Sixteen months ago when I started No Sidebar I wanted to create a movement. It was something I was passionate about, and it was something that excited me. I was going through a period in my life where I wanted to live intentionally and remove things that were getting in the way.
I’ve always placed high value on honesty and authenticity, and this is exactly what I’m doing—as hard as this is for me to do right now.
Over the past sixteen months, the community has grown tremendously. Our Facebook page is nearly at 25,000 fans, we currently have 35 contributors, and our monthly traffic is six figures.
To me, this has been nothing short of an amazing journey.
But in this time, the responsibilities have also grown. From writing the newsletters, to curating content for the Facebook page, and overseeing the contributor submissions, it has caused me to become busy—too busy.
I am tired. Not so much physically tired, but mentally tired and it’s something I’ve been feeling for a while now.
A few months ago I wrote something on No Sidebar that, to this day, remains my favorite piece—Why the White Space in Our Life Matters. From that:
“The white space in our life is where the magic happens.
I encourage you today to find one—just one—area in your life that you can make a change. Take one small step towards the life you dream of having, and experience the joy I know you long for.”
Today I feel the need to take my own advice.
For the next 30 days, I’m stepping away from No Sidebar. We will not publish any new content and won’t be doing anything with our social media accounts.
Please understand there comes a time in life where we need to make difficult decisions and to do what’s best for everyone involved. So for now …
The website will remain open, and the Facebook page will be there. Please keep reading and sharing anything you enjoy. I’d truly love that.
I love the community we have built, and don’t want to do anything irrational right now. I need a break to clear my head and focus on some things that matter—myself, my family, and my job.
I promise to provide an update with the direction of No Sidebar as my time away comes to an end.