For months now I’ve been seriously considering ending this blog. And after much thought, prayer, and consideration, I’ve decided that now is the time.
When 2016 rolled around, I decided I was either going to “go all in” with blogging this year or step back completely. And truthfully, I now know that my heart just isn’t in it anymore. Rather than being enjoyable, it’s felt more like an obligation recently, and that’s simply not how it should be. I’m ready for a bit more privacy, and I’m just ready for a change.
And unexpectedly, I’m intimidated by that because this blog, this space to write, express, and (over)share, became a major component of who I am.
This blog was a constant amidst all the change.
It was a part of my life through college, five half marathons, countless miles and fitness adventures, our engagement, our wedding, a year of teaching, a nearly-vanishing then restrengthened faith, another year of school, job changes, so much food, vacations, a move across the country, my pregnancy, and the incredible birth of our son, with bits and pieces of my everyday, normal life sprinkled in all along the way.
When I think back over that time in regards to the blog though, running is what really sticks out in my mind. Running, racing, and sharing about that journey, well, that all changed my life. Running represents my challenges and accomplishments, goals and lessons learned. Running taught me to believe in myself and chase after dreams no matter how impossible they seem. It taught me discipline and endurance. It taught me that God always gets the glory. It taught me lessons that go way above and beyond pounding the pavement.
And I did all of that with your support.
I started this blog on May 1st, 2011. It’s now 4.5+ years later and, in many many ways, my life is in a completely different place. I’ve grown and changed in countless ways in the lifespan of this blog.
I have tears in my eyes as I write this, and I’m surprised at just how much of myself has been identified by and tied to this blog. It’s hard to wrap my head around its conclusion, but it’s time to move on.
I’m grateful for all that this blog brought into my life – everything from a creative outlet and a place to connect with others to the provider of incredible, life-changing opportunities.
I’ve made friends, shared struggles and victories, and learned a whole lot about myself and this ever-changing world.
And now, as this chapter of my life closes, it’s time to pursue new adventures.
Thank you for reading.
Thank you for conversing.
Thank you for allowing me to share my life with you.