“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”
– Brad Paisley
I’ve seen this quote many new years past, but for some reason, it’s sticking with me more so now than ever before. I haven’t blogged for over 4 months….the longest break since I started blogging in February 2009. If you’ve been following my blog for some time, you may have noticed it’s been quiet over here and may have wondered if I’ve decided to call it quits. Well, I’ve previously vowed I would never completely stop. Blogging about maternal mental health will always be a passion of mine, as my experience 14 years ago has shaped me into the person I am now. Blogging has also been a huge outlet for my thoughts and anger when I hear about our society’s shortcomings when it comes to maternal mental health. As I’ve mentioned before, the anger that has fueled my passion has fizzled, and my anger has been directed toward the state of our government instead. With my district’s Democratic nominee winning on November 6th and now with the House flipping blue (wooooot!!!!) this past Thursday, I can breathe a sigh of relief and let go of some of my anger.
I’ve also been so busy at work that each day merges into the next and into the next with 10-hour days with no stops and often no lunch breaks……to the point that I’m feeling like my life is flashing before my eyes….and my daughter’s growing up so fast, she’s heading to HIGH SCHOOL this fall! Plus, my parents and their health and other issues have been weighing heavily on my mind.
And so it comes to my latest philosophies, which are spin-offs of my long-time philosophy of “Just do it” and “Work hard, play hard.”
“Love, laugh and live life with no regrets”
“Life is too short for BS”
I don’t really take crap from anyone anymore. I speak my mind. I try to maintain work/life balance. I’ve been trying to achieve more down time on weekends and each evening, trying to to sleep earlier and even squeezing in before bedtime a chapter or two of the bestseller “A Discovery of Witches” by my fellow Mt. Holyoke classmate, Deborah Harkness. What more motivation do I have than the fact that the show is premiering in two weeks on Sundance Now?! I’ve tried to see my parents more often. I’m trying to do more with my daughter before she goes off to college and I <gulp> become an empty-nester. I’m trying to clean out loads of stuff I’ve been holding onto and just try to keep it simpler and less cluttered. Cuz what am I going to do with stuff I’ve been hanging onto for years and don’t really need anymore?
Finally, as the new year begins, I would like to start up my blogging once more. After all, I’m not used to not having my blog be one of the first blog resources that comes up when you search the terms “postpartum insomnia,” “can’t sleep when the baby sleeps,” etc. Time to get to work and get to blogging again!