Hey everyone, it’s been a while!
As you know, COVID-19 shook things up all over the world, and being a citizen of the planet, I was certainly affected. Mentally, I struggled to focus on anything but the “what happens if” spiral, and once I lost my daily routine, it felt almost impossible to motivate myself to do anything but the bare minimum.
I was one of the lucky ones who could work from home, and in the beginning, I spent a lot of my nervous energy doing what I could for the office or doing small projects around the house. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a slow spring, and I had a hard time unwinding from the fast paced, busy life I made for myself.
This struggle also slipped into my blogging/reading life. In March, I had a hard time focusing on reading- and although I’d never been much of a mood reader, it clearly was my mood causing the slump, not the content of the books I kept trying to get into. By April, I couldn’t force myself to read or write. Although my body was itching to do something, my brain refused.
So, I took some time, eased myself into the unexpected #coronacation, and found other outlets to help deal with my stress and anxiety. (My methods? Bonfires, reading poetry, gardening, going for long drives, dancing around my house with music blasting through the stereo).
Now that we’re fast approaching August, I’ve gotten back into some old routines and can finally say I’ve gotten some reading done, but I’ve come to the conclusion that as much as I have had a blast with this blog, stepping back from it has been a bit of a relief. I didn’t realize how much pressure I’d put on myself trying to get reviews and content out, and I haven’t been able to convince myself that putting that pressure back on is what is best for me right now, especially with how uncertain things still are.
So, I’m officially announcing the end of The Lexington Bookie’s blog.
I dread seeing all my hard work disappear, but I know that this is for the best. Please know that I am so thankful for all the support and encouragement I’ve received over the years from you all, my fellow bloggers, and for the connections and friendships I’ve made through this blog. I still intend to see you all around on #bookstagram and Goodreads, and will still be following along with your blogging journeys- so you haven’t seen the last of me!
Please take care of yourselves, and thank you again for everything.
xo, Amanda, The Lexington Bookie