It’s gonna be quiet around here this week

West Virginia Sunrise
When I first started blogging, there was one rule of blogging that all serious bloggers followed: post often and post consistently.

Not posting wasn’t done unless it was a family emergency, and taking time off required all kinds of finagling — scheduling guest posts and reposts and writing ahead.

Thankfully, that has changed, and it’s more common these days for bloggers to take short breaks for various reasons.

I always do it the last week of the year, and this year I did it in February in preparation of our relaunch as well.

And I’m going to do it again next week.

Because I’m sharing more of “me” here on the blog these days, I’m just gonna be honest here:

I’m tired, y’all.

This summer included the relaunch of the Easy Homemade ebook as well as several huge Kindle conversion projects, and at one point I literally worked 16 hour days for 2 weeks straight to fulfill a commitment I’d made. {I don’t recommend it.}

It also included several months of intermittent sleep as we try to figure out what’s going on with Jackson’s tummy, plus a trip to North Carolina to help my parents unpack their new home.

And we spent two weeks frantically trying to get our house ready for sale…only to decide we’re not really ready to move after all.

The 101 Days of Christmas series starts in just two weeks, and I’m beyond excited. But I need a break before we dive in!

We’re also gearing up for the new school year, but if I’m honest, our girls could use some more input from mom as well. They’ve been pushing the limits and seeing how little work they can get away with in school, and we need to get back to basics. We’re going to hold mommy boot camp next week and review expectations, routines, etc.

And we’ve been eating like crap. Not just making little exceptions in favor of sanity but sliding fully into the realm of horrible eating habits. I’ll be sharing more about my own healthy living bootcamp when I return, but don’t miss the resource that has me excited about reprioritizing our food and product choices once again.

If you’re just stopping by for the first time, welcome! I’m so sorry I’m not here to greet you personally, and I do hope you’ll stick around until I get back. Want to get to know me and Life Your Way a little better? Here are some of my favorite posts from the archives:

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Enjoy the first week of September, and I’ll see you soon!

Mandi Ehman is the blogger behind Life Your Way. She and her husband have four beautiful girls plus one baby boy, and together they live, work and homeschool on a little slice of heaven in wild, wonderful West Virginia. Mandi loves coffee, chocolate, easy meals, beautiful things and minimalist spaces.
  • Sara Kilpatrick

    Hope you enjoy your week off! Those of us who work a regular 8 to 5 job get vacation time and bloggers should too!

  • Sarah Rombauer

    Enjoy your week! We had to go back to bootcamp this past week with our kids (1st and 3rd grade) and the week ended very well. It was tough on all of us!

  • http://www.heatherssweetsandtreats.com Heather

    Good for you! Enjoy your rest!

  • Amy

    enjoy yourself…. can’t wait to see your Christmas countdown. I enjoyed last year. downloaded some of your ebooks can’t wait read them later today….

  • Diana

    Great plan! Enjoy that time off. You totally need it :) (Ps. I’m glad to hear you’re not moving yet! You guys seem to love that place too much :) )

  • My_Jesse_Tree

    Mandi, I’m super glad you’re going to enjoy some time off!

    Your post remind me a lot of my life last year trying to finish writing my first book… Up till 3am, work my full time job, up with little baby all night. Basically no sleep.

    I can’t wait for your 101 Days till Christmas Series! It is fun to see someone else thinking about Christmas this early. I’m getting ready to launch a Jesse Tree site to help families with Advent activities.. and it just seems crazy early, like it is still summer.

    Its great to see someone else is already thinking Christmas too :)

  • http://joyceandnorm.wordpress.com/ Joyce (and Norm)

    We’ll be here when you’re back! :)