I have the most amazing fans in the world. Fans that took the time to read my blog posts, product reviews, recipes, and family-themed activities every time I would post them. I've have the most amazing friends and family, who have supported me day-in and day-out.
I felt that the only way to truly repay those who have dedicated their time and effort both to my blog and myself, was to give you an explanation of why my blogging dropped off so suddenly.
I don't want to tell you how busy I've been as a newlywed with a full time job, two kids (one of which broke two bones in her arm (the first broken bone ever)), school registrations, doctors and dentist appointments, keeping the kids busy during summer vacation, and working overtime, because you know what, that's what we call LIFE. Everyone experiences that in their own way, whether they have kids or not, whether they are employed or not, whether they just got married or not, etc. When I started this blogging journey, I had a busy life. Maybe not as busy as it is today, but I knew that if I wanted to make this blog all that it could be, it would take hard work and I wouldn't be able to use how busy I was as an excuse of why I didn't put my all into it.
When I began blogging, I felt it was important to keep my family out of my blog. Aside from the occasional recipe post where my kids would help out, I've been able to keep my family life private. To go against that now, I feel, wouldn't be fair or right. Because it's not just me involved, it wouldn't be fair for me to go into the details. These past few months, have been extremely tough on me, with each day growing harder than the last. Without going into too many details, I've been dealing with a personal family issue that has really taken its tole on me.
The best way for me to describe how I've been feeling.....well I guess it's like waking up each day and going through the motions, but not living....not living life to the fullest. Kind of like a robot. It's not a fun feeling to have. I've always tried to have a positive attitude each and every day, and not being able to do that for a while has not only been hard on me, but it's become obvious through my recent decline of blogging.
Recently, I had emailed a friend. A friend that I'm extremely lucky to have. I've always felt this extremely strong bond/connection with her so it didn't surprise me when I had read her email back to me that I finally snapped out of it. This amazing woman has this attitude that makes you feel like you can truly do anything you set your mind to without ever even saying it. So I started trying to get each day back to normal. It has been an extremely slow process. I don't expect it to snap back into place. That would mean that life is easy and everyone knows that's just not the case.
It's been a few weeks since her email and though I'm not waking up everyday feeling like I'm walking on cloud 9, I feel like I'm at a place where I need to get back to doing what makes me very happy and that's blogging. Besides my kids and my husband, being able to blog, and meet new people every day has been what's made me happiest.
When I started this blog, I had no idea that I would meet so many wonderful people and make so many lifelong friends. It has been an incredible journey for me. The trust and support that businesses, fans, and friends have put into me, means so much that words cannot express how thankful I am to have worked with them.
I do owe everyone including businesses, fans, friends, family, and all of The Dish on Parenting supporters a sincere apology. It is not your fault that a personal issue arose in my life and I needed to take time to take care of it. It is not your problem. For that, I am truly sorry. Personal issues arise in everyone's life, but it doesn't mean you should stop doing what makes you happiest. For that, I am truly sorry.
All I can do at this point, is apologize for the time that I have taken off to take care of this and get back on track, so I can start moving forward again. To those reading this, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your time, because I know it is valuable. I hope you will stick with me, The Dish on Parenting, and the fun adventures we have coming up, because there will be many. There will be many changes in the next few months (including a new website)!
I have so many recipes, family activities, art projects/crafts, ideas, and most importantly, businesses that I want to share with all of you. I hope you will join me on this exciting new chapter of both my life and the life of The Dish on Parenting.
Thank You so much for your support, love and friendships!