Thursday, January 7, 2016

On deciding to take a break (after I've already done it)

It occurs to me that I might just be an intermittent blogger.

I write all the time, scribbling things in margins of books and on the backs of receipts and in many notebooks of various sizes that are stashed around the edges of my life. Writing is how I think. If I don't make words from my thoughts, they feel jumbled and tangled inside my head, and everything is out of sorts.

Many of those chains of words, though, just never make it out of their scribbled form to see the light of day.

I can do a really good job blogging sometimes, if I try- I can post regularly and have great photos and be active on social media and share all the other great posts I'm reading with you. I've come to the conclusion, though, that I just can't do that all the time. I blog in fits and starts, the way I do most things...I like everything and want to try it all, so I dabble a bit here and a bit there. In the stretches of time where I'm doing a great job with our homeschool and keeping up with the laundry, the blog is quiet. If I'm in the middle of a big sewing or knitting project and am training for a race, the blog is quiet. If the blog isn't quiet, if I'm writing or posting frequently or running the HolyLens project or helping to plan a great conference, then you can be sure there is a giant mountain of laundry and a sinkful of dishes crying for my attention and that my garden is looking neglected.

All this is just to say that I took a bit of a break last month, because I really needed it. I didn't know that's what I was doing, but it was, and it was a good thing.

Now Christmas is over, and I feel like I can pick things back up here and share some of my thoughts with you again (instead of keeping them imprisoned on the edges of the church bulletins I stick in the door pocket of our van on the way home).

I'll get you all caught up with some Quick Takes tomorrow. Until then, know I'm grateful for each of you who stick around through the silences and still think it's worth your time to talk to me when I decide to say something. You bless me.