Hello and happy 2017! I have really enjoyed time off with loved ones and the added bonus of a digital reprieve. Wow, what a good combination that is for the soul. The kids started back to school mid week, so it’s been a transitional few days. Lots of early mornings, sleepy heads, and groans of homework. I’m working on sharing a few inspiring thoughts for the new year next week.
Been thinking about my blog and what it’s all about. What to change, what not to change. Over the years blogs have really changed, and I can’t say that I like all that I see. Many of the ones I used to love have shifted from personal, inspiring messages into powerhouses spewing out sponsored content. I do enjoy a few new blogs that have grown into careers for some. While I respect an entrepreneurial spirit and know that producing daily content takes around-the-clock work/sacrifice/resources, I realize that path is not for me at this time. There is a season for everything, and right now this a season of life where my family comes first. As unpopular as it is to say in this “women can have it all” world, I never want to look back at my children’s lives and know that I missed important moments because I was too busy focusing on me. Let me also say that there are many hard-working parents out there who don’t have a choice about working (been there), and I feel thankful to have the choice at this time. As a parent I make mistakes, but give it my best and always try again. I share all of this with you so you know where I’m coming from as a writer, and to also encourage anyone who is thinking about, or has made, a similar choice.
I’ve learned there are important moments in a kid’s life that come at the most unexpected times – no matter their age. I’m also of the belief that as children get older, they need a parent’s love and guidance more than ever to help them develop into moral, strong, independent, intelligent, and compassionate adults. That means not only loving them, but setting boundaries. Encouraging them to fly, but letting them fall. And being there to listen after they pick themselves back up. Kids today are growing up in a culture that worships materialism, social media, narcissism, and entitlement….it’s a ME ME ME generation. Like anything else in life, good parenting takes sacrifice, work, and the most precious gift of all – time.
Back to blogging.
Ultimately I’ve decided that I love my little boutique-sized blog, which I hope offers personal and inspiring content. I love writing and connecting with you. As a writer, it’s my goal to provide in every post a simple but meaningful gift – be it design, spiritual, or just life inspiration. As far as sponsors go, I’m very selective and only share companies/products that I personally use and find valuable. This means turning down a lot of offers, and I’m okay with that.
Thank you for the comments, emails, and even new friendships that blossomed in 2016. Many of you have been reading since 2009, and that is really special! Thanks for always being thoughtful and thought-provoking. Thank you for sharing a part of yourself and for the gift of your presence.
Excited for 2017!