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Celebrating 9 years of silliness

Aside from getting into a fight with a cabinet the first day of my break (and acquiring a Harry Potter like mark on my forehead), I had a wonderful, wonderful, super time being offline.

I love being offline so much, that I’m probably going to stay offline much more. I gained perspective, was able to see things in my life more clearly, and just enjoyed the illusion that I had no online responsiblities (AKA no stress).

Grand I tell you, grand.

So what does this mean for the blog? It means that I am only going to post when I feel inspired to write. I don’t want to write just to write. I want to write when I have something to say, not something conjured up. Sometimes this means I’ll write every day for a week, and sometimes you may not see anything on here for two months. So it goes. I’m at peace.

When I first started blogging four years ago, I couldn’t wait to get online in the evenings and write because I loved it so much. I wrote every day, and I looked forward to it. Now, not so much. So, I’m making happy changes. :)

I’m going to own my life (insomuch as that is possible), and make decisions that genuinely make me happy and that honor my family. A girl only has time for so much in her life.

Here’s to life!

 

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  • Carli

    Congrats! At the beginning of the year I was so diligent about blogging that I wore myself out. Took a couple months off and now am at a comfortable place. You have to do what is right for you and your family.

  • http://www.priscillafowler.net/ Priscilla Fowler

    I’m totally the same way. I find that guilt gets in the way of things, and I have to remind myself…The blogosphere gets along without me. It’ll be OK if I don’t stress today! 

  • GodCenteredMom

    Thank you Sarah Mae for helping set a “new” standard. Blogging when I have something to say sounds so much more fulfilling than forcing a post b/c that’s expected M, W, F. So thankful to hear you were blessed in your rest. May God continue to honor your dedication to your family!

  • http://www.anothernewseason.com Donna S

    Congrats on 9 years!! Perspective is key, I think we all have to continue to keep ourselves in check. family, family, family!!  :)

  • http://twitter.com/lifefordessert Logan Wolfram

    Um…do we perchance have the same wedding anniversary?!  Because we celebrated 9 this weekend as well!  Love you my sweet friend!

  • http://jessnewland.blogspot.in/ Jessica N.

    You were missed!  But so glad you enjoyed your time away.  I’m really trying to stick to a 12 hr challenge – to stay offline when my kids are awake.  Way easier said than done!

  • hart_larissa

    As much as I’ve missed reading your words this past week, family does come first … or should.  Glad you enjoyed your time away and gained perspective you otherwise may not have found.  May you find what you need in this time away from the web, and may God bless your decision in ways you can never imagine!! … Much love sweet sista. Enjoy this next chapter in your life!!

  • TraciMLittle

    love it.

  • Jen Snow

    The blog should be something enjoyable…when you feel like you have to do it SO much it takes the fun out and adds stress.  Enjoy your family!!  One of these days you’ll look around and they will be teenagers like mine.  Those little moments through the years can never be replaced!  :)

  • Paula

    Good for you!  I applaud your decision – and a happy 9th anniversary to boot!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jgkeener Jennifer Gibson Keener

    Congratulations!  I came to a similar realization about a year ago when God blessed me with 3 babies in an 11 month period through adoption and fostering.  I began to realize that I could always try to write about my life or simply live it.  I decided to live it.  Haven’t regretted the decision once.

    Blessings on your new lease on life!
     

  • http://4ambassadorsofchrist.blogspot.com/ Jarmila V. Del Boccio

    I’m so glad you had courage to make that decision…I’m heading in the same direction. We need to have a life, too. Happy 9th anniversary to you, Sarah Mae!

  • Surprise

    Did u say two months? Two months? Gee, I’m certainly gonna miss your writing. I can’t believe the two months issue… You just don’t know how my life has changed in the few months I started following your blog… Two months, you are killing me.

    I get your reason and it’s really good. I just got to marriage, I just became Mom, I got really scared. When I read your articles, I felt this is doable. Now I’m back to being scared. I must say, there are few Christian women who one can actually look to and find comfort, godly tips and still maintain that all they have is because of Christ…

    Let’s see how it goes…

    Congratulations my big sister.

  • http://www.vanessasvalues.blogspot.com/ Vanessa

    I know exactly how you feel!  Our family stayed at a cottage on a lake for a whole week in June.  I was able to just relax and enjoy my family.  In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I never did get back to blogging this summer…and I don’t regret it for a minute. 

    The time we have spent learning, loving and having fun with each other is priceless.

  • Amy Tilson

    Yay for the girl hosting the blogging conference- from a girl going to the conference!!!! There is so much pressure to get up two hours early to write, write, write. So glad to see you being determined to live your life and write out of inspiration instead of obligation. Now I’ll be even more eager to read what you produce.

  • http://www.eileenknowles.com Eileen

    I’m still in the love to do it phase. However, as a tiny blogger it’s not something I see as stressful. It’s more therapeutic for me.   But, I completely understand. If I feel like I have to post…then I probably shouldn’t be posting that day.  I want to post because I have a message. 

  • Beth Williams

    Happy 9th anniversary!!  I applaud you for realizing that life, family & happiness are more important than writing a blog daily!

    Look forward to what you will give us in a few months!  Enjoy the rest & relaxation!

  • jwolstenholm

    This is wonderful Sarah Mae. So wise and brave of you to make these happy changes. I hope thr time you spend offline is richly blessed!

  • Sharon O

    I would miss you not writing you are such a great encourager, but I do realize and understand you have a family and that is your first priority.

  • Jennifer

    Good for you! Pray that über spirit guided, and never by anything you HAVE to do:)

  • Donna A.

    Good for your girl!!!  We will look forward to your posts, whenever they come….maybe this will motivate each of us to assess how our time is spent and what our priorities are!  God Bless

  • http://thechuppies.com/ Kara @ The Chuppies

    I’m so so happy for you! Thas is exactly how I write/share…whenever I’m pretty sure it’s from Him, on my heart, in some way worth saying, and He allows it to mesh with life well.  But I still catch myself feeling like I “should” post more often or feeling the pressure when I see “everyone’s” post go out in the morning :) 
    I do have a heart-post sitting in the line up this morning, but getting it finished just didn’t mesh with all the fun we had this weekend…so it was actually a huge encouragement to read yours this morning…to remember why I decided to write/blog this way (not better than someone’s else’s plan, but just what God has for me/us right now).  Thanks! :)

  • http://www.indueseason.net skottydog

    That is awesome! Love that you run a great blog, but don’t let it run you! It’s nice to see someone do both things well, and do them simultaneously.

  • http://pinkdryerlint.com/ Robin Kramer @ Pink Dryer Lint

    “A girl only has time for so much in her life.”   So, so true.  Way to latch onto this and live!

    Happy anniversary, too!

  • http://www.rockstarlifestyleblog.com Raye Cage

    I think it is so cool that you have the courage to do what your heart is telling you to do. To everything there is a season… you are listening to that small still voice inside & you will be blessed for that. Go Sarah Mae!

  • Monique

    Amen to your words and all the wonderful comments. I really am on that same spot in live.
    I will miss you and you inspiring and encouraging words, but I so will stay ;-)

    God bless!

    Live from Holland

  • aclark

    I was blessed by your post when it showed up in my inbox. I’d been toying with the idea of needing to blog more consistently.  Your post was a confirmation that I should keep doin’  how I’m doin’.  When the Holy Spirit inspiration is there, the words flow and they are life, bread for others to eat. 

  • http://aboverubies.net/ Jasmine Mansfield

    Here’s to life, friend. Let’s enjoy!! 

  • http://altarofheaven.wordpress.com/ arcelia

    You are a wise woman :) Happy anniversary too!

    *Psalm 131

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=686442200 Kristine McGuire

    You must always follow the leading of God and your heart. I will be looking forward to every post, my friend. Life beyond the keyboard or screen is where things truly happen. :)

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  • Tryingtobecontent

    I am not a blogger but i guess because i am discouraged and discontent with my lot i spend time on the computer to encourage myself so i sure will miss your posts and i hope you enjoy yourself. :)

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  • Rubythemom

    Hurray to choosing actual reality over the virtual kind! Blessings.

  • http://twitter.com/meltitus Melissa Titus

    “A girl only has time for so much in her life”. So true! For the past few days Twitter and my blog have been somewhat slow after a few days of very fast paced. I thought I would be disappointed with the lack of activity, but I’m actually a little relieved. I think it’s great that you are not writing just to write and I admire your example of putting your family first. Thank you for modeling healthy priorities!