Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Life without blogging...

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Sometimes life just happens. Life that doesn't include the computer, when blogging seems like a chore...

The past few days have been a little overwhelming... Saturday night my MIL ended up in the ICU with a life-threatening condition. It was a matter of hours for her, and she's lucky to be alive. She's stable right now, and they just moved her to a regular room but we don't know yet how long she needs to stay in the hospital. Doctors are optimistic, and that makes us optimistic and hopeful...

And I myself haven't been feeling that good lately... This and many other things that have been on my mind lately kind of stalled my creativity and desire to try new things. I am not talking about blogging as it is right now. I love blogging and it's a huge part of my life but I just feel like I have nothing to say. It's been boring here, I know. I think I might've hit an emotional wall (time to get a quick fix with a half-a-pound bowl of vanilla bean ice-cream...). But seriously, do any of you really get inspired by my weekly food waste?!!

Tell me what's missing... Because I'm lost. And trying really hard to dig that bubbly girl out again because she feels really buried right now. And if you say a vacation, yes, I know, I desperately need one. ASAP...

What would you like to see on this blog? What inspires you? Where are my major weaknesses? Hey, be nice though:) But honest too! That's why I love you, guys, so much because you'll say it how it is without spitting on others (right?)

What inspires you to keep blogging? Or to keep enjoying life outside of blogging, for that matter? OK, I proved it again that I'm majorly scatterbrained because all of these questions feel like one big brain dump... Oh well, thanks for accepting me for who I am :)

So, come over here and let's have a chit-chat :)

39 comments:

  1. You don't HAVE to bubble. I enjoy what I read on your blog. Just tell us about your frustrations if that is what is on your mind. You will bubble again.

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  2. I can totally relate because I am also in a blogging slump. I don't have much to say or the energy to say it. However, I figure this too will pass. Hope your mother-in-law continues to improve.

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    1. I hope it will... And thank you.

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  3. I'm sorry that life is so stressful right now. You have a lot on your plate right now, so please don't worry about blogging. Prayers for a speedy recovery for your mil, and I hope that your mom continues to do well. Hope that you feel better soon too.
    I enjoy your blog because you give a different perspective to being frugal. I like when you share recipes from your homeland.
    Thanks for sharing your life with us.

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    1. Thank you so much, Kathy! I have a few more yummy recipes in mind, I just need to go back fully to cooking :)

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  4. I am so sorry about your mil - praying for her and you and the family. It is hard. But God is good. I know exactly how you feel right now. My Nana's sister (my great-aunt) has been in the hospital for about a week - they do not think she will survive much longer. She is ready - ready to see the Lord. I feel helpless. Scattered brained. But then I remember that God is in control. She will be with Him...much better. Still hard.

    I love your food waste posts - it has helped me so much because it reminds me to not waste food and when I am throwing away something...you always pop into my head. lol I think Lena wouldn't be doing this. Haha.

    You are creative and inspiring. I love your blog. Don't feel like you have to post right now. Take your time to process. To pray. To be with family. To relax.

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    1. Oh, you are too sweet :)

      And I'm sorry about your great-aunt!!

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  5. Hi Lena. First of all I want to say that I am so sorry to hear about your Mother-In-Law having to go to the hospital. I will be keeping all of you in my prayers.
    I also want to tell you that I completely understand how you feel about the blogging. Now that I am doing it myself (and I only got started very recently) I have been sitting here wondering how you guys who have blogged for years manage to come up with so many topics and things to write about. But I want you to know that you do a SUPER job with your blog. I eat up every post you write whether it is a project you are working on, a recipe you share, your menu plan, your food waste (I actually am interested in the food waste because it makes me more conscious of what is sitting in my fridge waiting to be used up), your grocery shopping trip- those kind of every day things are what makes your blog so enjoyable and easy to relate to. You are an everyday mom and wife who deals with the same tasks, challenges and thoughts that most women go through.
    Your blog is an encouragement to those who read it because we all go through the same things (even the blogging blank brain freezes!) and we see how you persevere through it all. Your personality shines through in your posts and your attitude about life is beautiful. You are Inspiring! You are Amazing! Just keep it coming, girl! (But don't put pressure on yourself to write if you really don't feel up to it. We will all keep coming back no matter how often you write cause we love ya!)
    You are doing great, my friend. :)

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    1. Oh, thank you for your kind words, Dawn!! Thank you for your support.

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  6. I love reading all your posts, Lena, because they come from you. It's why I stop by. I may not comment on all of them, but I like to check in. With the weather getting nicer, it's been hard for me to open up my laptop and start typing. I'd rather go outside and do other things. I will be blogging a bit less with the good weather, but I think we all should! :)! Give yourself a break. It might just be the exact thing you need! xoxoxo

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  7. I hear ya. I love to blog and be creative with my writing but sometimes, I bore me. I think the best thing is just to push through it. Because I have tried to stop writing in the past and then I got really grumpy and depressed. Its good to have an outlet even if you bore yourself. And trust me, just reading about someone else's life helps. Life has ruts and its good to know that we all deal with them.
    And hugs to you MIL!

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    1. Thank you, Sonya! I will try to stay afloat in this blogging thing :)

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  8. So sorry to hear about your hard times. I hope your loved one is ok. I feel this way about blogging once in a while. It's when life just gets too hard. Sometimes it's hard to be that positive person you want to be on your blog. I think it's great that you talk about it. We all have hard times. We shouldn't ignore that even on our blogs. Take a break if you need to. Your blogging friends will still be here :)

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    1. Thank you for your support, Elise.

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  9. I have found to just go along with it. Life isn't always exciting or worth mentioning some days. And that's ok. I personally like your food-related posts or decoration/DIY ones.

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  10. I love your blog, None of us can post earth shattering news each day, nor wonderfuly creative creations. Old moldy food, piles of laundry, messy cabinets, is something we all deal with, it's nice to take a peek in others world who deal with the same thing as the rest of us. Ha I too am really have troouble keeping my blog up, has a whole lot to do with life in general!!

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    1. Well, I'm glad you are enjoying my moldy food posts, Debby ;) Just kidding!

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  11. Personally I enjoy everything you write about. You're not alone in feeling the way you do - I've taken breaks before and then have come back more inspired. I don't think it's possible to feel inspired everyday. I call taking a break "filling the well" - sometimes the well goes dry and you have to give it time to get filled back up again, with thoughts, ideas, plans, news, old memories... My ways of refilling the well? Reading, riding my bike, a movie binge, going for a long energetic walk, time to myself....I know that is way more difficult for you because you have 2 little boys but try to carve out some time for yourself (take a loooooooong bath!) HUGS!!

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    1. Oh, I love your well comparison, Jane! I definitely need to refill mine :)

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  12. Life flows and ebbs. Every day, week or even year is not exciting, but all are worth mentioning. I have found when the doldrums hit my best defense is to create some kind of odd personal challenge. It might be as simple as volunteering each week, reading a book each week, weekly refashioning of some existing clothing, or my current no food shopping for a month challenge. (Since this moth is ending today my next challenge is to reupholster a piece of furniture each week in May. (Huge fabric store went out of business so I have tons of fabric right now) There is something exciting about "winning" even though I am only competing against myself.

    Your blog must be just fine as it is since I have it set in my favorites and look at it each morning! I mean after all I am always in the process of a good challenge and I read it daily!

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    1. That's a great idea! I need to think of a personal challenge for May. Thank you for this awesome idea, Anne!

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  13. Hi Lena, it has been a long time since I commented on your blog, but I have been reading. I am so sorry to hear about your MIL - hoping for her to get better soon. You have been through a number of roller coasters this past year with your mother's diagnosis, your husband's job and now your MIL - so cut yourself some slack, girl!! We are very happy to hear YOUR story on your blog, so write whatever comes to mind...or not.....just don't shut down your blog!!

    I love to read about your life - your experiences growing up in a different country, your life here, your family, your finances, how you make choices to suit your circumstances...everything that makes YOU uniquely YOU!

    Hugs,

    Nan

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    1. Hey, glad to see you back, my friend :) And thank you for your support.

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  14. First of all, I am praying for your MIL's return to health!

    It's a shame you feel burdened by your blogging right now, Lena :( When I feel I have nothing to share, I try not to get overwhelmed by it or count the days/weeks as they go by. It is easier for me, perhaps, as I am just writing about things I create, and I use challenges put on by others to inspire me. I use my hobby to relax, and blogging became a natural extension as well as a way to express myself in writing.

    Is there another link-up you would enjoy every week, similar to the food-waste Friday? Maybe a "wordless" challenge so the pressure is off to write? I love it when you share favorite frugal recipes with a picture, I would also love to read more about the favorite foods of your childhood, too. Your post doesn't have to be long :)

    Please don't let this little pause discourage you from the blogging world. Allow yourself time to deal with the difficulties you are facing: life will have its sunshine AND its shadows, as you well know, so ease up on yourself right now :) Doctor's orders!

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    1. See, I think my problem is that I haven't been very creative lately :) I need to bounce back :)

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  15. I love your projects, uplifting quotes, updates on your garden and your happy pictures! But it's all right to take a break too. And Women's Conference is this week - come on down to BYU for an afternoon - that's a nice little get-away.

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    1. I wish I could. But this weekend it's impossible with my MIL being sick :(

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  16. Hi Lena, if I get a bit dull and boring I try to do something like search for inspiring quote images - or read a funny book. And music can be good too - so long as you don't just choose sad stuff. Good luck! Cheers from Carole's Chatter

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    1. That's a good idea! I love to share inspirational quotes.

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  17. hope you don't mind, I've emailed you
    Carolx

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  18. As an aside, I used to have your blog under a bookmark subheading I named Blogs I like. I now have a new subheading called Lena and it includes your blog and all the other lovely blogs I found through the comments here. I would say you improved my early mornings exponentially.

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    1. Well, I'm glad :) There are some really awesome people here, and I feel honored to know them.

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  19. So scary! Hope all will be well.

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    1. Thank you, Cherish! She's doing much better now.

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  20. I know how you feel. I've gone through times where real life has just been to chaotic to blog, and times when I have nothing to say, and times when I hate blogging. But then there are other times where I'm on a roll, my mind is full of ideas and I love writing! As someone above said, life ebbs and flows. You'll find your way again I'm sure! Keep doing what you do here because it's great! And hope life will be a little smoother for you in the coming weeks.

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