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A little note about pausing for a couple of months
Just a little note to say I am putting this newsletter on pause for a couple of months. As you may have noticed, I haven’t published any newsletters for a while. It is not because I have forgotten about it. The opposite has been true. I have been thinking of this newsletter and you all so much. I am just struggling with major writer’s block at the moment and every time I have sat down to write to you, I just haven’t been able to write anything half decent and then I’ve been feeling really guilty and beating myself up which has only made the writer’s block worse. I have even been struggling with my social media too. I just haven’t wanted to share as much as I usually do. It’s a weird feeling and one, as a proud over-sharer, I’m not at all used to.
Please know I am OK. This isn’t a mental health thing. I do have a lot on my plate though. This includes a major work project that I’ve hinted about which is in the final stages and which really needs all of my focus and attention to see it across the finish line. I am living for the day I can finally tell you all about it but unfortunately I can’t right now. Added to this, or in some ways because of it, I am at a bit of a crossroads, both personally and professionally, and I’m unsure of what the near future holds, which is something I need to work out on my own. I’m just in a very transitionary period at the moment. All of this means I am going inwards and just don’t have the desire to share right now.
I pride myself on being authentic in everything I do and most especially with this newsletter. Anything I have tried to write for you over this last month or so just hasn’t felt authentic and therefore hasn’t been worth publishing and wasting your time with. I always strive to write each newsletter from the heart and my most popular newsletters are the ones where I write my truthiest truth. That’s always where I actually feel most comfortable and so not being able to do that feels the opposite to me.
I’m sorry if you have been disappointed by the radio silence. No-one has been more disappointed in me than myself. But I think sometimes in life, we just have to accept our limitations and forgive ourselves and so I hope you’ll also be able to forgive me too. It’s also a good reminder that nothing is permanent. I know in a couple of months I’ll be feeling totally differently and I promise I will be back to share more from my still very much single life really soon. I also have some guest pieces to put out, which I’m excited to publish and shout about when I have the energy to do so.
Thanks as ever for bearing with me and for always being so supportive.
Lots of love and single joy,
A note for paying subscribers
If you are a paying subscriber, I have paused your subscriptions, which means when I’m back you won’t lose any months as it will just add the time to what you have left. I will also be adding a couple of free months to your subscription when I unpause it as thank you for your patience. The Whatsapp group will remain open during this time off so please continue to chat and make friends in there.
Please know, your subscriptions have meant more than you will ever know. Anyone who chooses to support a freelance writer in their creative work is a legend in my book. You’re all amazing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and big love to you all.
I’m Nicola Slawson, a freelance journalist, writer and public speaker based in Shropshire, UK. I founded The Single Supplement, which is an award-winning newsletter and community, in 2019 and have been exploring the highs and lows of the single experience ever since. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter.