I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about where I want Not Merely Living to go and how things are going to change with the Bean. I had a lot of BIG hopes and plans and projects for myself this year, and I’ve shared a lot of those hopes here. Last week I shared an update on my 31 before 31 goals, and I talked a bit about how much my life has changed this year. With a baby on board and increased responsibility at work, my priorities have changed. I mean, to say the least.
So, I’ve been fretting for a while about how I could keep up the blog and all of these big changes, and I’ve finally made a few decisions that I want to share.
First, for now, I’m going to move to posting three days a week instead of five days a week.
As much as I hate to admit it, lately the blog has caused me more guilt than joy. AND that is the last thing I want from this space. Not Merely Living has always been a source of creative joy and exploration and fun to me, and as soon as it started to feel like a burden, I knew something had to change.
The truth is that practically I just have some other things that I need to prioritize right now, and I need to make sure there’s enough space in my life to do that. We’re going to have lots of birth prep classes coming up. We need to set up the nursery. I need to get prepared at work to go on my four month leave. I want to spend quality time with our friends before the bean arrives, and most importantly I need to make the space and time to take care of myself. I need to sleep more and rest more and just spend more quality time with the hubs cherishing the last two months as a twosome. <—These are my priorities.
Second, I’m pausing/re-envisioning the 52 Card Games project. Y’all. I love this project. I love playing cards. I love the card parties we’ve had this year, and I love documenting all the games we love the most and learning new games. AND I don’t want to stop writing about card games and sharing my love of cards on the blog. That said, it takes a lot of work to put together each of the card game posts. And as the year has progressed it’s gotten harder and harder to post one game each week (and to share them in the way that I had hoped). So I’m not walking away from the project entirely, but it may not happen in any set timeline. And I need to rethink my plan. This change makes me feel like such a quitter! Mostly because I love the project so much, and I’m sad to pause it. BUT I’ve got to get real. We’ve got a Bean coming!
Third, I’m only going to write about and share the things I care about the most. I’m not going to post just to post. If I want to post more I will. If things get super stressful (nursery planning takes a lot out of ya :), I may miss a day or so. and I’m just going to be ok with that.
I hope that you’ll still want to follow along on my adventures. I’m so grateful for each and every one of you, for all your encouragement, and for each comment and email.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend-