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An overdue Thank You

Dear Readers,

Today’s post is a simple Thank You note.

I haven’t said before today, how much I appreciate you. Without you, I would simply be talking to myself (to begin with, I wasn’t sure I wasn’t talking to myself)! Over time, I have seen more of you drop by, have a look around, and return, and, more recently, some of you have commented and given me valuable feedback. Whether that be here in the comments box, or a more personal note to my email, I hope that I have responded to all of you individually in a way that shows my appreciation (if I haven’t, do call me on it!) as this interaction is valuable to me. I have learned and continue to learn from the feedback I receive, and some of you have become good friends.

As well as those of you I now know, I would also like to thank you, my silent readers. I don’t know who you are, and may never know, but I do know that you have passed through, having landed on my page for whatever reason, and stayed, and some of you have even returned to read more. If you have just arrived here – perhaps you were searching for ‘self service checkout’ and found yourself reading my rant (my blog statistics tell me that many of you arrive via this post) – then perhaps you might like to stay a while. Maybe grab a drink and take a look around. If you like what you read then perhaps I’ll meet you here again sometime…

If you are a regular reader, you may recall I took a ‘time out‘ back in June, as I shifted my focus to my wedding and marriage, amongst other things. I have been thinking again recently about my need for an occasional time out, to ensure that my focus is where it’s needed most. A recent guest post on my time offline over at Matt Madeiro‘s blog, Three New Leaves, reminded me of how important this is to me, and so, as I find my focus required elsewhere for a while, I will be taking another short ‘sabbatical.’ I’m not sure how long this will be, yet. It may be a week, it may be a few, but I will be back in a month, if not before, and the reason for my shift in focus will be revaled in time.

In the meantime, I just wanted to say Thank You.

Taking time out

Hello Dear Readers,

If you follow me on twitter, you have have noticed that I have been rather quiet lately, well, the reason for this is my impending wedding, which is now only five weeks away!  If you’ve ever been involved in organising a wedding, you’ll be well aware how much headspace it can take up.  As it draws closer, I am spending more and more time on what I am calling ‘wedding admin’ – counting rsvps, checking dietary requirements, updating table plans (and hoping X won’t mind being on the same table as Y), and so on.  The trouble is, as I am spending so much time on wedding admin, and of course there is work, other personal commitments, and trying to still find time to be creative, I am losing out on thinking time.

A while ago, I wrote a poem for a wedding, entitled ‘This is not just a wedding,’ and although the words were specific to this couple, the title rings true for me too.  This is not just a wedding, it’s a marriage.  It’s not about table plans and dietary requirements and whether people will get on and where we need to be and when… It’s about me, and him, coming together as a new family, and what that might mean for us.

So, I’m taking a ‘Time Out,’ to concentrate on my wedding, to enjoy my honeymoon, and to make sure I spend as much thinking time on my marriage, as I have been on my ‘wedding admin.’

I may pop up online (most likely on twitter) between now and June, but after that, I’ll effectively be offline until July, so I’ll see you back here then!