When Life Happens: A Quick Update

Oof. Life sure has a way of getting in the way of our plans, doesn’t it? The busy Fall and holiday season hit our family like a hurricane as we got used to routine changes with our son going to school full-time for the first time, a tiny bit of last-minute traveling, visits from family and then the holidays.

All normal stuff, right?! Well, in the midst of it all I totaled our car while my husband was away for military training and after dealing with months of pain, we found out that my husband had complete rotator cuff and labrum tears. He needed surgery to repair them and it ended up being much more extensive than what we and his surgeon anticipated. We’re talking three to six months of recovery and physical therapy three to four times per week. He’s been out of work with no pay since October and will finally be returning next week.

In addition, we’ve been preparing for him to deploy with the Army for a year in February–he’s had to attend extra training and drill sessions, and me and the kids have had to attend a number of meetings as well. It’s honestly been a stressful and emotional time for us, but we’ve tried to make the best of his unexpected medical leave, especially since he will be geographically separated from us soon.

All of that means that I’ve been working as much as possible to make ends meet, while still trying to prioritize family time which seems more important now than ever before. Oh, and I’m not sure how it happened but between October and December we were out of the house and running around for kids activities five times per week. Craziness!

I’ve had very little time to work on my own goals for this blog, but I haven’t forgotten about it. In the back of my mind I’ve been thinking about exactly what I want for this space and how I hope for it to evolve in 2019. Here are some things you can expect:

More regular posting. While I don’t expect to post three times a week as I’ve done previously, I will be posting at least once a week come January.

More mommy content. Because I started this site after losing a significant amount of weight, in the beginning, it was primarily focused on my fitness journey. I had to get my story out there. Going forward, you can expect more well-rounded content that shifts a little more to the “mami” side of things. I’ll still post about fitness and food, but you should expect content that aligns with what’s going on in my life at the moment and how fitness and food are fitting into that.

More recipes and tips. I got the memo! I realize that as parents, most of us are looking for ways to make life just a bit easier. I’ll be sharing more of my quick and dirty tips and life hacks and easy, nutritious recipes and meal ideas.

A more casual tone.
As a journalist, I’m more accustomed to writing in the third person, soblogging has been a bit of a change. I want this to be a comfortable space where we can talk about living a balanced life as a parent or young professional, so I’m hoping to shed my professional skin a bit.

More on social media. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook. I’ll be sharing even more on those platforms in the coming year.

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