BEWARE: Personal Post!Your regularly programmed house blog is being interrupted with a personal blog post.
If you only visit HouseTalkN for purdy house photos, enjoy this shot and check back tomorrow for regularly scheduled house purdies!
Since turning "Forty-licious", my life has been full of makeovers!
-My girlfriends brought color to my all white decor.
-HouseTalkN underwent a redesign.
-This week, Findings Boutique is giving me a clothing makeover!
Now, for the biggie.
I quit my teaching job...that I love...that pays a few bills...that I've done for 18 years...
There is no way to explain why.
I wasn't burnt out.
I loved the people that I worked with.
I loved the families.
I was just done.
In April, I asked my seven year old daughter what kind of birthday treat she wanted for her school celebration. She responded "Cookies. But, I just want you to come in...like all the other moms." Ouch.
Never mind that I am there before and after school. Never mind that I take personal time to attend special performances. Never mind that I am a room mom. Never mind that I am a PTA psycho. The bottom line was that I was not able to pop in during the school day.
I can argue both sides of my "Should I stay or should I go" dilemma. On one side, it has been so great for my kiddos to see me working at a job that I love. It has been a great lesson for them to see that I am an active, contributing citizen outside of our home.
But for me, it brought clarity to the ideas that I was already kicking around.
I'm done teaching. I need a more flexible schedule. I want to see my daughter's face when her classmates sing "Happy Birthday!" I want to surprise my husband at lunch. I want to pursue the blog and photography.
I kept thinking of what I tell my children- "Go big or go home!"
When I started HouseTalkN last summer, I had no idea how much I would love blogging. Blogging joined all the things that I love- writing, photography, house stalking, and time with my gal pals! The icing on the cake has been the awesome blogging community.
But, there is only so much time in my day. I was at school all day and enjoying my family in the evenings. Blogging would happen at 11pm or 5am. I dreamed of blogging during daylight hours, with my eyes fully open and while NOT in my pajamas!
I have been on a bloggy break for one week. No posts, no link parties, no projects. Gasp.
A sister's road trip to Kentucky was just what I needed. No one can build you up or put you in your place faster than a sister. Especially, my sisters. I came back to my life feeling like I CAN DO IT!
So...I am back and I am going to give this a shot. I am literally going for broke.
Here's to new beginnings!
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