Today is the first day of summer vacation for Buddy…and for me, too.
No, I haven’t given up my day job. The fact is that I’ve decided to take a blogging vacation this summer.
Don’t get me wrong; I love this blog. I love having a creative outlet. And I am beyond grateful for the opportunities that have presented themselves as a result of this blog…and, of course, for all of you who have read Keeping Mommy Sane and supported me over the years!
But as much as I love writing here–and writing in general–I can’t ignore the fact that I’ve been stretched mighty thin these days in all the ways you would imagine: work, family obligations, kids’ activities, you name it.
Normally I can juggle, can multitask, but lately when I factor in blogging (which, as any blogger knows, is more than just writing the piece: it’s finding the photos and the graphics and promoting it on social media)…well…it’s all become just a little too much.
I’ve always been taught to Write what you know. And right now, well, I think the only thing I know is that I am exhausted.
I need to enjoy this summer with my kiddos without having to take perfunctory photos for a blog post.
I need to unplug, to be in the moment and just be their mom, not be their mom with a blog.
I need to get be selfish and rejuvenate and focus on me again and rediscover some of my other interests and hobbies that have fallen to the wayside.
I need time to stop and reflect on what I want, and hope that it will help me reclaim my blogging mojo and that creative spirit that fueled and inspired me back when I started the blog nearly four years ago (!).
And I’ll also be scheduling some of my favorite KMS blog posts (including some older ones you newer readers might not have seen), so please check back here throughout the summer.
Here’s a hard truth: yes, I realize this could be blogging suicide. I realize that with the zillions of other blogs out there, mine might fall off the radar and I may lose readers and some of the partnerships and relationships I’ve gained and nurtured over the years. I realize it might for me be hard to come back, that it may be like starting from scratch again.
But it’s a risk I’m willing — no, scratch that, I need — to take…and I hope you’ll stick with me.
Thank you so much for understanding, for your support and encouragement, and for being some of the most awesome readers anyone could ask for! Seriously, you are the best and I wouldn’t be here without you. xoxo