Do you ever just get slammed with the end of a season? Oh, football is over? Shucks. Oh my! I was engaged and now I'm (gasp!) at the altar! I've been pregnant for 8 months and... oh never mind, the ending is always long and arduous when it comes to pregnancy. LOL. But I hope you get what I mean... sometimes the baby is the baby... until one day (bam!) they're not. They're toddling, babbling, and weaning... and it all happens in an instant, or so it seems.
I've had that feeling this past Autumn... as I contemplated what's next: my baby starting Kita, my return to work, and the end of the most luxurious maternity leave--even with a pandemic. But the feeling really came when (BAM!) earlier this month I realized: It's time to stop blogging. It didn't feel like a slowly building idea or opinion, just a quick, sudden realization that this has been an amazing season (14.5 years long!) and that the season is coming to a close.
I've been doing a lot of soul-searching and self-learning during this year, observing what I think about playing "Stay at home Mom" for a year and being eternally grateful for the luxurious privilege of being able to choose almost any ratio of employment hours I want when I return. I'm planning my return to work, and I'm looking forward to yet another decrease in hours so that I can support both my family and myself better. It's a bit ironic, but I'm planning to go back to how I started work after my first child: 20 hours per week, Monday through Thursday. And I'm excited!
But the visions I've had for myself, in what I want to accomplish, and what I want to spend my time on, I've realized that brainstorming, composing, editing, and publishing blog posts each week just doesn't fit in. I've got so many dreams of things I want to do, and if I'm really honest with myself, the blog has taken up a lot of my free time... and I'm ready to let it go so that I can do other things.
But, it leaves me here, at the ol' Couch of Red, blindsided by the moment of Goodbye. And in all honesty, it's a goodbye to you, my little group of faithful readers. I've more than enjoyed this weekly adventure... but it's you that have made it the most fun. I've looked forward each week to my blog posts, and I hope you've enjoyed it, too. I'll miss it and you to be sure.
It’s been 872 Blog Posts, 344 “7 Quick Takes”, and 14.5 years! What a journey. Thank you for your readership, your love and support, and especially your comments, ideas, and banter. I started this blog wanting to both share and especially to laugh. Hopefully I've added laughter to your story and I'm happy to say that it's added a lot of laughter to mine. If 2020 has taught us anything, I think we've all realized the need to keep laughing... no matter the circumstances. So thank you. It's hard to convey all that I feel for how much you've given me in the 14.5 years of blogging... but it's a lot.
Cheers to wonderful seasons, and cheers to you.
In closing, I'll share a favorite photo of mine from 2020, enjoying the beauty, and the end of a season... and acknowledging how beautiful everything is... even at the end.