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). 

10 comments:

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

SarahChristineStyle 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?!?

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