A few months ago, I took an unexpected break from blogging.
My workload at my “real” job had become unmanageable, I was feeling run-down, not eating properly, the house was a mess and I had a serious case of mummy-guilt.
One Saturday after a (tiny) bit of sobbing in the bedroom while Daddy-man and Pumpkin watched football, I realised that something had to change. I couldn’t stop doing laundry or making dinner and – as much as I’d like to – I couldn’t pack in my job. So, I decided to press pause on my blog.
And that was that. I stopped posting. I kept meaning to take a few minutes to write a quick note about how I’d be back soon, or something like that. But it never happened. Life kept getting in the way. I also felt bad because I had stopped reading my favourite blogs (especially Tiny Footsteps, Mrs Savage Angel and A Pocketful of Dandelions – I’ve missed your posts, ladies, and reading about your kiddos).
For a few months, I basically didn’t think about blogging or tweeting at all – and it was a relief. My workload didn’t get any better and the house remained a disaster zone, but I was spending more time with Pumpkin and cooking proper meals again.
Then, in December, while I was helping Pumpkin make Christmas ornaments, I realised how much I missed sharing projects like that on my blog.
I took some photos while she crafted and thought about how I might write a post about her artistic endeavours. I also realised that two weeks into December was no time to start blogging again, and decided I’d re-launch on January 1st.
Then, a very serious family illness happened. Dealing with that scuppered my “New Year, new me” blogging plans, so February became my new target. Still close enough to the New Year, right? RIGHT?
So, here I am. February 1st and about to press publish. My other commitments haven’t lessened. In fact, right now, there’s even more pressure on me, as Daddy-man is travelling to Scotland at the weekends. That means I’m not getting any breaks. But I WANT to blog, so blog I shall.
I’ll be changing the content of my blog a bit too – taking a step back from being strictly a mummy/parent blogger. But I’ll save that for my next post.
It’s good to be back!