we’ve talked about where we’re going, about who’s leaving soon and who’s sticking around. I’ll be in Broome for a couple of months longer, and while there’s a lot to keep loving, there will be a lot to miss, too. Now is the time to celebrate the people I love here.

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I’ve been a bad blogger as of late, but I don’t regret it. Balancing full-time work in hospitality with blogging, outside writing, friends and loving where I’m living isn’t easy. I’m working on it, and slowly, I think, I’m learning. There’s a lot about living in Australia that I’m excited to share with y’all, and now that I’m returning to the blog re-energized and re-inspired, you can expect a lot of new posts. Every now and again, though, I’m going to give myself permission to step back and simply be. We all should. I couldn’t be more cliché, I know, but I’m going to run with it and quote Ferris Bueller here anyway (because he’s so, so right)…

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

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//THIS WEEK

Reading…

My vacation from writing also meant a vacation from reading (sadly). I’ve promised myself to finally finish Anna Karenina this week, and to reward myself with some shorter reads next time around.

Listening to…

The Weekend is on constant rotation here, it seems, and “I Can’t Feel My Face” has been stuck in my head for most of the week. I’ve also been obsessed with Halsey (check out “Hold Me Down”) and Oh Wonder (especially “All We Do”). Now that I’ve officially gotten our tickets for celebrating New Year’s at Falls Fest in Tasmania, I’m continuing to obsess over all the artists on the lineup!

& Feeling Inspired by…

Seth Kugel’s “Frugal Traveler” column for the New York Times has long been one of my favorite travel writers to follow. His recent piece about diverse travel experiences in Indonesia seriously inspired me. When I leave Australia in February, I have a couple of fixed plans and a whole lot of freedom. I’m considering a return to Indonesia to explore islands apart from Bali, which made this read especially exciting and timely for me.

Have any of you heard of the literary food blog Eat This Poem? Between travel, books and food, it covers most of my favorite things. From now on, I won’t make any serious itineraries for travel back home without checking out these literary city guides. Amazing!

 

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16 Comments

  • Reply Maddy September 9, 2015 at 5:39 am

    I’d been checking your blog intermittently for new posts and was surprised to not find any! BUT I’m so happy to hear how you’ve been spending your blog break! It’s so easy to get wrapped up in work and forget about the good stuff! So good for you! 🙂

    I can’t wait to read more of your Broome adventures!

    And yes, that Ferris Bueller quote is all too perfect for this post!

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    • Reply Katie September 9, 2015 at 7:41 am

      Thanks, Maddy! I was feeling badly about it for awhile, but in the end I decided to embrace it. I came to Australia for more than work, after all! Should have lots of posts coming up over the next couple of weeks, plus a big trip in October that I’m getting REALLY excited to share with everyone 🙂 And yeah…I will always love Ferris Bueller!

  • Reply Naomi September 9, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Honestly, that’s what happens at times. I’m trying to work ahead as much as possible, to make sure I have some sort of content ready for when I just don’t have the time/don’t want to blog.
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    • Reply Katie September 9, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      Trying to get in that habit this month! I have a big trip coming up in October, so I know I’ll need to have some work squared away. You live and you learn, right? 🙂

  • Reply Amanda | Lesson Plans & Layovers September 10, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    I feel ya! I’ve been a bad blogger myself recently – I was keeping up great with my writing up until my recent trip to Scotland. I didn’t do any writing while away, just let life and travel come first, but since coming back, I’m still stuck in va-cay mode and I’m just coming out of it. Sometimes you just need to let life come first…until the writing mood strikes again anyways :p
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    • Reply Katie September 11, 2015 at 12:34 am

      Glad I’m not the only one, Amanda 🙂 It’s easy to feel guilty about it, but it also feels SO GOOD to just live your life! Hope you’ve been enjoying a lot of fun and relaxation, too!

  • Reply Jenny @ Till the Money Runs Out September 11, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Ha! It is all about perspective, what looks like bad blogger behavior to you looks like hard work and dedication to me. Just got up my first post in almost 5 weeks… The neverending struggle of a travel blogger, it can be hard to write about fun times when you are spending every moment enjoying them. A good problem to have 🙂
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    • Reply Katie September 11, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      You’re so right, Jenny — it really is the BEST problem to have! Travel blogging vs. travel living can be a hard balance to strike, but I think we’re winning both ways 🙂

  • Reply Julie September 13, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Your post totally reminds me of one of my favorite quotes: The days are long but the years are short. Sometimes I cannot WAIT for a workday to be done, or the day is just stalling out. But then I blink and it’s September and I wonder where the summer went (or winter, in your case)!
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    • Reply Katie September 13, 2015 at 11:42 am

      I know what you mean! Sometimes I feel like entire months pass me by. Was in winter in Melbourne, but here in Broome the seasons are wet and dry. Being off a “normal” four-season calendar for so long makes it even harder to keep track of time!

  • Reply Ashley Tippins September 16, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Love it! I juts came back to my blog and social media today after over a week away fully enjoying my birthday and quick trip to Chile. I felt bad at first too, but I had the best time and didn’t really care all that much to spend it tweeting and posting!
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    • Reply Katie September 16, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      A birthday and quick trip to Chile sounds like the BEST excuse to take a vacation from the blog! Happy to hear you had an amazing time 🙂

  • Reply Alana | Paper Planes September 19, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Love this – here’s to good living! (away from a computer screen..)
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    • Reply Katie September 21, 2015 at 1:57 am

      Cheers to that 🙂 Thanks, Alana!

  • Reply Anne October 5, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    It is great to have a break from it and I find myself getting caught up checking social media far too often. I am trying to cut my addiction. Glad you are getting out there and enjoying life!

    • Reply Katie October 11, 2015 at 4:02 am

      I’m with you, Anne. My recent road trip was almost entirely phone-free, and it was so nice to be hanging out and exploring with friends without everyone being distracted by scrolling through their phones. It’s important to take a break every now and again!

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