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The Summer Sabbatical

My summer sabbatical was not planned.  I never thought my last post would have been June 1st.  In fact, my one year blogging anniversary came and went without any fanfare and trust me I am a fan of fanfare.

So why the unplanned sabbatical from my blog?  Hmm… not sure.  All I can tell you is that in the beginning I was busy living.  The last weeks of school are hectic, than summer swept me up in all it’s sparkle, sunscreen and sangrias (actually, it has been mostly rum, but I love to abuse alliteration).  Both of my kids have summer birthdays, so there are parties, presents and pinatas (actually, there were no pinatas, but again with the alliteration).  I have been enjoying the little moments, the everyday joys of summer.  Before I knew it, I looked up and I hadn’t written in over a month.

Then it became daunting.

I felt like I would need a spectacular re-entry and was at a loss.  I would get pings from my dear bloggy friends and readers and I would hide.  (I actually tried to respond to some tweets and am having Twitter issues).  Every time I read the brilliant writing of those I follow, I would feel like I was in a deeper hole.  Whether you’re a writer or not, I bet you have been there; procrastinating a paper in college, putting off a work deadline or avoiding thank you notes (of which I need to do for both my kids).  The longer you put it off, the bigger the task becomes.  

A friend asked me this week, if you’re not writing, where are you putting that time?  Well, that’s a post in itself, besides enjoying small summer moments , I have been more serious about window shopping for my passion and purpose.  I have been more focused on exploring new career options and have taken a big step.  I am enrolling in the September session of the Life Launch Program through the Hudson Institute in lovely Santa Barbara, CA.  I have some hunches on what I want to do next and I hope the program will help evaluate those hunches.

I told a friend that I didn’t think I would blog about the program and my thoughts behind it.  I felt that this blog was about Paige, the crazy, cocktail-drinking mom striving for balance through humor.  But looking for passion and purpose, trying to balance our personal identities with our parent personas, actual feels like a perfect fit.  I am convinced everybody has that moment (or several moments!) where they say ‘how did I get here’ and ‘do I want to be here’?  Let me be clear – I want to be here, in my home with my children and husband, but there are other parts of life that can be tinkered with.  I think about my friends who gave up high-powered careers to raise their families or those who work 80 hours per week, we all have those days where we ask ourselves if we should have chosen differently or wonder if it’s time to chart a new course. 

Therefore, it is my plan to continue to share with you my journey, my experiences and my thoughts, because we are all multi-faceted, unique and amazing people who fit in more than one bucket, whether that’s parents, working professionals or cocktail-loving crazies.  I hope you’ll share with me your questions about your chosen path, your future journeys and dreams yet to be fulfilled.  Crazy loves company.  Yes, I will still share parenting stories, but my seven-year old son is in the all farting, all the time stage, so I plan to spare you. 

Do you feel like you’re fulfilling your life’s purpose?  Are you passionate about how your spend your days?  Do you have another goal on the horizon?  Do you live a double or triple life to fulfill multiple passions?  Do you put lime in your rum?  How do you get a little boy to stop with the incessant potty talk?!

I am still on sabbatical, but there is sure a lot to discuss and now that I am here, it’s good to be back.

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  1. July 20, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    we missed you! have some sangria for me!

  2. July 20, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Welcome back.

    You were missed.

    And although you say you’re a fan of fanfare (and alliteration) it’s nice to see your words in any form…

    I relate to a lot of what you shared in this post and look forward to whatever direction you take in your future writing.

    Cocktails, gas, life’s passion?

    I love it all when it comes from you. (well, maybe not the farting. but everything else.)

    Glad to read you again and I will keep coming back. No matter how much time passes in between your postings.

    Cheers to summer, to missed blogoversarys and you.
    XO

    • July 20, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      Thank you Julie! I thought about you as I wrote, I love your writing so much that I find it intimidating. I found myself thinking how would Julie phrase this… Are you going to BlogHer?

  3. July 20, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    I was wondering why I never received a response back…

    I wish I could help you on the potty talk. My son is almost 4.5 years old (if you ask him, the half is very important) and has recently discovered the fun of inserting forms of the word “poop” into every conversation.

    We’re screwed, aren’t we?

    My goals?

    Long term: I’m hoping to write about some characters created from writing prompts and actually turn them into a novel.

    Short term: Pick up my house so the cleaning people can actually see the floors and counters to clean tomorrow.

    I hope to see you more, but I get it.

    • July 20, 2011 at 9:50 pm

      Kelly – Sorry about the lack of response, no excuse. I love your long-term AND short-term goals! Also, I finally updated my blogroll, I am keeping it small, my most favorites. You’re there of course!

      • July 20, 2011 at 10:11 pm

        I am honored to be on your blog roll.

        P.S. Julie also intimidates the heck out of me because she is so awesome.

        She makes me want to write stronger.

        Still working on that.

        Baby steps.

  4. Lori Dyan
    July 21, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Full-time, quarter-time, funny or serious: I’ll take you how I can get you :-D

    Glad to hear you’re back and all is (relatively) well!

    • July 21, 2011 at 7:45 pm

      Lori, I would actually say all is great! I am lucky that I am merely lookimg for something better, that I have the freedom to do so and the support of my husband (as long as I don’t quit my day job!)

  5. Lauren Payne
    July 21, 2011 at 8:12 am

    HMMMM. Maybe instead of just dinner, I should attend this thing with you : )

  6. July 21, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Glad you are back! I take lime in my rum…also my Gin & tonic and Corona ;)

    • July 21, 2011 at 7:46 pm

      Cailin, everytime, I am at Brooks, I think, I need to see that girl!!! Seriously, we are 5 minutes from each other and corona and rum with lime!

  7. July 22, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Glad you are back, my subscription blog was always missing a post. I understand completely, there are times I go through “writers block” and it doesn’t make sense because its OUR blog and is supposed to be about US, therefore if we have writers block, does that mean we have nothing to say? sounds silly right.

    Either way, I really enjoy your writing and I think that it’s great that you have taken the time to focus on yourself. No matter what path you follow, I am sure you will find your way & I hope to keep reading about it. Good luck!

  8. July 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I’m so gald to see your post on my subscription list! I really enjopy your writing and your story. To me, it’s as perfect as it can be. Without you knowing or realize it, you have been one of my inspiration. :) So please do, share with us your journey, your experience. Isn’t that whay most of us blog in the first place? :) Welcome back my friend!!

  9. July 24, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    So nice to see you back my fellow bad mommy blogger! I think it’s wonderful exploring possibilitities, life is about growth and change. I am in a different phase of my life now also and experimenting – as mothers our children change so quickly through different stages, I believe it is a perfect job for reminding ourselves that all parts of life change. And I love the way you came back without feeling you you need to hit it out of the ballpark. The good news? You did!

  10. July 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I’m so happy you’re back! I too have missed you in both my Reader and my Twitter feed. I had a couple theories: either you were stranded in an airport somewhere ala Tom Hanks in that awful movie after one of your business trips and your cell phone had died because they never have outlets in useful places. Or, I suspected you were spending the summer as one should — boozed up and being fanned by a pool boy.

    In any event, no matter how often you’re back, it’s good to hear from you again.

    The career thing is funny. Don’t hate me for saying this, but I’m one of the very rare ones that’s in a job I love. It wasn’t anything I ever set out to do, but through a series of happy circumstances, it just came to be. And that’s one of the things I’ve learned through this job (we have a TV show that profiles good news stories and inspirational pieces about people) — you just have to open yourself up to new opportunities and the rest WILL fall into place. It’s sounds very New Agey (which I’m not) but opening your mind and spirit up to trying new things and taking chances (even if you don’t know how they’ll turn out) will always lead you in the right direction in life.

    So take a chance. Explore. Think. Pursue things your passionate about. And don’t forget to bring us along for the ride!

    • July 28, 2011 at 2:08 pm

      Mom Jovi – I love your theories! I am only sorry that reality wasn’t quite as exciting, but perhaps I could make up stories when I disappear again!

      I think its great that you love your job!!! And here’s the thing – I don’t hate mine. I am great at it, I have an awesome team and if I didn’t leave it, I would be okay. But I am doing exactly what you mention, I am pursuing things that I am more passionnate about. Your job sounds amazing! Part of what I am looking for is a role that allows me to have a more positive impact on people.

      I wouldn’t describe myself as new age either, but I agree that things generally fall into place and I feel like that process has begun, I am just waiting to see how it all turns out. :)

  11. August 1, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I can totally relate, Lady. I don’t even know how long it’s been since I last posted. And now, though I’m finding myself with a little more spare time since my business has done so well and I’ve learned to delegate (yay!), I feel all this pressure for something awesome and I got nuthin.
    To answer your question, though, I am totally passionate about how I spend my days. I found my niche (it was an elusive little bitch, but I found it). Now my home life has crumbled a bit (not because of my job, but still…) … but I’m definitely passionate about my days. That counts for something, right? Yes. It does. Now I must type until something awesome comes to me for a new post and hopefully more to follow. I miss blogging.

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