And then, somehow she just knew, it was time to start again

Photo on 2011-12-27 at 23.00

So it looks like I’m blogging again. I mean, here I am, in a “new post” page, feeling ready to roll. It just feels like time.

A lot has happened in the last five months. We stayed in Cleveland. Todd got a new job. Seth got a puppy of his own. Riley is doing extremely well, and we decided to¬†home school¬†Seth too. My sister fell in love and moved to Texas. My dear friend Clarissa died. I wrote almost every day, but nothing for a book. At least I don’t think so.

Back in August, I was overwhelmed in so many ways. I’d kind of lost my footing and needed time to figure things out. Needed to put my own private process first, for the good of myself and my family. I wasn’t sure I’d ever pick up this blog again. Blogging itself had started to feel unhealthy for me. It’s a whole animal of its own, isn’t it? It can buoy you; and it can kick up your worst insecurities.

So I come back to this page a little stronger and wiser, I hope. And more deliberate with my intentions.

If you’d like to read along, I’d be honored. If you think it’s crap I stopped writing here and now I’m starting again, and you never want to read another word of mine, I honor that too.

Wishing you more self-love, more honoring whatever is right for you, in 2011.

Breathe that in.

Let it be.

And so it is.

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”

-Maya Angelou

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35 Responses to And then, somehow she just knew, it was time to start again

  1. danielle says:

    So (sososososo) happy you’re blogging again. Welcome back!

  2. Jerri says:

    DeLIGHTed to see you here again. Blessings for the journey.

  3. Carrie Link says:

    I missed you and am glad you are back. Here’s to healthy blogging and no more TFBS blogging of any sort.

  4. Carrie Link says:

    BTW, cute pic of you and HT. Super cute.

  5. *m* says:

    Yay! I’ve missed you!

  6. Oh, thank goodness you’re back!
    xox

  7. (And there’s that puke green icon again!)

  8. JoyMama says:

    So good to see that it’s time to start again! :-)

    And, I agree with Carrie — great pic!

  9. Jan says:

    I welcome you back. I’ve missed all of you. It will be good to catch up.

  10. Kim says:

    YAY!!!!!!!! You have no idea how my heart lit up to see your name highlighted in my reader!

    So glad to read you again.

    :)

  11. joy says:

    I’m so happy you’re back!

  12. Jan says:

    Gee, I’m not sure why I suddenly thought I’d check your blog today, but I did, and here you are! So happy to see you back again. And that the time away was restorative in some way. And happy new year!

  13. redheadmomma says:

    Heya, Michelle? You just made our day. XO

  14. Kristen says:

    This is one of the ways I get to know my future sister-in-law. I can’t wait to see what this brings for you!
    <3

  15. Heather says:

    Hooooray! I’ve so missed your writing. Welcome back!

  16. Chloes mom Mary says:

    Welcome back!! I too really love the pic you have posted of you and HT :-)

    Blessings

  17. Nancy says:

    I’m so happy Michele! Funny but for some reason I was moved to blog yesterday for the first time since last April! There must be some kind of Blosmic pull!!

  18. holly says:

    welcome back! It’s good to see you here.

  19. Meg says:

    Something kept telling me not to delete the bookmark for your blog. Every so often, I’d stop by here to check – just in case…..
    It’s so nice to hear your “voice” again.

  20. Ang says:

    Welcome back! I’m looking forward to your future posts!

  21. Carrie Link says:

    NEHBM of your warm welcome back! Just sayin’!

  22. mom says:

    I am always in awe of your strength and spirit. Follow your heart. I love you

  23. Michelle O'Neil says:

    What a sweet welcome back. I was kind of scared, not knowing what to expect. Thank you so much. All of you. xo

  24. Amanda says:

    Oh YAY!! LOVE reading you :o)

  25. amber says:

    I love when you encourage my self-love, and never tell me I’ll go blind if I’m not careful.

    :)

  26. Michelle O'Neil says:

    Amber.

    OMG. You crack me up.

  27. Niksmom says:

    Happy sigh. <3 <3 <3

  28. Karen Fuller says:

    You have no idea…
    Your writing always shows,happiness within the sadness, hope within the hopless. I need to read about others success.
    Thanks for coming back!

  29. Sally says:

    Hurrah!!!!!! I missed you.

  30. -e- says:

    You have no idea how delighted I am to hear your voice again. I’ve missed you more than is likely healthy. I got a little pang of sadness every time I passed over the bookmark I could never bring myself to delete. I am so happy that blogging feels right for you again. Thank you for once again sharing your wit and wisdom here.

  31. juhi says:

    YAY!! Decided to check in today just like that for the first time and here you are!!!

    WB! Love to you & your loved ones!

  32. Lo says:

    Oh my Gosh! Yippee! Just thought I would check and there you were OR here you are!!!!!
    I’m so glad!