The “Farewell for Now” Post

Ohhh my dear friends. Long time no talk. I figured it was about time I give a little update as to where the heck I’ve been.

It’s the strangest thing even to me, but a few weeks ago (and what felt like overnight), blogging just seemed to shift from being a really natural and enjoyable part of my everyday life to this big awkward puzzle piece with no perfect fit. I think it probably comes down to the fact that I’ve been devoting quite a bit more time to school this semester. And with those extra hours displaced, time spent blogging was starting to mean time not spent FaceTiming with my parents, not eating lunch with my friends, not watching The Office with Josh, not sleeping, or – somewhat ironically – not cooking or exercising as much.

And while I’m sure I could have squeezed it in somewhere, I loved just about every minute spent writing every post I published since the blog was birthed 10 months ago. So it was pretty crystal clear to me the minute things started feeling off-kilter that it wasn’t feeling the way it could or should.

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Although I must say, the last few weeks have felt pretty darn weird too. I can’t count the number of times I’ve found myself eating something delicious and thinking “I HAVE to share this!”. There have also been a fair share of moments of feeling like this significant chunk of my identity got ripped away and a sense of uncertainty as to where that leaves me exactly. Have you ever felt that way?  And lastly, it’s hard not to feel like taking a break isn’t somewhat of a failure. As if I can’t stick to things, you know?

But you know what I’ve realized? I’ve realized what a crazy beautiful thing it is that we get to test new waters and experiment with unfamiliar things and try things on as we please. How cool is it that we can wake up any given morning and say, “I think I’ll take up sewing today” or “maybe it’s time I try out power-lifting”? And how silly would it be to deprive ourselves of trying these things in fear of not adopting them as lifelong passions?

Blogging is something that has brought me so much joy and that I suspect I will come back to one day. But it’s not fit for this season and I’m at peace with that.

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Finally, I wanted to share that what I’ve learned from the experience more than anything is that people are SO SUPPORTIVE AND AWESOME. The people I’m closest to were pretty much a blog cheerleading squad. Many classmates regularly took time to approach me and say they enjoyed reading, which always made my day. And every comment left on here made my heart swell up so big – I feel like I’ve become friends with a lot of you which is so cool! And if the realization that people are rooting for each other isn’t an empowering one, I don’t know what is.

So with that, thank you so so much for reading and perhaps I’ll be back to this space with a vengeance one day. But in the meantime, here’s to eating lots of yummy things and soaking up all the goodness around us. There is so much of it! xoxoxo

17 thoughts on “The “Farewell for Now” Post

  1. I can’t help but feel a little sad!!! I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you and reading about your life. Yet, I totally understand where you are coming from. For me, my blogging usually means a little less sleep and a little less studying. Not ideal, but it’s my hobby right now.
    I am glad you are making the best decision for you! I hope you continue to post on instagram so I can still follow along!

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  2. I have been missing you and your posts like crazy! Like Kate said, this is sad because I feel like I was starting to get to know you! BUT on the flip side, I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND, and I have had to take days off from blogging too having only been doing it for a few months. It can be difficult, frustrating, and definitely put you in a time warp where you miss out on real life. Focus on you, your goals and life ahead – I hope I can still see where you end up in the nutrition world, Jacklyn! Best wishes :)

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  3. I was checking your blog every day wondering when you’d do a new post, so now I guess I feel strangely… settled?! Haha. Your blog was and always will be so awesome, and I will always turn to your recipe page for healthy and delicious recipes. I am going to miss seeing you on the blogosphere and I hope you spend more time doing what is more important: family, food, and real-life experiences. I know absolutely what it’s like to be swamped and just having no time or motivation to post. See you soon hopefully <3

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  4. Awh I’ll miss your blog posts so much, but I get it :)! I feel like with school I just need to blog less, and that’s totally okay. I’ll be looking forward to seeing you on here but in the mean time, I’ll see you at school!! Have a great trip

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  5. You have a different path to follow now Jacklyn and that is good.

    I have missed you and will continue to miss you but I do understand.

    I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors; you are a very special woman.

    You will always have a special place in my heart and that is something that I treasure.

    Randy. :) :)

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    • RANDY! I have been thinking of you the last few weeks and wondering how you’re doing. I have appreciated your comments SO much these last months. Your spirit of encouragement is cherished more than you could know. Hope you, Carolyn and the pets are doing really well!

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  6. Oh Jacklyn! Half of me wants to go, “No!!” but the other half wants to go, “Yay!” The “yay” only alluding to how perfectly this was written and to how you taking action to something not feeling right for you, and knowing that it does NOT make you any sort of failure to want to test new waters. Not in the least. I think one of my biggest hesitations with starting my blog was that very thing – the fear of learning a few months down the road that I didn’t want to do it anymore and then “quitting” yet one more thing. But whats the point of anything if we don’t give it a shot and just see where/how long it takes us? You graced us with your presence, your beautiful photography and always heart warming words for months, and for that I am so grateful! I hope to still see your name pop around this funny world of ours. Much love and best wishes for whatever is next!

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  7. Oh Jacklyn!! I had actually been wondering if you were doing ok. I have loved getting to know you through your blog and while I’ll miss your beautiful writing and lovely photos, I respect your decision so very much. It’s one I might not have had the courage to make at your age… I would have probably just continued to push myself in something that actually wasn’t right anymore, for appearance’s sake. But you, my dear, are wise enough to see the big picture! I’m so grateful to have had a glimpse into your world for a few months, and I applaud your decision to cultivate your highest priorities. You are such a grounded and beautiful young woman. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see you back here at some point, but if not, congratulations on a job well done!! Best wishes for everything coming along next! Xo

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  8. That’s exactly how I felt! It was such an odd feeling, but I felt like it was important to embrace. Good luck with the semester finishing up..hope to see you back soon! Your work here on this blog has been incredible! :)

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