In some ways, this summer is flying by. In other ways, it’s just inching along, one day after another after another. It’s mid July already… We’re in the thick of summer.
Nicole, editor of Simple Organic, had her baby in June. Kara, Simple Kids editor, is due any second. Jamie of Simple Homeschool and I have enjoyed a month-long writing break. And Aimée, passionate about summer food that she is, couldn’t relish the thought of taking a break from editing Simple Bites.
Photo by Keely Scott
A week later, we moved out of our house in Austin, Texas. We then stayed at my parents for two weeks, then Kyle’s parents for two weeks.
During this time, I took my annual summer writing break. As much as I love writing, I’ve found that my body and mind need a respite from the regular publishing.
Art by Departika
It also seems like I return a better writer. I’m refreshed, at minimum.
I returned to Oregon on a Saturday, and the following Friday, we (finally) moved in to our new home here in Bend.
Slowly, slowly, we are unpacking boxes, trying to find the silverware, and acclimating to a new climate. Never in my life have I needed to wear a sweater in the summer.
And throughout the rest of the summer, we’ll continue making this new house of ours into a home. In the next week or two, I’m going to rev back up my writing, and get back to regular podcasting, too.
It’s always a little trepidacious to return to writing after a break, wanting to relish the slower pace of life. I’ve been reminded how passionate I am about living simply, intentionally, and slowly. I love that my writing espouses those ideas — I just need to live that way, too.
Not sure if I’ve said it lately, but I am so unbelievably thankful for all of you. Thank you for reading the ideas on all the simple living blogs, and thank you for sharing your lives with us. I am so unbelievably blessed to run these blogs!
I hope you’ve been enjoying your summer. What has your family been up to?