Well that was certainly an unintentional week away from the blog!
Truth be told, I’m in a little bit of a blog slump. Actually, more like a “recovering from total burnout” slump. Oh yeah, and the stomach bug (BLAH).
I spent the months of October – December incredibly busy; my Usborne Books biz was incredibly busy in October and November (I was averaging 4-6 parties per week each month, which was AWESOME, but also exhausting). My day job was especially busy in December, since end of the year is our busiest time. And on top of that, I still tried checking in on the blog at least a few times a week, in addition to working on improving behind-the-scenes stuff that isn’t always exciting, but necessary.
On top of that, we’ve basically been dealing with some form of sickness on an almost constant rotation since about Halloween. Cold after cold, followed by a week long stomach bug (first Lucas, then Jay, then me…keep your fingers crossed that Alex has been in the clear so far), we just haven’t been able to catch much of a break!
I really thought for sure that, once January rolled around, my blog mojo would return a bit more. You know how it goes…the newfound spark, the excitement to really dive into something, a fresh start…I was ready to go! But here we are, and I’m still working on figuring stuff out.
It’s funny because things that used to come second nature to me, like photographing everything I eat or taking 100 pictures a day so I have blog content, have suddenly become a struggle to remember to do! Even as I sat down to write this post (unsure of what I was going to write, and still typing right now with no idea what’s really going to come next), I looked through my pictures to see I barely had anything to share. So don’t be surprised if this post winds up text-only (my least favorite…I’m a total visual person!).
The thing about blogging though (and so many other things in life) is that it ebbs and flows; I’ve been down this road more than once, and I’m not surprised that it’s happened again. After the past few months, I was really just burned out. I loaded a lot on my plate (maybe too much?) and now I’m trying to navigate my way back through to figure out what I really have time for.
Because, obviously, above all of that above is family. They’re top priority, and the rest will fall into place when there’s time.
Hey look at that, I had a picture to share!
Then of course, there are things like making time to exercise (wait, what is that??), getting back to meal planning (the stomach bug kiboshes that pretty quick), and really trying to make time to be able to DO NOTHING. Because I will say that, some nights, it really is nice to be able to put the kids to bed and just be done for the day. No computer, no emails, no phone…nada. Just me, my couch, and usually the DVR (hello, #tvjunkies).
So what’s the point of all of this? I honestly have no idea. I feel like it’s one of those posts where I could have gone on for about 352 more paragraphs, but it’s getting way too late for that. It’s not an apology for not being around, because it really was needed. And it’s not a disclaimer for “I’m only going to be checking in ‘x’ amount of days now!” because who knows? Maybe next week I’ll wind up checking in all week?! Or maybe I’ll be back in a week again.
I know the spark will eventually return, and when it does, I’ll be thrilled to start sharing more with you guys. I still love this little corner of the internet so, SO much and I have no intention of going away any time soon. I’ve just got to get all my ducks in a row (and, errr, try to maintain a healthy household for once!).
So I hope that all of YOU have been kicking off your 2017 with a great start – and I’d love to hear about it! Tell me, tell me…what does 2017 hold for you? What are your goals? What are you loving?