ALOHA! I’m back after a little holiday blog-break.
(This ^^ was Christmas Eve, BTW! Seriously! About two hours before our Christmas Eve church service, haha.)
And…Happy New Year! How are you? I hope you all had great holidays, and feel somewhat refreshed and ready for an amazing 2017! I’m truly so glad you’re here, and yes, I missed you.
As for me: I had a sweet holiday season. I am semi-refreshed. Definitely excited about 2017.
And indeed, the blogging break was good.
Dave worked every single day of the holidays (21 straight days, but who’s counting?) and is just beginning a bit of time off now, so this is a perfect time for me to hop back on and reconnect!
(And…for him to get back to making me fresh squeezed OJ every morning. ^^ Thanks Babe.)
Now not to be overly dramatic, but it is a little funny being back after a few weeks away…
Breaks are really healthy in all areas of life (right!?) and I needed this time more than I had even realized. The time away allowed me to do some reflecting, and really ponder the last six years of blogging.
I thought about the messages and comments I have received and how they might shape the topics and direction I go. I want to support you and your families the best I can. As you probably know, the online space is constantly changing, and there are so many directions I could go: focusing on more videos, online courses, books and ebooks ( podcasts have even been suggested)…There’s just a ton to consider. (And never enough time in the day!)
I can’t say I came up with any solid conclusions, but it felt great to just take a step back from it all and see the proverbial forest a little better. 🙂
You might have been around for last year’s New Year post, where I looked ahead with all kinds of enthusiasm. I talked about working on a couple ebooks and even my hope to begin to work on a parenting/family related book. Shortly after that post, I signed with an amazing book agent (huge blessing!) and together we began to plan my big book. (We decided to wait on the ebooks so I could got started on my big book proposal.) Then as the year went on…reality hit. Hard.
There was simply no way I could homeschool four boys (and in general parent well), keep up a regular blogging and social media schedule, (stay sane) AND write a book.
Something had to give.
I knew I was too far in to ditch the homeschooling gig :). I didn’t know how NOT TO blog. And I really like my sanity. So by default the book was set aside.
Who could write a book with this ^^ going on just outside your door?
(Photo credit: the amazing Emily Turner)
NOW: With a new year laid out before me, I am tempted to again dive in with the same enthusiasm as last year. Ha–It’s just my personality; oh how I’d love to do it all!
But I’m another year older and wiser now, and with that more keenly aware of my reality. My limitations. My human-ness. (dang!)
I also got my first pair of real glasses! ^^ (hoping they help with that wiser thing…)
So here I am. I’m happiest here. I will keep writing and blogging, and if things begin to flow, a book is still on the horizon. Of course this blog will grow and change over time — with perhaps more space between posts (that break was really nice, did I mention?) but I’ve got lists of topics I cannot wait to cover, so until I run out of things to talk about, I’ll keep showing up…
…and sharing a bit of our very real life with you…even the crazy parts.
I’d love to keep you in the loop on things, and I really need and want your feedback as I go. I will likely be sending out a survey or some questions to my email subscribers to help me make decisions as I go. (if you aren’t one yet, sign up here!)
BUT in the meantime, I’d love it so much if you’d leave a comment (or hit reply if you get this in an email!) and answer this question:
WHAT TOPICS WOULD YOU FIND MOST HELPFUL IN THE YEAR AHEAD? Comment with as many of the options below as you like, OR you can leave a comment with more thoughts if you like!
A. Posts about raising kids–at any age (name the age if you want to!)
B. Posts about growing a healthy, happy family (look for one on that topic coming soon actually.)
C. Teenager posts!?
D. Marriage related posts.
E. Health/fitness/body image posts.
F. Recipe posts (specific types? Tell me!)
G. Anything else? Name it!
A few topics/series I am already planning this spring: (feel free to comment on these, too!)
1. A series about life in the mid-forties (!!)
2. How the Enneagram (personality profile) has helped our family
3. Marriage, family, and TEENAGERS! (I will have three teenagers in the house as of Feb. 7!)
4. Launching kids…graduation, college, and all of the feels.
It is truly my heart’s desire to support, encourage, and inspire you in the year ahead.
See you back here soon, and again–Happy New Year!
With so much Aloha,