Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Change is HARD!



Hello, my name is Amanda and I'm a bad blogger! I apologize for being MIA the last week. Life has handed me some unexpected twists and turns and I am adjusting to them as best as I can. As I navigate this new chapter in my life and learn to balance it all, I hope that you all can be patient and not give up on me. I considered shutting down my blog, but I just could not do it. This blog is not only a creative outlet for me, it has become such a huge part of who I am. I've come to love that and I'm just not ready to give it up. Plus, I could not handle losing touch with all the dear friends I've made.....y'all mean the world to me!!! With that being said, there have been some other changes. Unfortunately, I've had to close down my etsy shop. Hopefully this will be temporary. I had to pick something to give up, to make my plate less full....and sadly this was the first to go {cue tears}. This sign will likely be my last custom order for a while. A friend of mine who lives out of town ordered this for her front porch. I think it turned out so cute and I wanted to give her a sneak peek. I hope you love it, Angie!






29 comments:

Jenglamgirl said...

Hi AmANda~ I sure hope all is well!!! It sounds like you have had a possible hard time. However, glad you aren't giving up on the blog! Its great having the caring friendly blogging community. The woman sure seem to be great supporters. P.S. your blog is always going to be here so if life throws you a curve ball the blog can wait. Hope things work themselves out. Take care! Jenn

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Oh, hon, I sympathize with you and wish I could give you a big hug! NO woman can do everything at the same time, and do it well. That is why my laundry isn't done. ;) ;) So glad you're keeping the blog...specially since you just got this fab redesign.

If you're super stressed, consider a shorter blogging schedule, like MWF or have a guest post when you need a little break. Don't stress yourself. Your regular readers love you (I do, anyways) and will always be around to read about your fab projects when you are feeling up to sharing. :)

Love and hugs!

Ashley @ Bride on a Budget said...

Hope all is weel!

Love the Decor! said...

Hang in there Hun!!
Things always get brighter!!

Carmen said...

I hear ya! I.get.it. I am a single mom of 3 and a grandma of 1. See, I totally get it. ;) We, women, can't do it ALL. I hope everything is okay. I'm glad you decided to keep the blog and no one is expecting you to post everyday. (((Hugs)))

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

OH! I was so sad reading your post - although I can't tell you how happy I am that you are going to keep on blogging. I love your blog (and have loved it long before I started my own), and even thought I don't know you, I feel like I do. :) Hang in there - hope everything works itself out. HUGS!

Jami said...

Sending warmest wishes for peace and happiness your way!
smiles AND a hug!

Michelle L. said...

I agree with Amanda - don't worry about how often you post! We'll all just enjoy anything you have time for. Heck, once a month if that's what you can manage! Life before blog.

Heather L. said...

Amanda, I am so sorry you're having a rough time. I am thinking of you!!! Big (((HUGS)))

Chic Creations said...

I am so sorry you are having a hard time. Whatever it may be, I pray peace and love will surround you. Please don't give up on your blog. I love reading it. You are one fantastic gal, and so creative. I have gone through hard times, and now that I blog about my creativity I somehow feel better! Hang in there, and know you are admired and loved. Karie

Harlene said...

Thinking of you! Hope all is well and will still be here...

Cara @ Whimsy Smitten said...

Sorry to hear you've had a tough time of it -- I hope everything is okay. Glad you're sticking around blogland -- this is one of my favorite escapes!

Hang in there, girl.

tessie said...

So sorry that you are going through a difficult time. Your creative talent will hopefully be a great help to you. You have made ornaments for me that have brought great joy and will for years to come! Take care~Cindy Riley

North of 25A said...

I am so glad that you are not giving up your blog! One day at a time...
Best,
Colleen

Deb said...

I enjoy your blog, even though I don't always comment. Hope that things look up for you soon. I just went thru a rough time myself, so I understand how overwhelming life can be! In His Love...Deb

Kellie said...

I am so glad that you are keeping your blog...I really do LOVE it!!! I hope you adjust well and quickly to "life", lol. We are always here and always look forward to your post! Hang in there.

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Oh goodness, I hope all is OK! Email me if you need to talk!! I don't know how you do it all girl, you rock!! (And I don't blame you if you need to let go of something -- you STILL rock.)

Kenzie said...

I hope everything is OK! I am glad you are still going to blog, I enjoy seeing all of your creativity!

jojo said...

life can be like that sometimes...I hope you get things worked out, will be thinking of you and sending best wishes that things are alright. take care.

Paula said...

I'm sorry that you are going through a rough time and I hope that things will be easier for you soon. I always enjoy your posts and am glad that you didn't give up on your blog. Take care of yourself!!

童祖如童祖如 said...

傻氣的人喜歡給心 雖然每次都被笑了卻得到了別人的心..................................................................

mle said...

I'm so sorry you're experiencing some struggles right now!!
Selfishly, I'm relieved you'll still be blogging - you inspire me - but I've also heard other bloggers *women* say it's helped keep them sane during difficult times. I wish you lighter challenges soon!!
Blessings!

Michelle said...

Thinking of you and praying as you transition through a new chapter in your life!

Take care :)
~Michelle

Mary Joy said...

I wanted to take a second to really encourage you in what you are going through. Due to major stuff in my life I recently took 6 weeks off from blogging and came back about 3 weeks ago refreshed and with a less stressful blogging schedule...it wasn't until after taking my "break" that I learned about getting guest bloggers to help you out. I think that is a great idea to help you when you need a rest...and so many wonderful ladies and friends of yours would be so happy to help you! I can see it from the comments...

Praying for you as you make decisions in your life and get things figured out...

Mary Joy

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I know that sometimes the expected changes can really mess us up sometimes, so you gotta do what you need to do to cope, Amanda! If your posts or blog visiting is limited or non-existent right now, so be it. Know that your blog friends are a 24/7 shoulder to lean on!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I know that sometimes the expected changes can really mess us up sometimes, so you gotta do what you need to do to cope, Amanda! If your posts or blog visiting is limited or non-existent right now, so be it. Know that your blog friends are a 24/7 shoulder to lean on!

Jennie said...

Hey girlie! I was wondering where you had been! So glad you are back and hoping all will be better soon! Life gets so hard sometimes but it also makes us who we are and usually makes us stronger! Hang in there! Love your blog. I check it daily.

Porch Days said...

Amanda,
Glad you aren't giving up blogging. You would be missed.

Ali said...

Hey sister,

Sorry life is overwhelming right now - hang in there! I'm glad your keeping your blog, but remember a blog is like a telephone - it's there for your convenience, not the caller (or the reader). Hang in there. Remember to breathe... remember to find time to serve others and serve yourself... chocolate is cheaper than prozac... give thanks... allow others an opportunity to serve by asking for help when you really need it ... most important of all, never, ever, ever quit. You're worth it. Life is worth it.

xo

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