Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Who Are You, and What Have You Done with My Blog!!

Hello blogging friends. 

Are there any of you still left out there reading I'm a Nola Girl? 

I appreciate you if you are.  I know I haven't written in a while, and several times now I have said that I will be back to blogging regularly. 

Here's the thing...

When I started this four years ago, it was my creative outlet.  It was my connection to New Orleans.  It was a way to express myself.  To share my interests and my thoughts.

In the last two and a half years, a lot has changed.  For starters, we moved home.  So rather than needing that feeling of connecting to New Orleans from afar, we are right here experiencing it.  I sometimes feel like I think more about documenting my life than living it.  Do you ever feel that way?

I started a new job when we moved home that, while fulfilling, is incredibly demanding.  I come home sometimes and feel completely and utterly drained.  It requires me to give so much of my self to succeed - whether it is developing and nurturing client relationships, increasing my technical skills, coaching and mentoring staff, or being actively involved in the city.  I have only begun to find ways to balance everything in my life, and sometimes the "me time" I used to have is absent.  Hence, when can I sit down and put interesting, creative, or humorous thoughts together.

In November of 2011, we welcomed our Sweet Baby Jane into this great big world.  It is often hard to remember life without her in it.  Where in the past my brain was filled with thoughts of Paris or fine dining, fashion or decor, it is now filled with thoughts of child rearing and development.  I remember when I was connected to a blog, and then the writer would have a baby.  All of a sudden, the site would be filled with anecdotes about milestones and endless streams of pictures of the baby.  I would think, "what happened to the writer?"  "Is she no longer the same woman?"

And I think that is my biggest struggle with my blog at this point.  I have always made a point of being as true to myself in writing as I am in person.  And now, I am a MOM.  No, it is not the only thing I am.  I am so many things, but when it comes down to it, my world is no longer filled with glamorous images of Paris.  Instead, it is filled with children's songs sung in French.  And no longer do I find my apron splattered with coconut milk and saffron broth, but instead it is caked in a healthy dose of peanut butter and snot.

So I guess what I'm trying to say is that I have tried so hard not to be the girl who only posts about her baby.  But in doing so, I often feel like I am faking it.  Like I am trying so hard to be this uber cool mother who can keep it all together and still have several hours to find amazing pics and clever ways to link them all together.

What ends up happening is that I don't write at all.  As you can see...

Well, no longer.  I miss my blog.  I miss connecting with you.  But, most of all, I miss sharing my thoughts with the great big world.

So I am going back to where I started.  I am going to write about what I am inspired by.  About what I am missing.  About what I am living. 

I hope that you will continue to visit and comment.  I hope that you will still find something here you can connect with.  Most of all, I hope that you can understand that where I am in life, you just might have to see a reel of pictures of my baby.  She's a pretty cute kid if you ask me!

Thanks for listening. 



  1. Jennifer, I have read your blog for years and we wound up becoming connecting by the moms blog, I was thrilled because you were always so eloquent about saying things that I felt! I am so glad to hear you are going to continue writing here because I love reading your blog- everything from clothes to cooking to Jane and the stuff in between! :)

    I truly believe that blogging is part of my "me" time that lets my thoughts flow about anything and everything I love- even if a lot of it is about being a mom. That's part of the season we are at in life!

  2. I have felt this way with my own blog and when I actually do get some "me" time all I want to do is take a nap or go do something outside of the house- alone! But, I think its natural to feel this way and people understand family and careers come first.
    I love how you have inspired me to visit New Orleans. I can' wait to visit (hopefully sooner than later) and
    ps: Jane is so lucky to have you as a mom
    ITB- Heidi

  3. VERY well said:) I love your blog and always have!!!

  4. Hi Jen - no, your readers have not gone away! Like so many others, I love your blog, and it has been wonderful hearing about your adventures as a mom. I would imagine you're gaining even more readers, especially new mothers who are so, so thankful and empathetic when they read about your real mom experiences, snot and all:) I posted your "apology" NOLA mom's post/letter to my Facebook page (giving you and the blog credit, of course) and literally got DOZENS of comments and multiple shares, and it served as a great platform for my friends to talk honestly about their prior-to-parenthood notions. Also, it's nice to get a dose of warm NOLA from here in the Midwest! All this to say, thank you for your blog, and as a fellow writer, keep at it girl!

  5. I'm so excited to see you back. And I look forward to your baby post, and non baby posts. When I was blogging I felt torn just like you and sadly I gave up cause I just couldn't connect anymore. So I'm happy to see you trying because I love reading your blog. And baby Jane sure is cute!

  6. I am so glad you are back! I have missed your blog so much. I will look forward to reading about amazing baby Jane's life and about your hopes and dreams for your life. You are a very interesting person and have lots to share. Keep on writing and I will keep on reading! Blessings.

  7. I am so glad you are back! Have really missed reading about your beautiful baby Jane and all your hopes and dreams. Thank you for taking the time to share. Your blog is my favorite. Blessings.

  8. Jen, while we do not know each other personally, I feel like I have come to know you well through your blog. I have followed you before you had your Sweet Baby Jane and you have the biggest heart. Keep blogging about what is "All You"; whether it be your family, your friends coming to visit from out of town, your trips, being a Wife, Mother, WW gal, food lover, or All-things-NOLA. You may not realize it, but you do inspire others!!! =)

  9. Very well said. It is your blog and you get to put whatever you want on it. I am excited to see you come back I have missed you.



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