When I first started writing this blog I made a commitment to myself that I would not write a post, just for the sole purpose of writing it. Everything I write is important to me; from the recipes I bake, the recipes I make, to the adventures I take, the clothes I wear, there is a reason for everything I share. No, that was not intended to be so rhyme-y.
With that said I have not logged on to my blog in the past week, a week! Ok, maybe a week and a half, but it is definitely a big change from working on it at least five days a week as I did before. I would love to say that the reason for not logging in is because I was getting ready to leave Australia, so I was spending time with Ben; and have been spending time with my family in America since my arrival last Wednesday. While both of those are true, they are not the reason for my lack of posts.
Growing up I was always active – always busy. I have always been involved and essentially run my life by a schedule, juggling dance practices, school, clubs, friends, to the point where in college I was never home. The past three months that I have been unable to work in Australia (due to visa constraints) were a bit straining on me, and as May rolled around and my schedule in Australia hadn’t varied much from the laundry, baking, and blogging I was doing everyday, I started to become unmotivated and retreat from the happy, bubbly, and busy person I was when I first moved across the world – and who I always have been.
Don’t get me wrong, baking, blogging, and keeping a nice, organized home for Ben and I are some of my favorite things to do, but sometimes, your favorite things can burn you out a bit. What I have needed was this weeklong break, to step back, reflect on the things I love about blogging, and refocus myself on the blog and what I want your experience to be like while reading.
There are lots of things I must do to get myself back into the blogging mode – develop a schedule I can stick to, back track through my photos from Australia and share the stories of my three months there, bake more and improve my food photography, and accomplish some blogging goals in the process… and do all of that while enjoying my time with family and friends in Florida.
Friday night I watched the Barbara Walters farewell special, and in it was a clip from her interview with Ellen DeGeneres. I have searched the internet for that interview so I could properly quote Ellen here, and unfortunately was unable to find it. However, that won’t stop me from interjecting what she said, and pardon the fact that this isn’t the true quote, but it went something like this… If you are going to work hard at something, why not make it so that people can see.
You may have been reading this blog because you are a friend or family, found this through pinterest, company sponsorship, or blogging groups, and I am greatful for each and every person who stops by my tiny space on the net. In my mind though, I know I am not doing the best I can be doing for the amount of work I have put into this website, and I plan on channeling my inner Ellen to change that.
As I am writing this, a box from Golden Tote has just arrived and is in the next room, begging to be opened, tried on, and written about. Meanwhile my view over the top of my computer is one that I do not want to leave on such a gorgeous day in May. I still want to get in a pilates class today too. Hopefully my blogging goals aren’t too far fetched, but then again, if I buckle down, stick to a schedule, and incorporate a little fun I can accomplish it all!
Thanks for sticking with me on this blogging journey and being supportive as I weave my way back and forth across the world.