Is anyone else shocked to see this post? I am! I took a break from my blog several months ago for many different reasons. I wanted to step away and figure out why I love blogging and why I started in 2011. My posts were stagnant and I didn’t know what to write about besides my kids. (Which I loved and will still do, but more on that later.) I also wanted to change my blogging platform to allow for growth and more options and personalization. There are some other reasons I stepped away, but I won’t go into the nitty gritty. I just needed time to regroup, reconfigure, redesign and reset. At first I didn’t think it would be that long. Then I contemplated starting it back up at all. There were a lot of thoughts and emotions behind it. Then I realized how much I missed blogging and the creative outlet it gave me. Plus it was something of ME, so I got back on board. I needed to miss this space and what it does for me in order to jump back in again.
First I wanted to change my blogging platform. I’ve been blogging on Blogger since I started in 2011. Blogger is great and it was amazing for a new blogger who knew nothing about the blogging world or how long I’d do this. I should have switched to WordPress YEARS ago, but here I am finally jumping in, and I’m so glad that I did. You may notice this space has a bit of a facelift! I’ve done it all myself with the help of lots of online tutorials. I’m please with how it looks, but there is a chance it could change a bit more as I get back into the swing of things.
Second, I didn’t feel like my blog had a true identity, and I didn’t know what direction I wanted it to go. That made it hard for me to write. I didn’t know what to post about besides essentially diarying my life and my kids. Don’t get me wrong, I love writing about my life and kids and will continue to give updates, but that’s not exactly what I want this space to be anymore. I felt like I was trying too hard, and that’s not what I wanted. I want to share my life but also help and encourage others. I love being a stay at home mom and I love being Amy. Most importantly, I love sharing how others can be the best versions of themselves by not only pouring themselves into their families, but pouring into themselves too.
That being said, you can expect me to share a lot about being a mom, things to do with little ones and things to do just for YOU. Because as moms, we deserve to focus on ourselves and take care of ourselves. We deserve to be a little selfish and I think it’s time to take some of the negative connotation away from the word selfish. You can be selfish and be a great wife, daughter, mother and friend.
I always said that this blog wasn’t going to become a mommy blog, but maybe that’s what it is now. I’m okay with that. There will still be running race recaps, workouts, vacations and recipes, but they’ll have a bit of a mommy and me twist! I hope y’all will stick around or rejoin me on this fun blogging adventure I’m on!