5. I love the journal that I now have from the past 2.5 years!!!
4. I feel like I can be completely me on my blog!!!
3. This might be a weird reason but blogging has helped me become a bit more technically literate. And, introduced me to the fun that is Instagram!!!
2. I take way more pictures than I used to (before blogging)!! In fact, I just cleaned up my iPhoto and deleted 2000+ pictures that weren’t really pictures of anything. I still have about 7000 that I need to organize!!!
1. And, my top reason is definitely all of the incredible people that I’ve gotten to know through blogging. I would start naming all of y’all but I’m afraid I would accidentally leave someone out so I will just say – all of y’all!!!
For the last 2 weeks I have pretty much completely ignored this blog. The main reason was so that I could be available and enjoy every minute of the boys break from school – it has been awesome!! Lots of games and time spent as a family laughing!!!
The other reason I have avoided this place is because I told Chris 2 weeks ago that the next post I wrote would be my final post. Every time I’ve thought about writing it I’ve walked away from my computer.
After a LOT of thought I don’t think I’m ready to give up my little corner. I can’t imagine not interacting with all of my blog friends (I would list them but this would turn into a really long post!!!), if not daily then several times a week.
Even though I haven’t written a post lately, I have been reading other blogs and I often find myself smiling while reading or leaving a comment.
This year my biggest “goal” is to really focus on growing our venue because I know that there is so much untapped potential there.
I thought that giving up my blog would help me spend more time working on ideas. Chris thinks I shouldn’t give up something I enjoy so much and I’ve finally decided that I would probably end up resenting the venue if I give up the happiness that blogging brings me.
So, I’ve decided to cut myself some slack (like not worrying about the fact that I didn’t write a 45 update for either of the past 2 weeks!!!) and not feel like I have to keep a specific schedule with posting. There may be some weeks that I catch up on all of my favorite blogs days late and that will be OK, too!!!
I want 2015 to be a year full of fun and happiness with my family and friends which means letting go of standards that are unattainable and just enjoying what I can do!!
And, even though this is late –
I’m looking forward to so many things this year – hopefully it will include meeting some of my blog friends in person!!!
Pretty much all bloggers know that you can have friends (really great ones even) that you might not have actually met in person.
There are times at dinner that I share a story and the boys say, “One of your bloggy friends?” YEP!!! They think it is sort of weird but they also know who I’m talking about when I refer to some of my bloggy friends by name.
I always wonder if I would recognize some of my bloggy friends if I saw them out somewhere! And, I wonder if they are the same in person as they seem to be on their blog. I think that I would recognize and know the majority of them!!
I have always tried to be 100% myself on this blog!!! I have many faults and imperfections and they are pretty much all part of who I am on the blog as well as in real life.
My hope is that if/when we meet you will feel like you know me because we have already been friends through our blogs!!!
Yesterday I met Susan (Sole Searching Mama) while she and her family were here in Topeka to watch one of her son’s wrestle in the state tournament. If you don’t know Susan, you really should head over and meet her. She is an amazing mom to 5 super cute/handsome boys and she is 30 weeks pregnant with their 6th child.
Hunter went with me since he wrestled back in the fall and it was so great to meet Susan and all of her family!!! She is exactly like I thought she would be!!! Susan and her entire family are beautiful and I’m super happy that we were able to meet in real life. (I didn’t take any pictures – just enjoyed the time chatting with her and watching wrestling!)
I know that many of y’all have met other blog friends at different conferences, races or just because. Were you surprised or was it like running into an old friend?
I hope that any time I meet a blog friend they think I’m exactly the same in person as I am on here!
I’m pretty much just me – all the time for better or worse!!!!