Hi friends! Today’s post is a state of the union type post just to keep you in the loop with where things stand around here and what is coming up this summer. As you know, I have had some technical issues lately that have derailed a couple of posts. The timing was bad because I simply didn’t have the time to devote to fixing it. Between baseball, end of year activities, and client work I just had to let the blog side of things slide a bit. This last month has been so full of teacher emails, end of grade testing, class parties, and the final push to get my kids to stay focused it’s been a blur! I am not sure who is less enthused about school during May, me or the kids. #maycember
I hate that this technical blip happened when it did because I had already planned to scale back once summer started. One of the best things I have learned after 5+ years of blogging is that breaks are ok, in fact should be required if you ask me! Obviously it depends on how or why you blog…some people use their blog to generate income so taking breaks directly affects them financially. I have dipped a toe in affiliate links and sponsored posts (i.e. paid gigs) but for the most part I still just blog to market my business. I am not opposed to making money from my blog but I simply couldn’t keep up with both sides and at one point had to make a decision on which route I wanted to grow and local business won out for me. It’s what I feel most confident about growing and I love the hands-on work with local clients. And as an added win-win it keeps the blog a low-pressure fun outlet for me still.
With all that being said, even a fun outlet can become taxing. Posts take creativity, time, energy, and sometimes even money. As with any creative endeavor your brain can’t just continually churn out fresh ideas. At least mine can’t. I feel like breaks are necessary to protect your creativity and so I have made it a habit to scale back in the summer. It started initially just because I found it impossible to keep the same work load without becoming a screaming mom everyday but I have committed to slowing down because I also saw how much it helped me recharge. I wish it were feasible to make it a mandatory rule for everyone to have three months off each summer. Wouldn’t that be nice? So all that rambling is simply to say that I have not lost interest in my blog or you guys or any of this fun! If anything I look at this break as a way to keep my love of blogging going.
So, what can you expect this summer? You will still be hearing from me. Here is a look at what I have planned while easing into these summer days:
I have been going back through the archives and revisiting some of my favorite posts. Even I had forgotten about some of them so it’s been fun to look back and pull some of my favorites. Things like, “How to Style Your Bookshelves” and “The Best Arm Chairs” are totally still relevant today!
The Best This Month
I would convulse if I couldn’t come here and share things that I have lusted over online or in a store. I’m going to limit it to a monthly round-up where I can spill the beans on what I am loving!
My love for Insta is die hard so no matter what algorithms they change up over there I will still be posting per usual. I am going to add in a new idea this summer though: Free Design Boards! These will be mood boards I create just for the heck of it and I am going to link every product via LikeToKnowIt so those of you who are signed up will have the complete shopping guide sent right to your inbox. Hey, maybe I will create a board that works perfectly for your room or at least provide inspiration to get you started! And, obviously the off-the-cuff posts will continue so make sure to check in with me to see what we are up to in real life!
So that’s my plan along with lots of pjs until noon, the pool, bike rides on the greenway, the farmer’s market, the beach, and all those great summer things! What’s on your radar for the next few months? I’d love to hear how you find ways to recharge during the summer!