Happy Trails – This is Good Bye

To my lovely blog readers of almost 3 years,

I have come to realize that my personal blog is no longer a true representation of my life and therefore I have decided to make it private in a few days. I first wanted to give you a heads up, tell you thank you for all your support, and officially tell you good-bye. {{teary}}

Due to lack of time and nurturing, it has turned more into a grateful journal of sorts only highlighting events and the fun things I do with my family. For many outside reasons, it no longer fully reflects my thoughts, my joys, my trials, and people I adore.

Personally, I feel that to continue in this manner will only be detrimental to an ideal that I hold dear and try to live by daily. Which is to live an authentic life, create your own experience, and fulfill your purpose.

I don’t believe that you should try to live up to a certain image or be what others want you to be. However, after reading several of my thrown together blog posts, I can totally see how they could be interpreted otherwise.

I adore the people in my life and feel truly blessed for my friends and associations. I have been so busy being a single mom, with Jason traveling and getting his MBA the past 1 1/2 years that I’m quite sure many of these amazing women have no idea how much they mean to me. I love to be in their company and accept them for who they are. I have no expectations of any of these fabulous women. I’m happy just to know them.

I’ve been writing an eBook which will be released soon. It will be free and it’s basically about creating memories for your children. That is basically why I do all that I do.

I’ve been told lately that I am too organized, have too much energy, and been asked how do I do it all? I address all of that in a fun way in my eBook.

I guess perception is some people’s reality – but it’s not mine.

Just like everyone else roaming this planet, I have been dealt trials that have molded me into the person I am today. I have very challenging children who have required me to learn skills that I would have personally rather not have learned.

It is completely understandable that through reading my blog, one might get one impression of me and my life. One that is not complete and even inaccurate.

With my last public blog post, I’d like to tell you a little about the real, every day me. I’m loving, loyal, not judgmental, and not a gossip. (I’ve personally seen how gossip ruins lives.) I’m accepting and can truly appreciate the differences in others. I have no expectations in others. In fact, I’m usually drawn to people who are not like me at all. I’m not even my favorite person. HA!

My love language is quality time and I do love a girls night and hanging out with friends. However, I don’t get upset if I’m not invited and I never feel left out. (I did go through a weird insecure stage almost 2 years ago where I wasn’t myself – but that was short lived.)

I am OCD and maybe even a little ADHD at times. I like my home organized but I never judge others if theirs is not. I’m completely scatterbrained and can’t even remember when pre-school carpool is (ask Wendy).

I know that I can’t control the bad things that happen to my kiddos. They live with very difficult challenges every single day. However, I can control some happy times by creating them. That is the single reason why I host holiday events and try to have my boys friends over often. I’m trying to create loving and bonding moments in their lives which is otherwise littered with difficult ones.

The last thing I want anyone to take away from my blog is “insecurity” of one kind or another. I am not perfect in any way shape or form. In fact, I’m aware all too often of how I just don’t cut it.

I love this quote and remind myself often; “Don’t compare your insides to others outsides.”

I have continued with Tip Junkie because she fulfills me in a way that I will never get in real life. She validates my weird and unusual passions. She brings color and beautiful images into my life that I would otherwise never have experienced. She also brings like-minded women and dear friends who I have met because of the work that I do.

I’m completely aware that Tip Junkie is not curing cancer. However, she attempting to cure a whole in my heart and a missing place in my life. She has enabled me to pursue my passion of promoting creative women. That is my mission and that is my goal. And I love it!

I wish you all the best and the most sincere and loving good bye. I will miss you more than you realize. I’m crying as I type this because blogging has been such a source of joy and fulfillment! However, I’m afraid that by not putting the effort into it that it requires, people who know me in real life are getting assumptions that are just incorrect.

I’m a young and imperfect soul that is just trying to do my best to raise righteous boys, bring myself joy, and love those around me the only way I know how.



16 thoughts on “Happy Trails – This is Good Bye

  1. Dude, bummer for me, cause that's like the most I see you these days!! Either I can't come to stuff or you can't, but it seems we're never in the same place at the same time! πŸ™‚

    I'll miss your little bloggy, but, you gotta do what you gotta do! Good luck with everything!! Love ya!

  2. I will miss you blog and your thoughts. You have strengthened me.
    Glad you will still have Tip Junkie, which I am sure keeps you busy enough!!
    Take Care in all that you do!!!

  3. I'm really sad! πŸ™ I love reading your blogs but understand where you are coming from. Your blogs inspired me and I will miss you!


  4. What?! Noooooooooooooooo! How will I keep up with you guys? I'll miss your hilarious videos (you'll have to tell Lisa to post them.)

    Good luck & best wishes!

  5. *tear*
    I will miss you! Funny cause you don't know me from Eve but I feel like your a friend! Ive so enjoyed your blogs…Thank you for sharing a tiny part of who you are and what your life is …

  6. Gosh I will miss your posts, Laurie! I don't read blogs as much as I used too, and comment even less, but I feel like I have been able to keep up with you and your sweet family a bit through it.
    Love and hugs in all you do.

  7. Thanks for your blog-I have enjoyed it and I think you are a wonderful mother. Good luck and see you at Tip Junkie!

  8. Well good luck in your future endeavors. I was a silent reader that enjoyed your ideas and completely understands your choice of going private.

  9. Miss you, Laurie. I think I understand part of what you are saying. I dropped blogging because I wasn't journaling like I normally do, and I can't be as honest as I want to be. I hope that we can meet up sometime… maybe grab some California rolls for lunch??
    Long time, no see. πŸ™


  10. WOW! Really?!? We were talking about your eBook on Sunday – not your blog… right?!? I totally understand though… but will miss checking in on ya! That just means we'll have to do more together!

    You know I think you're awesome and those who know you love and respect all parts of you! We know the real – amazing – you! Thanks for sharing all these years! πŸ˜‰

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