So Long – A Blogger Walks Away

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Sometimes what we want and what is best don’t coincide. So for now, so long my friends.

Dear Blogging World and My Dedicated Readers,

After much reflection, a few tantrums, and a great dose of reality, I have determined that full-time professional blogging isn’t for me. I know that there are many, many full-time bloggers that earn incomes or do it for the love of writing that will argue with my reasons but the truth is, they are MY reasons, so all arguments are invalid.

You see, I started blogging partially as a way to earn a side income but mostly as a way to help people. I wanted to share things that I knew that other people could benefit from knowing; whether those things were about gardening, parenting, budgeting, or cooking. And I did. I shared a lot of things that I’m proud to have on this blog and proud to have written.

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More Thorns Than Roses

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Every rose has its thorn, but the thorns also have their rose. 

I am a pessimistic realist. (My husband says that just makes me a pessimist.) I look at life in a very straightforward way but I do typically expect that “anything that can go wrong, will.”

I’m also a little obsessive over fairness. Because life isn’t fair but I really wish it was. I get upset easily over injustices. I actually count out every candy as I put in in the Christmas stockings to make sure the boys get equal amounts. Yes, I am that crazy.

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Simplifying

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When I started blogging, I decided to write a little bit about anything that came to mind to figure out what I really wanted to say that was different from what everyone else was saying. And thank you for hanging around through my wild ramblings and the whiplash I’m sure some of you suffered as I jumped from topic to topic. Through the past several months, I started looking at the posts I’ve most enjoyed writing as well as the posts you all seem to enjoy reading and I finally found myself a niche. (This isn’t to say I’ll stick to it but I’ll start moving more this direction.)

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Rest in Peace – First Friday Flashback

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I recently found a folder of some of my old college writing and asked all of you who follow me on Facebook if you would be interested in reading any of it. I got all yeses (← such a strange looking word!) so here we go! Since it is a limited amount of content, and no more can be created when it runs out, I thought I would share some one once a month on the first Friday.

Hopefully we can all have a little fun with this.

I won’t pretend that I still hold all these opinions. Heck, I won’t pretend I even held them all back then. Sometimes I was just looking to be controversial. But some of this writing definitely does make me think… and feel. Hopefully you all get something out of them. Even if it’s only a good laugh at my silly college mind! (Don’t you sometimes miss the days when you knew it all and had everything figured out?)

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Unrealistic Expectations Put to Rest

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I recently read this post about how bloggers set unrealistic expectations for wives and mothers in much the same way the pornography industry does, except we do it to the minds of women while typically porn is targeted toward men.

Literally, right after closing it, I saw a blog post about how a woman went 366 days without duplicating her outfit. (I won’t link it because I’m not trying to bash her or her blog. I am a blogger and know it’s hard enough without everyone picking on you.) I don’t have enough clothes to make it 30 days if I started wearing t-shirts over pajamas!

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Thoughts of Suicide: An Addiction?

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So after this post and this post, I suppose it’s not a secret that I’ve had a few struggles with depression through the years. It took a long time to admit it. I fought against thoughts of suicide for as long as I can remember, long before I even knew that “depression” was a thing. I can remember being 5 years old and screaming at my siblings that I would kill myself when they were being extra mean. What 5 year old even knows that you can? Apparently, me.

Now, I know that thoughts of suicide can vary widely for each person experiencing them. I know the reasons behind the thoughts vary. I know that mine is probably a very strange thought process compared to most.

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Blogging Hiatus and Life Changes

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Blogging Hiatus

Breaking Life Changes News!

We’re moving.

How’s that for coming right out with it. We’re not moving very far. Not even out of the town we’re in, but moving is moving and that means packing and cleaning and unpacking and settling and all of that fun stuff. So I’m going to be on a bit of a blogging hiatus for a few weeks.

Don’t forget about me. Promise?

I’ll be back. I really will. And I might be able to carve out a little time over the next few weeks to write a post or something but I just don’t know yet. So I wanted to warn you that I will be sparse.

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Create Beauty from Junk

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Gorgeous kitchen table

In our house we have an awful lot of furniture that isn’t ours. The house is a perk of the job and before we came here, it was fully furnished. We sold most of our stuff before moving up, bringing only things we really loved or couldn’t bear to part with for whatever reason.

The furniture that furnishes our home is a little bit extravagant for my tastes. The sofas are all leather and new. There are end tables and coffee tables and lamps and things I don’t even know the names of. The kitchen table set is the most beautiful/extravagant of them all. And then we came in with our reclaimed wood bookshelf and our pallet shelving and spice rack. And they don’t quite seem to mesh.

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Days of Summer: A “Vacation”

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Days of Summer

We are notorious homebodies. I am especially bad, but when I’m in the mood for going and doing, it’s almost a guarantee that my husband and/or children will feel like staying home. We will go to things because we feel like we need to more often than because we actually desire to get out of the house and do something. We don’t really do real big vacations, but we couldn’t let the days of summer pass without taking our kids for at least a little adventure.

Last summer we went to Cherry Hill in Utah and Casey has talked about it ever since so we thought we might go there again. Being gigantically pregnant deterred me a bit so I did some research to find other (alternative) activities that we could do instead. Then I presented my findings to Casey and let him choose what he wanted to do. Shockingly, he did NOT pick Cherry Hill. He opted instead for the Eccles Dinosaur Park in Ogden (which is where we were staying to visit family). He has always liked dinosaurs but the pictures on the website sent him over the edge with excitement.

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I’m Not My Mother – Guest Post

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I think this is one of my favorite posts I’ve ever written. Just sayin’. But it isn’t here. It’s over at the Dahlia Scene. I think you guys will really love Yvonne’s site. She’s fun and adorable and a great writer. Go read my post and then browse around her site a bit. Then come back and let me know, what sort of ideas of mother (or father) hood did you have before actually becoming a parent?

Now go exploring!

Before & After: I’m Not My Mother

You haven’t left yet?! Click that picture and go!

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