I used to post on this blog of mine often. Three, sometimes four times a week. Without fail.
Sometime around the new year, I started to fall off the wagon. That was about when my health started demanding my attention. I’d miss some of my scheduled times to post on social. I started missing my blogging deadlines.
Sometime over the summer, I just gave up on it all. I was still booking clients, but between my health and the crazy schedule of kid activities and day trips, of vacations
They say you won’t look back on your life and regret not working more. And I truly don’t regret the break.
I kept telling myself, once school starts, I can dive headfirst back in.
Well, life had other plans (RIP uterus) so that didn’t happen, either.
But what did happen was this past month of enforced rest and recovery has inspired me. I’m still not back to shooting full-time- it’s part time only until mid-November- but my head is finally clear. After ten years of business pivots, stops and starts, changes upon changes- I feel confident in who I am.
Maybe it’s part of turning 40 (eek, yes, that just happened). Maybe it’s from being forced to slow down for once in my life (seriously, 6 weeks of “taking it easy” for surgery recovery is like torture, hahaha). Or a combination of the two. But it’s relieving. A breath of fresh air.
So what does this actually mean for you?
With this new perspective, however, comes a slight shift. My weekend availability is limited. Maternity leave mamas, businesses- I come to you on weekdays, so this doesn’t affect you at all.
Telling your story.
I’m also exploring reaching beyond family portraits. Do you really need me to capture your legacy? What if I taught YOU to do it? Would you be interested in learning HOW to find and share the stories in your life? I live and breathe stories- and while I hate to limit my availability to you all for weekends/weeknights, maybe I can still serve you in other ways. Maybe I can empower you to celebrate your own stories, every day of your life. I’m not sure what this looks like just yet- so if you have thoughts, needs, desires on learning to tell your story- please reach out. I want to hear what you have to say. Your voice matters.
Serving the community.
I want to return to the days when I built my blog as a resource for moms, not a bullhorn to sell. I want to bring back Introvert’s Coffee Gathering to help connect Moms, but with a few inspired changes. I want to connect my business clients, to use my network to help others grow. I want you all to succeed, and I would love to help you reach your success.
So I’m asking you, dear Mamas-in-the-internet: what do you need? How can I serve you? Whether that is through my blog (interviewing parenting experts, local kid businesses, or places for you to exercise some self-care- crafts, recipes, things to do with the kids on the weekends) or in-person (meetups, community service, playgroups, etc). I have an idea of the direction I am moving, but I’d love to know what you think and what you need. For real- drop me an email and tell me what’s on your mind.
These little goofballs here taught me everything I know. They readjusted my whacked out priorities and they inspire me in everything they do. It’s not all sunshines and roses, and that’s ok. Nothing is perfect and embracing our authentic lives- the messes and the tears alongside of the joy and the love- is where our magic lives.
I’d love it if you’d join me in casting off the secret shame in your messy house and your hot-mess life; let’s find the stories of real-life love. Love isn’t despite the mess. Love is in the mess.