One of the hardest things about blogging for me (and one of the reasons that I filter in and out so much lately) is that, as much as I enjoy blogging, it can often cause stress for me.

If I dont post on time, I feel guilty. If I dont reply to a comment that I intend to, I feel guilty.

Its funny that something that brings me so much happiness, companionship and release can also cause feelings of stress and guilt --- Such is life, I guess.

I am constantly recreating the boundaries for myself around blogging so that I am able to realistically keep it in my life, but also continue to glean from it and not be drained by it.

So, for me, right now, it means that if I need to post less in order to reply to comments/emails more, then so be it. I blog for myself and the relationships that are created here, not necessarily for other people. I have retained a small readership, even through my lengthy hiatuses, and those are the people that are important to me.

Keeping all the aspects of my life in perspective has been a big learning curve for me this year and I plan for it to continue to be a learning experience for me into and throughout this next year. Balance is so key to a healthy life. I love being able to fit in all the aspects of life that I enjoy while still keeping the balance.

So to those of you who have hung around, I thank you and value your readership more than you know.


  1. thanks for stopping by my blog! i love finding new blogs as well. sounds like you are off to a great start for 2012. keeping the balance is so important and it's great to keep things in perspective and prioritize what is really important in YOUR life. xo

  2. @jennifer- I couldnt agree more, balance is so crucially important!

  3. Thanks for this post (and for stopping by my blog). It really hit home for me. I just started blogging and I am already feeling the stress of trying to balance my life and the blog. Hopefully, as I learn more about the blogging world, I can also learn to balance.

    I am looking forward to following your blog!

  4. I will always stick by you, Cruz, and your blog. You rock, girl! :) xx