Wednesday, April 2, 2014
As you may recall, I stopped blogging in 2009 (mostly) because I had gone back to work full-time and something had to go.
I was sad to stop blogging, because I loved it, and I often thought about starting back up again. However, I did not want to start a new one until I knew I could 100% commit to it.
Life had some twists and turns - I worked hard, became the Chief Financial Officer, then I reduced my hours a bit, my husband started his own business and I decided to return home. As I returned home, I knew I needed to generate income around my kids' schedule, so I could stay here for a good, long while. I started a CPA/consulting business and started to research making a blog viable.
In January I took the plunge! Since you were a subscriber before, I wanted to share my new blog with you.
Counting Willows is a blog about joyfully adding order to a messy, beautiful life. It is about being purposeful and organized without draining joy out of life. Adding enough order to maximize time and space, but to use that extra time to do fun, joyful things with those we love.
I share recipes, organizing projects, systems that work for our household, funny stories, funny pictures, decorating projects and, of course, my thoughts on life in general.
During the month of April, I am taking on the BIG Spring Clean and whipping my house into shape in anticipation of my oldest son's graduation from high school - can you believe that? 18 years old!
I hope you will join me on my blog! I just finished a new design and I am working on some extra pages, but posts are up five days a week and I would love to have you join me again.
Thanks so much for joining me for Leaving Excess; I truly hope you will check out Counting Willows.
Enjoy your day and all my best to you,
Monday, August 2, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Saturday, December 19, 2009
It started out OK in October, but then this happened and life spiraled out of control with the addition of the holidays and some serious stressors at work. You could say, "Well, things will get better!" And yes, they sometimes will, but the simple fact is that I am the mother of four kids, ages 3-13 and am key to running two companies and I have the responsibility of the overall management the household.
This post here really struck a chord with me. This would be a busy season for any woman; let's face it - most days have too much to do crammed into not enough time.
While I really do feel like an epic failure to not be able to fit in all the things I would love to have time for, the simple truth is that for me, right now, I am needed to be so, so much to so, so many and there just is not much left (if any) most of the time. There are times when I could work blogging happily into my life, but I am just not happy with a once a month posting schedule and that is what I would be able to pull together more often than not.
I am so glad that I tried to make a come back, if only to be absolutely sure I am making the right decision. And by the way, I am making this decsion from a really good place. I am finally ready for the holidays, am looking to be able to take some time off and I have finished my most pressing projects at work (and kicked butt at it, thank you very much) - I feel like a thousand tons of brick have been lifted from me - I can breathe again. And I rather enjoy breathing.
I wish I could find a way to let each of you really know how much it has meant to me that you stopped in each day or week or whenever to hear what I had to share. Thank you! And I wish you all the very best that comes with working to grow and learn and better yourself.
Feel free to use this site as a resource. I intend to leave it up until the domain is up for renewal, so you should have access until May sometime. If I find myself dying to say something, maybe I will offer up a guest post from time to time to some of my favorite bloggers (to give them a much needed break!).
If I may impart one last thought to ponder:
All my best,
It is OK to let something go. You can only have so many priorities, and if one has to slip, then sometimes it just is what it is. No one can do it all, so don't be afraid to do a reality check once in a while.
When you notice one who seems to do it all, then rest assured she is struggling to keep some other area of her life together - whether you see it or not. Wish her all the best as she works it all out for herself. And offer up a drink and an ear until she is able to figure it out.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
The Schahn Project
December 1998 – Present
Raising four children, ages 18 months to 12 years and managing all our household activities, chores, meals, maintenance, remodeling/improvement projects, logistics and repairs. The skills I have strengthened while being at home full time include patience, compassion, delegation, organization, leadership, the ability to prioritize, negotiation, budget, project and time management and humility.