(Cheers, it's been real).
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!!
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!