Monday, June 1, 2009

A New Month, a New Resolution

It's been a long few months.

I've been out of commission on the blog for a long time. My life got incredibly hectic, and I realized around March that I wasn't dealing with a few changes in my life as well as I'd thought. In the course of a few months I ended a nine year relationship, changed cities, and landed a few new and very prolific regular clients. My days got hectic, and between the personal things and the work-related things it was all I could do to keep meeting everyone's expectations.

Anyway, just wanted to let you know I've renewed my commitment to posting regularly--and here are a few things I've learned in the interim.

Admit it when things are going south.I know when this sort of thing happens, what you're supposed to do is post on your blog letting everyone know you'll be out of commission for a few months. I didn't. Mainly because every day I kept thinking, "I'll get to it soon. I don't need to post anything now." Well, I didn't get to it soon, and that was probably a bit of self delusion on my part. I also didn't want to admit that I needed a break. But one day led to a week, and then to a month, and then to a couple of months..and each month it got more difficult to get back to a routine. My lesson? As soon as you feel yourself slipping, let people know. It's okay to slip. But people need to know what to expect.

Even good change causes upheaval. The changes in my life, scary as they sound, have all been good changes. I'm happy in my new place, and I've made some adjustments that absolutely needed to be made. Plus, the new client work has been a blessing. But still it caused me enough disturbance that I felt I had to let everything in my life that wasn't an absolute necessity go, at least for a little while.

Take things one day at a time. There were plenty of days when I had time to post, and didn't. I'm not sure why. Maybe I felt overwhelmed looking back on all that time I'd missed, and had no idea what I'd say in response to that. Until I got to today, and realized I missed it and wanted to start again. Realized I still had things to say.

Change is exhilarating, but sometimes it takes a lot out of you. I had to be away for awhile--but now I'm back, and hopefully I can bring enough insight to this blog that others can learn from my missteps and successes in the meantime.


Lillie Ammann said...

Best wishes for all your changes to be good ones and to go smoothly.

Lori said...

Sometimes you just don't want to say anything, you know?

Glad you're back, hon. I missed you. :))

AnnaLisa Michalski said...

I sort of wondered whether you were OK. Glad to hear you're much better than just OK! And yes, change can be a very good thing.

Jennifer Williamson said...

Thanks for the good wishes! It's good to be back.

Blue said...

Glad you're back!