This post has been a long time coming and it has not been the easiest path either.
I have been writing Monograms and Manicures for just over four years now. If you have been reading you know by now that I am SO grateful for all the joy it has brought to my life over the past four years. I have met so many AMAZING women, many of whom I now consider my closest friends, and been connected with brands I would never have found otherwise. I also have been treated to numerous once-in-a-lifetime experiences. While I am beyond thankful for all of these things I would be lying to myself and to you my readers if I said blogging has not taken a toll on me. Quite frankly, I am just getting a little bit burnt out. Not only can it be time consuming, but it is incredibly easy to start to make your blog your life. In the past few months I have started to see a change in blogging. It seems like so many people are now being fulfilled by their blogs. While it is something that defines me, it is just that, a THING. It is not my everything or my entire life. I personally only want my blog to be a part or aspect of my life, but I do not want or need my world to revolve around it. While I LOVE sharing things with you I do not want to live my life for my blog. With that being said, after much thought and lots of prayer, I feel called to take a break from blogging.
This decision did not come easily for me. As I just said, I have gained SO much through blogging and have really enjoyed it. When I was praying I was SO hopeful that God would give me the answer I wanted...."Keep blogging, look at what you gain from it!" but that is just not that case. I feel strongly about what I need to do and so I am acting upon it. There is no one reason I am taking a break and I suppose my decision seems rather selfish, but I just want to "stop and smell the roses" for awhile. 2012 is turning out to be pretty busy and I have lots of commitments I really want to give my time and effort to. I will continue blogging through the end of May (I still have have some very fun posts scheduled until the 31st...think home tours, Starbucks, Friday Fives and maybe even a few more giveaways!!), but after that I am not sure how things will continue. Will I update once a week? Perhaps. Will the break be two weeks, two months or two years? I just do not know... Will I come back full time in September? Maybe, but who knows right now. I will likely continue to update my blog Facebook page every so often and I will still be on Twitter for the time being. A break, be it temporary or permanent, is what I need right now.
I hope you know how thankful I am for all of you and the joy to bring to me each and every day. Your comments and emails over the past four years have made me smile and laugh and your kindness has overwhelmed me. I have learned SO much through blogging, but look forward to what the future holds! I do not think this is the end, rather just a new beginning.
So family, friends and readers, that's a wrap!