Hello? Is anyone there?

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“Where have you been?!”

Likely a question you’re not actually asking. ? But seriously, things got quiet. I promised a Monday, Wednesday, Friday posting schedule but then I missed Friday…then Monday……then Wednesday. But you know what? It happens.

What also happens is this major term that I’ve been lucky over the last 6 years to (mostly) avoid:

Blogger burnout.

It hit me sudden, fast and totally unexpected. Though really, I should have seen it coming. But I didn’t.

I drove to IL late Friday the 23rd, helped my parents get ready for our gathering on Christmas Eve, and was then tasked with delivering dinner to my grandma and her caregiver after we finished eating so my parents could keep entertaining the rest of our extended family. No problem.

But when I walked into my grandma’s bedroom and saw her, my world shifted. She has Alzheimer’s and she’s been on hospice for awhile now but it was clear that she had progressed in her disease quite a bit since I had seen her just 2 months prior. We spent Christmas Day at her house and I made a few other visits to soak up however much time I could. I had to work my job a bit while I was home but when I wasn’t behind my computer for work, I wanted to be with friends and family. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but it was proof to me of my shifting priorities.

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There’s been work happening behind the scenes for a bit of a re-work in my blogging life, including a major rebrand. But I don’t have a designer; I am the designer.

But let me start by saying that has been put to the back burner. I need a break. I need to recover. I need to prepare my heart for what’s to come. I need to send my creativity to the project I’m working on for my grandma to ensure I can finish it in time.

So what does this mean? Inconsistency and potentially more silence. But it’s all temporary; I promise. There are some posts coming that have been in the works and those will still be happening.

I’m still on social media (links below!) so find me and see what I’m up to while this space finds its place and I recover. Thanks for hanging with me.

21 thoughts on “Hello? Is anyone there?

  1. McKenzie Allyshia

    The beautiful thing about blogging is that we can step away ♥ I hope that you are able to take all of the time you need to finish your project. Just know this blog will always be here when you are ready to come back and it never minds waiting.

  2. Penny Struebig

    Sounds like your priorities are definitely in the right place! You just take all the time you need and us readers will be right here whenever you pop in and out. Thinking of you and your family!

  3. Crystal // Dreams, etc.

    I’m so sorry to hear what’s happening with your grandma. I went through that with mine and it’s so hard. Taking care of yourself is definitely more important than sticking to a blogging schedule right now. We’ll see you when you have the inspiration, time and energy to post.

  4. Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    I’m so sorry to hear about your grandmother. Both of my grandparents had Alzheimer’s and I remember the pain of watching them. I will be praying for you. Take all of the time you need–we’ll be here when you come back <3
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  5. Katie

    Blogging can be funny, now it seems most blogs took a holiday break, and january can be pretty noisy with all the resolution posts going out, but take the time you need and come back when you’re ready. My 2016 numbers were way down from 2015, but I am completely okay with that, because growing the blog was not a goal then, and really isn’t now. It’s my space to do what i want, and thats okay.
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  6. Neely

    This is totaly normal and expected. Its hard to find things to always write about and the motivation! Still here!

  7. Divya @ Eat Teach Blog

    There’s nothing wrong with taking a moment of silence. Even if the moment is several weeks, several months. Your readers have got your back and they – myself included! – want you to be able to take care of your priorities and do what’s best for you <3

    Sending my love to you and your grandma and your family <3

  8. Kim

    Enjoy the time with Grandma. Sending you lots of hugs and I will be catching up with you where ever you pop up. The new year is a fresh start but sometimes its also just so busy! Go easy on yourself!
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