Happy Friday friends! I am so glad it’s Friday. It’s been a bit of a stressful week around here. Little A’s behavior has been not so good since we transitioned her to a big girl bed, so I’m feeling very frazzled lately. Our nanny’s last day is today after 3 years of being with us as well. To say we are so sad to lose her is an understatement. She’s become part of our family and we will miss having her here each day, but I know baby girl is going to miss her the most. I don’t think she fully understands that Sammy won’t be back every day. But we will see her every now and then I’m sure.
So I know this may come as a surprise to some, but it’s actually been a long time coming. Between my corporate job, my side jobs (this blog included) my family and my health, I’m stretched too thin. And something is going to suffer. And right now it’s this space that I love so dearly. After prayer, reflection and really thinking about where my priorities need to be at this moment, I’ve decided to take a break from blogging. It’s been weighing on me over the last few weeks when I’ve been up until ungodly hours of the night on my computer instead of 1) getting some decent sleep or 2) making quality time of the few hours I have in the evening with my husband.
I’ve been constantly worrying about writing good content, taking and editing photos and just getting a post up when I should be looking forward to sitting down to write. My corporate job is not allowing me the time to blog like I used to be able to, and now that our nanny is leaving I have a lot of things I need to focus on at home. Not to mention that every weekend through the first part of September is booked solid for us.
I also have been feeling like I’m not living the life I want to be living right now. I want to be outside with Little A more instead of waiting until nap time when I can work on my blog. I want to be making new connections, connecting with my husband and putting some much needed time into my essential oils business.
I know I will be back, I’m just not sure when. I’m hoping once things settle down around here after our nanny leaves, we’ll be able to get into a decent routine until I am able to be with Little A more (which is in the works BTW!). This blog has brought me so much joy, so many wonderful friendships and it truly is a part of who I am.
So I guess I just want to say thank you. Your love, encouragement and support of my little space of the blogisphere of humbles me beyond words. I love you guys. You’re my people! I can only hope you all will be here when I return.
I’ll still be on Instagram and Facebook, so hopefully you follow me there. I will also still continue to co-host the Shine Blog Hop weekly, so be sure to come back on Thursday’s to link up your favorite posts.
It won’t be forever; it’s just a moment in time.
I will be back before you know it! xoxo
I’ll miss you girl and hope you get the quality time that you’re after 🙂 xo, Biana – BlovedBoston
Friend! I so admire that your following what you know you need to do. You will be missed dearly and I’ll be waiting patiently for your return!!! Sounds like life is crazy now and I’m so sorry that you are losing someone who has been part of your life for 3 years. Hope you get some extra rest and Jesus fills you up! Love you!
I can completely relate, as you know! We all love and support you and I am so happy you have figured out what small changes to make to move you and your family closer to your vision. I will be here when you return! Call anytime if you need anything as a friend, or a coach!
Oh, Tiffany, I totally understand!! Family and life totally comes first. Balancing it all can be so tough at times. Blogging breaks happen a lot with me, and are sometimes unintentional. What always happens is my readers are always there for me. We will be there for you when you return!! And of course I will be stalking you on facebook and instagram 🙂
I hope things settle down for you soon! Feeling stretched thin is a miserable feeling! xoxo
We all need breaks like these and it’s wonderful that you’ve recognized the need to center yourself again.
Good luck, stay in touch, and I’ll see you when you get back.
PS – Our little girl’s nanny is still in our life because you’re right: they are family. I hope you and Little A can still see her regularly. I have an inkling that our daughter’s relationship with her nanny will still be valuable many years from now.
A decision I’m sure was not easy to make. A blog is a hobby for many, for some an income, but like any job it has to have balance. I’ll enjoy seeing you on Instagram and sometimes things are for a season.
Thanks for the support Michelle. It will be hard to be away, but I need to get my priorities and personal life into balance first and foremost.
I can totally relate to how you feel when blogging just becomes too much– even when it’s something you still enjoy doing. It sounds like you have a great plan in place for how to get back to feeling more centered and focusing on your family. I can’t wait for you to be back and wish you so much luck in this transition time with Little A. Are you guys getting a new nanny or just changing up the routine all together?
I can totally relate to how you feel when blogging just becomes too much– even when it’s something you still enjoy doing. It sounds like you have a great plan in place for how to get back to feeling more centered and focusing on your family. I can’t wait for you to be back and wish you so much luck in this transition time with Little A. Are you guys getting a new nanny or just changing up the routine all together??
Ok in an odd way, this makes me feel so good because I’m in the same place, though my circumstances are different. I’m going to back off even more than I have recently, but I haven’t figured out how to say it yet. I do want to do a post on Honduras and do posts as I can but it’s not going to be a priority for me anymore. I’m less productive at work and distracted at home :-/ I totally support you in this, Tiffany and you know I’m here via text, phone call, email, Instagram, FB, Twitter, etc…haha. It won’t change how often we talk!
I can totally understand this. Sometimes, life just gets too crazy and you have to take a step back from something to stay sane. Also, I was a nanny for 10 years with the same family and I just flew to NOLA for their Daughter’s college graduation in May. We try to visit at least once a year and their youngest son may even come and stay with my Husband and I for a few days in August. I hope you are able to stay in touch with your nanny also. We hold your children in a very special place in our hearts!
I just popped in to see what’s been going on in your world! I’m sorry that your nanny has left. I used to have a sitter come to my house 2x/week and when it was time for her to leave, I think I was more upset than my kids because she’d become such a good friend. And, I’m happy for you that you’ve been able to focus on what’s important. Sometimes, it just takes a break and refocusing to find peace again!
That feeling of stretching too thin is something we all experience. Take as much time as you need. We’ll miss you dearly, but family is more important. They are what matters most after all. We’ll be here when you get back, no worries. Enjoy your time away 🙂
Thank you so much Maria! It’s hard to be away, but I definitely need the time. 🙂
Good for you! We all do indeed need to take breaks and focus on that which is most important.
Good luck and hugs!
We all need breaks from time to time and I’m glad you knew this was the right time and season to take one!
You have a lot going on. I pray you find the rest and relaxation you need.
Hi, I know it is hard to make such decisions but family matters the most, we need to prioritize things, I’m sure you’ll be back . Thanks for sharing.
Tiffany, we all have to reevaluate our priorities from time to time. You are doing the right thing because family comes first. Not only that, but when you are constantly stressing over an issue…its best to let go of it for a while and readjust. The stress will start to affect your personal life and you definitely don’t want that. I just found you over the last couple of months and have grown to love your blog. So, I’ll definitely be around for your return. 🙂
Hi Tiffany 🙂 I’m still taking my blog break. It has actually been very refreshing for me. When the time is right, I will blog again and set up my Instagram again as well. I just wanted to drop by and say hi. Thinking of you 🙂 xo, Cindy