emerging from hibernation

So, hi. Hello there. Insert my awkward half wave right here.

I didn’t mean to suddenly disappear like I did, but it sort of just organically happened and here I find myself again…it is 2016.

While the couple months break I took was so good, I’m ready to slowly get back to writing and sharing here in this space again. Sometimes you just need to regroup and re-prioritize life, right? Plus, as weird as it is to write things down and send them into the dark hole of the Internet, I kind of still enjoy it.

Hopefully it isn’t strange to pick up where I left off, even if so much time (practically a year, by Internet standards) has passed since I last wrote. In November, I was sharing my life gratitude project. So fun and also so challenging for me especially most of last year with 2 kids under 2.

December arrived in all it’s multi-colored, jolly glory. With it, there were extra play dates, Christmas parties, date nights, family visiting, and the buzzing anticipation of Christmas day itself. For no reason at all, on the first of the month I deleted all the social media apps on my phone and mostly stayed unplugged (except for texts and phone calls) the entire month. IT FELT AMAZING.

Which of course, got me to thinking and realizing how much time I’d been spending on social media and wanting to make an intentional change about it. How does that look for me? I’ve been deleting all the social media apps every weekend (starting late Friday afternoon through Sunday evening) off my phone and let me tell you, I can’t believe it took me so long to do this. Honestly, as cliche as it sounds I am enjoying living life and being present in every moment, without thinking that every moment just has to be documented. There is no mindless scrolling through news feeds or wondering where half hour just went when I could have been reading a book or having an actual conversation with my husband. I love the freedom to not feel like I have to share every single moment of my life online.

January has historically been my least favorite month. I think it’s mostly the weather (cloudy days that never seem to end) and the letdown after all the excitement of the holidays, which sometimes make me dread getting back into the normal routine. Of course, I’ve also realized that a lot of this angst can be kept at bay simply by changing my mentality and perspective on it. Simple in theory, a little harder in practicality. I’m a work in progress, for sure.

So, there you have it. I don’t have a tidy, put-a-bow-on-it and wrap it up prettily ending to this post other than to say that I’m looking forward to thriving a little more this year than last year. 2015 was all about surviving. My hope is that this year will be more about thriving.

More on that in the coming days…stay tuned.

Thank you for reading along, always.



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*This post is a part of my Life Gratitude Project, in which I celebrate things I am grateful for with a photograph to serve as a visual reminder of life’s blessings. You can find links to all the posts here.