Don’t Let the Sound of Your Own Wheels Drive You Crazy

One time when I was feeling really stressed, my dad quoted part of that great Eagles song to me – “Take it easy, take it easy, don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy”.  Every time I hear that song, it makes me put things in perspective and reminds me to relax.

You see, I thought that I could do it.  I thought that I could move to another state, start a stressful, busy new job, study for certifications, maintain the house, work out, prepare fabulous menus each week, run errands, keep chipping away on New Zealand documentation, and still keep up my blogging pace.  I really enjoy writing on this site, and I love reading all of your comments and following your blogs.   I wanted to keep going and convinced myself that I could keep it up.  It worked for a little while, but this week made me realize that I need to back off a bit.

I’ve re-evaluated why I started blogging in the first place.  To begin with, it was just a way of keeping family and friends up to date.  But as time went by, I began to realize how much I enjoyed reading what other people around the world have to say and how they live their lives.  There truly is a network of amazing, talented people out there, and I love reading about what all of you are up to and the things that you have going on.  Over the last few weeks, I’ve delayed and delayed and delayed reading posts until I had the time to sit and comment on them.  My reader is absolutely chock-full of posts that I want to read, but I don’t have the time to devote any sort of personal attention to.

So this leads me to now.  For the next several weeks, I’m going to give myself a vacation from commenting.  I’ll still be reading each of your posts, but I won’t be taking that little bit of extra time required to comment on each one.  I’m also going to back off a bit on my own posts, cutting down to maybe only 1 or 2 per week for awhile.  I realize that I might lose some subscribers, but I’ve never thought that blogging should be much of a popularity contest, you know?  I’m not planning on giving up blogging anytime soon, and everyone has their slow and busy periods.  This blog is going to have to adapt to that, and I hope that you, my lovely readers, will adapt, too 🙂  I promise not to become a “lurker”, but I’m actually really looking forward to just being able to read!

Have a great weekend!

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8 comments

  1. Elle says:

    It’s always a challenge to re-focus and re-adjust priorities when a life change happens…

    enjoy your semi-bloggy break, and remember that no matter how much it seems like other people do it, your can’t do everything all the time, it’s okay to let some things slide once in a while!

  2. Perfectly Imperfect says:

    I just went through this and had to remind myself that I blog so I have a way to remember whats important to me.. I just happened to fall in love with my new friendships along the way! Enjoy your break.. we’ll still be here!

  3. d.a.r. says:

    Oh gosh, Amen sister!!!!

    I love blogging, I love the friends I’ve met through it, I love keeping up with everyone…but man…I am exhausted! I have to step back sometimes and remember to blog just for ME!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    You pretty much said everything I’ve been thinking. I love following so many blogs, but it almost stresses me out to see my google reader. I want to be a good blogger, but also keep in mind why I started doing this. I think it’s great that you are doing this.

  5. Jane says:

    I totally get it! My life is out of control right now … and most of the time, I don’t have the time to comment. I don’t have the time right now … but PROCRASTINATION and commenting is way more fun than determining which artery blood will flow through if there is an occlusion in another artery. ARGH!

    Enjoy your vacation!!

    And … could you please email me your budget templates?

    I have little to no idea where any of my money goes right now!

    Thanks!

  6. Cole says:

    You have a whole lot going on; taking a little breather from blogging seems like a good idea! All the people that really want to read what you have to say will still be here. 🙂

  7. Laura Eastes says:

    No worries! I know what you mean. It is really tough to get it all done and we try to be superwomen sometimes. But sometimes it is best to take a few breaks and take some time off. It brings us back so much stronger and well refreshed. Best to you and enjoy the time reading.

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