Thursday, December 15, 2011

Flipping the Script

So about a week ago I wrote how I might be putting this blog on the back burner for a bit...and there is a 50/50 chance that might still be true.

But during the week that has passed a few things have happened.  First, I received several encouraging notes and nods from friends and fans who totally understood how difficult it was for me to make such a declaration (and until I send you a personal note of thanks, please accept this very public THANK YOU :).  Second, I took a quick car trip to Philly on Sunday and had some time to think.  Third, I had an epiphany.

Starting backwards with the epiphany--this week is my first blogaversay!  It was almost one year ago that the Busy Black Woman blog was born.  How could I possibly think of abandoning this project in its infancy?  It has barely begun to walk on its be on the lookout for my one hundredth post, which I promise come hell or high water, will be written and posted before the end of this year!

Then while driving to Philly, then through Columbia (by way of Highland MD) for a couple of alumnae association Christmas parties, I had a lot of time to myself alone in the car on Sunday to think through a few things.  No, I will not be able to post every day, but I never could keep that type of schedule in the first place.  No, I might not even be able to post once a week--again, I probably never did that with much regularity either.  But the story of my life has been that nothing ever comes easy...and in a way, that has kinda sorta been the point of this blog.  So what if things are unpredictable and hectic and overwhelming and that there are days when all I want to do is sit on the sofa to watch a TVOne marathon of Seasons 2 and 3 of A Different World (after Denise's departure but before Dwayne and Whitley got together) while drinking a bottle of wine all by myself?  That is exactly the life that this Busy Black Woman has been writing about (more or less) for the past year and dagnabit, I have only begun to write!

Which brings me to the words of encouragement...again, THANK YOU!  Some of you already know why this has been a challenging time for me.  Most of you do not and maybe it is time that I used my blogging as a means to express exactly why I have been offline so much.  But....................................

Not here.  And that is because this is supposed to be the funny blog that puts a humorous spin on real life stuff that some of you totally get because you have experienced similar moments of insanity.  And knowing that others get me means that I would rather not turn this into that-depressing-blog-that-used-to-be-funny-but-now-it-is-just-sad.  So while there may be the occasional post that alludes to the drama of my personal life, the actual writing about the situation itself will take place in the Cafe, which is the older sister to this blog. 

Again, thanks for your support and I'll be back soon!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Reality Bites

I've been missing you.  But there has been a lot going on in my personal life that has kept me from writing and so before another month goes by, I wanted to let you know the deal.

If you recall a few months ago, I declared that I was going to reclaim my life, and for a solid month, I participated in a reset program designed to help me with that very task.  Well, I trudged my way through until the almost bitter end with the creation of a vision board remaining as the only outstanding project.  My plan was to work on that along with several new ideas for the expansion of this blog, new work opportunities, and most importantly, a new dedication to creating more balance in my personal life.

As the saying goes, life is what happens while you are busy making plans.  In the midst of resetting and envisioning a better life, I have had to deal with some drastic challenges that have literally overtaken my personal life.  Everything has been put on the back burner, especially this blog.

So as I work through this situation, I just wanted to thank everyone for your support this past year, for it was exactly a year ago that I decided to start this blog.  I am not walking away from this project, but I do need to reexamine how I can continue it in light of the circumstances.  I am a perfectionist, and the only way I can make this work is on my terms.  So until I can commit to a regular schedule of posting new articles, I will have depend on other forms of social media to stay connected--I will continue to tweet the important facts about Busy Black Women whenever I get the opportunity, and I will interact with some of you through the Facebook page and/or real life.  Prayerfully, I will return to a regular posting schedule for the blog in January.

Happy Holidays!