Today is the day you get an answer. That unspoken question…. What happens with Life after blogging? My wonderful, dear, sweet, and amazing friend Jess is taking over today while we hit the road for Branson. So grab a cup of coffee, sit back, and enjoy her beautiful words on life.
Life after blogging (or: a blog post about not blogging)
Why hello there, Cotter friends! It’s me, Jess, former EatDrinkBreatheSweat blogger. Wow, even just typing up the name of my blog tugs at my heart a little bit. You see, I bid a fond farewell to my blog at the end of May and up until very recently, I didn’t think I missed it. And well, I still don’t miss it per se, but I’ll tell you what I do miss.
…I miss writing.
So when Lindsay asked me, over a glass of wine and a slice or two of pizza at the Sutera Manor a few weeks back (has it been that long? Please come back!) if I’d write a guest post for her on ‘life after blogging,’ I was all over it.
What’s interesting to me is that the more I thought about my reasons for blogging to begin with, the more I realized something – at its most basic level, writing is therapeutic for me. So yes, while I loved blogging because of all the great friendships I’ve made along the way, and all of the things I’ve learned from those great friendships, I don’t miss that aspect of blogging. Because those friendships have blossomed into so much more than a quick drive-by blog comment or tweet – they’ve bloomed into forever friendships, kindred connections and lifelong friends. I am forever grateful to blogging for that.
But I don’t need to blog in order to maintain those friendships. There’s that thing called a phone, an email, an airplane. (or snapchat, my latest obsession thanks to Lindsay!).
For me, life after blogging has meant:
- Presence: true presence. Less innate need to be always on, always checking email or Facebook or twitter or Feedly.
- More time. My life is admittedly very full. A good full. A happy full. I fill my days with teaching at barre n9ne, working a full-time marketing/PR job and fitting in as much time with my husband, sisters and friends as I can. I find that without that electronic devil on my shoulder, I have slightly more of time for ‘real life’ activities.
- Snapshots and snippets. Instead of sharing SO MUCH of my life through my blog like I did before, I now happily share snippets instead. Usually through instagram – there is just something so powerful about a picture and a short caption (with many hashtags of course, being the total #hashtaglovah that I am) to me. It’s been kind of nice not sharing so much of my life in a public way.
BUT. The writing as therapy thing? I do miss those moments – where I have an idea or a thought or a moment of inspiration and the only way for me to get to the root of it, to fully understand it, is to write it out. I gain such clarity through words on a page sometimes. And I miss that.
So where am I going with this? I guess you could say you may see more of me up in Cotter Crunch land (if Lindsay will have me, on occasion!). Or you might just see many more instagram posts from me with longer-than-usual captions and hashtags. 😉
In the meantime, I thought I’d leave you with my advice for living a full life, blogger or not:
Please DO make time to unplug. Without guilt.
Please DON’T forget to tell your friends and Family how much you appreciate and adore them.
Please DO find that one thing that makes your heart swell. (Side note: For me, that’s been teaching at barre n9ne, helping women become their best, strongest, fittest and happiest selves has been the most rewarding experience of my life.)
Please DON’T apologize for your relationship. Whether that’s a relationship with your husband, our wife, your boyfriend, your girlfriend, your partner. Putting them first is a sign of commitment and devotion. No apologies. #truth
And lastly, Please DO have a healthy relationship with food. Food can be joy, it can be fuel, it can be both. Find that balance.
Thanks Jess! You continue to inspire us to LIVE more EACH day!
Life after blogging/writing… what do you think? Will you miss it?
Life, friends, and Family first—> #slowdownchallenge
Slowdown Challenge Encouragement for today. THESE WORDS!