Friday, September 4, 2015

Things I've been doing while not blogging

Hey, what's up, hello! 

Do you ever just think one day out of the blue, oh hey, I have a blog! I kind of forgot about it! No? Okay well that was me yesterday when I got a notification from periscope that my friend (and fellow blogger) Ashten was about to be live with a 'scope entitled "The Blogging Struggle". I wasn't doing anything but hanging out on my couch in my PJs enjoying an adult root beer float so I decided to join in.

Then I remembered - I have a blog! A blog that some people read (hey mom!) and they actually enjoy the things I have to say. I've had tons of ideas floating around in my head but very little time or motivation to sit down and actually compose a blog post (with infographics or a pinnable image!) hashtag the struggle is real.

This is what I've been up to in the mean time:

Spending some quality time with my husband
We've come into a routine where we come home, cook dinner, talk about our day and then we hang out on the couch for a few hours while he watches some TV and I read a book with my feet in his lap. I also picked up The Five Love Languages for the two of us to read together - we haven't really figured out how we're going to accomplish this but have a few ideas. Not only do we have opposite personalities, but we don't speak the same love language either, so I'm excited that it's something we decided to do together and I hope its insightful and can help us improve our communication skills.

Spending some quality time with my friends
Girls nights, girls weekends, cookouts, four wheeler rides - you name it, we've done it this summer. In the past month we've spent time in Pensacola, Panama City Beach, and I went on a long weekend trip to Charlotte with a co-worker, which was tons of fun - highly recommend downtown Charlotte for some good times. I love traveling and I love that it doesn't have to be a "big trip" in order to be fun.

Reading books
I finally finished the eighth book of the Outlander series and have been busy reading some fun chick-lit for the time being. I picked up Elin Hilderbrand's new book, The Matchmaker, and it did not disappoint. Hilderbrand is one of my favorite authors and this book was a little different from her others (it made me cry!) but I loved it. I also read Mad Miss Mimic (a shorter period novel about a young girl "coming out in society" with a bad speech impediment) and a few others that I can't exactly remember the titles of at the moment.

DIY projects
I don't want to give too much away because I'll eventually want to share before/after photos on the blog - but the gist of it is that I found some old furniture in a family friend's horse barn and am working on re-finishing them. Additionally, my parents are remodeling their (million year old) house and have given me a few spare parts that I have some fun plans for.

Living life
I've taken up running in the afternoons and even though it cuts into time I could be cleaning, cooking, blogging etc, it's been good for my soul. I never realized how much I craved alone time, but these forty minutes on the running trail have been exactly what I needed. I've also spent time on the phone with long lost friends and I'm constantly checking in on my mom (who made it through chemotherapy like a champ and is currently on her second week of radiation out of 37 treatments). I visit my in-laws and their cute new puppy. I take myself on drives in our new car with the top down (still a little iffy on the manual transmission). And I try to do it all without looking through the lens on my phone.

So now the question is, will I continue blogging? I'm not sure. Two years ago I was going a completely different direction - I wanted followers! Comments! Page views! Pinterest-friendly posts! Now, I just want to chat with friends and give updates to far away family and make some meaningful connections with like minded ladies in the blogging community. Last week I convinced myself that I was pretty much done blogging - I just didn't have time anymore. But after my conversation with Ashten (and others!) I decided I didn't want to give it up completely. So if you want to continue to read my blog, I'd love it! If you don't - that's okay too! 

Until next time! (I really have no idea when that will be so don't hold your breath). 


Jessie Jones said...

I completely agree and love this - can't wait to read what's up with you even in less frequent snippets!

Kels @ BlonderSide said...

I feel we all go through this phase, perhaps more often then I'd like lol....But somehow I always return! Here's to living life and spending quality time with friends and family!

Fairy Princess Jord said...

I don't think it is wrong for the direction of your blog to change (even if maybe it changes back again). I think blogging should be a reflection of who we are and what we want and if that is a space to recap the ins and outs of everyday life I think that is great!

Brittany said...

I love your posts. Glad you have been having a great summer!!

Meghan said...

I love this & agree that my blog is definitely more of my thoughts and memories than a pinterest worthy blog and that's okay!

Ashten @ Just Go Left said...

Love you. xoxo

Anonymous said...

I am in the exact same spot right now. I kind of just stopped blogging and then realized I didn't really miss it. I had gotten so into writing the perfect post, SEO, social media, all of it, that I think my brain was always at least partially thinking about content. I would be doing something and thinking about how I could snap it, instagram it, tweet it, or blog about it, I was never completely present. Then I told myself I didn't have to do any of it unless I felt like it and I just kind of walked away. Every once in a while after I have an amazing weekend getting things done, spending quality time with all my favorite people, and just living life I have the feeling I should write about it, but then I don't want to, I just want to keep living.

I've defined myself as a part time blogger for so long its hard to let it go, but I just love living my life without thinking about content right now!

Steph G said...

That's the beauty of blogging - it's yours and you can do whatever you want, whenever you want. Just enjoy yourself :) Also, keep enjoying those root beer floats. I can't get enough.

Amber Thomas said...

I want to know what you ended up thinking about the Outlander series as a whole... I only made it through the first book and have A LOT OF FEELINGS about it... Thus, did not continue one. :)

I'm so glad life is busy and good and full of quality, what more could one ask for?!?

Dong Dong said...

chaussure louboutin
sac longchamp
ralph lauren
soccer jerseys
michael kors handbags
coach factorty outlet
louis vuitton outlet
ralph lauren pas cher
christian louboutin shoes
burberry outlet
timberland boots
ray bans
coach outlet
michael kors uk
air jordan pas cher
michael kors outlet
toms outlet store
nike outlet
gucci outlet
cheap toms
coach outlet store online
nike huarache
jeremy scott shoes
coach factory outlet
jordan 13
tiffany jewelry
canada goose uk
coach factory outlet
air max
basketball shoes
michael kors handbags
gucci outlet
canada goose jackets
snapbacks wholesale
michael kors
tiffany and co
michael kors outlet online
nike cortez

rasheed said...

شركة شحن عفش من المدينة المنورة لمصر
ارقام شراء الاثاث المستعمل بالاحساء

شركة شراء اثاث مستعمل بالدمام