Dreams To Do

September 2015 archive

Reset.

Oh, hey there. Remember me? I realize I’ve been absent from this space for a while now. It’s been a month since my last post, and honestly, over a year since I really put any heart into this space. I mean, at the time I’m writing this post my “About” section still says I’m a working mom of two… fourteen months after quitting my job and welcoming our third child into our family. Obviously my priorities have shifted away from blogging.

If you still follow along here, you know I had the summer from hell and it only got worse at the end of August when a forest fire came frighteningly close to my parents’ home where I grew up. It was the craziest weekend of frantically packing up everything and evacuating and realizing the beautiful mountains I grew up in, that I totally took for granted, could possibly never be the same again. Since then, the threat of the fire has thankfully passed (praise the Lord!) and I’ve been doing a whole lot of nothing but appreciating time with my family. In the evenings, when I would usually take time to write or edit photos or research future projects for myself, I’ve instead found myself curled up on the couch with my hubby watching TV. There have been lots of leisurely family walks, excessive house cleaning (like I’ve never been this on top of laundry in all my life), and very little stress. It’s been nice for a change.

I’ve also been doing quite a bit of soul searching. As Leila settles back into the school routine (she’s in first grade now!) and Landon adjusts to preschool life and I find our family falling into the beautiful rhythmic routine that the school year brings, I’ve noticed a lot of the same feelings I had when I first started this blog. I created Dreams To Do because I didn’t want being a mom to stop me from pursuing my interests. I wanted to break the routine, try new things, and hopefully inspire some people along the way. I never wanted it to just be a boring family diary (which I realize it has totally become lately) and I never wanted it to feel like a chore to me. It was designed to be a passion that would inspire new passions.

I’ve decided it’s time for a bit of a reset. I want this blog to be a place for exploring interests, embracing imperfection, inspiring others, and enjoying each moment. I want to continue to explore who I am and continue to grow up as I watch my kids grow. Like my old “tagline” questioned, “Even moms can dream, can’t we?”

With that being said, I’m going to take some time off to update this space a little bit and put some thought into composing meaningful posts. I want to get back to writing from my heart and creating content that may actually be interesting or helpful to someone out there. If you have any advice or insight or encouragement, I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment, hit me up on Facebook, or please email me at ariel {at} dreamstodo {dot} com.

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