Well, what can I say?
I started this blog almost two years ago now, in order to chronicle my journey towards a more simple and beautiful life. And it's been so enjoyable for me to share my triumphs and failures in my posts, and to read the lovely comments by all my wonderful readers.
I feel that in this space of time, I have gotten somewhere...maybe not the place I thought I was going. We do not yet live on a homestead where chickens wander through the garden...rather, we are still living in a decidedly urban environment, in a house so ugly I am embarassed to let you see photos of it. I am not sure when we will make it to the country home we have been dreaming of. I hope it won't be too long. But in the meantime, I have grown and changed in so many good ways that I do not feel disappointed.
In the last two years, I've completed a handful of sewing projects (and started a few that have not yet been completed!). This is a big deal for someone who for years was terrified of sewing machines. I've learned to can homemade jam and applesauce. I've learned a bit about gardening (mostly, what not to do), and tinkered with homemade herbal medicine and healing balms. I've improved my cooking skills, and learned to make a loaf of bread which is actually rather palatable.
Aside from all skills though, I have learned something more important - to slow down more, to step away from the screen more, to be more present in my children's lives. Many times I have experimented with turning off the computer, and every single time I have been pleasantly surprised how much I could get accomplished when this darn thing wasn't dragging me in. I have discovered that real life is where it's at.
Therefore, I have decided it would be best for me to stop blogging alogether. Yes, I know I could continue posting only every once in while (as I have been doing) but I feel that if I can't really put a good effort into this blog, I don't want to do it at all.
There is another thing. It feels wrong to me to keep posting here when I keep coming to the same conclusion over and over - that we would all benefit from less time talking about life on the computer, and more time actually living life. So maybe this sounds strange, but I feel that I am doing my readers a service by giving them one less blog to read every week.
Thank you so much for joining me on my journey. I love you all. :)
Please note that since Typepad is a paid service, and I have only paid up till the end of March, after that time this blog will revert to a Typepad "microblog." I have been told that my posts will still exist - but they may be difficult to navigate. And the banner and all the sidebar stuff will disappear.