I’ve been on a bit of an unplanned blogging hiatus. MTDL went silent and everyday I felt terrible that I didn’t get something up.
But, that’s the thing…we shouldn’t be blogging ‘just because’ we need to get something up. We should be blogging to share our lives or offer something useful to others who are reading, otherwise, it’s not a good use of their time or ours. So, when life got hectic the last couple of weeks, I had to prioritize and I lived my life while not really blogging at all.
So what was I doing with all my ‘free’ time?
I lived a bit, tried to stay present with my children, headed to a conference and continued to cultivate my new little ‘blog baby’ over at EverydayFamily.com – because all of those things have people who are depending on me in the more immediate sense.
The thing is, while I lived life not blogging here, I missed it. I missed you and I missed sharing my life with others. When I attended Blissdom recently, I realized just how much and resolved to get back to this space because it makes me happy and nurtures me personally while also keeping my online friendships alive. And, they are so important to me.
So, while I was gone (did you miss me?) this is the life I was living…
A date with my girl for the Girl Scouts. Thinking Day is an event where each troop takes a country and they feature the customs, food, art and lifestyle. This event was all kinds of cool and chaotic – but what I loved about it was that she had to make something to swap, which represented her country (Philippines) with her fellow local troops and then she circled around to learn about a bunch of new countries.
It’s my hope that this event is only the beginning of our world travels together.
Oh these girls…they are hysterical and have discovered a love for music – so much so that they go around the house ‘playing’ guitar and rocking out with the microphone. It is so fun to watch and each time they are in the moment with their music, I try to enjoy it because they are only going to be this small for so long and they are just so darn sweet.
I won a lot of ‘cool mom points’ on this day. She won the award for best hair in her class and it made her year which in turn, made me feel less of a failure. You know how we all do that “I need to do better”, “I totally sucked as a mom today” moments. Well, this one…I allowed myself a pat on the back.
I try to pause each and everyday to enjoy my little ones. When life gets so busy, it can be easy to forget to do that, especially when you work from home. But, it’s moments like these that I will treasure for the rest of my life – so after I took this photo, I snuggled up to my girls and fell asleep with them.
I attended Blissdom for the first time last weekend and it was a flurry of activity, as conferences always are, but it was fantastic to see so many familiar faces and meet some new ones, both of which I may get to work with in the future.
It was exciting to be there on ‘business’. I’ve been working for EverydayFamily as their Blog Coordinator for nearly 6 months now and I couldn’t be more stoked that this includes attending conferences as a part of my job description. But, with days filled with making the blogs at EverydayFamily the best they can be, it has also played a role in my absence recently. We have so much going on with the company – so many exciting and wonderful changes and growth – it’s awesome to be the part of a start-up company like this one. We are steadily expanding our network of bloggers and each day I am so excited to see new as well as familiar faces join our team. You should check them out! And if you’re looking for some blogging work (yes, we pay!) then apply to join us on the blogging team!
This is by no means an all inclusive list of what I’ve been up to the last couple of weeks – when I started to look over the photos, I realized just how much blog-worthy living I had done – but I also needed the time to breath and focus on a few other things. Now, I feel renewed. Blissdom actually did that for me. I was talking to my boss (and friend) about how I had not been blogging in the last couple of weeks and I missed it – and she reminded me that I still need to nurture my blog because it is part of me and it makes me happy.
She was so right.
I’ve missed you friends. I hope you’ll keep popping by.
Have you felt the need for a blogging hiatus in recent months? What gave you renewed focus?
Please share with me one thing you’ve done in the last couple of weeks in the comments in addition to commiserating on the sometimes necessary blogging breaks and if you blogged about it – share that with me by linking up to the Link-up below with Sharon from Mom of 6 and I for #ShareYourLife. Don’t forget tweet it out using our hashtag so we can retweet it.