Sunday, 29 January 2017

The End

I started blogging in July of 2009, two months after Charlotte was born. I was inspired by a friend but also because I love to write and with my family staying so far away from us, I thought it would be a lovely way to keep them updated on the kids and to have an online diary for the kids to read when they are older.

Over the years I've documented lots of adventures, memories and moments that have shaped our family. I've watched the kids grow in real life and recorded the milestones on my blog. I love reading old posts and remembering those moments.

I've shared my journey of returning to college and studying hard to pursue a job I love. It's been a hard one but I'm so happy with what I've achieved.

I've been cautious of sharing too much in terms of my personal life and married life. And my friendships. In all three there have been hard times but that's part of life. Some things aren't meant to be broadcast over the Internet.

I've reached a point in my life where I'm struggling to find the balance. And, in fact, I've struggled with this for some time. Social media is so easily accessible these days, it can be really easy to live in the virtual and forget to live in the real world. And my blog has been a big part of that virtual world that I need to come away from. When it impacts the real life, it really isn't worth it.

So I have made the decision to stop writing my blog. It has become less enjoyable and more about making sure I updated it. But who for? When I started blogging, I did it for me. Now I just do it for the sake of doing it. It's a habit that is taking away from, not making memories with my family because we do do that but it's taking away from living in those moments. It's become about "let's make sure we get a photo of this for the blog" instead of capturing a moment to remember forever.

I've been feeling this way for awhile but recent events have made me wake up and realise what's truly important to me. My kids and husband aren't going to remember their mum and wife writing a blog. They'll remember me being present in their lives.

I do want to thank those of you have commented and shared in my blog over the years. I've had some amazing opportunities and met some amazing people and I'm truly grateful for those experiences.

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