Friday, July 8, 2011

Taking a Break

While this post is listed under Q's name, it is from all three of us to let you know that the Wabisabi sisters are going to take a break from blogging.

A year and a half ago we sisters started Wabisabi Mama as a fun project we could work on together that would give us the opportunity to share our thoughts and experiences as young mothers. We've loved having this space and the friends that we've made.

But recently we've been feeling over-burdened. Q has returned to work (exciting theater project with Dog & Pony DC) and undergone IVF (unsuccessful this last time round, so it's back to the drawing board); M is trying to balance career, fitness and family; and D is in the midst of some extensive home renovations, leaving all of us with a desire to simplify and streamline our lives.

We've been questioning why we blog on Wabisabi Mama. While we've certainly relished having this public forum to write a little more philosophically about parenting and life, to explore the beautiful and creative aspects of motherhood, and to chronicle our attempts at living a Wabisabi life, if we were to be completely honest, there has also been a drive to put our best feet forward and pat ourselves on the back for being good, mindful mamas and trying to gain some recognition from the community at large. And that is not good enough motivation to do something this time-consuming, is it? All the time we devote to writing and maintaining this blog isn't really serving us right now.

As all three of us sisters are working to grow our families, balance work and parenthood, and be truly present in our children's lives, we've all found it difficult at times to work on our blog. What began as a project that the three of us could work on together started to feel more like another obligation -- one that is mostly pleasurable but sometimes feels like a chore.

A few weeks ago, Q came across this post on Progressive Pioneer that really struck a chord with her. She found herself envying Amy's courage to stop doing something that was so successful and that she found so much pleasure in (blogging) because it was ultimately interfering with her work as a mama. After Q discussed it with us, we all found we were sharing similar feelings.

So... we're going to go on a little hiatus.

It's hard to take a break from something that we've put our heart and soul into. We've made some wonderful friends through our work here. We hope to be able to maintain those connections. But for right now, it is time to step away and focus on some other things. I'm not sure if this means we'll be back here occasionally, or if this is the end. We'll have to take it slowly and see how it goes.

Thanks to those of you who have supported us on this journey. Please stay in touch!

Mamas M, Q and D

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


Kim said...

This is something most mamas can understand I think...ebb and flow, gotta go with the tide of life. I'll miss you guys, but am excited for your new projects and new directions that life is taking you!

MJ said...

You will be missed, but I am grateful for the time that I have been able to spend here. You are each so inspiring and I wish you all the best in your family and personal endeavors. And I am hoping I use this in the right context

"Otsukaresama deshita!!!"

xx oo

Kendra said...

I'll be sad to not read your posts anymore but good for you for having the courage to make the decision to take a break!

Hailey said...

I completely understand. Blogging fills a need at different times in our lives, and being too busy too blog is definitely a sign of good things happening! Best wishes, and I know we'll still be in touch! (Especially since I will be sleeping under your roof tomorrow night, MamaQ!)

One said...

I'll miss your thoughtful musings, Mamas! Glad we'll still be seeing lots of your beautiful person, Q! xo

thoughts said...

It was great reading your blog!!! Take care of yourselves :)

eileen said...

I will miss following you three and your families. Please let me know if/when you decide to come back :)

Best of luck to each of you!

Stephanie said...

well, the heck with Ecclesiastes! I don't want it to be time for you to stop -- your blog is one of the spots of calm and peacefulness in my day! OK...that said, it makes perfect sense to lighten your load and have more time and energy for mama-ing. I'll just have to see Q face to face -- always delightful -- and hope to meet M and D some day. Please know how valuable your blog has been and how much it/you will be missed. xo

Rachel Hagen said...

Sad to see you guys go. I really did enjoy reading your enlightened posts. Ever since Sam's been born I too have taken a HUGE shift in blogging...something I keep needing to address to any design readers. :)
Glad I can still keep in touch through M's family blog. :)

Two said...

Well, I will miss your sister blog... you know, I have a things for sister blogs...

Two said...

Well, I will miss your sister blog... you know, I have a things for sister blogs...

becoming claudine said...

Best to all of you as you take this time to re-focus your everyday. It seems like there is much keeping each of you busy, and that this break will be good.

What a beautiful portrait of the three sisters and mamas!!

Anonymous said...

Aaah, you ladies are truly amazing! I wish you well in your journeys. I totally get it though, I have definitely been struggling with the balancing act. I'd still love to know what you are up to!