when it’s time to move on

I have started writing this post many times over. The hardest part was hitting the little blue publish button, but now that you’re reading this that means I did it.

Will you take a walk down memory lane with me? I started this blog on March 15, 2010. I decided on a domain name (livefaithfully at blogspot, for those who’ve been reading that long) and migrated over to this space in June of 2014. That all seems like an eternity ago and so much has happened both professionally and personally since that time.

Life in 2010 personally was so different. I was a newlywed (barely 2 years at the time!), worked full-time in the investments industry, and trained for triathlons among other things that only newly married couples without kids can make time to do. We lived in Florida.

Life in 2016? We will be celebrating 8 years of marriage this fall, I work more than full-time as a momma to two kids under 3 years old. Yes, I make time to exercise but it looks a whole lot different these days and we have lived in Texas for almost 4 years.

When I first started blogging 6 years ago, I had no idea what was in store for me. All I wanted to do and have done, is simply throw my thoughts out into the huge universe that is the blogosphere.

Blogs were different back then, too. If you’re new to the blogging scene, this might now make sense but if you’ve been around a while you know exactly what I mean. I simply don’t care about clicks or SEO or Pin-able images.

So blogging looks completely different now than it did back when I started. To a certain extent, blogging is what one makes it be, right? After all, I could have chosen to pursue it and make it my full-time job. It’s not what I wanted, though.

Deep down, I knew it would always be one of my hobbies.

Writing has always been a cathartic practice for me, whether it has been publicly on this blog or privately in my journals.

This much I know, I will never stop writing.

Yet.

The time has come to move on.

Will I miss blogging? Sure. I have enjoyed not only the things I write and share about, but I also know that if I’m not putting my heart and soul into the writing, then I won’t bother. I’m a 100% all-in kind of girl and when I can’t give my 100% to this blog, I won’t do it.

What about all the connections and friendships that have come out of blogging?
You guys, this was one of the reasons why it has taken me so long to finally write and publish this post. I will miss each of you. You know who you are and chances are, we will still be in touch because after all, this isn’t a goodbye but rather a see you around!.

Will I leave my blog site up? Right now, I don’t plan on taking down any content so the short answer is yes. There will be one more new post (from a previous commitment) in the next month but otherwise, no other new content will be published. Feel free to browse the archives and recipes!

What about other social media? For the time being, I’ll be leaving my accounts active.

If you have other questions, please feel free to drop me a comment or send me an email. I always love hearing from you!

Again, I cannot thank you enough for reading along. Whether you’ve been around since the beginning or just started, I am ever grateful for your support.

Until we meet again.

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9 thoughts on “when it’s time to move on

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Today I was like…wait, where’s Iradis? A while back I had been missing your posts on Insta and forgot to check. Then I was in Scotland and life has been a whirlwind. Missing you, friend.

  2. Lucy Pollard-Gott says:

    I will miss you! Your posts during your pregnancy with your daughter helped me be a better mother and friend to my daughter, as I awaited the arrival of her first child. Also appreciated your posts, book reviews, relating to faith. All best wishes to you and your family!

    • Urban Wife says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Lucy! It’s people like you who have made this blog so enjoyable. I’m thankful that the things I wrote were helpful for you. Your daughter and granddaughter are lucky to have you by their side! Blessings to you all.
      xo

  3. Jose says:

    😦 ..makes sense tho.. I don’t much keep up with the blog world, but I have seen the pressure to commercialize increase over the years. I’m glad your leaving it live for now! we have used a bunch of your recipes 🙂

    • Urban Wife says:

      It’s hard to scroll through a blog post now (from bigger blogs, anyway) without hitting at least a dozen ads on your way down. I did get some good, fun opportunities through having the blog which I’ll never forget and am grateful for.

      And I’m glad to hear you’ve used some of the recipes! I still use them too. 😉

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