Over the last several months, I thoughtfully took a break from the blogging world. I truly enjoy creating this blog, sharing it with so many, and reading the contributions the wealth of other bloggers have to offer. In light of this, I have also committed over the last year or so to lead a more simplified, wholesome, and fulfilling life. For me, this has meant many things, some of which impact my blog.
To begin, over the last couple of years I started learning more about minimalism, a trendy term I presume many of you have encountered in recent times. I do not strive to be a “minimalist” in the true sense of the world – it’s far from a lifestyle that suits my needs or interests. But I do appreciate some of the principles minimalism encourages such as eliminating from life those things, commitments, and more that clutter our minds and our hearts in order to make space for those pieces of our lives on which we place the highest priority.
In my journey, I have pared down many of the commitments I used to have to focus on my family, my work, my health, and those things that I truly enjoy and for which I have the greatest passions. This resulted, primarily, in electing not to participate in activities that I didn’t feel strongly about attending to which I may otherwise have committed out of perceived obligation. This created a plethora of available time, some of which I allocated to spending more time with my family and cooking healthier, more wholesome meals to share with them. This decision also left some time for me to start the blog I had been longing to compose, thus was born my little corner of the vast Internet.
(I simultaneously scaled back on the number of possessions I owned and more critically think about each new purchase I make, but that’s a discussion for another day. I must admit though that the pockets of empty cabinet space and the less crowded closet bring a sense of peace to my everyday tasks.)
Last October, the time I committed to my blog had grown. It had grown such that M frequently commented on how often I parked myself in front of the computer instead of spending time with he and T. I began to feel overwhelmed with the time I committed to it, and my daily posts often felt like a chore (a.k.a. an unwanted obligation). From the beginning, I intended for the blog to take a back seat to my family and career. For obvious reasons my family took the cake as a top priority. And for financial reasons (among others), my career took precedence over the blog, which was not going to be replacing my annual salary any time soon!
Sticking to my guns about only spending time doing things I enjoyed and which created meaning for me, I decided to step away from the blog and refocus my time where it mattered most. The break felt like a weight off my shoulders, and I definitely returned to spending more quality time with my family.
(Also during this time, I endured my first trimester of pregnancy which brought with it regular boughts of morning sickness and a general feeling of “yuckiness” on top of a desire to catch some shut eye any chance I could find. Needless-to-say, these circumstances proved far from inspiring when it came time to get dressed and photograph myself each morning. I only wanted to wear the most comfortable, pajama-like outfit I could muster to pull together. And most of my clothes quickly no longer fit thanks to the second little one popping out so much faster than the first.)
Time passed and I began to regain my creative aspirations to hop back into my blogging world. I also continued to generate new ideas about posts and series I would love to write, and the itch to share them with you all kept tickling my typing fingers. So I am back for another shot at this gig with a renewed perspective on the true amount of time it takes to maintain a daily blog and what I hope will be a more realistic plan for sharing my limited time between my family, work, and this hobby blog of mine.
Going forward, I plan to continue my outfit posts, focusing mainly on classic corporate attire, though I suspect a casual get-up may sneak it’s way into the pictures on occasion. As many of us who balance work and life and family know, finding time and energy to put wholesome food on the table can be a challenge. I have enjoyed a fair amount of time in my kitchen recently, focusing on easy to prepare, relatively healthy meals most of which can be prepared quickly or, in large part, in advance. I look forward to sharing with you some of my creations in hopes that those looking for work wear inspiration may also enjoy an occasional dinnertime pick-me-up, though this won’t be my primary focus.
I hope you find some inspiration or new ideas as I share with you my travels on this everlasting journey to a well-dressed and balanced life.
Thanks, in advance, for welcoming me back to the blogging community!
And don’t forget, I will be returning to my weekly Fashionably Employed Link Ups each Monday, so please come join if you have some savvy professional style to share. Hope to see you then!