Things I’ve Been Doing Instead of Blogging

Prior to this post, I had not even logged in to WordPress since my last post on July 17th. Woah.

Pineapples are clearly the new peonies. For some reason, I find that these look way more “Here’s my pineapple. I’m trying too hard” than a picture of fresh flowers.

N tried (key word, TRIED) to veto Spice Girls “Wannabe” from our wedding playlist. Oh hell no.

I became a notary. I’m super official.

I made grilled cheese (results here) and hash browns in my waffle maker. Both were Next up: waffle brownies.

I’m having an intense love affair with Philadelphia. I may have even said “I’m never leaving”.


I haven’t finished a book in a very long time but I have re-watched all of New Girl and the whole season of Odd Mom Out. It rocked, in case you were wondering.

I finally watched 50 Shades of Grey and seriously, what was everyone complaining about? Not bad. Not bad at all. [Please don’t judge me.]

I’ve joined the cult that is Pure Barre. I wanted to not love it but then I did. I’m 10 classes in. Let me know if you’d want a review.

On that note, I’m not sure about how I feel about blatantly being my stereotype. Last weekend I walked to Pure Barre wearing black leggings, a top knot, drinking an iced coffee, and I could not have been any more basic if I tried. Now if only my leggings were Lululemon and not Marshalls sale rack…

Complete with dog hair.
Complete with dog hair.

I don’t know how people work full-time, exercise regularly, maintain a blog, and have children. Like totally clueless. I can’t even handle the first three. Obviously.

My exercise routine is really A+ right now. I’m on my third month of regular exercise. 18 days in June. 18 days in July. 8 days so far in August. BOOM.

My super official, purple check mark tracking system.

I’m 27 and I got bottle service for the first time last weekend. Note: bottle service is ridiculous, overpriced, but still really fun.

I spent at least 6 hours (this is not an exaggeration) scrolling through the Rent the Runway app before I took the plunge and reserved something for an upcoming black tie wedding. Fingers crossed that the dress a) gets to me on time and b) actually fits.

I’ve decided to go nearly platinum blonde. I figure if I’m going to be the palest person in the room, I may as well have pale hair to match. I’ll let you know on August 29th if it was a terrible idea.

Still confused about what people find stressful about wedding planning. I’ve been told by several people that it’s “all the little, last-minute details” that gets stressful. I kind of think that its only as stressful as you choose to let it be.

We sent out our Save the Dates today. You can check them out here. The hardest part was making sure we spelled the names of N’s family members right. Persians love their vowels.

I’m over playing the blogging game. My blogging inspiration has always come in waves but it’s never been non-existent like it is now. I just cannot bring myself to care. I don’t want to write a list post. I don’t want to stage an Instagram photo. I don’t want to sit in front of a screen each night, sitting next to a man who loves me and deserves my attention far more than strangers on the internet (sorry, guys). I don’t want to go to bed past midnight and spend the whole next day exhausted just because “I have to get this post finished”. I’m not sure how I’m going to do this in the future but it won’t be the way I was doing it. It was too consuming. I’m working on doing this crazy thing where I try to live my life more. Maybe it’s the summer or maybe blogging and I just fell out of love. I guess we’ll see.

  • So glad you’re back! I’m right there with you on the wedding planning stuff … We’re 31 days out today and I’m STILL not a big ball of stress like everyone warned me that I would be. I totally feel you on the blogging game, too. I can’t bring myself to write another list post that has probably been done a million times, join link ups where all the posts sound the same, etc. I’ve really just focused on sharing photo diaries of trips, and more heartfelt/personal posts that may or may not resonate with someone else.

    I’ve really started to adapt to the “slow blogging” mentality of only hitting publish when I have something to say that will add value vs noise into the world. Happy to hear I’m not the only one! Thanks for sharing, lady!

    Chelcey |

  • I get it!! I’m kind of out of love with blogging at the moment too. I can’t see myself giving it up entirely, but I just feel so conflicted about the whole thing right now. I didn’t find my wedding planning stressful at all either. I LOVED it and nearly fell into a depression after it was all over. You should enjoy the experience. There are so many who don’t and that is sad.

  • Jae

    I’ve said it before at Emily’s blog, and I’ll say it again: who cares if you got your leggings from Marshalls? No oe can even tell the difference if they’re from Lululemon or not! No shame, girl. Work it! 😉

  • When blogging is out of my life (as bad as it sounds), so many things happen in my life that it gets a bit hectic but when blogging is back in my life, I feel like it’ just another day and that I need friends to go out more or something. Congrats on your fitness progress – I fell off the wagon but keen on getting back onto a workout schedule again once everything calms down a bit! I have yet to invest in anything Lululemon and prooobably won’t because… I’m poor, haha. $7 leggings from Forever21 will do!

  • I know the feeling of not being into blogging — this summer has been crazy busy and blogging just has not been as high on the list as it used to be. I am working on it though. Hopefully you are able to find a good balance 🙂 Blogging does take up more time than I think it should some days ;D
    Also yay for working out so consistently!!

  • I know the feeling about blogging! It’s like every “thing” in my life. I fall in and out of love like monthly. Glad you’re back though!

  • Totally with you on the blogging front. I’ve been traveling, working, relaxing and living life in general. I went to my sister-in-law’s wedding and I think I took all of like 5 pictures. It was more important to me to live in the moment versus take pictures.

  • ellen ross

    Good job on the exercising girl!!

    XO Ellen from Ask Away

  • I’ve rented from Rent the Runway twice and their customer service is fantastic. My dresses didn’t fit both times and they overnighted me something else in a different size. I also took advantage of their 2nd dress free option and had a backup just in case. Don’t be scared…they are awesome.
    And I’m on a blogging break and loving it. I haven’t decided when or if I will be returning. Too much pressure.

  • I’m in that same blogging funk! I would just rather go to drink wine on patios with my friends than come up with a blog topic.

    On the barre note – glad you’re loving it! I was in the PB 250 club before I started teaching another method at another studio and I will always SWEAR by barre – it’s so good for you!

  • Ugh. As someone who hasn’t blogged since 7/23 (though I keep saying “I’ll post tomorrow”), I get what you’re going through. I started working full time and then BAM…no more time for blogging. Sure, I could do it at night. However, as lady who hates sacrificing sleep and whose apartment is a disaster zone and whose boyfriend keeps telling her that “we need to eat in more to save money” I just haven’t found the time. Also, I’m starting to do more Barre classes and am really loving it. Also also, your Save The Dates are on point.

  • I know how you feel about the blogging. I got tired of it took a 9 month break and then missed it. I have trouble maintaining working full time, working out & blogging too. So I only blog once a week now maybe twice and I love it so much more now!

  • Anna Keller

    I’ve been meaning to watch Odd Mom Out and I’m happy to hear it lived up to the hype! Now I know what I’ll be doing this Saturday night (with a bottle of wine and some cheetos, maybe…)!

  • is it bad (because I do love it when you blog) that my favorite part of this is the last paragraph? it comes, it goes – hopefully it’ll come again (she says selfishly) but if not… you’re at peace with it and that’s awesome. a lot of us aren’t!

  • I totally want to hear about Pure Barre.

  • PaellaSabbatical

    Have missed reading your posts but glad to hear that your life sounds really lovely at the moment! I do barre3 online and would be curious to hear your take on Pure Barre to compare them. Also if you haven’t done this in the past, I would totally love a post on any puppy training tips you used for Archie – I just got a chocolate lab pup!

  • I’ve been going through the exact same thing. Haven’t posted since mid-July, really over the whole concept of blogging. I’ve noticed that I tend to like it the most in spring/fall, so who knows if I’ll end up loving it again, but I’m really going to try to focus on real life and more serious writing. Whatever you end up doing, have fun 🙂

  • Kelly

    I love this recap, I often feel the same way and am actually thinking of taking a break towards to end of September as work goes into the busy season. I have been to Pure Barre a few times but would love to hear your take on it!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Taylor Grace

    we’re such basic bride-to-bes 🙂 I also just started working out (I’ve gone for 3 weeks woo!) and feel just as basic as you. also take your blog break. I’ll still check your page every day.

  • Two things: I just started Odd Mom Out and really like it, and I’m impressed that you can do Pure Barre two days in a row! As they say, let it burn.


  • I think it’s great that you’re following the natural rhythmic ebb and flow of life. Balance is so important! I have just recently starting blogging, and I am also blown away by how all-consuming it can become if you let it. Especially when you include all the social media expectations now. Also, in your calendar for July 5th I thought it said, “Smile Walk,” and I thought to myself, “I have to got to ask find out what that is!” Then I realized it was actually 5 mile. Hopefully it was still full of smiles. 🙂

  • I can relate to this haha! For a while I was doing anything but blogging; now I’m kind of back into the swing of things. Looking forward to your comeback!

    PS. “It’s only as stressful as you choose to let it be.” – I so needed to hear that. Will be writing it on my wall shortly, just to serve as an everyday reminder haha!

    Much love from x

  • Keep up with the good job! Weekly routine is one of the best things to stay focused 🙂

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