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Coffee Talks: Time to Listen

The image has signs and quotes scattered. The most visible quote is framed and says, “live, breathe, create.” Under the image is a teal title box. The sub title is in small white font and says, “not really a break.” The main title is in bold white font and says, “coffee talks: time to listen.” The url for Housewife Hustle blog is in small white font at the bottom.

It feels like it was just last week when I took my mini break from blogging, but it’s actually been a month or two. I don’t want to take another break, but if I don’t slow my roll, I’m going to burn myself out.

I know there will be products I’ll want to share and updates I’ll want to give, but that’s probably going to be the bulk of my blog for a week or two, maybe longer. Truth is, I just want to take some time to listen.

Time Off(ish)

I want to find new blogs to read and new people to support. I want to work on my engagement with others. I want to focus less on myself for bit. I’m starting to run out of things to write, and that’s not like me at all. So, before I completely exhaust myself with my 3-4 weekly posts, I’m going to pull back.

I want to stay on socials, and I really want to continue with my awareness and body positive message. Truth is, I can’t post and motivate others about positivity if I’m not actually positive.

I’ve had a lot happen in the last few weeks that has dimmed my light and overwhelmed me. I don’t want to get into too many specifics or point fingers, but I will give a mini share session.

Adding Up

My grandma has bone cancer, and I’ve mentioned her health issues before. She’s battled other cancers but nothing this aggressive. She’s very sick and working on getting her life in order in case she can’t pull through this time.

The doctor said that even with chemo and all these treatments, we can hope for 5 years. My family is scrambling to help in anyway they can, but there are some members who are cruel and selfish. There are bad people in this world, and my family has a few of them just like the rest.

It’s not just the negative family weighing on me. I had a recent betrayal from a friend that proved to me that time doesn’t dictate friends or trust.

Honestly, all of these let downs are eating away at me. I know a million percent that there is no control over negative and toxic people, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t get to me sometimes. I used to tell myself it was a waste of worry when it comes to situations like this, but the little things add up.

It’s Okay

It’s okay to not be okay. I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety for years. I’ve gone to therapy and know very well that it’s okay to not be okay. It’s okay to breakdown, just don’t live in that breakdown. While I’m not fully breaking down, I’m taking a step back before I’m flooded with worse feelings.

I love blogging. I’m very fortunate when it comes to my immediate family of my kids and husband. I just want to take a few steps back to breathe and reevaluate some of the connections in my life.

Life is full of bumpy roads, so I just need to readjust my seatbelt a bit. I’ll be okay. I just wanted to let you guys know that I might not post about blogging or strategies. I might not do a consistent Coffee Talks series this month, or I might only do my Coffee Talks series. I’m not totally sure yet, but I’m taking it all day by day.


I will be active on my socials, but I might not promote my blog as often. I love Housewife Hustle and everything it’s become, but I really want to just read and listen for awhile.

I’ll still share my body positive messages, pet shenanigans, and family fun on Instagram. I’ll still pin my favorite recipes, outfits, and beauty ideas on Pinterest. I’ll still scroll, tweet, and retweet. I just need to remember to breathe more. I can’t accomplish my goals if I’m short of breath.

Thanks for all your support.

-Love Jenni


  1. Blogging is fun until it isn’t. I don’t think I’ve yet come across a blogger who doesn’t need to step back and take a breath and just deal with life. It’s so hard to do and be everything and I’m in awe of everything you’ve been able to do. You’re a lovely lady and I’m sure there are a great many of us who wish you the best and will be here when you are ready.

  2. I hear you completely on taking a step back. I feel like I need to do the same. I’ve been dealing with a particularly hard bout of anxiety recently and I feel like blogging may be making me feel a little worse.
    Sending positive vibes to your grandma and family at this time <3

  3. I’m so sorry to hear about your Grandma, I’m keeping her and you in my thoughts!
    Taking a break and time for yourself is so so important, you can’t poor from an empty pot!

    • Thank you for your kind words. I’m just not sure if I want to keep blogging or if I want to completely redo it all and start over.

  4. Good for you for recognizing what you need right now. Wishing you support during this tough time.

  5. Everyone needs a break here and then! Take some time and come back! I’ll be here waiting as a fan for your comeback 🙌 take care of your mental health and your grandma! 💕

  6. I just took an unintended blogging break for a week and it didn’t seem to have an effect on anything at all…the blog and the world kept going on like nothing happened…lol. It actually helped me to see I don’t need to push myself until I burn out. I was doing too many sponsored posts and really just wanted to get back to what got me blogging in the first place , which is mostly just me complaining LOL …as I sit here and work on a sponsored post of course. But first I made sure to do a nice big venting post at least 🙂

    • I’m a bit of the opposite. I want to grow and do more sponsored things. I turn down a lot that isn’t right for me, but I feel like my ranting and message that I want to get out isn’t getting heard. I guess self-pity and doubt started this break, and I’m trying to grow and figure out what’s next. I know I won’t evolve as a blogger if I sit and envy others. It’s a jumbled freaking mess in my mind right now. Thanks for commenting and sharing. Day by day, I’m pulling myself out of this rut! 😊

      • You just have to find the right balance once you start doing a lot of sponsored work or you can lose the audience that you drew in with your original writing and message. Good luck, hope your break helps make things more clear 🙂

  7. I’m sorry to hear about your grandma. It’s good you’re taking a step back because sometimes we need to focus on everything else in our lives.

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