About Last week

Last week I didn’t publish a single blog post.

I can only think of maybe two other times in the last nine years where that has happened. It felt very strange.

And also, very necessary.

As you probably well know, this end-of-the-school-year stretch gets pretty packed. While most of the country has already started summer break, we’re not quite there (the kids get out June 19th) which means field trips, class projects, final tests, parties and field days all wrapped up in these last two weeks of school.

This work I do on the blog is super important to me, but I also really, really love being able to join the kids on their field trips, teach art in the classroom, help them find outfits for themed dress-up days, stay up late watching NBA final games … you know, all the normal mom stuff that I don’t want to let pass me by.

Also, last week my sisters and I took our mom out to lunch to celebrate her birthday, I met a friend for barre class and then did coffee afterward, went for a walk along the harbor with Ryan, grabbed ice cream with friends one night and spent Friday morning preparing for a weekend out of town for a special family get-together.

I did a whole lot of totally normal, but equally important real life mom/sister/daughter/friend/self-care stuff and not much of it felt documentable.

So I just didn’t. The blog sat still. Instagram was pretty quiet, too.

Giving myself that freedom to take a step away for a few days during a more-packed-than-usual week gave my soul a little extra space to breathe (I’m stealing that line straight from the very wise Emily P. Freeman). And it was so, so good.

You might not write a blog or post to social media, but is there something in your life right now that you need to give yourself permission to slow down on to make space for other important things?

It doesn’t have to be long term. It doesn’t have to be a big deal.

I’m just popping in here to day to encourage you to do it.

Because your family, your friends and (most importantly) your soul deserves it.

xo, emily

8 Responses to About Last week

  1. Jen June 20, 2018 at 7:28 pm #

    I love that you say these things Emily! Thank you for sharing the real parts of your life with us and being a cheerleader for others to take care of themselves. I don’t post much on Instagram anymore and rarely check Facebook. It’s been quieting for my thoughts and soul and I feel like I’m more connected to my children.

  2. Beth June 16, 2018 at 5:06 am #

    Thank you for this little encouragement, Emily! I’ve been struggling a bit with the (self inflicted) pressure to do it all but my inability to actually pull “it all” off…I needed a gentle reminder that it’s okay to let some things go every once in a while and to focus on what’s most important.

  3. Theresa June 14, 2018 at 11:17 am #

    Sounds like the perfect week! I’m so happy that you gave your soul the break that it needed <3

  4. Sarah Klingler June 13, 2018 at 8:20 pm #

    So very true and important! Good for you!

  5. Jessica June 12, 2018 at 1:52 pm #

    Thank you for sharing! I often feel like our culture pushes success to mean working, achieving, and living a life worthy of sharing/posting about, but real success is just living a life worth living! So glad you took time away for yourself and your family, and that you’re proud of it! You’ll never regret not blogging for a week, but you will regret missing time with your family. P.S. Logo looks great! ;-)

  6. Andrea June 11, 2018 at 6:18 pm #

    Take it from a mom of three that became an empty nester this year, YOU WILL NEVER REGRET taking this time. The blog will survive and when your birdies take flight you will forever remember the days spent with them, not the days spent working.

  7. Lynn June 11, 2018 at 8:49 am #

    I love that you stepped away for things that are important to you! There is a blogger I read who just had her 3rd baby, and didn’t step away at all! And right back to blogging after just a couple weeks! I wonder about the narcissistic factor of those who feel the need to document their lives on Instastories. That constant need for affirmation and glowing compliments. Your life seems very settled, content. I appreciate the step back, and I welcome you back!

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