Thursday, December 12, 2013

Goodbye Public Blogging World

After months of battling over a decision to continue my blog, I've decided to let December 2013 be my last public blogging month. It's a great way to end and start anew for January 2014! I have blogged since I was a sophomore in college, it's been a part of me for so very long. I've been able to help others through writing about very personal experiences. I have cherished every e-mail and comment from those who felt better after reading a post. I have been humbled by those who have shared such personal experiences with me. I still encourage those of you who have reached out to me, to keep reaching out. I am always hear to listen.  Just because I won't be blogging publicly doesn't mean you won't get the same love and advice in an e-mail! 

The decision to go private with my pictures and thoughts is very personal to me. I know how important family history record keeping is and I want to preserve tons of memories from my family and friends. I print my blogs each year into books and I'd like to include baby and family pictures, and personal stories in those books. Once I print 2013 into a book, I'll delete this blog and begin anew. 

This feels so therapeutic and appropriate given the many changes happening in our lives. This is a new chapter for R and me, we couldn't be happier. 

Maybe once I've become better adjusted to motherhood I'll be able to manage both a public and private blog (as I know many of you do) but for now I'm feeling great about blogging privately! 

I have loved, loved, loved getting to know so many of you. So I invite you to keep emailing me and I'll be reading your blogs as well. Don't worry, I'll send out an baby announcement to those of you I've kept in touch with in this blogging world! 

Thank you for your love of Southern Hope over the years, my dreams are coming true, I feel so amazingly blessed. 

If I could leave one thing with my readers it would be to remain faithful during the hardest times of your lives. When we feel at our worst, that is when the true transformation happens. The Lord knows what we need to refine and mold us into the people He sees us becoming, if we but allow Him the opportunity to place those miracles in our lives. 

Attend church each Sunday, make education a priority, surround yourself with people who are positive and uplifting, volunteer in your community, eat yummy foods, have a pet or two, hug a loved one daily, and don't let negativity keep you from dreaming!!

I love y'all for reading!! 

7 comments:

Jonna Pantelis said...

I'll miss reading you very much, you're one of the few bloggers who I feel were really blogging for you and not for commercial reasons (give always, money making, etc). But I can totally understand your decision and I wish you the best. Maybe we'll run into each other at the ATL Temple sometime!!

Ginger said...

I'll be sad to see you go, but I completely understand why you are wanting a little privacy right now. I hope to keep in touch via email! I would love to know how things go with the baby. :)

J. said...

Oh I'm so late. We've been sick-full in our house. I understand, but it will be sad to see it go. All good things though. Good luck and do keep in touch.

Sarah said...

Sorry to see you go but I totally understand and I struggle with the same issue. I want to be private. And public. All at the same time. :) It's a tough decision but you have to do what's best for you and your life. Huge hugs and I hope we can find a way to keep in touch- it's been a pleasure getting to know you on this journey and I'm excited we are both entering the next journey together too!

Giggles said...

You definitely have to do what is right for you. But perhaps consider just making the blog inactive rather than deleting it so that others can gain strength from your archives.

Good luck with the next phase of your adventure!

Lisa said...

Somehow I missed this in all the Christmas hoopla. I will miss you!!! Please keep in touch.

Jessah @ Dreaming of Dimples said...

Thank you for your words of wisdom and support over the past few years. I'll miss you in the blogging world but know you'll be busy taking care of your beautiful boy. A much more important endeavor! XOXO