It’s Not You, It’s Me

The internet is strange. I’ve been blogging here for almost 6 years and I’ve made some absolutely wonderful, caring, supportive friends (whom I’ve never met & may never meet). I’ve also been putting my life, my family’s life, my hobbies, and my opinions out into the universe for the past 6 years. Oddly enough, that doesn’t really bother me.

Lately I’ve felt like a stranger in my own home, though. I feel like I’m tip-toeing around and I’m anxious about every interaction. It’s not how I want to feel when I’m just trying to a) express myself and b) unwind. So I need a break from the traditional blogging content.

Many of you guys follow me on IG and I love that we’re able to connect and catch up and interact there. 😊 I’ve never been and will never be about numbers- I don’t care about quantity of readers, only the quality.

I’ll show up for Show Us Your Books with Steph and Jana.
I’ll still be posting M’s 9 month and 1 year updates.
I’ll keep track of & update my 101 in 1001 list.

I’m also going to keep writing. I’m hoping to come back to this space more regularly in December. (I will reevaluate then.) I should have lots and lots and lots of drafts by then.

I’m not shutting anything down… I’m just going from part time to part-part time. So I hope you’ll still check back here every so often. I just need a little solace. A little privacy. A little break from being an open book.

And I know I don’t need to explain or justify myself to you guys 🖤 but I wanted to address my quietness.

I’m not as on top of it with reading blogs as I used to be, but I promise I’m still keeping up with you guys, too.

See you in September for M’s update!

Things I Want to Share With You

Hello. I have a bunch of stuff to share on my blog (baby shower details, maternity pictures, annual Halloween party recap) but today I’m planning to share some internet treasures that I’ve been loving.

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Sometimes on lazy blog days I share links from other bloggers that I gathered last minute in an attempt to provide content. That is not today.

I’ve been putting this list together as I’ve been reading these posts. All are SUPER well thought out, beautiful, hard, or important posts from very talented and caring bloggers. I hope you’ll visit each site and I hope you take something away from their writing.

Blog Posts I Think You Should Read:

None-Blog Stuff:

  • Have you listened to Lindsay and Christine‘s Influenced the Podcast yet? I can’t believe they’re 20+ episodes in already!! I love getting my weekly dose of them!
  • On IG a long time blogger friend shared the happiest news ever! Ashten has been super open and upfront about her journey through infertility & I’m so happy to hear she’s welcoming a baby boy next June!
  • We’ve been sucked into The Masked Singer, but even much better than that show is Almost Family which airs after it. We decided to watch the first episode one night and really liked it. Is anyone else watching it?

Tell me something you’ve been itching to share!

5 Years of Blogging

October 20th marks five years of blogging at Life as Louise. I had blogs before this one, but this is my most successful, longstanding blog. Five years feels like forever, but it also barely feels like anything.

I love writing and that’s why I started a blog. I scrapbook, so I wasn’t in it for the “record keeping” aspect. That said, I love that I have posts here that mean the world to me. I wrote this about Lylee over four years ago. I wrote this letter to our future kid(s) long before we dreamed of the one on the way. It’s nice to have these words to look back on.

I started writing because it’s an enjoyable outlet. I wasn’t looking to be popular or famous (which is great, because I’m not). That said, I feel like I have made some true, amazing, beautiful friends in this world. Over the past five years I’ve joined pen pal groups, package exchanges, link-ups, and more. I have received birthday cards and gift, sympathy cards, just-because goodies, and thoughtful presents for our baby. I never dreamed of a community like this and I’m grateful for all of you. You’re incredible people & I feel lucky to know you.

Thank you for being a part of my last 5 years. Through the good and bad and meh, I feel so lucky to have had this space to share and rant and unwind. Blogging has changed a lot over the years but I’ve found comfort in this corner of the internet and I’m very grateful for that.

Whine and Dash

Well howdy.

Let’s chat, shall we?

We got home from vacation Saturday night (from Arizona) and the hits have not stopped coming.

Enzo has a large mass on his back (under his skin) that we’re getting check out today.

I am sick with what I believe to be the WORST sinus infection known to woman.

We are working through this upcoming weekend with a business trip so TGIF doesn’t exist.

Sigh. I shouldn’t complain and I know it. With the exception of Enzo’s ailment (which does have us a little freaked out), everything is going to be a-ok and we’ll survive unscathed.

So today I’m deflecting & sharing some blog posts that have really inspired me lately:

See? Recommending some all-star blog posts (and bloggers) is much more productive than me complaining. So go see them and leave me to my wallowing. LOL. I kid- we’re gonna turn this week around… starting right now!

(But seriously, send some good vibes to little Enz. He’s had a rough few weeks.)