Well Hello

Posted 25 January, 2017 by Trish in Life / 39 Comments


Hello Wave

It’s been a while. 16 weeks? Or something. A while. I think my longest break in the decade I’ve been blogging.

I’ve missed you. I really have. I’ve missed this space and have felt a little bit of a hole within me since my last post.

Everyday I’ve thought about starting up a post. And everyday I’ve found an excuse to not get it done.

Work is busy. I’m tired. It’s a pain to add pictures. Where do I start? Does anyone even care anymore? You know, the usual.

Blogging has felt a little frivolous since the election. Everything does. I’m exhausted. I tried to stay off-line. It didn’t work. I need to stop reading the news.

Parenting is challenging these days. While there is lots of good going on, there are also lots of struggles.

Reading has been excellent. In fact, I’ve been spending most of my free time with books lately. It’s been nice.

I started a new habit a week ago of getting up earlier to do yoga every morning (with Adriene). Is a week a habit?

Sweet Cara turned one. She’s walking and babbling and is still my favorite snuggler.

Evie at three and a half is a firecracker and still makes us laugh every day. And roll our eyes.

Elle has taken to reading and works really hard to make those connections. I’m so proud of her.

Me…I’ve been really unfocused the past several months. I’m trying to find my footing. Trying to find ease.

Some days this works better than others. You know how it goes.

I’m hoping that if I publish this little post, the next post will be easier to write.

With three littles it’s easy to get lost in the hubbub of mothering, but I need to remember to take time for me as well.

It’s time to get those fingers cracking again!

And look. 300+ words in 5 minutes. I can do this.

Now that the pleasantries are out of the way…I’m off to figure out what to write next.

virtual hugs

Alright! So…what have you been up to the past 16 weeks?



39 Responses to “Well Hello”

  1. It’s been a doozy, hasn’t it? The end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 have just felt like so much to deal with in the world at large–not to mention the everyday madness of parenting and life. I’m glad you’re reading (and writing). I’ve been trying to made daily yoga a habit, too, but I’m struggling with motivation. I need a kick in the rear in a lot of areas of my life.

  2. Awww I missed you too!! The biggest thing with me is that my CI has been such a big success that they are putting one in the other ear! Surgery is in April. I can skype with hearing people and all sorts of stuff. I got a 90 percent on my last hearing test and I was born Deaf. All the Drs were flabbergasted, heh.

  3. I’m sitting here with a huge smile on my face. Hello, friend!! You have been missed so much. I’m not on Twitter very often, so I’ve missed out on your tweets these past few months. Anyhow, I’m thrilled to see you back on this page and hope you’re able to write when you can. It doesn’t have to be anything formal. Just a catch-up post like today is great!

    I’ve looked at Adriene’s yoga videos and feel inspired. Now to get a mat and make the time. I keep saying I’ll have more time once we move to Oregon. Maybe I should just wait. So much going on in the next 6 months! Eeeeeek!

    Reading is good. I’ve been in a slump since November, but I keep plugging away, hoping to find a good book. Thrillers seem to be a good distraction at the moment. And, like you, I really, really, really need to stop watching the news. But I want to stay informed. But I don’t want to keep dreaming about politics. Never in my 55 years has the White House invaded my sleep with disturbing dreams. Sigh.

    Enjoy those cuddles and laughs with those darling girls! Sending a virtual hug right back at ya!

  4. Diane

    Great to read a post from you Trish. I think a lot of us are “off” since the election. I know my reading and news watching has declined. Stay well and happy reading.

  5. Dorothy N

    So glad to hear from you! Many of us feel so unsure and wobbly since the election. I find myself listening to the news constantly and am fearful and jittery often. Reading is not the source of comfort it has always been for me. I need things to change. I hope you and your lovely family are well and thriving. All the best.

  6. Glad to see you back and this is so true: “With three littles it’s easy to get lost in the hubbub of mothering.” It’s hard to remember that you have to actually put in concerted effort not to lose yourself. Never had to be in such a place until mothering.

    How’s the meditation for focus/concentration going? And – I’ve still been using your Amazon links to buy my stuff!

  7. Kay

    So very glad to see this post! And I’ve been away as well, but returned with the new year. I think I spent the fall ‘hiding’ in books. And now, I’m still ‘all about the books’. I’m not watching the news and honestly, I don’t care if I’m up to date on things. Me – I want stories and lovely fiction and ‘nice little murders’ to read about. This was a perfect way to catch up. Happy you are finding yoga soothing and something you want to pursue. It has helped me at tough times. You’re at a busy, busy time of life and that’s OK. That’s as it should be right now. Also happy to know that reading is helping. I think most of us can say that. Take care. Give those littles a hug for me. Deep breaths – my 2017 word – ‘breathe’. Hugs to you too!

  8. I’ve had something of a break too- but it was mostly because I hadn’t had time to read, so nothing to write about . . . . life gets busy- we missed you! Do tell about all those books you’ve been reading, even if it’s just little snippets to spark our interest. I can always use a good recommendation to add to my piles…

  9. I admire young moms who do as much as you do and still find time to blog. Carl reads the news every day and, every day, he gets worked up about it. I keep telling him to stop reading it but he won’t.

  10. Ti

    Oh Trish, I can surely relate. The death of my mom and the mess that is left behind has just drained me totally and completely. I never took a blogging break but my motivation to do anything wasn’t there and felt forced. I started to pull myself out and then the inauguration took place and I went plunging back into the hole. As you know, I took myself off FB and I already feel lighter. I also started a 10 week study thing at my church and last night I met my group for the first time and seriously, this calm fell over me. I so need calm.

    I’m at this place where things feel really big, or they feel really small. Hot, cold. Happy, down. I flip flop these days. I’m okay but is okay great? Should I be shooting for just okay? I keep pondering that.

  11. So many of my friends are flailing around on social media, posting links so fast I doubt they have read and verified all of them. I’m really glad when my friends who write long-form posts get back to it. Keep it up, when you can, please!

  12. LOL TRISH!!!!!
    oh friend! so glad you are well and everyone is well and all is good :) was getting worried but only because I hoped everyone was ok. I can’t do Twitter anymore and I also don’t read news online anymore, regardless of reasons.
    I started yet another new blog to rejuvenate myself, and vow to just do me :)

    yea on the girls getting bigger, trying yoga and just saying hello. A week straight is a habit to me! see you when I see you and be well.

  13. Welcome back!

    It’s so tough right now. Doing things for myself just doesn’t feel important anymore. I know it is, but finding enjoyment in things doesn’t feel like necessary self-care, it feels like hiding from the world. I’m trying to focus on the little man as much as possible, but of course that’s tough too.

    So basically… me too. We’re all feeling it. We’re here when you are. We’re still with you when you’re not.

  14. Welcome back. I’ve stopped writing too. And reading blogs until this past week. I feel like you in that I’ve lost the zest or passion for anything. My 2017 word is Believe. Believe it will all come back. Etc etc

    So glad to hear that you and your family is doing well, otherwise

  15. Why hello!! I sure wish we could just go back to talking about food, cats, and books. :) Yes, that’s me: shallow and frivolous [well, sometimes]

  16. Meg

    Hi there! Something must be in the air — I suddenly felt the urge to blog this week after going radio-silent for months, it seems. Glad to hear all is chugging along though, of course, I understand the stress of blogging/working/life while also parenting! And yes, the struggles so many of us have faced when sitting down to share something — anything — in this political climate. I feel like I write “silly” things, and who wants to read silly things? But it’s fun to share and I miss my blogging friends (who are, you know, just real friends), too. Miss you!

  17. Jenny

    Hello! I’ve missed you! I’m glad you stopped in to say hi. I’m sorry you’ve been having a rough time. This election is hurting a lot of people on both sides and it’s breaking my heart.

  18. Elisabeth

    Hug back at ya! Don’t be so hard on yourself – you have three young kids and a job. I give you a lot of credit for blogging at all. I remember when I had 3 littles, it’s busy! And then I had a 4th – haha. the first three were boys- the 4th a girl. Would love to know what you have read and are reading- Even if it’s just a list. I am listening to A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki and devouring The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian in print. Both are very good!

  19. Susan in TX

    Welcome back! I can’t believe Cara is already 1! You do you, and we’ll just enjoy reading when you post. I’ve been less and less on Twitter these days myself. I just don’t care about all the negativity, but neither do I want to “unfollow” people, so I just avoid it all together. Avoiding it prompted me to realize that I was counting on folks to link their blog posts to Twitter and how much I’ve been reading on my phone. That, in turn, made me want to spend less and less time with my phone in hand. (As it was, I was reading blogs, but commenting a whole lot less because I don’t like to type on my phone.) I’ve been keeping up with Instagram, because it seems to be more cheerful in general, and trying with Litsy for the sake of the books. But, it all just gets to be a bit much at times. Glad you are carving out some time for yourself — it keeps a mama sane! :)

  20. Lovely to hear from you again and get updates of the kids!

    I know what you mean about missing writing and the book / writing community when you take a break as I’m exactly the same.

    And – even though I’m halfway across the world – I’m with you on the election stuff. Meh.

  21. Trish, so nice to see a post from you. You are very busy, and I can honestly say I didn’t blog when my kids were little and I worked full time. You are amazing in my eyes. The news is daunting. I’m stressed thinking about it.
    I hope to see you more often.

  22. I need to stop reading the news as well. Everything these days terrifies me! :(

    Love you Trish. I don’t have much to say – my brain still hasn’t recovered from all the hits it’s taken the last six months – but I wanted to reach out and tell you that I’m listening. :)

  23. Hi there. I thought you had quit blogging and didn’t do that farewell post so many folks do. I won’t ever do that, the farewell post, because usually people miss the interactions and come back to it, LOL.

    Nice to see you back online. I can imagine that three babes will keep you so very busy, I don’t know how you schedule it. From my neck of the woods I am still cooking, we had a scary time on I-10 by hydroplaning in the rain last weekend (ended up in the median), took a break from social media and it’s good, it’s very good for my brain. That’s probably it. Oh, I have a loom and now am leraning to make crocheted hats :-)

  24. nice to see you posting! I can’t believe your baby is 1!! I’ve been thinking of your breastfeeding posts recently as I’m 37 w 1 day today with #2. About to enter that feeding and pumping circus and so nervous about it! Also definitely reading for comfort a not posting. glad all is well with your family!

  25. Yay – glad you stepped in. And oh geez – selfishly I missed your posting but I totally get it! I hope you feel the mojo to get back into the swing of things – and get some time – because 3 kiddos! Still -missed ya!

  26. Trish is here! Trish is here!
    You know, lately I’ve been having a bit of a weird crisis where I have very little parenting to do now that Z is almost 13 (NOOOO!!!!) and doesn’t need me to do much. I’m teaching him how to do things for himself and he’s a pro. But now I have this time and I need to fill it with something other than watching the world burn on Twitter. I did start going back to the gym a month or two ago and my house is slowly being decluttered. I guess I’m slowly building my new normal.
    I hope to see you again soon! ;)

  27. Hello! I love reading your posts, but since we talk so often on Twitter I don’t have to miss you as much.

    Cara turned 1? Gah! Too fast! Too fast!

    What fun projects are you working on? I love seeing your crafting projects. What books have you been reading? (See? I’m trying to help you come up with topics about which you can write.)

  28. Nice to see you in my feed today! Indeed, many of us are feeling a little off — myself included. The daily barrage of news and information is just too much on top of every day life. I’m incredibly distracted and unfocused. Reading helps. Blogging when I can helps. Small things.

  29. So happy to see a post from you Trish. I know when I’ve taken breaks the longer I’ve been away the harder it is to come back. Glad to hear you’ve been enjoying life and keeping busy. Don’t worry about the blog – we’ll be here to read about your adventures with your little ones!

  30. We’ve missed you…and I totally can relate to the blogging part seeming frivolous since election. It’s very hard for me to concentrate on anything: books or life.

  31. Hi :) I’m trying to dip my toes back into blogging here so your break doesn’t seem so bad to me HAH. With so much going on, turning to books has been my way of coping, but it’s easier for me I’m sure being across the border. Sending hugs and love.

  32. Three littles is a full-time job…and then add in a full-time job and I’m surprised you can find the time to do this much let alone anything else for yourself!