If you don’t follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you may have thought I dropped off the face of the earth. If you follow me on social media, though, you may have gathered from my sporadic tweets and pictures that I was traveling on the East Coast with my husband and kids for over a week.
Traveling took a lot out of me. Visiting 3 states and the District of Columbia in 10 days with 2 school-age kids was a challenge, but the work before and after the trip was also hard. The pre-planning at my office to make sure I still had a job when I returned was a huge effort, and since getting back from vacation, I’ve been almost literally buried in paperwork.
We all struggle with balancing the things that are important to us, and the last couple of weeks were really tough for me. Usually I’m pretty good at balancing full-time work, motherhood, marriage, fitness, and the blog, but with this major trek back east, I just wasn’t able to manage blogging. And not only that–I had little time to Facebook or read friends’ blogs.
Without being tethered to my iPad or social media accounts, I spent practically 24-7 with my family.
I cherished sharing with my kids–who have never been to the East Coast–some of my favorite places from my past.
And I loved catching up with some old, dear friends, one of whom I haven’t seen in over 15 years.
The break from blogging, social networking, and frequent internet-use was much needed. My family really appreciated having me present at all times, and not distracted by the need to create content for my blog, tweet something pithy, or find the perfect filter for an Instagram shot.
During our trip, I found out the hard way that I haven’t been as present lately as I should be. That’s tough to hear and accept, but I don’t want my kids or husband to think my blog comes before them. It’s never been that way, and it never will be.
Things have started to settle down now, almost 5 days since we arrived home, and I’m ready to come back to the blog. I hope I’ll still find you here reading it.