birthdays + breaks + beginning (again)

happybirthdayToday’s my birthday, friends! And while it sounds sort of nuts, my no. 1 gift to myself is my own blog. Woo! Wait, what?

You see, hard as it is to admit, I learned this past summer that I can’t, in fact, do it all. And after years of juggling a full-time job, a part-time small business, a needy household, all the while still making time for friends, family, freelance work, pets, nachos and (on the rare occasion) myself, I was burned out, bad.

Keeping up this ol’ site should be fun more than anything, but for a while there, it felt too much like a chore, or even worse, work. I was unhappy, unenthusiastic and tired down to my very bones. So I took a little break. That turned into a long-ish break. And you know what? I really needed it!

In the not-so-distant past, I would’ve been stressed to the max about the (many) months in between this post and my last, but the newly 31-year-old me isn’t sweatin’ it. Mostly because I know you’re good people, and that you understand. But also, with time to recharge, I was able to actually relax and think of fun things I’d be excited to share in this space. (Read: Rad projects in the works!)

I’m happy to be back, and if you’re still reading, happy that you stuck around.



P.S. I found the image above here.

birthdays galore

Goodness me!

Is everyone and their mother (except mine) celebrating a birthday this month? I have to admit, too, that I’ve had a couple panicky moments wondering if I’d mixed one b-day up with another or sent a “happy birthday” text on the totally wrong day. Awkward much? Anyway, I think the time to start keeping better track of who celebrates what, when, is now.

And while there’s an app for that, I think I’ll just pick up a pretty, sweet birthday calendar and write important dates in the old-fashioned way. With a pen. My eye’s on this one from Mod Cloth.

Are you good at remembering birthdays? Any tricks or tips to share?

I hope you all have lovely Thursdays! I’m looking forward to this afternoon’s gluttonous Halloween potluck at the office. I made this kind-of old-school crock pot Reuben dip. It’s so easy and oh-so-very good.