I Hate Goodbyes...

5/31/2016

 (Cheers, it's been real).
Ah this post. It's a post that I have been procrastinating. I've thought about it plenty, but struggled finding both the words and the time to actually sit and write it. Time. Where has it been hiding? I can never seem to find enough of it recently, and this brings me to why this post is actually happening.

The past eight months has been a chaotic blur. We found out that we would be relocating to the Bay Area due to Matt's job (which brought in a host of emotions ranging from excitement to apprehension). In the process I lived by myself with the kids for six months, which gave me an entirely new perspective on single parents, and I am in awe of them.

While I have learned to balance (as best I can) my family, my work and the rest of my life I realized that I cannot do or have everything. It felt simultaneously like a punch to the gut as well as a surge of relief. I had been feeling overwhelmed, especially in the evenings. I was struggling to finish work at the end of the day and my eating habits turned towards frozen corn dogs, fries and probably too much caffeine. This in turn led to a host of stomach ailments that kept me going to the doctors on practically a routine basis. I felt beaten down by everything, and I knew I needed to cut myself a break.


(We have been busy climbing trees. Which is not a bad thing...)

In the back of my head I knew I had already let the blog go. My posts were happening so infrequently, but I was loathe to admit it. Luckily I have an understanding co-blogger, who on many occasion helped pick up the slack, but I know that she was busy herself. It finally came down to a heart to heart with Kirby about the blog, and about this amazing journey we've had together as blog partners.

And so, I've come to terms with the fact that I no longer will be contributing to Short & Sweet Blog. (Sniff, sniff). But, looking back I see what a fantastic outlet it has been for me, for fueling creativity and affording me opportunities that I never would have expected. I look forward to seeing it continue to grow and change as Kirby takes over, and I expect that I will try and pop in every once in while to regale you with riveting stories about life in Oakland, but for the most part I am signing off.

I also want to thank you to Kirby, my blog partner, but mostly my very good friend, who's been in it with me through so many big changes in my life.  Writing this blog alongside you has been (dare I say it?)....rad. I'm sad to leave the blog, but happy to know that I'll be meeting you for dinner in a couple of weeks, seems like a good trade off. ;)
So from me to you readers, thank you. Thanks for hanging on through my plethora of posts. My heart to hearts about being a mom, my weird late night ramblings/styling sessions, my journeys, transitions, peach pizza (?? Why are you guys still here?), thoughts about plants, new additions here and here, and finally this: the very first post on the Short and the Sweet of It. It seems like it was just yesterday, and yet it also seems like it was a very long time ago. But there it is: time. Such a funny thing. What's not funny is that it's midnight. So seriously. I'm out of time. Goodnight! Good luck! You all are rad!!


xoxo
Alexa

PS: Some of you asked about my instagram. Please, come follow: @alexacevans. I can't guarantee it will change your life, but I'd love to have you along! 

10 comments:

natasha {schue love} said...

Sad to see you go but excited for your new adventures!! Let me know if you're ever up in Tahoe! ;)

Leslie said...

I will miss your posts, especially the ones about motherhood. But sometimes we have to live those moments and the time for reflection can come later. I seriously don't know how you have been doing it all, and I hope your family is reunited soon!

ssbphilly said...

Best wishes, Alexa. Thank you for all of the great content.

Stephanie said...

Sad for the blog news but happy about the Bay Area news! Welcome!

Stephanie said...

Are you on instagram separate from the blog? I'd love to follow along if you are. :)

Jillian said...

so sad to see you go but i completely understand! ever since we moved back by family i have no time to blog because we are too busy doing things with family and friends. sometimes you have to just focus on the things that make you really happy. congrats on the move!! so excited for you! xoxo

Laura said...

Definitely understand! Loved all your posts and wishing the best for you and your family in Oakland. It is SO hard to leave La Jolla and book club!

A Crimson Kiss said...

To making space for the things that matter most. Looking forward to you popping in from time to time!

Kat said...

I'm sure it was a hard decision, but I totally understand. Good for you for knowing when to say "no"- it's hard to find balance, but harder when you try to do it all. Miss you!

Alexa said...

Hey everyone! Thanks for all of your sweet comments. It seriously made my day. And I'd love to "hang out" on instagram. I've updated my post with the info, but you can find me here: @alexacevans