The ground here is already covered with snow, which definitely puts me in the Christmas mood! For a peek behind the scenes of Live Renewed, you can follow along with me on Instagram!
You’ve probably noticed that it’s been a little quiet around here recently. I haven’t posted much since July!
This break has been intentional. I took a break from blogging in July to enjoy the summer with my kids and go on vacation with my family. But then that break extended into August when we got back from vacation and after 12 days unplugged and offline, I found myself with little desire to jump back in front of the computer for hours every day.
Then at the end of August through October, our family had a totally crazy schedule; my little sister got married, I began leadership in a local Bible study group, we flew out to Portland to visit my sister-in-law and her family and my hubs ran a marathon, we celebrated 3 birthdays and an anniversary, and more. Whew! When I looked at my days and my time and had no idea where or how I would be able to fit in regular blogging/working time. I felt like God was calling me to step away from my blog for a time, but I resisted for a few weeks, wondering why He would ask me to give up something so good, something he had called me to and given me a vision for.
But, as God often does, He whispered Peace in my heart and said, “Trust me. You don’t have to know all the answers. Just trust me.” And so I did.
And it’s been good. So good.
And it’s been hard. So hard.
I’ve been blogging and writing in one form or another for a really long time, over 5 years, and while I’ve taken breaks for different reasons over the years, they’ve never been for this long, and never this intentionally. It was so hard to step away from something that has become so much a part of me, something that so much of my identity has been wrapped up in, something that brings me so much life. And I will admit that it has not always been easy for me to stay away from this space, I still feel drawn to it.
It was hard for me to even find the words to explain it. So, I didn’t share here that I would be taking a break. I just walked away. I knew it was time for some quiet.
And this time away has been so good for two reasons:
I’ve been able to be really present and enjoy my “real life” in a way that had lost touch with. The thing about online work is that it can be so time consuming, and it had become an unhealthy amount of time in my life before this break.
But, it has also shown me how much I love and need this blog. How much I love blogging and writing and the creative outlet that this space provides me. How life giving it is for me. But also how it had stopped being something I loved because of how much time I was spending on it and how overwhelmed I was feeling in the rest of my life.
So, all that is to say, that with the Holidays quickly approaching, I’m going to continue my time of quiet through the end of the year. I’ll probably start popping back in over on the Facebook page now and then, but there won’t be any new posts or updates here on the blog until the New Year.
But, I will be back. I’m not exactly sure what it will look like when I return as far as my posting schedule, but I will be back in some way. I can’t stay away!
In the meantime, if you’d like to see how our family celebrates and simple and green Christmas, be sure to check out these great posts from the archives:
- 21 Ways to Green Your Christmas Celebrations This Year
- How to Have a Meaningful and Simple Christmas
- Should Christians Love Shopping?
- Creative, Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Options
- Anticipation in a Season of Joy and Brokenness
Blessings to you this Season sweet ones. May you be filled with peace and find times of quiet to enjoy the beauty of this life.