Thursday, March 7, 2013

Life in Hats…

Welcome to The Writers’ Post Thursday Blog Hop!!  I am your host this week.

If you haven’t already noticed, my blog posts are few and far between as of late.   Life in a huge way has taken over.  I always write in my journal (you remember the pen to paper stuff) but finding time to express myself in my own little blog, let a lone the desire to do so, is very hit or miss.  And this has caused me to make some very heart wrenching decisions.

hatHonestly, there is a part of me that has felt over-stretched for sometime.  As one of my good friend likes to tell me, “Jenn, you are a woman with too many hats.”  I think literally the statement could have been more accurate if he had said, “Jenn, you are a woman with too many boots,” but well he hasn’t seen my boot collection—and he wasn’t speaking literally. 

I’ve known this person for almost 10 years and he has been saying this for at least 9 of those years.  Basically, he’s known I’ve always stretched myself too thin and I do have too many “hats” –you know the mom-hat, the wife-hat, the teacher-hat, the photographer-hat, the blogger-hat, the rescue-mom-hat, the working-woman-hat, the cleaning-hat,  the computer-tech-hat, and oh the list goes on.

My experience has taught me that life is a lot like the seasons, eventually things change.  For me—the hardest part is letting go of something I feel is very much a part of me, and yet if I am ever to solve my “hat” problem, I need to just let go of some hats, even if just for a little while.  And the funny thing I’ve just realized, while typing this is that, I’ve known this to be true for sometime, actually, longer than I am willing to admit.

Letting go of blogging, Wine-n-Chat, and The Writers’ Post for awhile is necessary.  My life’s focus has sprung a new direction.  My love for wine will never die—but my passion for writing about it and the chatty side of life needs to take a back seat.  I need to shelve this hat for awhile and it is time.

The Writers’ Post will continue to thrive—with Corinne from Everyday Gyaan stepping up to lead the way. The community will thrive under a new direction and it will still be a great place to get connected in the blogging world.  The Blog Hops will continue every Thursday!!  I won’t be completely out of the picture there—however, it will be nice to let someone else lead for awhile and breathe in new life.

So, in a figurative way, it is time for me to stop juggling so many hats, to dwindle down my hat collection, and appreciate the finer details of the hats that remain.   It is time to live life in a “one-hat-at-a-time” mode.  And the decision hasn’t been as hard as I thought it would be, it has been a bit freeing in many ways.

This week’s prompt—is really wide open for interpretation—asked on a figurative level:

How many hats do you wear?

If you could cut a hat out of your collection, which one would it be and why?

I would love to hear from you!!   Join us in our weekly blog hop—you have an entire week to join in (Thursday through Wednesday!)

As Always~Cheers!!

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11 comments:

JourneyofLife said...

Ugh! I am kinda sad to hear this but I know it is coming ...And my hat (hats) to let go? something to think about...

Jenn said...

Thanks Angela-- please don't be sad-- it is all good-- I am looking forward to a break. Thanks for commenting!! Cheers, Jenn

Corinne Rodrigues said...

I admire your 'hat-collection', Jenn. But I know what you mean about changing seasons and making choices... The Writer's Post will always be your baby - thanks for trusting me with it for a while. What makes it easy is to know that you'll be around. ♥

Jenn said...

Corinne-- you must know how much I really appreciate you taking the reigns for awhile :D Thank you. And yes, I'll be around!!! ♥

Kathy Combs said...

Having known you for a while, I know as well as anyone how many hats you have juggled and worn admirably over the years. I honestly don't know how you did it for this long. You have always had a lot on your plate and I think you have earned time to chill a bit. You need to enjoy your life and your family. Before you know it, they will be grown up and off living their own lives. I am sad to hear you stepping down a bit, but also happy for you because I know that you will be filling that extra free time with things you are truly passionate about and enjoying your life instead of feeling strapped and pressured to perform.
I will have to think about this hats concept.

Kathy
http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

Jenn said...

Thank you Kathy for your kind words. I just know for now life is pulling me another direction. And I'm going to embrace it. As for the topic-- it can be a really loose interpretation of "Hats" or "roles" we play. Just have fun with it!! :D

Talya L. Boerner said...

I just linked up with A Very Good Year. My husband is my inspiration. He made it possible for me to leave my 25 year banking job to pursue my writing dreams...

Joyce said...

I don't think my post is what you meant by hats, but here it is anyway--a literal approach to the topic. Thanks for wearing the Writer's Post hat. We've enjoyed the connections.

http://joycelansky.blogspot.com/2013/03/writers-post-mister-hats.html

Paula Martin said...

We'll miss you, but you're right that sometimes one hat (or more) has to be put away for a time. Have a good break - and enjoy your others hats!

Lisa Newlin said...

Although I'm sorry you feel overwhelmed, I completely understand how you feel. I also wear too many hats, or in my case, Pajama Jeans.

Good for you for taking care of yourself and recognizing it!

Maggie Reyes said...

Wow! this is so timely! I *love* the Writer's Post Forum which I just recently found - but this week realized, there was no way I could keep up with all the posts. I totally understand needing to change priorities and directions. My favorite thought about this is that we live our life in chapters. Each chapter brings a different adventure or focus, and that's okay. Best wishes with whatever direction life is taking you!

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