Well, the time has come to announce some big changes around the blog.
Last you heard I was headed for a writer's conference in November......I've left you hanging, I know.
I had a lot of thinking to do.
Life also got in the way, as it normally does.
I decided to close my practice after two years being completely on my own (a total of 6 years, including 4 years as an Independent Contractor at other agencies). This decision did not come easily, but it did become clear to me in many ways that it was time. I'm hoping to spend more time with my family and be more available if/when family/parent health issues arise. 2015 was a roller coaster of health issues in the family, and quite honestly, for some, those health issues will not resolve.
As much as I enjoy my work, and especially helping people, unless I worked MORE hours, it just wasn't that profitable to continue working part-time. And I don't want to work full time....so. Therein lies the rub. Plus, having to keep afternoon appointments meant arranging for child pick-up from school and/or child care after school. That meant there was one or two afternoons I wasn't around to keep Carter on a steady routine for doing his homework, which is needed with his ADHD (and mine!). Routines and structure are very important to an ADHD household, and it just added unnecessary stress to the family, my coming and going and coming and going. It added stress to me. Combine that with my dad's chronic illness, the fact that he lives almost 3 hours away.... yeah, stress.
It became clear to me to simplify.
So that's what I am doing. Simplify. Breath. Exhale.
Also, I want to write more. And I want direction in my writing and I knew things on my blog were changing, but until I went to the conference in Atlanta, I hadn't really faced the fact that Reflections of a Mom was most likely coming to an end and there would be a brand new beginning with a brand new blog.
And that's where I am still working on things. What am I going to write about on this new blog? I have shared a lot of my weight loss/challenges journey on this blog. I haven't even begun writing about my faith issues and struggles and the journey I am on with that. I am sure there will be a little parenting mixed in, because, it's a huge part of my life. But, I need to know who my audience is and work through all of that.
So, with closing my practice, living life, going through the holidays and managing a family and all the other stressors life brings, I have waited until my practice is closed to give a couple of weeks thought on where I am going.
I am going to give myself a deadline because if I don't my sweet ADHD will procrastinate and it will be another two months before I present the new blog. So, April 30th, 2016 it is. That's my deadline for having my new website/blog LIVE. Even though I am not seeing clients anymore, I still have a lot of paperwork to close out my practice properly. Administrative stuff I don't really enjoy but must be done.
Exciting things happening. Thanks for sticking around to read what's going on in our part of the world.