Have you ever felt something drifting away from you?
I consider it a blessing to experience this feeling often in my life.
Once in college, my boyfriend told me that he loved me (over the phone, but that's beside the point).
I knew when he said it that I didn't feel the same way, but I was scared to let go of the one real relationship I had ever had. But then, things started changing. Being with him just didn't "feel right" any more.
It's hard to explain- but I knew it was time to move on.
When I graduated college, I became a high school band teacher. It was sincerely fulfilling a dream! For five years I taught high school and loved it. Shortly after I began teaching, I met my future husband, and we were married. After he finished school, we decided the time was right for us to start our family. As I became pregnant, I began to look forward to being a mom the same way I had dreamed of being a teacher. I knew it was time to move on to the next phase of my life and become a stay-at-home mom.
It's hard to define- but it was time to move on.
I could name many such experiences throughout my life. I am a religious person, so I believe that it is a little bit of personal inspiration, or feeling the Holy Spirit guide me along my path in life to what I'm supposed to be doing. Call it that or women's intuition or what have you, I know each of us can feel something that guides us to where we need to be.
All that to say- I'm starting to feel blogging drifting away from me. I started this blog six years ago, and I've enjoyed doing it. I put in many hours to create, photograph, edit, and promote blog posts for you.
I thought that this last year, now that all of my kids were in school, I would dedicate myself full time to the blog and bring about some serious growth and great projects. Instead, I felt drawn to do other things, like work on family history, beautify my home (without having to take pictures of it), and volunteer at the school with my kids.
We have also decided to move. We are moving out of our home in a week, renting a vacation home for a few weeks, then moving across the country to Iowa. We have been so, so busy getting ready that I've hardly had time to do anything else.
I feel myself pulled in another direction. I'm not sure what that direction is. Perhaps I will renew my teaching certificate and go back to the classroom. Maybe I will spend more time volunteering in the school and community. I just know that blogging is not where I need to be spending my time right now.
I don't know if this is a permanent break, or a temporary one. So, I will be keeping my blog up for you to find inspiration from. I want you to be able to find my old projects and recipes again. But I won't be posting for awhile. Or longer.
It's hard to explain why. It's just time. It just feels right.
Thank you for being my loyal readers over the years, however long you've been with me. Check out my very first project here! (So fun and yikes! I've learned a lot since then!)
Everything I've made here has been not only for me and my family, but for you and yours.
Keep making beautiful things!