Life has been pretty stressful of late. Ok that's a bit of an understatement. Life has been very stressful of late.
I've had problems with a family I worked with and had to make some big decisions career wise, which is pretty scary when your self employed. We've had a poorly pet. My mum has developed some health issues which unfortunately are chronic and my grandfather has died. On top of that we have also had some good stress, like Luca turning 3 and our first family holiday abroad. So as I'm sure you can tell blogging hasn't really been top of my priority list, although I have thought about it a lot.
However, we have recently returned from a lovely week away in the glorious Portuguese sunshine and I've come back feeling refreshed and ready to start again with a new, sunnier outlook.
Blogging is my hobby, something I love and a way to record our life and adventures together as a family. I have been put off slightly though after reading too many posts aimed directly at bloggers, you know the kind, the ones giving advice about how to go pro, how to publish an amazing post etc. I love these kinds of posts, I love that the blogging world is so open and honest and willing to share hints and tips so that we can all succeed, I really do. However I think after reading to many of these posts I've been left feeling a bit deflated about this little old blog of mine. I felt like blogging had become pointless for me as all the things people suggest you should be doing as a blogger I'm not and I felt under tremendous pressure to live up to some of those amazing blogs out there. After a step back though and a break I've remembered why I blog, it's not for anyone else, it's for me and my family. Obviously we all love a post comment but that's not the be all and end all for me. My blog has brought me some wonderful friends and if nothing more ever comes of this little old blog of mine I will be more than happy with that. I'm not blogging to make money or change the world, I'll leave that to those fantastic writers out there who are already doing an amazing job.
I'm blogging to record our memories so that Luca can look back in years to come and see how life was for us then. I'm blogging because I enjoy it and surely that's all that matters. So I'm back, (I'd like to say with a vengeance but that's probably not going to be the case, as my laptop is prehistoric) and will soon be sharing some pictures and tales of our first family holiday abroad and an impromptu weekend away with Luca.
Until then my lovely readers (there must be at least 2 of you somewhere) I will bid you farewell.