I took an unplanned break from blogging. The month of December has been hectic in so many ways, none of them to do with the busyness of the season. So reading and blogging was put aside, and honestly, it was a nice break.
December started out typical, but soon some unexpected extended family drama erupted. Unfortunately, the dynamics of my in-law's family are, in my opinion, unusual and push me to my limits. Issues that arise in a typical family setting that would not factor in my life, seems to in this one. Family drama that results, as all drama, from selfishness and those who continually pull the wool over their eyes. This is pushing for me to move back home sooner rather than later. And we'll be working on it.
Then, we were able to get my mom a last minute ticket to come up for Christmas. This always makes me happy, and was a bit unexpected as we've been looking for tickets for a little while and the prices were crazy. I finally found a date combination that worked and I was able to spend two weeks with my mom. And usually when she's up, I find myself lazy instead of productive. I suspect it's because I have an extra set of hands to love on the kids that I take the time to just relax. I did manage to get my oven cleaned. Having her here also makes me realize how much I really miss home.
This break has made me really wonder where I want to go with this blog, how much energy I want to put into to it and how much of the little time I have I want to put towards it. I'm beginning my first university class in two years tomorrow so my free time will be dwindled. Yet, I don't want to give up on blogging. At this point, I've decided to continue with my blog, but scale down. I can see how people can become so involved in their blog and the blogging world. My time down made me realize that I really enjoyed the time away from the computer, my blog and the unexpected "pressure" of getting something read and reviewed.
So at this moment, I'm not gone, but I may not be completely here, either. All books that I have for review will be reviewed and posted, along with my general reads. But at this time, I will not accept any requests for further review. I plan on participating in my book challenges, but not pushing myself to complete them. Because the world isn't going to end if I don't . . .
Happy New Year, everyone! I hope this is the year we all focus on things that really matter!