The other day I mentioned my resolve to simplify life. In the month or so leading up to Christmas I began to feel the weight of having very little time to myself - things piling up being a sign. Back in the fall I realized one day that I don't get outside to walk much anymore - one of the fave things I had done religiously prior to this blog. Same goes for working out and, sadly, seeing and talking to my friends on a regular basis instead of just sending random texts. Something's gotta give.
One of the main reasons I felt compelled to start blogging was because of the people I met who encouraged me to do so for over two years (can you say late bloomer?). Back to the point: people would always ask me where I got a certain ring or shoe, hear a crazy story I had, or end up talking about a restaurant or special place we visited and inevitably say, "You really need to be writing this down." Cut to scene and I start the blog. More than anything it is supposed to be a reflection of me (and you of yours and so on, etc.), but I realized a couple months ago that if I'm not participating in my life beyond sitting behind the computer screen then what do I have to share?
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I know I'm not the only one feeling like this. I've received some pretty great and honest emails from several other bloggers mentioning the same angst: how to be loyal to the blog and readers, but also be present in the other aspects of their/our lives. I can only speak for myself when I say it is a disservice to you as a reader when I don't have compelling content to share with you. Original ideas/experiences are gathered by living life first and sharing second.
I don't know about you, but I notice a level of guilt set in when I miss a daily post...or when I post off hours. To me that's just not healthy. Of course I feel an obligation to every person who visits my blog and I value my readers immensely, but if I don't post at precisely the same time every day I think we will all survive (read: me). When I was in Canada far away from technology and demands I had so many revelations about just going through the motions without actually living my life daily - and that is just not me. I mean I'm a free bird for pete's sake!!
(or whenever) every single time. I might ramble on about fashion endlessly (shocker). Or maybe I'll actually read a book and tell you about it. I may comment a ton on your blogs, or I may just read and enjoy and sit back to think about it. Whatever the case may be, more than anything I want the content here to be a reflection of a person who is living and enjoying their life - ups (shoes and crazy encounters) and downs (wallet restriction. and, well, wallet restriction). If you have any secrets, tips or magic tricks to balancing your blog with your life then I would love to hear them. And if you are feeling any pressure to keep up I wanna hear that, too.
And now, at 1AM PST, I will go to bed. Thanks for nothing Blogger!! But a sincere thank you to each of you for stopping by to read and keep in touch. xoxo - Carrie