Ahh! Isn’t that always the question! Clearly, recently I have not been doing much blogging. I also have not been doing much cooking or exercising but we can save that discussion for another day.
What have I been doing? Well, you know, the usual ‘I just moved to a fun city after waiting 8 years’ kind of stuff like drinking wine with friends, going out on school nights, and working/networking!
When I started this blog, I had a lot of free time on my hands. Ever since we moved in July, there seems to be less of this down time. The BOY and I have spent a lot more time doing things together (even on week nights) and we have spent more time with our family and friends. Blogging isn’t the only thing that has kind of gotten lost in the shuffle. Other than sporting events, I watch WAY less TV (we are super behind on every show) and I haven’t spent full days in my kitchen whipping out snacks for an army.
I have been thinking about this shift and I believe there are a few things going on. First of all, I am choosing to do different things with my down time than I did before. This means less blogging/TV time and more reading and yoga planning. In some ways, I look at this as non-attachment. I read somewhere in my yoga books over the summer about the importance of non attachment. I didn’t understand it at the time, but after living 2 months with all of my ‘stuff’ (okay, most of it, Mom…not all of it) in storage, I became less ‘attached’ to things that I once thought I needed. TV falls into this category as does all of the boxes of my belongings that I donated after our move. I think that this is a good thing. It means that I am a little less stressed when I miss an episode (or season) of my favorite shows and just make/cook something without any pictures or stories to share on the blog. It also means that I went through and cut way back on the blogs that I follow. I also decluttered my inbox by unsubscribing to the majority of mass emails I get and renewed less magazines. Do I miss blogging and a few great shows? YES! But am I happy? Definitely!
Unfortunately, the non attachment has not carried over to wine or chocolate. Which leads me to my second point. When something is new, it feels way more fun, and that makes it tough to miss out on. The BOY and I are both working a bunch of hours so when we aren’t working, we are always excited to explore our new neighborhood. We have had tons of city plans, a trip to Door County, and hometown sports rolling in. I anticipate as the newness of living in the city wears off and the reality of Chicago winters arrives that I will find myself with more down time and the desire to reconnect with my blogging. I guess we will just have to see.
So what does this mean for the blog? I dunno yet! My plan is to continue to share my adventures, recipes, and pictures of my cute Cooper but for now at a less frequent pace. We’ll just have to take it one day at a time. Right now I want to make sure that I have the energy to get acclimated to my new jobs, keep up with my weekly yoga classes, connect with my husband and kitten, host friends for chili (like we did this past weekend), and FINALLY bike to work!
What big changes are coming your way this fall?
Bloggers, do you have ups and downs?