Little Life Updates: September 2013.

After a little break from the blog world I’ve decided it’s time to come back ๐Ÿ™‚

Why the break? Well – to make a long story short – I realized that I needed to take some time to refocus on my life and hobbies (other than blogging.) To be honest, I was starting to become a bit obsessive with the ‘blogger world’ which ultimately lead to unhealthy problem of comparison and ungratefulness.

I wish I was a better photographer. I wish I was more toned. I wish I was as disciplined as her. Her house is more put together than mine. I wish I had children. Why don’t I live in New York City…complain complain complain.” This had been my mindset over the past couple of months and it isn’t who I wanted to be (nor was it appealing to those closest to me.)

I think it’s easier than we may think to take something we enjoy (such a blogging/social media) and allow it to consume our thought life.

That said, I’ve recognized it as an issue in my life and started pursuing other areas in my life that make me happy (and make me feel more productive!)

I love blogging. I love the connections I’ve made. I love how a similar passion/hobby can unite women from all around the country (and the world too!) I think that blogging is a great way to make friends, release stress, and relate to others – I just need to make sure I moderate the amount of time I spend doing so ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now for some more little life updates…

Spend-ing time at the farmer’s market on Saturday mornings!

– Enjoy-ing outdoor workouts.ย 

Lov-ing my job with the kiddos!

ย Enjoy-ing an afternoon with our community at theย Clintonville Arts & Music Festival.

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Life Lately (According to my Android)

PicMonkey Collage September

(Top Left to Bottom Right) Devotional time at Starbucks in the morning, my sister and I in Cincinnati, my sister and I (again) at the Japanese Steakhouse, indulgence at The Grand Finale in Cincinnati, more indulgence at Jeni’s ice cream to celebrate the end of summer, pretty flowers at Whole Foods, gotta have a selfie, chips and salsa at Local Cantina for date night, bees in nature, rereading Harry Potter books for my Fall Bucket List!

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23 thoughts on “Little Life Updates: September 2013.

  1. Glad you’re back ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t let the comparison bring you down because you are awesome!

    Watching the kids must be a blast. The pictures look so fun :0

    I need a fall bucket list. And it will definitely include rereading some Harry Potter after seeing yours!

  2. Love your honesty, Di. Comparison is something we all struggle with (and as women even more so, because women seem more active in the blogging world and social media, at least in my circle). I am taking a mini break from the blog world for a bit too and it has been much needed ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. It’s really easy to start comparing ourselves to others, especially via social media! I am guilty of this too. It doesn’t help that we often only share what is going good and our blessings. It’s hard to find blogs that post dirty house pics, tear stained eyes, a fight with the husband, and burned meals!! Love your little updates ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I completely agree! I was just telling a girlfriend that the other day; no one sees the tears, arguments, setbacks – everything is shared in a ‘picturesque’ lens! I need to remember to maintain this perspective!

  4. UGH I swear every post you write, I wish more and more that we lived closer!! Your activities look wonderful, you are wearing Birks, and you are reading HP..SOUL MATES! I LOVE this post, the blog breaks are so necessary..we ALL fall into this trap and it’s important to notice when we do, I need to be more aware!

  5. Glad you’re back and it’s totally okay to take a blogging break. I should know, I was MIA for practically four months, lol! I feel like all social media has a potential to cause unrest for the reasons you stated. There are actually studies about how Facebook has lead people to be depressed because how it can make one feel like there life is boring in comparison to their peers. Anyway, I think your photography is amazing and so is your life-at least that’s how it seems from reading your blog. You travel to beautiful fun places with your husband who seems really amazing and apparently you’re reading Harry P, one of the most enjoyable series I’ve read in a long time!! Glad you’re back. xo

  6. I’m glad you’re back! But I’m also glad you took a break when you needed to. I’ve TOTALLY fallen into that same trap! It can be so hard (especially when everyone has the natural tendency to put their best blog-foot forward all the time!) You’re amazing and I’m glad you’re back!

    1. Oh my gosh- I know! I will read the same thing about some of my runner friends (those 7-9 minute miles) and I’m always in awe! I need to remember that I’m still starting out and no matter what my time is- Im doing it!!

  7. TOTALLY agree with you. I’ve significantly reduced my posting because I realized it was taking away quality time with my husband (not just me sitting on the computer while he watched tv) and doing other things I love. I still enjoy blogging and appreciate what adds to my life, but I’m also much more conscious of that now and have let other things take priority. I am glad you got a little break, but was also thrilled to see you post again. I’ve missed reading the life of Di!

  8. I am SO soooo happy you took the break! (Don’t get me wrong, I did miss reading your blog!) But it’s so good that you took that time away and realized that you needed that. It was the best for YOU in the long run and that’s the most important thing. It can be so easy to get caught up in the world of blogging and anything media-related. It gets really unhealthy when we become obsessed and take it to an unhealthy level, especially when we allow comparisons to start factoring in. Way to re-focus and take back some control over your life and pursuing other things you love and enjoy. Now you can take a much more healthy approach to blogging, which will make it that much more enjoyable for you, which is exactly what it should be! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Ugh, I’ve totally been there and it sucks! I hate comparing myself to others and it’s so easy to do in the blogging world! I’m glad you took some time off to reevaluate. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I can relate about the comparison/ ungratefulness trap. Even though I don’t blog that often, I read blogs a lot. It’s easy lose focus and get caught up in the “blog world”. You are such a talented photographer- all of these pictures are beautiful!

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