Where have I been?

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.

Visiting the White House

Visiting the White House

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.

The trade-off?

At Independence Hall

At Independence Hall

Without being tethered to my iPad or social media accounts, I spent practically 24-7 with my family.

Washington & Lee University

Washington & Lee University

I cherished sharing with my kids–who have never been to the East Coast–some of my favorite places from my past.

Jefferson Memorial with Courtney and Julie. Source: Courtney at Eat, Pray, Run DC.

Jefferson Memorial with Courtney and Julie. Source: Courtney at Eat, Pray, Run DC.

I had so much fun meeting my friend Courtney in real life, as well as new friend Julie, and getting my butt kicked at the barre class they took me to.

Hillwood Estate

Hillwood Estate

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.

13 thoughts on “Where have I been?

  1. Welcome back! I love vacations when you can just sit back and not worry about the outside world. I’m one of those who doesn’t work on vacation and make it clear to people they won’t be able to reach me. Vacation is vacation.

    • Thank you! I’m with you. Our East Coast tour was really active and busy, but it was still relaxing because I didn’t worry about anything outside our plans, my family, and the friends we visited. I did have a few work-related texts, but it wasn’t too bad (fortunately).

  2. YAY! I’m so glad you had a great trip and that you took the time to enjoy every moment, rather than spending time trying to “capture” every moment; makes a big difference, right? I can definitely relate the feeling of being overwhelmed both before and after a trip; I often wonder whether it’s worth all the trouble and, sometimes, short trips are not. I’m trying to realize that I don’t have to be in control of EVERYTHING, but that’s pretty tough for me – ha! 😉 Thanks for sharing your trip with us; nice to have you back.

    • Thank you, Tara! I feel like a neglectful member of our blogging community when I go MIA like I did the last couple of weeks, but there was just no way to juggle it all. I’m happy to be back after a hard reset.

  3. Julie Anderson says:

    So great to meet you and glad you had a great trip!! Family always comes before blogging/social media but sometimes it easy to get distracted and forget the important things! Hope your kids and husband enjoyed the trip as well and hope to see you in Seattle in July!

  4. There is never anything wrong with disconnecting from the social media world! It can definitely get overwhelming and that’s partly why I can never get on a good blogging schedule. I’m glad you guys had a great trip!

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