Hello friends! Happy October!!
First of all, can I just say how much I’ve missed all of you? I’m not sure where the three months went since I stepped away from my blog but I know I am glad that they are over. I didn’t want to take a break from blogging and I didn’t want to admit that I just couldn’t juggle it all…but life happens and, sometimes, you just have to give in. And that’s what I did. I gave in. Notably, I didn’t give up…just in. To me, there’s a huge difference…and I’m glad to say that I’m back. So, here’s what happened…
…it’s really nothing major. Just life changes. Job changes. Schedule changes. Changes that lead to less and less time during my days and my weekends. Less and less time to keep everything going on in my life a priority. I had to step back from something and, unfortunately, blogging had to be that something.
At the beginning of July, our dermatology office moved to a new office suite. Along with that move, came excitement and happiness as well as schedule changes and longer days. When we first made our move, there was myself and my awesome coworker, Jess, running the front office. We are an awesome team and work effortlessly together…it’s like we are ‘work soul mates’ (if there is such a thing). However, the new office brought new hours and new days added to our schedule. It brought even more patients to our door and to our phones. Whereas we used to stagger our hours and either open or close the office, we started to both work open to close together (when I could work it with my Jazzercise schedule) because it became too difficult for one person to be alone, for even an hour, due to the patient volume in the office and over the phones. We were working 9-11 hour days and really pushing ourselves to be there for each other.
In addition to my long work hours, I was still keeping up with my four regularly scheduled Jazzercise classes and also filling in for two injured instructors and others while they were on vacation. My day usually consisted of working until the very last possible second I could without being late for class…keeping in mind that my commute to Jazzercise can be anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour, depending on traffic. I would rush and run into my class at the very last minute, jump on stage, teach for two hours, and then travel the hour back home. I would usually get home around 9pm, take a shower, try to spend some time with my pups, hang out with the hubs for thirty minutes when he got home from work around midnight, and settle in for about four hours of sleep before getting up to do it all over again. Every.single.day.
Along with work and Jazzercise, I am in two of my friend’s weddings this Fall, so I have been very busy with planning parties, showers, trips, etc…the past few months, while busy and, somewhat, exciting, had taken their toll on me and I just couldn’t find the time or energy to sit down and put words on paper my computer screen.
And after all that whining and complaining…I’m happy to report that we have an awesome third front office person named Katy who was hired and fits right in with me and Jessica. I am happy to report that we have a newly certified instructor at our center who will be able to help cover some classes. Finally, I am happy to report that all parties and showers are done for my upcoming weddings and, now, all that is left is the fun part…the actual weddings! One of the weddings is actually in Mexico and I cannot wait for our trip!
So…there you have it. The explanation as to why I just had to step away from something that I love so much. I just had to make a decision and, at the time, it was the right one for me. I decided to kick of my return to blogging today, on October 1st. Does anyone else need ‘beginnings’ to start something? Like a new diet or exercise program on a Monday? I felt like the 1st of the month gave the opportunity to start off a new beginning.
With that said…thanks for listening to my long-winded explanation and I hope you stop back to follow some of the shenanigans that will go on around here. I’m happy to be back and to connect with everyone again! If you’re reading…thanks for hanging in there with me and I’ll talk to you soon!
Something to share: Have you ever had to take a break from blogging? If you aren’t a blogger, have you ever had to step away from something that was important to you?