Me ~ unplugged

Summer is slowly but surely coming to an end.

Sad, I know.

As much as I will miss the warm, lazy days, the sleeping in and the huge amount of time I got to spend with my girls this summer, I am excited and happy to welcome the season of Fall.

Happy to be back in the classroom, excited to wear new clothes and eager to see how the school year unravels for each of my daughters, I am certain we will all have a good time.

This Fall, I look forward to …

spending more time reading the many books that sit waiting attention on my bedside table.

becoming more involved in the preschool and Kindergarten classes of my wee girls.

early morning breakfasts with my teen.

getting to know the 18 cute little faces I have in my class this year.

wearing the latest Fall fashions and rocking them.

spending my 2 and a half hours of kid-free time on Thursdays working out.

paying our 13 year-old good coin to babysit our wee girls so hubby and I can have date nights.

planning a Halloween party at our place and inviting family and friends to attend.

getting an iphone (oh yes, still determined to get one).

helping my teen explore cooking and baking.

enjoying the scenic changes that come with Fall, including the multi-coloured leaves that so beautifully cover our neighbourhood each year.

planning and participating in Family Nights on Fridays.

exploring the world of photography.

enjoying the simple things in life.

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Did you notice how blogging was not mentioned in my list?

Well, in a much needed attempt to balance out my life and enjoy every minute of every moment that comes my way, I will be spending less time on the blog and Twitter.

I’m not giving it up. I love writing too much to do such a thing and I adore all of the friends I have made through Twitter and blog reading.

I am simply prioritizing differently because I don’t want to miss out on any part of my life – real or virtual.

This Summer provided me with ample time to read and write and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

We’ve all gone back to school and work now and life has just shoved into full on overdrive. Less free time for me means making choices.

I chose a little of everything.

I know I’m not alone in my feelings or my reason for making this decision as I have read the same sentiments in blog posts of many friends who have also come to the same conclusions.   More time spent unplugged so we can enjoy all the other things that make us happy.

So this Mama will not be posting as often but rather once a week other than my weekly Lets BEE Friends link-up on Fridays.

Once a week is good. It will free up some time for me to enjoy my other hobbies and to *really* be there for my kids.

I will stick to this plan this time. No exceptions. If you see otherwise, sent me a tweet and virtually *kick my butt*! I give you permission.

Last but not least, any comment love I get from my friends, I will always return. That’s a promise.

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On that note, I have to tell you that I am excited for the arrival of October this year as it marks the one year anniversary of Bees With Honey.

In celebration of the year I have spent writing and connecting with on-line friends, I will be featuring a few of my favourite bloggers throughout the month of October.

I am really looking forward to having them grace my blog with their extraordinary writing abilities and sense of humour.

So stay tuned for October, my dear friends.

It’s going to be #awesomesauce !

Linking up with Stasha from North West Mommy today for Monday Listicles.

Comments

  1. Blogging is an incredible time suck that has taken us all by surprise. I applaude you for making the change and embracing it. Once a week will be great to hear from you. We are all here. I just know your autumn will be spectacular. In pretty clothes too :)

    • Ha ha, in pretty clothes – I loved that!

      Thanks Stasha. It was a hard decision to make because I love writing and the blog. At the same time, I love so many other things like reading, watching TV and above all, doing things with my kids. OH and did I mention exercise?

      Change is good. Just need to balance out my hobbies a little more fairly so I get a little of everything I love. I know doing this will make me a happier person:)

  2. Hope you have a great fall and that you do get to do all that you plan to do.

  3. Ba.D. and I talked about my blogging last weekend, after I raised the topic with him. I’ve felt like the blogging world’s taking precedence over the real world lately, so that we agreed once a week (and occasionally more, as needed) would be a great way to ensure I still have a voice here without that voice being more important than the one I use to speak in my day-to-day life.

    Three days mostly unplugged with my siblings affirmed the goodness of this. I pared down my subscription list from 200 to 150 (from 300 the week before), understanding I’ll have to cut more still in the next days but being glad to start creating boundaries of some sort now.

    I do love this world, but it needs to be secondary to the real world, so that this is a brief and pleasant escape rather than another mandatory to-do that’s always weighing on my mind!

    • Sounds like you’re on the right track to making some changes for yourself in bloggy world. Cutting down your feeder will help. Wow! Do you ever read a lot of blogs! I thought I had a hefty load:)

      Good luck to you and me!

  4. It’s great that you are prioritizing! Blogging will always take a back seat for me too because family’s more important. I’m also thinking of cutting back. It’s a good decision you’ve made.

    • It’s a decision I had to make. Not being able to enjoy all of the other things I like to do was starting to take a toll. I don’t want blogging to be my be all and end all of extra curricular activities.

      I already have big plans for my spare time this week:)

  5. Oh how I wish I could rock the latest fall fashions! Enjoy your time off, you deserve it!

  6. What a great list. I love that you are a fashion plate in the classroom. Enjoy those early morning breakys with your teen! (-:

  7. A wonderful list of things to do and look forward to Bruna. I’m excited for you!

    I agree, blogging is a time suck. I’m also thinking of cutting back soon. REAL soon. :) Enjoy your ‘time off’.

  8. How cool! You actually announced a change on a list about change! Now that’s taking the topic to heart!

    • It just worked out, didn’t it? Didn’t even know what Stasha’s Listicle topic was until I linked up last night. Just happened the topic was about Change. Yay!

  9. I love your fall bucket list. I look forward whatever you post whenever you post.

  10. I love Autumn and I love your list! And good for you for finding a way to make being online, blogging and social media work for you. Just think, the time offline will give you even more fun things to write about when you are online. Making it work for you, a lot or a little, rocks…just like you! :>

  11. I will miss you, but I too have been considering some time away.
    Life is getting busy and I don’t want to miss out.
    My daughter is growing up fast.

    Take care of that wonderful family.
    xoxoxox

    • Thanks Leighann. I plan on spending more time doing all of things I enjoy, besides blogging. So far I started a new exercise regime and a new book! I’m on my way:)

  12. Go you! A little of each sounds just right. I hope you truly enjoy your exercising, reading, teaching and of course, your family. I know you will. And we will always be here for you.
    Ever since I started blogging I’ve never posted more than twice a week. It’s how I roll :) So I’ll help you stick to it!
    Hugs!

  13. I think, with everything in life, it’s about finding the right balance. There are moments in time where blogging helps to fill a much needed space, and then there’s the realization it’s taken up too much. I applaud you for finding that happy medium! Enjoy the “change”!

    • I’m just beginning the change and I’ve defaulted before. My hubby is going to keep me on track and apparently, Jen from Take 2 Mommy is going to keep me in line too! Now that’s friendship :)

  14. Blogging can take serious time and effort to grow. But spending time unplugged is also important. Enjoy your new balance.

    • Thanks Jessica. I plan on it. I’m an all or nothing girl usually and I can take things a little too far and especially when I like it.

      I’ve been missing out on other stuff and I want time to get it back.
      It’ll take some time to adjust.

  15. I love your list and how it is mostly family centered! I will miss you to be sure. But when you do post once a week, I hope you show us how you are rocking the fall fashion! :)

    Enjoy your time, your new found balance, and your family!

    • Ha ha, maybe I’ll do a post about my favourite outfits. That would be fun!

      Hope, you have a been a great friend. I will still pop my head into Twitter every now and then.

      I’m not giving up Social Media fully … just unplugging half the time so I can have fun doing other stuff.

  16. Enjoy the season and the new balance you’re seeking!

  17. I think it’s great you’re spending less time blogging. I like reading blogs about living life. Hard to write about it if you don’t do it! Good for YOU!!!

  18. Good for you Bruna! We all need this. I will miss you on Twitter, but I’m also pulling back a bit from there as well. I want to focus on other things too, as much as I do love the internet and blogging. I’ll be here for you, you know that!

    • Yes Rach! You are a sweet friend and I know you will always read my blog. I will always be there for you too. Enjoy all the things you love during the time you unplug from social media. I’m sure a more balanced life will make you happy too!

  19. Good for you, Bruna. As you know, I have been having some of the same feelings about blogging. As much as I love it, I have to pull back as well. Priorities, right? Our families are #1. Best of luck to you this year. Please do continue to let me know when you have your Let’s Bee Friends posts up!

    • So many people who blog have been posting similar sentiments about finding a balance and unplugging every once in a while. I know I’m not alone.

      Thanks for the well wishes. I will definitely still keep everyone in the loop for Lets BEE Friends Friday!

  20. Good for you for knowing it’s time to unplug. As you know, I’ve struggled with the same thing recently. Spending less time online really is amazing.

    Enjoy your ‘time off’ and we will always be here for you!

    • Thanks Kim. Like I said above, I know I’m not alone in wanting time away unplugged from the computer. It’s much needed.

      Thanks for your support:)

  21. I don’t think you’ll ever regret giving up blogging time to have more family time!
    I’ll look forward to your weekly posts!

  22. There’s a few things on your list I really ought to be doing, too! Date night sounds like it’s gonna bump up the list a few notches for me. I can’t remember the last time we went anywhere other than a grocery or hardware store. How sad is that?!?

    I will miss all of your posts! You are such a talented blogger and I truly enjoy reading everything you have to say. I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for a year! I completely udnerstand your reasons for cutting back though. Real life always comes first. :o)

    • Sarah, we rarely get *date night* night either. No sitters. We don’t want to leave our teen with two younger ones just yet. I miss time alone with my hubs! It’s hard to get to talk to one another without getting interrupted by one of the three girls. *sigh*

      I’ve been enjoying reading a book this week and just reading other people’s blogs. I’ve exercised too but then ended up being so sore the next day I could barely move. I think I need to take things slow in that department.

      I’m heading over to your blog now. I enjoy reading you too!

  23. I really commend you for vowing to post only once a week. I’ve often thought of cutting back from 3x a week to just once or twice, but I can’t seem to bring myself to do it. Three times a week is perfectly acceptable, and even commonplace, but it’s also incredibly difficult… especially as a working mom.

    It’s an ongoing struggle at this point – what to do, how often to post? I love blogging but I don’t want it to consume me. At the same time, I’ve worked hard and spend money to build my blog and its readership, so I don’t want to become complacent and have it all go away. Because the blogosphere is a fickle bitch. And I guess that’s every blogger’s fear – suddenly fading away and becoming irrelevant.

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