Monday, October 15, 2012

I Almost Forgot my Login and Password

I haven't blogged in quite a while.  I've been incredibly busy, and I had to prioritize the things I needed to do and let fall by the wayside some things I simply like to do.  Like blogging.  And laundry.  And cleaning those pesky baseboards. 

I also needed to take a break from it to find out how I feel about it these days.  Kind of like breaking up with your seventh grade boyfriend just to see if you miss sitting beside him at lunch every day.  Do I still like blogging, circle yes or no. 

I started blogging four years ago to have an outlet for all of those things that roll around in my head.  It was also a way to develop the habit of writing every day, which is an important thing to do if you ever plan to write a book.  Which I do.  Someday, after nursing old folks and putting my child through college, I plan to take out that folder of notes I've been saving and bring to life those characters floating around in my head.  I have already named them and given them certain traits.  I even know how I want at least one of them to develop.  The manuscript doesn't have to get published.  I just want to bring a dream to life. 

But someday is not tomorrow or the day after, and in the meantime, the routine of writing daily without some kind of conclusion in sight was becoming a bit of a grind.  And in the meantime, life holds other joys I want to fully explore, like photography.  Truthfully, I was finding it harder and harder to blog regularly.  So I took a little break.  And I've come to the decision that I don't know how much longer I will continue to blog.  It will certainly be less regular than it has in the past.  I am not going to feel committed to writing every day.   

It's a part of an overall effort to take some control over the "busy-ness" in my life and make my family and my serenity a priority.  I am purposefully shedding some responsibilities in all areas of my life.  I am saying "no", and I mean it.  I roll off my committee assignments at church at the end of the year, and I've asked to be taken off a civic board a year early, in January.  I've been on that board for five years, and it's time for someone else to step up.   That means I will hold no volunteer leadership positions for the next year.  For twelve months, I will do what a lot of other folks do, I will simply show up and enjoy the fruits of someone else's leadership and labor.  I will help Hubby take care of his dad, I will nurture Teen Angel into adulthood and I will enjoy some free time.  And I won't feel guilty about it.

I will blog from time to time, but only when I feel like it.  I will post as the mood hits me, and I will use some of the time I've gained to savor some "me" time. "Me" meaning family.  I may actually watch a little television--if Dish Network quits breaking up with channels I love.  I will read more, and I will definitely take more pictures.  I hope you will continue to join me.  I have missed you, my blogging friends.    


Jan n Jer said...

I was wondering where you went! Kudos for you taking a step back n being true to yourself! We all need "ME" time for relaxing and taking care of our physical n mental state. Blogging can be very demanding if you let it. I just celebrated 4yrs in the blogosphere and I have really changed my focus from writing about my daily life n family, to memes n posting pictures...which is really my passion. Funny thing though...I learned this about myself through blogging. Good luck n hope to see you every now and then...I will keep you on my blog list!

"CAPTAIN DAVE" said...

Funny how those things we love can quickly turn into obligations if we let them. I've struggled with similar thoughts about my blog, now five years along. My resolution: I write for me, and I allow others to peek. I have no obligation to those who choose to read what I write, and no obligation to produce.

You've got a real talent, Hula Girl... several, in fact. I have enjoyed your writings, and getting to know your family through what you write... I feel like I know them! ;-) And I will continue to follow your blog because I enjoy it. But don't do it for me. Follow your heart.

Living Life said...

I know exactly how you feel. It's a wonder I can get a post out once a week, if that. Sometimes, I just don't know what to write about. Other times, I have all these thoughts in my head, but no time to sit down and blog. And I feel terribly bad for not visiting my regular blog readers (all of 2). Oh well, life throws you curves and you just have to go with the flow. I do have to say that I always enjoy reading your posts. You write so well! Just don't drop off the face of the earth without letting us know first!

janjanmom said...

I understand this so much. But I do love your writing and I will take ocassional over never. :)

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Me, too, my friend. Not everything that's good needs to last forever, but I hope you will come back to blogging from time to time. I'm trying it myself. Kind of like taking up with the old boyfriend again to see if there's any of the old feeling left.

Take care and enjoy the extra time.

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