Playing Catch Up Over Coffee

Hello. I promise I’m alive and well. No one has fallen ill and I’m not pregnant. (I feel like 90% of the time when a blogger just disappears one of those two things has happened…) I didn’t mean to take a break last week or on Tuesday. I actually had posts planned but they needed one or two more things added to them and I just didn’t get the time (or motivation) to do it…

Today I’m linking up with Kristen and taking a quick coffee break.

I have to take half a step back from my blog. I love this blog and the relationships that I’ve cultivated here. I feel like things in my personal life are n.u.t.s. right now, though. Every time I go to write I’m distracted or thinking about all the stuff I need to do… And sometimes I just bitch about all that on here and I think that’s overwhelming and repetitive for y’all.

I will keep up with Alexandra‘s and my RSFG Blog Collab. and I will definitely show up here (and on your blogs!) for SUYB with Steph & Jana. Other than those two monthly staples, I can’t guarantee my consistency. I plan to keep reading and commenting on your blogs, too. The frequency will probably decrease, though…

I’m sad to step back. I’m scared to leave this community of friends. I’m not actually leaving- just going part time. It’s been a part of my daily life since 2014. That’s crazy. But like I said, this is temporary and necessary. I’ll still be around. And I’ll still see you guys on IG.

Ok… let’s move on to other news.

Last week I rode in the backseat of a pick-up truck for 35 hours. We drove down to Texas and back- in five days. (Two driving down, one day of work, two driving home.) Our coffee today is simply a step in my recovery program.

We’re on the road again next week for another business trip. I thank Jesus every single day for our house/dog sitter. She keeps our babes loved while we’re gone.

On Sunday I played my last softball game for the summer. (I wrote a sarcastic post about my experience here, lol.) I hate exercise but I enjoy being active. I’m trying to find new ways to keep my body moving right now. The dogs and I have a new walk route and I feel like that’s a good start.

Our trip to Texas was H.O.T. & miserable but it made me appreciate the lower 80 degree temps in Ohio. Our weather has been beautiful and I’m not going to complain about it for once πŸ˜‰

Sigh… I don’t have much else to say as we drain our mugs and start digging our keys out of our purses. I’ve been reading a lot, cooking a bit, and trying to keep my house in some semblance of order.

I promise that I’m trying to catch up on your posts from the last week or so… I also promise to show up here occasionally, even if it’s not regularly πŸ™‚

Hopefully this weekend is semi-quiet and relaxing. I’m dying my grey away on Saturday and planning a manicure sometime next week before our next trip! Self-care, friends πŸ˜‰ See you on Tuesday!

36 thoughts on “Playing Catch Up Over Coffee

  1. Confuzzled Bev August 2, 2018 / 5:08 am

    HA… you are so right. I feel like every time a blogger disappears for a while they eventually come back with “Sorry I disappeared for a while… by the way, I now have a baby in tow”. I have actually stopped following a couple of blogs because of that… I just couldn’t with their “haha, this was totally unplanned but hey, whatever” posts (apparently I mostly read blogs by people who got pregnant accidentally?!).

    That drive to Texas sounds exhausting! I hope things get less crazy for you soon.


    • Audrey August 2, 2018 / 8:00 am

      Hahaha. It seems to be a trend around here πŸ™‚ I don’t mind when bloggers reappear with babies, but when their lifestyle blog becomes a 100% mommy blog we tend to drift apart. It just doesn’t usually relate to me. *shrug* There are exceptions, though!

      Texas was rough! It’s going to make the Indianapolis trip feel like a jaunt across town! Ha!


  2. Carolann August 2, 2018 / 7:38 am

    I hope that a blogging break helps but I will definitly miss you! I don’t think that you are overly negative… I appreciate your honesty and perspective and I will miss your posts!!


    • Audrey August 2, 2018 / 8:02 am

      Thanks, Carolann! I don’t plan to take a step TOO far back πŸ™‚ I have a post for next and the following week. I think I might just be down to one post a week until the summer crazies have calmed down.
      I’ll do my best to keep up with your blog, though!!


  3. Erin August 2, 2018 / 8:36 am

    As one of those people who become incapable of posting when pregnant (and when my children are small, which is always these days), I understand and support you taking a step back. Life just makes it necessary sometimes! I will miss you because you are one of my fave regular bloggers these days because you’re such a breath of fresh air (and a good friend).


    • Audrey August 2, 2018 / 9:01 am

      I don’t have any issue with bloggers who need to step back for real life duties. Totally understandable- especially for moms or moms-to-be! You’re one of those exception mom blogs (& I know it’s not all mom stuff) that I enjoy reading. I LOVE keeping up with your life and the adorable kiddos you hang out with every day πŸ™‚
      I won’t be completely abandoning ship, but I think my posts will go to one a week if not fewer. Summer is just wacky for me right now. Ughhh. Lol
      I know my inspiration and motivation will return in the fall πŸ™‚


  4. Emily of Em Busy Living August 2, 2018 / 8:54 am

    Goodness, four days of driving for one day of work sounds very exhausting. The older I’ve gotten, the more I hate being in the car for long periods.


    • Audrey August 2, 2018 / 9:02 am

      It was ROUGH. And that’s coming from someone who enjoys road trips! I usually don’t mind time in a car- we drive to almost all our vacation spots. 17.5 hours one way was ridiculous, though. Ha. I read three books, though!


    • Audrey August 2, 2018 / 12:08 pm

      No kidding. Some many people have slow summers… mine is exactly the opposite each year!


  5. Kay R. August 2, 2018 / 9:50 am

    Sometimes you need to take a break. I took several for my mental health and to allow life to happen and I have no regrets. I will continue to read when you return πŸ™‚


    • Audrey August 2, 2018 / 12:09 pm

      It’s odd to admit out loud that I need a break from my hobby. I know I won’t be away for long (or completely), but I will definitely enjoy the hiatus.
      Thank you so much, Kay!


  6. Lauren Becker August 2, 2018 / 10:53 am

    Oh good, I’m glad everything is okay – well, I mean, that you’re not sick at least. That trip to Texas sounds exhausting though. Good luck with your upcoming trip. I hope that blogging less – and worrying about the blog less – will be good for you. I know it can sometimes overtake your life a bit and become more of a stress than something fun. It will be good to see you around sometimes though. πŸ™‚



    • Audrey August 2, 2018 / 12:10 pm

      Yep! No worries- just tired and busy. I love traveling but our TX trip was NOT the right way to do it. Lol. Never doing that again. Ha.
      Thank you!


  7. kristen August 2, 2018 / 11:23 am

    LOL yes to the pregnant or falling ill. i’ve not been well so i felt like i had to share in my post i wasn’t pregnant, especially because i talked about not getting pregnant. anyway.
    i’ve had to let go of the ‘need to blog/need to comment’ feeling, i show up when i show up and that’s all i can deal with right now. no-one cares. not in a mean way, but still. if a blogger fell off the face of the earth on every social media, i’d get worried, but i still keep up with people on instagram and the like so i know people are alive lol. you gotta do you.
    35 hours? holy moly batman.


    • Audrey August 2, 2018 / 12:48 pm

      So many people take a break and then come back like, “SURPRISE.” Nope. Not me. I’m just lazy.
      I enjoy writing here and hanging around the blog world but when it starts to feel like a chore I’m like naaaaaah. Haha. I’ll write when I want to and read what/when I want to πŸ™‚
      We’ve got 5 hours in a car next week. UGHHH


  8. Rebecca Jo August 2, 2018 / 11:25 am

    Youve just been on the go go go… sometimes you just need a break from things & blog & the feeling of “needing” to post. Take your break. But dont leave us πŸ™‚
    I need a dog-sitter so badly… I feel like I need an FBI background check though for them. I trust NO ONE with my babies


    • Audrey August 2, 2018 / 12:52 pm

      Definitely need a little break. Definitely NOT leaving, though! πŸ˜€

      I love our sitter. I forced updates and pictures from her every day we’re gone, though. Hahaha. And I keep my parents and K’s parents on call if they’re not traveling with us πŸ˜‰


  9. chelsea @ the new wifestyle August 2, 2018 / 11:35 am

    i so feel this. especially now that you’re a big part of the business that takes a whole new turn on things. i’m glad you’re taking a break because that means you are doing what is in the best interest of YOU! texas is sort of miserable so i’m glad you made it out aliiiiive

    ps. for what it’s worth, going down to once a week has been VERY good for me. i can write two or three at once when i am feeling motivated and then focus on other things πŸ™‚


    • Audrey August 2, 2018 / 1:36 pm

      Oh my gosh, the business is SO stressful right now. Sheesh. I think we’re all holding our breath for summer to be over. Lol
      I don’t mind San Antonio in February. I am NEVER going there again in the summer. YIKES.

      I think I’m going to be a one-post-a-week blogger for a bit. Probably Tuesdays? I haven’t decided yet.


  10. A Mindful Migration (@MindfulMigrate) August 2, 2018 / 12:48 pm

    I hear you, Audrey. Sometimes we need a break. I needed one earlier this summer and no regrets for taking it. I don’t like “forced” posting because this is meant to be fun for me. So take your break and we’ll still be here for you! Missing you, of course!

    Oh my. I don’t think I could have managed that long drive to Texas. I get car sick so…. no. And the heat! Ouch! Hopefully things chill out a bit and you find your blogging mojo again!


    • Audrey August 2, 2018 / 2:26 pm

      “Forced” posting never results in anything good. Thank you! I won’t be stepping back too far but I might miss a few weeks here and there until life settles down πŸ™‚

      Such a miserable drive! Fortunately I don’t get car sick and I squeezed in lots of reading!


  11. Akaleistar August 2, 2018 / 2:34 pm

    I’ve had to take a break from blogging this summer, too. Sometimes real life has to come first πŸ™‚


    • Audrey August 2, 2018 / 3:13 pm

      Absolutely. I need to get the chaos offline under control πŸ™‚


  12. Nadine August 2, 2018 / 3:37 pm

    Sounds like quite the trip in that short of time! Can I borrow some of your nice weather, please? That would be fantastic. I am so over summer. Everyone needs a break from time to time. I remember when I used to post five days a week. I just dont have the energy….or creativity for that anymore!


    • Audrey August 5, 2018 / 4:17 pm

      Our trip just cemented my opinion that I could never ever ever live anywhere south of here. It’s been 90 this weekend and I’ve come very close to complaining… lol.


  13. SMD August 2, 2018 / 7:57 pm

    You don’t leave the community or your friends because you don’t post as much. You take care of your biz. Email’s there when you want it, happy to give you my # to text too because my email reply sucks right now (also in a head spinning personal stuff cycle right now, I feel you), but we’ll all still be here!


    • Audrey August 5, 2018 / 4:21 pm

      You’re so right πŸ™‚ It’s strange to alter a habit that’s been rewarding and comforting. It’s become stressful lately, though. Not ok with that. I’ll be around, I’m sure πŸ™‚ It just won’t be as frequently. And I’m not leaving IG any time soon!
      Thank you!!


  14. Laura August 3, 2018 / 8:24 pm

    Enjoy your manicure!! I totally understand stepping back! Sometimes life is just too much and things have to take a backseat – we’ve all been there! See ya on instagram! πŸ™‚


    • Audrey August 5, 2018 / 4:22 pm

      I’ve been biting my nails with all the stress and chaos. My manicurist isn’t going to be very happy… lol. I’ll be around here- just not as frequently. Definitely on IG, though!


  15. StephTheBookworm August 6, 2018 / 12:28 pm

    Sounds like you’ve been crazy busy with work and travel so it is totally understandable that you need a small break! I think we’ve all had to do that at some point. We will miss you but will be waiting for your return. πŸ™‚


    • Audrey August 15, 2018 / 3:26 pm

      Thanks, Stephanie! Yeah… I’m enjoying the lack of pressure but I definitely already miss writing here multiple times a week. I know I’ll get back into it soon- just not right now πŸ™‚


  16. Emelia Lawrence August 6, 2018 / 7:58 pm

    I get life being crazy busy, and while we hate to step away sometimes it’s just necessary. Self care and a manicure sound incredible. Hope you got to enjoy one. XO!


    • Audrey August 15, 2018 / 3:31 pm

      Oh I totally went for that manicure πŸ˜‰ With the excuse that I needed professional nails for our professional/business trip. Hehehe. We’re still coming off the busyness of the trip and the summer… but I’m praying for a few days off + a massage some day soon.


  17. Emma @ Adventures of a London Kiwi August 9, 2018 / 11:07 am

    Sometimes we all just need a break πŸ™‚


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