Friday, July 22, 2011

A New Direction?

I haven't written in so long because the direction of my life has changed so much in recent months. When I first began this blog, homemaking was my primary occupation. I had time to putter and primp my home, work in  the yard, cook good meals and bake loads of goodies.

Now I am working outside the home and am now also a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant. July has been especially hectic. At the beginning of the month, we traveled to Missouri to see Joel graduate from basic training and AIT. Since then, I have quadrupled my efforts with MK. I feel like I've been running non-stop!

I don't really know what direction to take with my blog. I don't have loads of time for leisurely homemaking and decorating. Meals have resigned to quick, easy and not at all nutritious. I am feeling I don't have anything worthy to share at this point.

I haven't yet decided whether I will shut this blog down or not. I hate the idea of it. So tell me, dear Readers, what would you like me to share about?

I am listening.... 


Anonymous said...

I hope you get to come back to doing what you love, homemaking, full-time! If, of course that is what you want-it sounds like it is.
Blessing to you

Jan Tanis Designs said...

I hope your enjoying your Mary Kay career. I know I certainly did back in the early 80's through mid 90's.

Right now you're sounding alot like me...not having time...not knowing what to write about. I am taking a blogging vacation - and will maybe either just leave my blog the way it is...or close it down.

I know, somehow, both of us will decide exactly what's right for both of us...wishing you good luck in all you do.


sarah said...

I hope you continue blogging, for I enjoy your cheerful voice. Perhaps you could share the struggle of being a busy working-outside-the-home mother? Are your girls in school now? Do you think this change is permanent?

I have been thinking of shutting down my weblog too. It seems many people do.

I see the photos of cats in your sidebar ... did I miss something, are they lost? :-(

Loui♥ said...

Hi Sarah..
Blogging for me is my creative outlet..
i don't post about my house, or projects etc..
instead, I explore with my camera..
then share my photographic discoveries with you guys..
perhaps you could set aside one day a week for blogging..I'm sure you've some stories to tell if you are in contact with the public..
same with Mary Kay..
I love the product and use it when I can get it..perhaps incorporating the MK products into your blog would increase your sales..
whatever decision you make..
it will b the correct one for YOU!
now come check out the party at my place!!

Anonymous said...

I'm sure it has been challenging to change your life from what it was before. Blogging doesn't have to be complicated. You can decide to do it as little or as often as you want to. I hope you may still keep blogging if it's something you choose. You don't have to be Martha Stewart or Suzy Homemaker to have something of worth to share. I know I am not either of these two, nor do I want to be. :)

I agree with the commenter who mentioned sharing how you are coping with your life now. The thing is whether women work or not, we all still need to take care of our family and our homes - maybe just in different ways. How I do these things having health issues I'm sure is different from other women, but we all do what we can in life! Best wishes, Lyn

Anonymous said...

Just had another thought. Personally I know I don't enjoy reading those "perfect" homemaking blogs or perfect blogs in general. It is easier to connect to someone who doesn't display the image of being perfect or having a perfect family, because it simply doesn't exist anyway. Lyn

Kathy in Illinois said...

Hi, Tracy. I sure hope you continue blogging. I have read your blog for many years and you seem like a friend to me. I would miss you. I know it takes time to blog (which is why I don't have a blog right now) and you are working outside the home now so your extra time is limited. Maybe you could write about whatever you do- not just homemaking- and post whenever you have time. Just want you to know whatever you decide I will understand.
God bless, Kathy in Illinois

Laurie said...

Dear Tracy,
I hope you don't delete your blog! I agree with the other commenters ~ when you feel like posting write about what your life is right now. Could be a good stress reliever! Wishing you luck with your Mary Kay ~ I tried selling it years ago, but wasn't cut out for the pressure to sell.
Sending hugs))

Terri said...

I suspect that you would regret NOT blogging, because you have a writer's heart. I understand that you have to juggle a lot right now, but why not just set aside a little time to write each week. You can jot down random thoughts all week long and I'll bet you end up with a topic. You're not a one dimensional person, no home maker is whether she works outside or not.

I do enjoy reading your blog, I just think you are struggling with who you are now that you're not fulltime homemaking. You've got talent, Tracy. Don't give up on the writing.

Debra said...

Yikes! I'm hoping you won't shut down your blog. I always enjoy my visits here and you're such a kindred spirit!

Maybe you can just leave it open and share as God leads you to. Things like lessons you are learning and your fun days as well as harder ones--we can all identify with struggles, certainly, and we're always looking for ways to overcome--and--we're always wanting to find people who are going through the same things we are just to know we're not the only ones!

Hang in there... I saw your Flylady mention--she has tons of terrific ideas! Just don't let the little things there, like, you must wear shoes, etc., throw you. If something doesn't work for you just keep grabbing her ideas which do work. (That sounds so basic, but for years I've seen women bail out of her program just because of the shoe thing... how sad!)My best wishes to you as you make your life into a lovely, workable thing... Blessings, Debra