Thursday, February 20, 2014

A New Chapter

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This is not an easy post to write. I have been contemplating writing this for a while but have finally decided it is time. Time for me to hang up my blogging hat....for now anyway. The funny thing about blogging is that you only see what someone puts out there for you to read. You don't always see the inner struggles that go on behind the scenes...unless they share that. Let me share a bit of mine.

I have been struggling for a while to find a balance with it all. I have always loved organizing and decorating. This will never change. But what started as a passion has become more of an obligation. Not because of what anyone has done to me but rather what I have done to myself. The truth is that the internet NEVER sleeps and there is always more to be done. It is constant. A constant reminder that someone has beat you to the punch. A constant reminder that you aren't good enough.

I'm not writing this for some sort of pity party. I am just trying to be honest and open. There have been SO many moments that I have loved throughout this journey. I have loved hearing that I have inspired so many of you. That I love and will truly miss. I have learned so much about myself which I am grateful for. I have also met and collaborated with such inspiring women and bloggers who have taught me some invaluable lessons along the way. That's what makes this a little bitter sweet.

I waited until today to write this because today happens to be my birthday. As each year passes, I tend to sit back and reflect on my life and what I envision for the future. This year I'm giving myself a gift. The gift of letting go. 

Does this mean I won't ever post on here again? Not necessarily. When I get inspired, it's hard to hold me back. :) But that's the key... It will be when I'm inspired, not just because I haven't posted for a few days. 

With all of that being said, I wanted to thank you for this amazing chapter in my life. I encourage you to sign up through email and if and when I do post again, you can check out any new happenings around here. I can promise the projects will not stop. :)

Until then,

Susan
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25 comments:

  1. Susan,

    I can totally understand. Hope you enjoy it and delight us with some surprises!

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  2. I'll miss your posts Susan! But I understand. Enjoy your family and your home and hopefully we'll still see some posts when you WANT to post instead of when you feel you HAVE to :)

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  3. I totally understand. Just don't take down the blog. I just recently found you and am working my way through previous posts. You have already been such an inspiration. Thank you and may God bless this new chapter.

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    1. Thank you for that. I have no plans to take down the blog so look away. I will try an update my project gallery one of these days to make it a little more up to date. So happy to have inspired you!

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    2. Freedom is the ultimate gift but as a mommy of a little girl I will say your blog inspires me I've gotten so many ideas for my daughter and continue to implement them.

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    3. Awe, thanks Ginger! So glad I could help!

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  4. Susan,
    You will be missed but I completely understand. Take a break, you deserve it! Let me know if I can be helpful and or you just need to visit! Please remember how much you are valued, admired, and needed. I'll be thinking of you!
    Betsy

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  5. Susan, enjoy your family and what God has for you in the next season. Happy Birthday to you, and enjoy it!!

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  6. I hope you'll be leaving your blog up because i really enjoy it. I understand about the job becoming an obligation. As well as writing, I also do book reviews and there are times when reading because of a deadline has taken the joy right out of the written word. At that point, you know it's time to take a step back. Enjoy your break and I'll be watching for a howdy at some point! Donna, www.mylifeonestoryatatime.com

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    1. Thank you Donna. It is nice to hear that people can relate. I'm sure I'll post again and when I do, it won't feel forced. Thanks for following along.

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  7. We will miss you, but I get it! I'm happy you've given yourself some wiggle room! I hope we can message every once in a while just to check in. :)

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    1. Thank you Mary! And yes we'll definitely have to message every now and again. Love knowing others who are passionate about the same thing!

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  8. As a former blogger, I understand your feelings. I've enjoyed your blog and always find inspiration in your creations. Thanks for sharing so much with so many of us!

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    1. Awe, thank you Miss Moe. It helps to know others who have dealt with similar issues. So glad to have inspired you!

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  9. I have learned a lot from many of your posts and appreciate the time and energy you have put into this phase of your life. I also commend you for having the where with all to called it GOOD and find balance in your life. I look forward to seeing what you post in the future as you journey through this season in your life. Again Thank You!
    Kat

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  10. Good luck to you, Susan. Sending good thoughts your way for whatever you decide to do or not to do.

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  11. I completely understand and support your decision, too. I have so enjoyed your blog; thanks for keeping it up! I have always appreciated that your organizing and decorating are smart, beautiful and creative, but even moreso that they always seem relatable to "real people" living in "real homes" and really achievable. I love that so much. You've helped me a lot. Thank you!

    Tina in Texas

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