a little break

I think I've felt this break coming for awhile. I've felt dry and stagnant in regards to blogging lately. I've been posting fun recipes and crafts, which of course have a place, but I haven't really talked from the heart in awhile...something I used to do often.

I feel like there are a lot of moms that believe the lie that if they don't want to be stay at home moms there's something wrong with them. I've watched several friends decide to stay at home and quickly realize that the traditional work place is for them...and that is 100% okay. I also feel like there are a lot of stay at home moms that believe being "just a mom" isn't enough. Like now, when you're a stay at home mom, you must sell AdvoCare, or run an Etsy shop, or write a blog. And gosh, all of those things are great, but they're not "have to's." I think somewhere along the lines I began to feel like nurturing my son and taking care of my family wasn't enough...like I needed to do something else to make myself legitimate and worthy.

This blog has grown in ways I really didn't know were possible initially. And honestly, it's not that I didn't try for it. I pitched brands and networked, and it worked! And there are a lot of benefits to it working, but when it works it's also a lot of work to keep it up. And I've realized that maybe I didn't think it all the way through...responding to all of the emails, posting on social media often, brand requirements, product photographs, tutorial photographs... 

And none of that is bad if that's what you want to do, if it's what you're called to do, but I don't know if I ever really took the time to sit, and think, and pray about if it's what I want to do or what I'm called to do. Maybe I am called to do those things to help bless my family financially and help grow my voice...but I just don't know yet.

So, that's what I'm going to do for the rest of December. I'm going to think about it and pray about it. That doesn't mean I won't pop in a time or two over here, I can't imagine not...but I think I just need a little time to decide what this blog will be from here on out. 

I hope as you read this that you aren't considering this a bash if you've chosen to pursue a blog, a shop, a business where you work as a distributor...I might ultimately continue blogging or pursue any of those other avenues, but I want to make the decision fully aware of and fully prayed through.

I'll do my best to occasionally check my blog email/Twitter/Facebook during this time, but don't take it personally if I don't respond there...I haven't been too great about it lately anyways. 

If you like keeping up with our shenanigans and our day to day, I'll definitely continue to post on Instagram (which is my absolute favorite and never feels like work!), so keep up with me there. My IG handle is @carlyLskinner.

Seriously love you all and will talk to you soon.