It values the journey.
As you know (if you read regularly). I have been questioning whether to continue writing this blog. I've been struggling with it and found my answer at church.
Ha! No, I didn't pray about it. I have bigger fish to fry there.
You see, our Pastor just returned from a three-month sabbatical. He's refreshed, relaxed and focused. I thought about it. That's what I want to be. But I have so much to DO and I have so many people expecting me to write the blog.
But here's the deal:
The whole purpose of writing this blog was an attempt to stay in the present and appreciate it. It definitely started that way, but it's different now. I take my camera everywhere to capture these small moments so I can LATER write in my blog. I do get to remember these moments by writing the blog, but I'm starting to miss out on that 'just living and appreciating the moment' part.
One of my very best friends recently told me something about myself...and it came as a complete shock. After 38 years, you'd think I know this about myself, but I didn't. He told me that I'm someone who needs continual feedback from people with whom I interact. There was part of me that was unfulfilled writing the blog and I couldn't figure it out. There are several of you who comment often (either here or on Facebook), and I'm so appreciative of that. But mostly, I found it difficult to throw things out there with no response.
I have some other very important things to focus on right now. With my eight year-old approaching 17, I want to be more engaged with her at the moment. She'll miss the blog for sure, but it's more important for me to parent now than preserve the past. I'm also helping out with Greg's business and it's extremely important that we make this thing go - on so many levels. Instead of sitting behind the computer, writing about our lives, I'll walk hand-in-hand with him on this journey.
So, I'm taking a blogging sabbatical until (at least) the New Year. I own this domain, so I'm sure I'll be doing something with this site, I'm just not sure what yet. Ella and I have a few ideas though! If you're wondering, "Why now?" I just want to enjoy the holiday season without having to document every moment of it.
Thanks to my loyal readers but an especially BIG thanks to those of you who comment on this blog. It really helps me feel like I'm not having a one-way conversation - which can be a lonely place at times. The comments are what kept me wanting to write and the reason I'll be back later!!
Thanks everyone and I hope you have a great holiday season.
There will definitely be a part of me that misses writing, but hopefully this is a step toward bigger and better things.