Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Pin It I know... I'm actually posting!

What's been going on?  Well... lots.

Starting back in March which coincided with my last post, work got really busy.  I got a promotion which has been a great thing but that with that came a learning curve that seemed to take every extra ounce of mental energy. 

And then, as I mentioned at some point, I started working out and just trying to get healthier in general.  That's been a huge positive in my life but it also takes a fair amount of time on top of my other daily obligations.

And of course, my most important job is my family.  Steve and Chaney are doing wonderful.  Steve also got a promotion in March so you can imagine just how much fun we have been lately. ;)  The last part of 3rd grade flew by for Chaney and summer has been a whirlwind as well.

In the last several months {really most of 2013 now that I think about it} I've come to not only realize how important balance is in your life but I've also had to put it into practice to keep my priorities in the right order.  It's looked a lot like this for me:
  1. Faith
  2. Family
  3. Health
  4. Work
  5. Hobbies
I managed to do a pretty good job with the first 4 priorities but #5 slipped to non-existent for awhile.  And I'm not going to lie, at first I panicked when I realized that I hadn't stepped foot into my sewing room for weeks on end.  But after awhile I got used to it when I realized that I had been putting my health in the #5 spot and that was a big mistake.

Have I been sewing?  I have!  Some of it I can't show you yet... annoying but true. ;)  I've also been working on some WIP's before I start anything new and that's a good feeling.  Is sewing on my mind like it used to be?  Not really and I don't mind that at all.  I don't feel any less creative; I just feel balanced.

What about blogging??  I don't know if I've missed it or not.  It's hard to tell it that makes sense.  I love to write and I never stopped writing.  I have been blogging some on my running blog because that has fallen more in line with my priorities.  I have certainly missed interacting with everyone who reads here but I also know that I've connected with a lot of you on Instagram.

Am I going to quit blogging?  No. :)  But it can be a lot of work if you let it be.  Tutorials, pictures, writing, editing, documenting with pictures what I'm sewing... all those things can get time consuming in a hurry.  Looking back, I'm pretty sure it was easy to let sewing/blogging slip to #5 because I got burnt out.  Sad but true.

I still have some self-evaluation to do on how much I want to blog but I'm thinking that it's going to be more of a 1-2 times per week thing with posts that have a good amount of content.  We'll see... :)

So with that being said, I'm glad to be posting again and I've missed ya'll!  I can't wait to share some of the things I've been working on and I'm also excited to start reading your blogs again to see what amazingly creative things ya'll have been working on too!


Belinda said...

Welcome back :)
Life has a way of happening doesn't it?

Linda K said...

Love seeing you here.
Just know you're appreciated, and you don't have to prove anything by doing more!

Sarah Lou said...

Glad to hear that you're ok, and that life is treating you well with the promotion etc. Looking forward to seeing what you've been up to.

CitricSugar said...

Hi! I had "drop Jennifer a line" on my to-do list this week to check on you, but it sounds like you're doing great! I completely understand your priorities - I grow concerned about people whose #1 is blogging - and I'm glad you're coming to a good and not-burnt-out place about it. :-)

Welcome back!

Jeanie said...

I blog when I have something to blog about.... simple as that. I found out right away that I didn't enjoy blogging if I was worried about making a regular post. It's fun for me because I haven't let it become an obligation or chore. Sounds like you are doing the same, making your faith and family most important, as it should be.

Sarah said...

I think we go through different stages and that is totally natural and good!

Deborah said...

I've missed your blog posts LOTS! Hurray for doing what you need to do!

Robin said...

Welcome back! Balance can be so tough! Good for you for taking time to figure it out and set your priorities. I look forward to reading about what you're up to during your crafty time. :)

Tamara said...

I was just wondering about you yesterday! I enjoy your blog and enjoy your posts. I will look forward to them even if they are infrequent. Life is also fluid and changing, I think the real challenge is going with the flow!

suemac said...

I have been following you on Instagram so I did not notice you had not blogged. You have really been taking care of your health. Good for you.

Tamie said...

Congratulations on the promotions and the healthy focus. We will be here when you post- however often.

Archie the wonder dog said...

It's lovely to hear from you! Blog (and sew!) when you feel like it - we'll be here!

Carla said...

Hi Jennifer! I"ve been wondering how you are doing. It's too bad that someone doesn't come up with a sewing machine that works off of a treadmill or something!! I'll look you up on instagram.Congrats on all the positives happening in your life!

Elsa said...

I was just thinking that you haven't blogged in a while ~ glad to know that things are going so well in your life!

pam said...

I continued to check up on you the last few months. So glad you are back. pam

Katy Cameron said...

Congrats on all the promotions, glad life is okay for you :o)

Millie said...

Welcome back, it is nice to see you again. :)

Dominique said...

Hi Jennifer, I am a new blogger, but have been lurking for a while and used to check your blog regularly, so I am glad you are back - I hope to read more of your posts and see more of your quilts, but your blog should be first and foremost for yourself. Seems you have your priorities straight...Do what is right for you.

liz said...

Couldn't agree more...
"Love seeing you here.
Just know you're appreciated, and you don't have to prove anything by doing more!"

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