Jul 28, 2014

We're back

Well, would you look at that. It seems I inadvertently took a three month hiatus from writing. I could do all sorts of explaining about how time got away from me, but the truth is I needed a break from all this sharing. For a long time, all I wanted was for readers to find their way here. I wanted to create a sense of community and belonging among women and mothers. I wanted a space where people could come to share a laugh, commiserate about the trials of parenthood, inspire or be inspired, and most importantly, connect in an age of utter disconnection.

But a few years into it, I got scared. What if what I was writing wasn't interesting to people anymore? Was I sharing too much? Not enough? How would Liv feel when she's older knowing that I'd detailed her life on the internet? Once something is put out there, you can never get it back, after all. I began feeling insecure about my decision to write instead of empowered by it.

So I decided to take a step back and sit in silence for a while. Our days marched on and a lot of things happened. We celebrated a first birthday with the most special people in Liv's life. We bought another house and moved for the 8th time in 7 years. Life changed and we grew, and through it all, I just kept thinking, I should really be writing this all down. If for nothing else than our own memory.

I remembered why I started this blog in the first place. It's our family's storybook and our daughter's babybook. Over the years, Keane and I have spent so much time looking back through old blog posts– reminiscing about our adventures, laughing at our missteps and reliving the emotion of our biggest moments together. I thought about how, in 50 years from now, when my hair is white and my skin is wrinkled, I'll cherish this collection of writings more than most things. Memories fade but words and photos live on. My hope is that Liv will appreciate reading these snippets from her family and maybe even develop a love of writing like her mama.

So I've decided not to worry about the "audience," and just write. If people come, great. If they find enjoyment from our stories, even better. But I have to remember, first and foremost, this is for us and the pressure is off.

So for now, we're back...with stories to tell.


  1. Hi Kelly,

    I've followed your blog for a while, and I'm happy to read you will continue writing! The blogging world has become such a beast of sponsored posts, competition, and materialism. I love that you're staying true to yourself, and remain unconstrained by this "blogging world" today! My favorite blogs are those authored by down to earth individuals just wanting to put their story somewhere that it will live on (such as yourself). There's some strange comfort in reading about the lives of others and learning about them, and ultimately yourself.

    Also, I'll be headed to Colorado for the first time this October, and I'm so looking forward to it!

  2. Welcome back!

    I totally feel you though on the whole blogging thing. I love writing and sharing and documenting our little family, but sometimes I'd feel overwhelmed or pressured by it all even though I do it for myself and family who don't live near us. I also went on a break from pretty much all blogs and social media. I really wanted to just stop it all, but it is something special that we can look back on when we are grey; ) But sometimes I think we need a break and just to ponder it all.

  3. So glad you're back. I've followed your blog for a while and thoroughly enjoy reading. I feel the same way about blogging in that I worry about what if I'm not writing enough or too much and etc. I think you are so inspirational and look forward to your future posts! :)

  4. Welcome back!
    What a cutie!

    You inspire me, there's no doubt about it! :)

  5. Your blog is great. I like your writing style. The posts and your observations are interesting and you take great photos. I'm glad you've decided to stay :-)


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