I’m Back in the Saddle again…

Look at how gorgeous this is!

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Don’t you just love a good Aerosmith reference?  Kudos to anyone who actually read that in Steven Tyler’s voice.

Disappearing Act

I ended up taking a unscheduled hiatus.  Trust me when I say that it was not my intention especially after I had that mini episode of stressing over what to blog about.  I honestly believed that I had come to terms with my issues and had found a resolution that would allow me to continue blogging in a fashion that I was more comfortable with.  Turns out, as much as I love writing, I have a very difficult free writing my blog posts.  I do enjoy blogging immensely, but I have no clue of what I want to share with the world plus I feel that if I am not topic writing then I have nothing of value to provide for my readers.

That’s not really fair to either myself or my readers.  I read tons of blogs from fellow lifestyle bloggers and lifestyle change bloggers and Montessori bloggers even when the topics do not relate to my life.  I am getting to know my blogging friends and I look to them as a support system.  So in this introspection that I’ve had in this past month I’ve come to realize that I’ve been just a sullen Debbie Downer (no offense to anyone named Debbie) and I’ve been selfish.

I genuinely enjoy helping others (12 years in emergency services – the money isn’t that great so I really was in it for the people).  I’ve come to realize that I want to be an amazing support system for anyone who needs it.  So if you need someone to listen, I’m all ears.  Seriously, I have really big ears.  PLUS, my name means “Listener” so yanno, I take it as a sign.  Hah!

I need 7 of these

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Big Dreams

I’ve been working on a lot of things in the past month.  I had a fellow blogger (the lovely Anitra at Chronicles of a Momtessorian) encourage me to write down my list of goals and start working towards them.  It may not seem like much, but it helped me greatly.  In this past month I’ve worked on my checklist, well, to be wholly honest, I worked on ONE of my seven checklists.  Now this may seem silly to some and it is currently unrelated to what my blog had been about up to this point.  But do you guys want to know what I’ve been working so hard on?  Opening my own online boutique.  Crazy, right?  I am absolutely over the moon that I’ve taken these steps.

Leopard print contrast tunic top, women's fashions, plus sized fashion
Seriously, look how cute this is!

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I’ve always wanted to have my own business.  The freedom of being my own boss and setting my own hours (motherhood excluded, I work on HER time).  I have this massive romanticized idea of the entire venture.  Of course, the easy part was the set up and now comes the hard part of driving traffic and sales.  When I made my first sale I almost cried.  I am so honored to experience the support of my friends and family up to this point.  I know that this won’t be easy and that there is a chance that I may fail, but I have learned so much this far.

And I hope that one day I can even expand upon this dream and open my own brick and mortar shop.  Just the idea of it makes me swoon.  Or a mobile boutique!  Food trucks are such a hit so why not fashion trucks?  The point is I am my biggest hurdle in all of this.  For once, I am trying not to stand in my own way.  Dive in and have a swim!

Fall Must-Have #1

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What Else is New

Last month I started another new adventure.  I know I had mentioned previously that I was going to start keeping Squeaks’ cousin during the week.  Now he is an excellent baby so much that I’d even say that he is an easier baby than my dear Squeakasaurus.  That being said, I will admit that I was not fully prepared for how much mischief adding another toddler to the household would be.  Multiple mommies everywhere are screaming, “DUH!”.  I feel you ladies.  The babies (toddlers, but they are my cuddle babies so pptttthhhbt) have both been given new nicknames, Pillage and Plunder.  They are an absolute riot but there is very little getting work done when they are running wide open.

Anyone who has pointers for being productive with a 16 month old and a 13 month old, I’m all ears.

On the Farm

Guess what time it is?  It is calving time!  Hubs’ brother had put into works a sort of cycle breeding.  This means that all of the cows are bred at the same time so they all calve at the same time.  Make sense, right?  So there are babies coming left and right.  At my last count, we had 8, but it has been a few days so I need to double check.

Hubs told me that the cows usually go off on their own, calve in the woods, and then after a few days rejoin the herd with their new addition.  This has not been the case.  There have been several cows that came up near the house to calve.  My Aunt in Law says that this is very strange in all of the years that she’s been here during calving season.  And do you guys know what?  I have missed EVERY SINGLE ONE!  Quite frustrating.  I miss the entire calving by just a few minutes, calf is getting cleaned up by mom.  I am grumpy about it.

Adventure Awaits

OH!  I also got my first request for a collaboration this week!  Turns out it was sent about 2 weeks ago, but I had let this fall to the wayside so I missed it.  I know that it may not be super exciting to everyone, but I feel like this is a major step for me towards monetizing my blog.  Which is another step towards working from home.  Which is another step of being able to contribute financially to my household!  I am so stoked and I hope that this opportunity works out and that it is only the first of many opportunities to come.

I really don’t mean to cut it short, but my dear Squeak smells mighty suspicious at the moment.  Yep, need to attend to some business here.  I hope everyone is as stupidly optimistic as I am right now.  I wish the whole world health and happiness!So Summers Closer

 

 

 

24 Replies to “I’m Back in the Saddle again…”

  1. Sometimes blogging breaks are what you need- and congrats on opening up your own online store! That’s so exciting.

    1. Thank you! Fingers crossed everything works out!

  2. How fun! Opening an online boutique sounds awesome!! I get the same way with needing a break from blogging. It helps me refresh.

    1. It’s definitely a different kind of adventure!

  3. Wow opening an online boutique is such a task but I love the styles you shared. Can’t wait to check it out!

    1. Thank you! I’m open to suggestions if there is anything thing you think I could add!

  4. I just came back from a blogging break too that was much needed. Sometimes it’s better to take them so that you can recharge. And congrats on the online boutique! That’s awesome!

  5. Love those!! Good luck on your endeavors!!

  6. Welcome back and love the line up of wonderful items you have chosen to feature. The maxi dress is beautiful and something I would wear along with the shirt and casual dress.

  7. Congrats on starting your own boutique! Love the look of your items and wish you the best of luck with everything!

  8. Congratulations on the boutique! That is soooo exciting 🙂 And keep watching those mama cows – it’s pretty neat to see a calf being born!

    1. Thank you so much! I’m down to two pregnant cows left and they could come at any time.

  9. Well welcome back! I love that dark dress with pockets!

  10. You have some cute pieces, and I definitely understand taking a random blogging hiatus. Much success to you, your store, and your blog!

  11. Welcome back to blogging! And congrats on your new boutique! 🙂

  12. Congrats on your new boutique! The pieces are just beautiful!

    Belle | http://www.OneAwesomeMomma.com

  13. Congratulations on your new endeavor! I really like your choices for your boutique.

  14. Love that leopard top – congrats on the boutique!

  15. Wow, such cute selections. 🙂 and I totally understand about taking a break. I have a 1-year-old so I totally know how busy it gets. 🙂

    1. They certainly can be a handful. Especially if I’m touching the tempting computer.

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