What I Know For Sure

By Katie, 6:20 am

What I know for sure is that something’s gotta give.

What I know for sure is that my plate is overflowing.

What I know for sure is that I’ve once again been trying to play the role of Miss Over Achiever, Do-It-All, Superwoman. I’m the proud owner of a new house and a new job promotion. I’ve joined a new church and started a new role as a non-profit Board member. I’ve started volunteering in the community and contributing to a creative writing critique group. I’ve doubled my commute and quadrupled my responsibilities and commitments.

What I know for sure is that even though all of these things make my life richer and fuller and more exciting, they also require a whole lot of energy and brain power, of which I seem to have a finite amount.

What I know for sure is that at the end of the day, I’m finding myself with a choice. I can either cook a healthy dinner or I can blog. I can either sneak in a bit of exercise or I can blog. I can either spend an hour relaxing with my husband or I can blog. I can either indulge in some new interests and hobbies I’ve found or I can blog.

What I know for sure is that I need to start choosing the former.

What I know for sure is that true health – the whole self health I’m always talking about – requires living with awareness, with mindfulness, with an appreciation for the present moment. It requires cutting ourselves some slack and lovingly accepting our limitations. It requires slowing down, stopping to smell the roses.

It requires all of the things I haven’t been doing.

What I know for sure is that I will be taking an indefinite hiatus from blogging.

What I know for sure is that this decision has been incredibly difficult, which is why I’ve taken a long time to come out and say it. I know I will miss everything about blogging – the writing, the connecting, the sharing. I know I will miss all of you immensely.

But I also know that stepping away is what I need right now.

I know for sure that in taking a break from Health for the Whole Self, I am in essence embodying that blog title. I am choosing to prioritize my health in the broadest sense of the word.

What I know for sure is that this is a decision all of you can appreciate.

Finally, what I know for sure is that I am deeply thankful for the opportunity to connect with all of you. I am thankful for those of you who read, who commented, who e-mailed. I am thankful for those of you who agreed and for those of you who challenged. I am thankful for the ideas that have been shared and the encouragement that has been given, by all of us.

Until we meet again! ♥

37 Responses to “What I Know For Sure”

  1. Simply Life says:

    sounds like the right decision to do at this point – enjoy your time!

  2. Blogging can so easily take away that precious little extra time we have. I can totally understand your decision to not blog for a while. I’d love to see you around again one day. But no pressures. You need to do what’s right for you!

  3. I completely understand your decision to step away for a while. I’ve had my own thoughts about taking some time away. Having a crazy schedule makes blogging SO difficult while also trying to take good care of yourself.

    I hope to see you again in the future and will miss you while you’re gone!

  4. Good for you for putting you at the top of your list. I am so proud of you an do hope you will stay in touch.

  5. Kelly says:

    Oh Katie…I am going to miss you!!! If you are on FB friend me…Kelly Bruneman…and I am REALLY proud of you for making this hard decision! Hugs!!

  6. Sam says:

    You’ll be missed, but I totally get it!! I hope the best for you!

  7. Katie, it’s absolutely a decision we can all support! You’re so wise and it’s great to see you practicing the things you blog about. I’ll miss your posts, of course, but it’s more important that you live your life and do the things that make you happy!

  8. Tamara says:

    Good for you for keeping your priorities straight. I love reading your posts because you put so much thought and work into them, but that’s precisely why you should take a break! I can completely identify with overextending yourself. I have two big personal projects, an internship and two jobs right now. My blog is barely an option anymore. Last night it came down to a choice between those projects, folding the laundry, washing the dishes or /sleep/. I was stupid and chose the chores over the sleep, and now my brain is working at 80% efficiency.

    Besides, I also know that if you’re tired and have to force yourself to post, you won’t be in top blogging form. Don’t just use the time you would have blogged for your zillion new commitments; set it aside for television or long baths or quality time with your husband. You deserve it.

  9. Katie, I’m going to absolutely miss your wise and eloquent posts! But I’m happy that you’ve made a decision that feels so right for you. This is definitely an exciting time in your life with so many fantastic opportunities, and again, I’m super thrilled for you!

  10. bubu says:

    Just to echo everyone else: you and your blog will be greatly missed, but I can absolutely understand and appreciate why you are doing. I’m constantly amazed at the time and effort my favorite bloggers (you amongst them) put into their blogs, and I feel quite the freeloader in just getting to read and learn and be inspired and comment – so thanks for such a wonderful run, and I’m sure if you are ever inspired to return, your loyal readers will be delighted!

  11. I am really proud of you!!! I know how hard this must have been, but you are so right when you say that by stepping away you are embracing the title and intention of this blog! Kudos and congrat and good luck in your new adventures!

  12. kell says:

    what i know for sure . . . i will miss your daily inspiration immensely, but am even greater inspired by your courage to follow your heart :-) cheers to living the good life!

  13. I shall miss you, sweet Katie! Om shanti and blessings!

  14. I echo what every one else has said so far…I’m gonna keep you in my reader though :-)

  15. Sarah says:

    We’ll miss you Katie!! But you need to do what’s best for you :) Thanks for all your blog posts and helping your readers!!

  16. I had to take a serious break for a while too and haven’t been blogging as regularly since. My numbers are waaaaaaaaaay down but I had to make myself a priority. I think you and me have the whole “all or nothing approach” but it doesn’t have to be that way. It depends on where you are in blogging and life and maybe you’re done here in this space but maybe you’re not and it just needs to be on different terms. :)
    Good luck with everything. I’m sure you’ll kick ass in all of these amazing things. Working towards happiness is the only thing we can really do!

  17. So glad you’re taking the time to care for YOU.

    No matter how we slice it, dice it, and organize, there are still only 24 hours in each day. To use a food analogy, I think many of us end up with “eyes too big for our stomach” when it comes to life – I want to do this, and this, and this, and oh, let’s try some of this, and I have to have some of THAT, too,” ending up with a life that’s uncomfortably overstuffed. Sometimes it takes time to find a healthy balance (a mystic goal I still seek).

    Besides, as @Elina points out, (Northern Hemisphere) summer reader numbers seem to be down across the blogosphere anyway – hers are, mine are, and I’ve heard others say the same. So it’s a good time to dial it back.

  18. PlumPetals says:

    I think it’s fantastic that you’re putting yourself first. Will miss your blog posts! Good luck :)

  19. Beth says:

    Sounds like you’re making a smart, “healthy” call on this one :)

    I know exactly how you feel, I think. I started a new job six months ago. It is not what I want, but it is decent money which is no sure thing in the current economy. Since I started the job and added a 45-minute each way commute to my life, nothing has been the same. I can’t cook healthy dinners every night. I can’t work out as much as I would like. I get tense just driving to work because of the traffic.

    Long story short, sometimes you have to scratch something off your personal list — at least for the moment. You’ve done a wonderful job on the blog. It’s lifted my spirits and made me smile more than a few times! Sounds like you’ll still be very busy … best wishes to you and your husband!

  20. Emily says:

    I agree with everyone else that you’re absolutely making the best call for you. I will greatly miss your posts and hope to see you back here one day, but you really can’t preach what you don’t practice right?

    All the best to you!

  21. Gloria says:

    I never wrote to you but I always read, I´m from México and all I have to say is GRACIAS!!! you are an inspiration and I happen to like you some much I´m going to miss you deply, All the best in you new life.

  22. Marzipan says:

    Perfect post, for a perfect “finish”. Selfishly, I will be awaiting your return, and I, too, will not delete you from my reader. I have adored getting to know you and reading all of your posts so far. Don’t be a stranger. GOOD LUCK. xoxoxo

  23. Cristina says:

    You’ll be missed for sure but good for you for making that choice and putting yourself first. It’s very admirable!

  24. Karen says:

    You will be missed Katie however I support your decision to focus on yourself and your relationships as a priority over blogging right now. Your readers will be here for you when you are ready to return. Your posts have always inspired me and I will remember many of the thought provoking discussions I have had based on your posts. Thank you!!

  25. thank you for everything that you’ve done. your blog was one of the first encouragements for me to confront my disordered eating head-on and take steps toward recovery. i really don’t know where i’d be today without your inspiring and uplifting words.

    i am so glad that you have decided to focus on balancing the priorities that are most important to you, but i do hope that you decide to return to blogging one day. my situation is clear proof that you can, and DO, make a difference to women every day.

    with sincerest gratitude,

  26. I am just getting caught up…wow. I give you MAD props though for doing what you feel is best for you and not just continuing out of pressure. I will miss your inspiratino though!

  27. Monica J says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful support over past year and a half. You have been such an inspiration. Glad you have made a decision to take time for yourself and your life! :) :) That in and of itself is commendable!!!

  28. Alisuchi says:

    I know I’m echoing everyone who has commented above, but I’d just like to say I’ll miss your insightful posts that seemed to address exactly the issue I’d been dealing with, or the little words of advice or encouragement that always came at just the right time. So thank you :)

  29. Tori says:

    Katie, i will miss your insightful and inspiring words of wisdom! I’ve never commented here, but i’ve been a reader for quite a long time…
    I used to put lots on my plate as well on top of commuting for 2-3 hours each day … i have four kids and am lucky enough to now have a job close to home … i hope with all my heart that you will one day not have to do that commute anymore!

  30. Nicole, RD says:

    You are eloquent beyond words. I am just now seeing this post because I have been struggling with, and working on that balance. I am so glad you’re finding yours. You will be missed, I hope to keep in touch :) Enjoy all the excitement in your life right now – you deserve it!

  31. Good for you for recognizing that you had just TOO Much going on. You will be missed but I understand that something had to give. Enjoy your new promotion, house and everything great you have going on! (But come back soon! :) )

  32. i believe we all go through these periods and have to decide on our priorities then time seems to open up again to make it more enjoyable and doable

  33. Cathy says:

    What I know for sure… is that:
    . i’ve ALWAYS enjoyed your blogs!!!
    . i want you to enjoy your new house (and life!) as much as your kitties do :)
    . that your decision honors the name of your website… and yourself.., you can’t go wrong with either…
    what i WISH for sure.. is that i’ll get to read you again!!! (maybe weekly… or monthly??… maybe… (the possibilities are endless… :) )
    I realllllllllllllly enjoy(ed) your blogs, really,
    thank you Katie!!!xxx

  34. Dana says:

    I’ll miss your posts but I understand your choices! I had to take a few months off of blogging myself. It’s actually really helpful :) wishing you the best of luck


  35. I’ve been super busy over the past few weeks but realized the other day I hadn’t seen any updates from you pop up in my reader. Now I know why. While I’ll miss reading your posts, it sounds like you have a lot of amazing things going on in your life. Best of luck with everything – I hope to read something from you again in the future!

  36. I feel like i have been inspired and grew to learn so much from you. So much of what you have shared with us and shared with me echos within and i have really been amazed to have witnessed your love of life and what you have to share with the world. You have covered some of the most important and poignant subjects..some even taboo, but every one of them served their purpose to educate, inspire, and connect.

    whatever you choose to do, know that it will serve a similar purpose in this world. no matter what you do, where you go, or when you do it, you will always be a measure of love, and the measure of what beauty is, inside and out.

    Thank you for being my inspiration.


  37. You’ve made the decision I haven’t had the guts to make yet. I think mine goes beyond blogging, though. I have some major choices to make in every part of my life..I will definitely use your words as inspiration as I face some of those decisions. Very telling, isn’t it, how I didn’t even find this post until now? That shows you how much time I have for blog reading lately…

    I’ll miss hearing about your new life. I wonder though, won’t you miss blogging? I find it very therapeutic, and it fills a need I can’t fill elsewhere. Maybe we’ll hear from you again, on a not-so-daily basis? I hope so! But only if it fits in and feels healthy for you. BIG kudos to you for knowing when to say when, and for putting your life first! See you soon! (?)

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