Wednesday, 15 June 2011

I'm back!

It's been weeks and weeks since I even looked at my blog. I have no excuse other than an extreme case of laziness! I lost my motivation, my direction. I no longer knew what to write or felt like I had anything interesting to say. I even neglected the blogs which I usually enjoy reading so much. For ages I didn't even miss the blogging world. I've been wrapped up in a happy little pregnant bubble and have whiled away the past weeks daydreaming about my baby. I love just to lie down quietly and feel my baby move inside me. It's been a happy time but a very unproductive one.

Now, the summer holidays are here. My work contract is over and I'm officially a lady of leisure, at least for the next couple of months. Now that I don't have work occupying a large part of my mind I feel much freer and ready to take on new projects. I've finally found my motivation again. 

I've spent a lot of time thinking about where my blog is going and the kind of blog I want to have. I feel that a lot of the time I post pretty pictures and meaningless words. I don't often write about what I'm really passionate about. I still haven't figured out exactly where I'm going but I do feel like I need to make a few changes. This post by Melissa at Miss Sew & So got me thinking about how I write. I need to become braver and write what I want to write, not what I think other people might like to read. I want to make my blog more like a journal of what I do rather than trying to create a perfect (and false) image of my life. I need to be more real. 

Thank you to those of you who have been asking for me during my absence and for continuing to leave comments even though I've been so terrible at replying. You've helped me to bring my blog back to life x x 

Here's the most recent picture of me and darling husband at a local vineyard (no yummy wine for me unfortunately!) At almost 6 months pregnant I still just look a little chubbier than normal most of the time but my little bump is doing well and making everyone very happy


21 comments:

Razmataz said...

Nice to see you back. I much prefer reality to perfection.

Sarah B said...

Hi, yes I'm with Chania above, I like reality and a bit of imperfection. Lovely to hear from you again and I'm glad all is well :)

Amanda said...

Hello lovely, I've been wondering how you were doing. How many weeks are you now? We must be at such similar stages of our pregnancy :) When's your due date? (mine is 18th October) I totally understand about your absence from blogging - in those first months, I felt so unmotivated to do anything, even my beloved blogging and my posts were less frequent than usual. These days I seem to have so much I want to say. Glad all is going well with you and bub and that you can now enjoy this time before the birth of your precious baby. Isn't it so lovely getting little kicks now? Take care xx

Misty said...

First of all, congratulations on your pregnancy! Secondly, welcome back. I also read that post on bravery and it resonated with me too. Looking forward to reading about your real passions!

Pomona said...

You look very trim! You will find it much easier to write, I am sure, if you remain true to your own heart.

Pomona x

Boho Farm and Home said...

So glad your back! Looking forward to reading your brave new posts. :)
You look just lovely!
xo
Caroline

Sarah said...

Welcome back! Re-evaluating blogs is fun. I did the same a while ago and it really started a fire with how much I blog now. Not for others, but for myself. Glad to hear you are enjoying your sweet belly =) I miss that!

- Sarah
http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

It is good to see you looking happy and healthy. The secret of blogging is to do so without obligation, just enjoy the process. Take Care. xx

Sarah said...

The desire to blog goes in phases I think. On and off, sometimes, often, rarely. Luckily there's no one to crack the whip or penalise you financially if you slack.

And with Google Reader we all know when you're back... AND with some lovely news - congratulations! :)

Fay said...

Ahhh look at your beautiful bump!! I was hoping that you'd post an update on how you were. So pleased to hear everything is going smoothly and that you are nice and relaxed, surely the best way to be. X

Beth said...

Welcome back to blogland. I think it's important to blog when you want to about things that you want to share. I like Linda's sentiment about blogging without obligation. I recently did a post that was a little 'out there' for me but it actually felt good, so I hope that you find some inspiration or bravery, or whatever we want to call it and enjoy blogging again. Happy to hear that the bump is well.
x

Sini said...

I'm glad that you are back!! :)

I think you need to write as you feel, don't try to please the other bloggers and readers - just write. I do make the same mistakes, so I try to change my writing style too. Anything what happends here, I will be following your blog ;)

Sini xx

Sara Louise said...

CONGRATULATIONS! No wonder you've been absent, (you were missed) being wrapped up in your own little pregnant bubble is a fantastic excuse x

Tanya said...

You are in a unique position living a country not of your birth. You are from the outside looking in with fresh eyes. The simple things around you can be fascinating when seen with a new perspective. I would be interested to read about your thoughts and feelings and observations in a new country and away from your family AND the beautiful pictures of course are also always welcome. Enjoy the next couple of months, they will go so quickly.

Loree said...

I struggled with the same things too. Now I write for myself not for anybody reading. It helped a lot. Nice to see you back.

Anne Dye said...

Looking forward to continuing to follow your posts, by a brave, real you!

Signe said...

Glad to see you back again :)
And I need a break from blogging every now and then as well, I didn't post much for weeks while we were moving and it felt good :)

Excited to see how your 'new' blog will turn out!

Kelly said...

Don't feel obligted to blog - then it feels forced. And there is nothing wrong with pretty pictures. While you may say their meaningless words, you never know if they might reach someone. Excited to see the changes around here (babywise and wordwise!)

Cathy said...

Welcome back to blogging Sarah Elizabeth. Blogging is never an easy thing, and I have often struggled with painting the perfect picture of an ideal life here in Italy - which often isn't the case, with the real warts and all one. And now I put less pressure on myself to post. Therefore I am actually writing less, but I have often wondered on what direction is best, when writing about an expat life in Italy.

Olga said...

I'm really glad that everything is fine with you. I don't want to be nosy, but I was a little concerned. Thank you for posting this update.

Anna said...

I often find myself loosing the motivation I need to get me going writing. But dear, your blog is beautiful. And how you have been dreaming about your precious baby is so beautiful too. You do not have to be an excellent story teller to get me interested in your blog. It's your life, and hearing your own voice that bring me here.
Keep dreaming, and keep writing in your own lovely voice!