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Monday, April 28, 2014

The New Place To Be

From the beginning of blogging, I've struggled with the balance of posting product reviews and my personal life on the same platform. I could never make up my mind on what I wanted to do, so I just decided to stick with what I was doing all along {aka Coffee With The Mrs blog}.

But I kept running into this problem when I would meet other bloggers. I wanted so badly to just tell them my name and have that be it. Instead, I was left calling myself "Coffee With The Mrs.". And that's OK. I had worked really hard at that brand and I was happy to share it with others. Over the years, though, I could feel things beginning to change.

At one point, I didn't know how to say "No" to a review opportunity. I truthfully enjoyed being given opportunities and I wanted to be a people{or brand} pleasure. I believed if I said "No" to something, I may be overlooked for the next thing. Friends, I was super wrong. In the process of all of this, I began to lose myself. I became a slave to the very place I created as a "me" space. I began to resent the busyness of blogging and reviews but I wasn't immediately willing to admit that to myself. However, life lent itself to helping me along with that...

Depression hit me hard in 2013 and really showed me that I HAD to slow down, whether I liked it or not. We were adjusting to homeschooling in a new home and I wasn't managing that well enough to have room left in the blogging world. But while I've had to pull back and be a little more spotty with my posting, I greatly miss blogging for me or taking on the reviews that won't overwork me and WILL be relevant and worth my time. I miss sharing photos and DIY projects.

Most of all, I missed being ME.

So, welcome. This space was created with the direct intention of reflecting who I am. Yes, I would love to share reviews of the things that I enjoy or make my homeschooling life easier. But I would also like to share the ordinary things. I've learned that who I am is who I want you to know. Fun, right?

You'll find all the old posts here from Coffee With The Mrs. (and even run into all my old signatures). I didn't want to get rid of any of that. I thought it important to bring it with me. Also, my old URL should point to this new one soon. :)

I finally feel like I can breathe a bit!

PS: My Twitter account is the same but my Facebook page has changed. Will you please go like it?



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