To Blog or Not to Blog?

I think you know my answer to that headline, but before we get into the nitty-gritty of the question, I must share with you that I felt a bit of panic when my son’s teacher told me in a school conference last week that there were only 32 days left of school.

Life as I currently know it is about to change.

I got a taste of what life was like without school and structure over Spring Break.  Some of it is good.

I actually look forward to the lazy summer mornings.  Yea!

But I will go ahead and say that the schedule will not be good for this little blog. 

So where does that leave us?  I’m too invested to say goodbye to blogging, but I’ve got some changes up my sleeve.

I started this blog to create a professional writing portfolio again and also to melt a little bit of stress in my life.  I love that it’s a blank canvas for me to be creative and to tell you a story.  

I love that it has enabled me to pursue my interest in travel writing, particularly in the hotel market. 

I love the new friendships that it has brought into my life, and I love the new opportunities that have come my way since publishing my first post.

For the past year and a half, though, I treated this blog as the new baby in the house, and nurturing it has almost been a full-time job.  When I started it January 2011, I had an infant who took TWO naps a day and a preschooler who was gone every morning of the week. 
Some days she won't nap at all now. 

I had time to write.  I had time to be creative, but I still had time to do the family things I needed to do.  Laundry didn’t sit for days in the laundry room like it does now so I can tend to blog business.

Little by little, I’ve had less and less time to produce the quality of writing that I expect from myself for this space, but yet, I’ve still tried to keep up with an unrealistic pace of publishing posts by burning the midnight oil. 

I write a lot on the weekends, but my dream has come true, and the travel side of my blog is taking off to new places, so to speak. My weekends are going to be a lot busier this summer.  But it’s not just about the writing.  Photo editing and uploading posts take time, too.  I’m still going to post in this space, but the key will be quality over quantity.  There will be no schedule, and I will post at least once a week.

Some of you may even crave glimpses of the story in the making before it even makes it way to this space.  To you, that may be more fun than what I do here.  Some things I do don’t even make it to this space at all.

I’ve got a solution for that.  Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or Instagram, and you’ll see a lot more of this…
"Recharging Our Parent Batteries. Going Out for Thai Food. on Saturday Night" 

And this…
"Strawberry Shortcake at @BusyBeeCafe. It was awesome!"

Or this…

"Who needs a playset when they have Daddy's tractor. I guess she'll like curls, pearls, and tractors."

I’m also excited to announce that I’m taking the blog on the road again in May.  I’ll be on-scene in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. My family is coming along with me. It’s going to be a great trip, and I’ll have lots for you to see right as I see it.  I will be staying in a luxurious family cabin at the historic and beautiful Mast Farm Inn in Valle Crucis, North Carolina.   Mast Farm Inn is well known for its gourmet dining, and the innkeepers will be releasing a new cookbook this summer.  I can't wait to get my hands on that!

Blowing Rock, North Carolina was voted as the prettiest town in North Carolina in a recent poll.  I have been to the town before so I have to agree.  It's a charming town with shops, bistros, and the gorgeous mountains as a backdrop.  Boone, North Carolina is a little more populated year-around, and is home to Appalachian State University.  There is so much to see in this area including Grandfather Mountain, and Tweetsie Railroad.  I'll be conveniently located for the sights in the brand new Courtyard Boone Marriott which opened in January.  My kids are going to love the indoor pool. After hours of research, and reading reviews for the area,  I decided these two hotels would be the best fit for my family.  I can't wait to take you along. 

So I may get busier with school being out, but I think we’re going to have even more fun along the way.

I hope you stay on board for Summer Vacation.  The ride is going to be good.

Oh, the places we’ll go!

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I'll be back later this week.  It's not summer yet.

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