It’s been 6 months since I’ve posted here. That wasn’t intentional, but it continues to be nearly impossible to teach middle school full-time, parent two kids full-time, take care of myself, and do any blogging. This site has never been built on consistency and it’s comforting to know that the readers who matter most will always be around – there are so many of you who regularly ask if I’ve written anything lately – and that I can continue to keep this corner of the internet alive as long as I want regardless of how much I post.
A lot of my friends and former blogging colleagues have shut down their sites in the past couple years. It’s totally understandable. The world and our lives are very different than they were a decade or more ago. I frequently see comments along the lines of “as a former healthy living blogger” that are generally accompanied by self-deprecation and notes about personal growth. I get it. As much as I was always on the outside border of that label, I’m happy to be done with it as well. Looking back there was a lot I did and said that I see differently now, on both personal and systemic levels. Existing on the internet is very, very different than it was in the pre-Instagram, pre-TikTok age. And we’re full-blown adults now with kids and mortgages, not twenty-somethings with too much time on our hands.
That said, I love Relishments, even when every day life makes it impossible for me to invest my time here. I’ve come to terms with the fact that, at least for now, this blog (and to a lesser extent, the associated social media) are going to be a seasonal endeavor. I have lots of ideas for the summer. Will I fail to post between September and June when I’m back at work? Possibly, but I’m okay with that.