3.28.2012

It's Time...

It's so hard to write this post because I love you all so much. I don't even really know how to start it. Lately I've been trying to make some changes in my life. The little changes like erasing apps from my iPhone that are always keeping me busy, spending more time with Little One instead of her watching t.v. all the time, etc etc and I've been trying to get my priorities straight and figuring out what really makes me happy. 

Well, right now this blog isn't making me happy at all. It's becoming a chore and I hate that. I hate that something fun has become something tedious and boring to me. I'm always stressed about having something to write about, I'm getting a little bit TOO inspired by other bloggers wishing I could be like them. I've been trying to figure out who I am as a person and having this blog and keeping up with other blogs isn't helping me at all. It's just making me down. 

Don't get me wrong, I love all your comments and all the e-mails you have written me and all the interactions I have made. I am so proud of myself for keeping up with it this long to have over 1,000 followers...ONE THOUSAND. I never even dreamed of that. I remember having just 300 followers and I was so excited. 

I'm not leaving forever. I just won't be posting as much. I want to post when I feel like it which may be once a month, once a week, whenever. I know some of my family likes to keep up with the blog and that's kind of what I want it to be like. I want to make it a place where I can share updates with my family. I might just make a new blog for that but I don't know yet. 

I'll still be on twitter, I'll still read your blogs and comment because I know I just can't stay away from ya, and I'll still be on Instagram and Pinterest. This blog is just one thing that I need to take away from my life and not focus so much on. The Wednesday Wishes are being handed over to Kristina.  She's going to be starting those after her wedding in April. If you can't wait that long, still feel free to do your own Wednesday Wishes until you can link up on Kristina's blog!

I love you guys and you can still e-mail me if you wanna. I love e-mails. I do!

32 comments:

JRuud said...

I agree with this post, and support you fully. I think that sometimes, we forget about why we started our blogs in the first place. It isn't trying to impress anyone, well shouldn't be, but to write what we feel. I've had to leave mine for a few months actually. I get it.

I wish you the best, and please post when you feel inspired. xo.

Tori Baldridge said...

You will be missed Brooke! But Im so happy for you and that you've decided to do this for you and your fam!
xoxo

Jenni Austria Germany said...

you are a great mom and i admire you for wanting to spend more time with your precious daughter rather than on your phone/computer. i can't say the same for many other moms these days, as sad as it is to say. i totally respect your decision and have loved reading your blog over the past year. i look forward to reading your updates, however sporadic they may be. don't stay gone forever, please! :)

Mandy@ a sorta fairytale said...

I think you're doing the right thing! Blogging can be whatever you want it to be, and if you want it to just be there for you once a week, or once a month - then so be it!! Just make yourself happy! :)

Nikskie said...

you will be missed, but of course i fully support you. you are a great mom, wife and a great person. and you have to do what makes you happy. and you yourself is such an inspiration to others. just don't be gone forever, please :)

Consider The Lilies said...

do what you need to do for that sweet baby girl of yours :) and for yourself! glad i can still catch you on fb..twitter..instagram and all that good stuff though ;)

love ya girly!

Brenna said...

Best of luck! I know that feeling. I think it is fantastic that you are making the changes that are better for both you and your fam!

Megan said...

adore you brooke! :) I am SO SO GLAD that we have "met" through this space. I cant even explain it..im just so grateful to have "known" you, "worked" with you, and found a friend in you.

you should be receiving a little something in the mail soon :)

xxxx

Candice said...

Brooke, I totally understand where you're coming from. It's definitely more important to be enjoying life with your sweet family! We'll just have to talk on Twitter now :)

Jenny in Ohio said...

do what you gotta do, girl! I think everyone feels the same about their blog sometime! We'll miss your updates, but understand it's for the best! :)

Ti said...

Lady, you do not owe anyone an explanation! :) Follow your inclinations and go with it. When you post, we will love it. When you don't, you'll be missed. Explain yourself to no one. Be true to YOU. xoxoxo

Amy D. said...

You have to do what's right for you! Don't feel bad at all. <3

Jane said...

I support you in this in a big way, if you ever decide to come back, I will welcome you with open arms. <3

Liz Pulice said...

I think doing whats best for you and what you feel is right for your family at this time is an incredible step to take. Blogging should never have to feel like a chore. Have fun spending lots of more quality time with your precious little one:)

Natalia said...

I'm glad you're doing this... because this is how it has been for me, too. I'm taking a break until I WANT to blog again... not until I feel like I have to. Hope you come back to us soon, though! ;)

Sarah said...

I think this is great! Good for you for focusing on your family and doing what makes you happy. I don't think it makes you any less of a blogger for you to only update once a month or so. Your website is for you and however you choose to blog or however often is your decision. I look forward to your updates!!
Best,
Sarah

Rebecca said...

i think that is a good idea! Don't get me wrong, I love your posts, but I am happy you will be spending more time with Little One. Everyone needs a break sometimes, and you should blog when you want to.:)

Koru Kate {Koru Wedding} said...

Kudos to you for focusing on what matters! Thank you again for my blog redesign, it gets such rave reviews. Best wishes~

Fran said...

Boo, I'll miss your posts but you have to do what's best for you! And I totally get the whole trying to be unplugged thing, technology is overwhelming sometimes

Megan said...

The last thing a blog should do is stress you out or make you feel down so even though I'm sad to see you not be around on here I'm glad that you're stepping back for yourself. Like so many of the other commenters have said, you're an amazing woman, mom and such an inspiration to so many, myself included ♥

Shepherd's Daughter said...

Awww. Well i hope you find yourself some time and the space you need, Brooke! Will you still be doing blog design?

Shalyn said...

You are such a great person, Brooke! Good for you for simplifying your life!

The Little Flapper said...

Sometimes a little break is needed to gather some focus on the important things in life. We will still be here, your readers love you. Your a beautiful and wise mother. Not to mention talented designer. :)

Liesl said...

Love that you are always so honest, and it has been wonderful getting to know you in blogland, but I completely understand and support your decision! In the end it is always important to do what is right for you, and I wish you all the best on your new path! Sending extra smiles your way! :) :) :)

Noelani said...

I actually just recently went through this very same phase. I deleted accounts with popular sites. I wiped out everything on my blog, and started fresh. My main purpose of my blog now .. is to document our life. Not host giveaways, or link ups, etc. But to document OUR life.

Romance In A Glance said...

I recently just went through this same thing. I still am. I have big goals for my blog, but there are so many days where I receive no comments or gain new followers, that I wonder where the effort is going. I recently have been trying to figure out what I want out of life too...I hate my job terribly and I envy so many others who love or "like" what they do. I always wonder how I got myself in this rut. So I know how you feel about trying to find yourself and your wants and needs! I wish you the best and hope to still keep up with you. Good luck Brooke!

P.S. At the end of the day, the best role in life is being a wife. And for you, a mother too. :)

Jazmyn Alexandria said...

I'm kind of sad by this lol but I completely understand what you mean and where you are coming from. I will definitely be keeping up through instagram though! :)

Love, Jazmyn

Rhiannon said...

Hang in their sister! I'm just an email away, you know that xo

Haley K said...

you are the sweetest mom, and your Little One is lucky to have you! :) it is HARD balancing everything as a parent and a spouse. Just before Ava was born (thank you for the sweet congrats with her, by the way!) I slowed way down on checking other's blogs and just kept up with posting on mine (it's my way of scrapbooking). i just knew i needed to be with Brooks more and make sure I kept up with my house better so life at home with him and the hubs would be more enjoyable. What you feel is best, really IS best :) I loved catching up on your previous posts though! That last "life lately via instagram" collage of photos made me smile :) and made me wish we lived close so you & I could hang out and be friends in real life! Hope you're doing great Brooke :) HUGS!!

Chelsea Elizabeth. said...

I definitely understand where your coming from. I started to feel the same way when i started my first year of college in August and that's why I stopped blogging for a few months. Keep in touch! <3 I will definitely be reading whenever you post, whether its once a month or once a year!

<3Chelsea Elizabeth

The Teen Book Guru said...

I fully understand... I just found your blog, so I'm sad that I found it right when you're stopping it... but I fully support your decision!

-Riya :) (The Teen Book Guru)

fakesteph said...

Thanks for stopping by and following! Good luck with your time off and taking care of the things in your life. I'm following now for when you come back!

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