Well, that was fast. My first blogging break of the year is here. I contemplated whether I should continue to take breaks every 6 or so weeks and decided that, yes, I should. Not only do they give me a bit of breathing space, but it gives me time to really turn my focus back to my family. Also, as an introvert, interacting with people, even if it’s over the Internet, is exhausting and I really need to recharge.
The most important thing I learned I needed to do was to just take some time to pause, to stop, to come to a standstill so I can look back and actually see everything I’ve accomplished both with this blog and as a person. It was quite a surprise, but, since I tend to just keeping going forward with hardly a glance over my shoulder, the reminder was quite timely. I was a little surprised to realize everything I had been able to accomplish. While it may seem small, they’re all huge steps to me.
Over the past 6 weeks, my son went back to school and, while I enjoy having time to focus on my daughter, she’s starting to find her own feet and doesn’t always want me around her. It was times like those that I was glad I had baking. Over the holidays, I didn’t bake much. But, once everyone was back to where they needed to be, I found my feet taking me into the kitchen with alarming frequency. I’ve been baking up a storm! Cake, biscuits, pie, muffins, bread. And have been making my own butter from heavy cream. Someone stop me.
I’m a little disappointed I haven’t read quite as much as I had hoped. I slowed down a lot over the holidays, mostly so I could savor my single anticipated read of 2019, Brewed Awakening by Cleo Coyle. Now that reviews are facing me down, and I’m back to accepting review requests, I’m starting to pick up my pace. Fingers crossed I can keep up!
My life lately has been full of being a mom, a baker, and a reader. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like much, but, once the universe told me to just stop I was able to see I’m really doing the things I love, the things that help make me me. I love being a mom. I love having my kids with me and I love raising them. I’m also incredibly fortunate to have an extremely hard working husband who makes it possible for me to not only be home for our kids, but to enjoy my passions of reading, writing, and baking. These are the things I love, so I count myself to be incredibly lucky every day.
Take a Look at My Finding Magic in Motherhood Posts
Part 12: The Relief That Came From Telling My Secret
Enjoy My Parenting Posts
Sending My Child Back to School Makes Me Sad|Some of My Favorite Moments as a Mom|Finding Contentment by Redefining Motherhood
Check Out the Books I Reviewed, the Book Blog Tours I Participated in, and Guest Posts
Reviews: The Secret Chapter by Genevieve Cogman|Mr. Nobody by Catherine Steadman|The Omega Archives by Erik Melendez|Been There, Married That by Gigi Levangie|Master of Sorrows by Justin T. Call
Book Blog Tours: Horseshoes and Hand Grenades by S. M. Stevens|The Third to Die by Allison Brennan|The Unwilling by Kelly Braffet
Guest Posts: Elizabeth Lo, author of The Midnight Before Me|Karen Brenner, author of Appaloosa Sky|I. L. Cruz, author of The Enchanted Isles series
Catch Up On Queen of the Garden of Girls
Enjoy My Ratio Baking Adventures
Learn to Love Mini Cake Tins With Me|Pie Ratio Plus Custard Ratio Equal Chocolate Pie|Triple Berry Muffins|A Quick Guide to Ratio Baking Muffins
Blog Posts I’ve Enjoyed from the Blogging Community
Creatively Thinking: The struggle of claiming the title “writer” from Boondock Ramblings – for anyone who has ever experienced that struggle. I love the little story she has about a conversation with her daughter at the end. So sweet!
The Accolade from By Autumn Rain – When you feel different from everyone else, it’s easy to want to fit in, but it ignores a big part of the self. I love how honest and unapologetic this post is. Being different is fun.
Thoughts on the Disheveled Mother from Taking Up Motherhood – I’ve never felt comfortable with the idea that moms have messy hair and must wear yoga pants, so it’s nice to read of other moms who feel the same.
The Continuing Story of Inez Garza from Fairy Tale Feminista – last year I read a beautiful Latin-inspired fantasy called The Smuggler’s Path and now I’m thrilled the second book in the series is out. Oh, and do check out a lovely guest post from the author about fairy tale romance, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Oh no! Macaroni and cheese! from Stay Positive it’s Autism – kids are often very picky eaters, but children with autism are in a whole other ballpark. I love that this mother is so candid about her journey with a child with autism, and that it’s so relatable even to parents who do not have a special needs child.
New Friends….Oh, No! (An Introvert in Unknown Territories) from Evi. L. Holmes – as a fellow introvert, I completely feel this. Her experiment was quite interesting and, having never really thought too much about the introverted life, her conclusions were really interesting!
I’m glad they have each other…from Listen Y’all… – for any parent with more than one child. This was such a sweet post, and really why I have 2 kids instead of 1.
Being considerate with that friend/colleague who has suffered pregnancy loss from My mad world of Miscarriage – a wonderful post for how people can support those women who had suffered a loss.
So Rejection Sucks, Huh? 12 Lessons I’ve Learned So Far from Brimming – when you’re a writer, you put your heart and soul into every word, so rejection can sting. Though it hurts, I like that she was able to look at it differently and learn a few things we all can keep in mind.
I have a few ideas brewing in my head for how I want to go forward after my break, but I’m probably one of the most indecisive people in the world, which means I could use your help! If you’d like to help me out, please, please, please let me know what you enjoy most on this blog; anything I’ve done that I no longer do that you wouldn’t mind seeing again; and, really, what you come here for. It would really help me make a few decisions if you could let me know. Thank you so much!
Thanks for reading, and Happy Valentine’s Day!
Most Sincerely, kat
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8 thoughts on “The Lily Cafe Digest #8”
Breaks and recharges are always a good idea.
I absolutely agree! As much as I enjoy blogging, a break is always helpful.
Have a nice break, so good that you do that too. I always love reading about your mommy adventures and just what you are up to. I enjoy reading what others are doing out there in the world. We are all so similar I have discovered.
Thank you! It was lovely even though both kids were sick. I find it’s been a lot of fun to write about motherhood and read mom blogs and I absolutely agree we are all so similar. It’s great to know there are so many out there who think and feel nearly the same way.
Hey there Kat – you are such a gifted storyteller and I personally enjoy hearing your endearing reflections about your experiences with your children as well as your relatable adventures in the kitchen. Hope you’ll continue producing wonderful content in these areas as I’m sure your experiences with both will just keep radiating the enjoyment you have even more so.
Wow, thank you so much! Your words really warm my heart. It’s often so hard to know if anyone actually enjoys reading any given blog. I have plenty more to write about motherhood and baking, so those topics won’t be going anywhere. Doing both things make me so happy, and it’s so lovely to know others can recognize and understand it. Thank you so much!
Thanks for mentioning me!
I feel bad that I haven’t been in a ‘comment-y’ frame of mind lately.
Always happy to!
Haha, I completely understand your current frame of mind! I was pregnant with my first when I was blogging in 2013-2014 and took some very liberal breaks from blogging. Though I must say I’m very much enjoying Alice’s story.