Monday, January 2, 2012

Lessons Learned From My Blogging Break

Since October, I've been dabbling in a new creative pursuit (more on that later), contemplating the meaning of  life and enjoying the holiday season with B-man, Paige and the rest of my family.  

I've not been blogging at all.  And while I intended to at least stay current on other blogs, I didn't do that, either.

During this hiatus, I have learned the following:

1)  Blogger police live only in my head.  While I'm certain Inner Critic meets them for donuts, they never actually showed up at my door.

2)  The Kardashians are still vapid. And very soon, I will stop watching their reality TV shows.

3)  Eating like the French still makes me happy.

4)  Blogging is not a race nor a competition. 

5)  I can sit through five episodes of "Chopped" on Food Network without taking a break and I cry at the end of each show no matter who wins.

6)  Pacing myself, in all endeavors, will be a life long lesson.

7)  Eleven days off during the holidays makes me a happier, more well-balanced person.

8)  Having held the same position for close to five years, I am ready for a new chapter in my work.

9)  I have no idea what the new chapter looks like, but my mind is open.

10) Paige has watched one too many episodes of 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians.'  After earning several holiday party timeouts, she is re-learning doggy etiquette and becoming less of a diva.

It's good to be back.

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  1. Welcome back!
    You took a serious, proper break. I have tried to take a proper break, but always end up on the blogs. I'll admit I feel a little lonely when I go offline for a few days!
    I barely blog myself, but I'll be taking a "time-out" soon as I'm going back to school.

    I'm looking forward to hearing about your creative pursuits. I've very glad you had a productive break!

  2. Hi Josephine,

    Welcome back, and I love the new layout - haven't seen that design.

    I think those are excellent learning points - I could do with taking 1, 4 and 6 on board!

    Hope you feel refreshed after your break. I didn't have a holiday this Christmas, and am looking forward to slumping later in January.

    : - )

  3. Welcome back Josephine! #6 is my favorite.

    I worry about the blogging police too. But I'm working on being more diligent.

    Never seen the Kardashians. Not once. Do I get a prize?

  4. Hello and happy new year!! I can usually ignore the blogging police, but sometimes those rascals get to me.

  5. Happy New Year! Great list - #1 and #4 especially resonate. When the blogging police are staking you out, bring them a thermos of coffee, tell them I said "hi", and I'll see them in the "usual spot". :)

  6. Hi JoanElaine - it was good to take a 'proper break' as you say, and it was easier than I thought to let go for a while. How exciting that you are going back to school! Best of luck on your new endeavor.

  7. Vanessa, how great to hear from you! Yes, I do feel renewed after taking time off for the holidays. Lovely that you have some 'slump' time coming up soon. Enjoy!

  8. Hi Joan - yes, pacing oneself is a challenge, isn't it? It certainly is for me. As for never watching the Kardashians...I do believe some prize should be involved. Good for you!

  9. Hi Frida - Happy New Year! Those blogger police are sneaky little devils and I'm sure they are lurking out there somewhere...glad I'm not the only one they are stalking.

  10. Olenska, what an optimistic way to deal with the blogger police! Should they ever actually show their faces, I will deliver the message.



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