If you have been following my blog for awhile, you’ve probably read my philosophy on being protective of family time, scheduling, committing to too much, prioritizing the right things and my overwhelming displeasure with the concept of “busy”. We are all over scheduled, overwhelmed, and in need of more hours in our days.
With all the demands of society, family commitments and work, it seems impossible at times to balance it all. I have been a huge advocate of simplifying life: possessions, commitments, clutter; and, organizing what you do have to make life easier. Less stuff = more white space = less stress.
Friends, I have a huge deficit of white space.
I have said yes to some wonderful things this year. I have had opportunities to work with some fantastic companies, wonderful brands, and to connect with each and everyone of you. I treasure all of the friends I have made through this journey, and all of the opportunities that has presented me. It has been an incredible ride.
I’m at a place in my life where I recognize that I need to slow down. I need to pause, enjoy every moment and focus more directly on fewer things.
He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit,
while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes
so that it will be even more fruitful” – John 15:2
I have began the process of carefully pruning in my life. To start with, I have cut back on some of the opportunities. I have had some fantastic things come my way recently (like a potential tv slot on our local morning show, product partnerships…etc) which were incredibly tempting. Nearly impossible to say no to. But I know that by saying yes to these things, the time sacrifice has to come from somewhere.
I refuse to sacrifice my family time. I won’t.
And so here we are. Twenty months into writing this sweet little blog and I’ve connected with you in ways I never dreamed of. With over 50,000 of you a month. That blows my mind. 50,000 of you come here and we have built this community where we can discuss the power of simplicity, organization, saying no to busy and yes to family. That is incredible. Incredible! Humbling, crazy, and lovely. Oh, so lovely.
But it has become too much for me. Too much time; too much yes.
It’s time for My Best Yes… The yes to my family. The yes to hitting pause. Or maybe stop. I haven’t decided exactly what the solution is, but for now I will no longer be blogging. Pretty Well Organized will stay live. You can still read past posts and continue to comment and follow PWO on social media, but I am not planning new posts, new products or new anything. For the foreseeable future, I am taking a break.
It hasn’t been an easy decision for me to make, but one I feel God is urging me to. I feel my time needs to be more focused at home, and that will always been my #1 priority. I hope you can understand my decision. Maybe this will inspire you to say no to something, too. Maybe you’re mad or disappointed. I am disappointed too. I want to do it all–but I can’t.
I know it’s the right decision for my family (despite my hubs encouragement NOT to stop). But I need to. I need the white space.
We have been serving at church more, our kids are involved in activities and I recently accepted a new position at my employer. All of these things demand my attention and I’m afraid there is simply no remaining time to focus on this blog and give the community we have built together, this community, the dedication it deserves–that you deserve.
Maybe this isn’t farewell. But it is goodbye for now.
Lastly, I would be open to selling Pretty Well Organized LLC, if someone out there would be willing to pick up where I left off–who would nurture this blog, give it all the love it deserves and can commit to keeping the community around it alive. That would make my heart very happy–knowing that we could continue. If you or someone you know would be seriously interested, please do contact me at prettywellorganized (at) gmail (dot) com.
I wish you all the best. It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know so many of you.