I feel like this next post on resolutions (the first two are here and here) could become a story so very long that it might be best in book form. I’ll try to keep it as short as possible, though, to keep from boring you guys too much. When I jumped into blogging almost 8 years ago the whole industry was completely different. It was close, a tight-knit community of (mostly) women who were sharing their lives via unedited photos and open hearts. We read about the lives of our favorite bloggers, exchanged emails and phone numbers and texts, and formed life-long friendships with women we wouldn’t have met otherwise.
It was new and exciting, a wild frontier if you will. I was excited to have a little piece of the pie – in fact, you can read all about how blogging is my real job. I worked my tail off to be able to do this as my career, and after the birth of our first son I was finally able to pursue it full-time. I am forever thankful!
However, with the birth of our first child came the realization that my more important job was being his mother. A (semi) cross-country move and a second sweet baby made it ever more apparent that in this season of life my biggest calling was to be mom first, blogger second.
Most days I’m totally fine with that, although admittedly there are some days that I just wish I could brag about doing something awesome. Not that mothering my warriors isn’t awesome – it IS AWESOME beyond belief – but there have been times that I’ve felt as though I’m missing out, falling behind, being irrelevant. It’s a battle to be sure, although thankfully my God, my husband, my family, and my friends have all affirmed that I am where I’m supposed to be.
All of this being said, I’m at a point where reevaluating blogging is necessary. I’ve thought before about quitting, but I don’t believe that’s the direction I want or need to go. The desire to share my story, imperfect as it is, is still there beating quietly in the background. My story has changed over the past 5 years, I’ve changed over the past 5 years, and my life and my heart are pulling things into different directions. My dreams for blogging are so much more than viral food videos or crazy explosive Pinterest shares. Blogging is so much more than that.
I’ve considered a lot of options over the past year and a half, trying to figure out how to make the most of my time and influence while staying true to who I am and where I want to go. And I’m happy to announce that there are a few things up my sleeves – which I will be sharing about soon!
I hate hate hate leaving you guys hanging, but I promise next week I’ll be sharing a piece of what all of this means for me moving forward. In the meantime, let me say this: I am thankful for each and every one of you that reads this blog. I am glad you found me and that you share in this journey of life with me, make my recipes, are invested in my family. So hang on just a few more days and I’ll share the newest developments!