Getting Back in the Groove

Testing. Testing. One, two, three.

Is anyone there?

There’ve been a whole lot of crickets and not very much activity in this space for a long time. I’ve been quiet around here; you’ve been quiet around here, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing. There are times we all have to step away from things, people, and places that we love. It’s hard to make the break, but I find that it’s even more challenging sometimes to know how to pick back up.

And that’s where I am: not sure what to do in this little corner of the Internet. Not sure what to do with the lessons I’ve been learning. Do I share them? Or are they meant to be my own personal lessons?

I’m still not sure, so I’m doing the next thing I can think of. I’m going to share some random thoughts and updates as I push through the awkward and try to remember this “writer” part of myself that I’ve grown not quite as acquainted with in recent months.

1. I am continually evaluating what is good and necessary for reading online in my own personal life. Don’t get the wrong impression, my idea of good isn’t always super-spiritual. I think recipes are good, don’t you? Or articles about my favorite TV shows, obviously. 😉  I have a small list of blogs I enjoy reading, most of which belong to women I know and love in real life. I love reading them because they encourage and inspire me while keeping me connected to people I care about.

2. I have a feeling that if you’re anything like me, you’ve grown weary. The demands of living life wear every last one of us out. Then in our down time, we often turn to the Internet to provide entertainment, information, or connection from the world outside our busy-bubbles. And it makes me more tired sometimes to do that. The sheer number of causes, organizations, lifestyles, and groups that my newsfeed beckons me to grow more educated about or join is overwhelming with a capital O.

3. It makes me feel like an official (ahem) “experienced” adult when I see how different the world looks to my kids in comparison to my childhood. It blows my son’s mind to use an old-school paper towel dispenser at a public restroom. “But Mom! Why doesn’t it work when I wave my hand in front of it?!?”

4. A friend and I have been working on getting into healthy routines. That means I’ve been trying to actually pay attention to what I eat as well as work out consistently. First off, it’s a huge blessing to have arrived at a season where I can get up (most mornings) before the kids and work out. I’m not nearly as cranky as I had been feeling and have a ton more energy. A second point I need to make while I’m on the topic is that I was in a gross state of denial about how much sugar I actually ate every day. This does not mean that I will click on that article I keep seeing on Facebook that claims I will never eat sugar again if I read it. Nope. I won’t do it. I still love chocolate too much.

5. I’m thankful for you! Thanks for taking the time to read what I have to say. Thanks for being an encouragement to me with your own life. Would you do me a favor if you have a couple of minutes and send me a message about the kinds of things you enjoy reading when you take time to browse the web? (My email is kwesterf(at)gmail{dot}com) Your time is precious, and I want to add a positive moment to your day should you choose to stop by my blog, so let me know what you enjoy reading.


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