Sunday, August 14, 2011

Taking a Break. . .


 Dear Friends,

I am sure you have noticed that I am not posting as much as I used to.  I have missed some of my parties, and I haven't made anything in AGES to share with you.  Let me explain why.  I have been in college pursuing my ELED degree and this year is my first year teaching.  I am super excited to finally be to a point where I can begin my career.  That said, my career and my family need to be my focus right now.  So, I am taking a break from Paisley Passions.

Don't worry.  I am not gone forever, just until I feel like I can find some kind of balance in my life.  I knew that being a first year teacher would be time consuming. . .I just had NO IDEA how much of my life it would consume!!!  It seems as though every waking minute is spent trying to figure out lesson plans and making preparations in order to have the best year possible.  So, when you drop your kids off at school this year, make sure and give the teacher a BIG thanks for all of their hard work :)

Taking a break from my blog was not an easy decision.  It is something that I have wrestled with for a while now.  But, I finally came to the conclusion that taking a break is the right decision.

I hope you all understand and will all be ready to come back and follow me again once I get back to posting.

Thanks for all your kind comments and for being such supportive followers!

I hope to be back sooner rather than later!!!

Lori


53 comments:

Natalie on August 14, 2011 at 8:56 PM said...

What an exciting chapter in your life!! Congrats and best of luck to you!

Kara @ Mine for the Making on August 14, 2011 at 8:57 PM said...

Totally understandable! I have taught for 5 years...and though it's the best job ever, it is very time consuming...esp your first year. Good luck to you! Have a great school year!! Congrats on your new adventure...have fun with it :) Your students will be lucky to have such a passionate and creative teacher.

Nana's Fun Stuff on August 14, 2011 at 9:51 PM said...

You go girl!! That is so exciting :) We will be here whenever you decide to come back and good luck to you!!

Amanda on August 14, 2011 at 11:11 PM said...

How exciting for you! Best wishes for this new chapter in your life!

Susan @ homeroad.net on August 15, 2011 at 4:05 AM said...

Good Luck Lori,
I've been teaching for almost 30 years now and I wouldn't trade a minute of it! (ok maybe a few)
As September approaches and I have a new room assignment and new responsibilities at work I too may be taking a break. Good luck with all you do, the kids will love you and it is the best career ever!
xo Susan

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. on August 15, 2011 at 5:18 AM said...

Best wishes to you! It's exciting to move on to new adventures!

Cooking with K on August 15, 2011 at 7:45 AM said...

I am so proud of you...be good to yourself and enjoy the journey! Blessings, K

Its Sew For You on August 15, 2011 at 9:06 AM said...

Good luck!

Doreen on August 16, 2011 at 9:09 AM said...

Lori - although I will miss your fantastic posts, it's great to hear about your new teaching adventure. Your "new kids" are so lucky. Don't worry about us....now I can catch up on all your old posts! Much luck to you!

Annemarie on August 16, 2011 at 1:36 PM said...

Hi Lori, I totally understand your decision! Allthough I will miss your parties and your nice posts I can imagine you need this break. Take care and I'll be like all others when you return. Good luck with your career!
Best wishes from Holland,
Annemarie

April on August 16, 2011 at 7:42 PM said...

Congratulations! I totally understand and will be here when you get back!

PERMANENT POSIES on August 17, 2011 at 7:19 AM said...

I hope all goes well for you in your new career. We will miss you.

liZ evans on August 17, 2011 at 8:47 PM said...

The first year really is the hardest. I taught junior high for 7 years and lOVED every minute of it.

It is time consuming and hard work but it is so awesome. I'm currently "taking a break" from teaching to stay home with my family and blog :) But I miss school, especially at this time of year.


Good Luck!
liZ
(simplesimonandco)

andie jaye on August 17, 2011 at 10:36 PM said...

do what you've gotta do! we'll all be here when you have time! good luck! i'm sure all your hard work is paying off!

Sunny Vanilla on August 18, 2011 at 5:29 AM said...

I remember my first year teaching and all the time you put into lesson plans and getting your classroom ready. You are my hero and all the other good teachers out there! Good luck to you!!!

Mary-Sweetwater Style on August 18, 2011 at 6:14 AM said...

Oh....this WILL be an exhausting but thrilling year for you....I've been teaching for more years than you have been alive...some of my first students are now teachers! The most important thing is to build a support system...I would be glad to listen and advise from the "veteran" point of view. Enjoy the moments...and LOVE every ONE of your students!

Joysy28 on August 18, 2011 at 8:19 AM said...

Good luck! You will LOVE it!! Going on my 8th year of teaching- it gets easier! Best of luck! Have fun!!

Jodi Lebrun on August 18, 2011 at 9:10 AM said...

Congrats! Enjoy this new journey!

Sherrie on August 18, 2011 at 4:15 PM said...

Congrats! I don't know what level you are teaching, but there are tons of amazing teacher blogs that share great ideas., especially primary grades.

c.w.frosting on August 18, 2011 at 8:42 PM said...

How exciting! I'm a full time student & completely understand! Best of luck to you =)

-caroline @ c.w.frosting

Self Sagacity on August 19, 2011 at 6:49 AM said...

Well, I just found you for a couple of post ago. Congratulations, that is awesome. It is the "real life" and takes priority over blogging.

lauren @ West Furniture Revival on August 20, 2011 at 2:54 PM said...

wish you the best in whatever path you chose to pursue!hope to see you blogging again soon.
lauren

Me on August 23, 2011 at 7:38 PM said...

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mamawolfe on August 23, 2011 at 11:33 PM said...

following you from the hop-but it sounds like you're leaving!
I just started my 21st year of teaching...good luck!
http://mamawolfe-living.blogspot.com

Shauna Nosler on August 24, 2011 at 7:08 AM said...

There is nothing that matters more than family :) Happy Wednesday - I'm followng you through the Wandering Wednesday. Hope you can stop by and return the favor soon! http://www.shaunanosler.blogspot.com/

Lyuba @ Will Cook For Smiles on August 25, 2011 at 5:32 AM said...

BEST OF LUCK to you your first year!! We will be here when you return!

Mindie Hilton on August 25, 2011 at 6:36 AM said...

I understand to. I use to teach and know how it can consume you. Teachers take home homework too!

allison @ itstoilegood.blogspot.com on August 25, 2011 at 8:02 AM said...

all the best to you!!

Cassy on August 26, 2011 at 6:37 AM said...

Good luck and enjoy!

Cass from How To Strum A Guitar

Patricia Torres on August 26, 2011 at 10:54 AM said...

oh so fabulous!! good luck to you!! It sure is a big change.. and an exciting change in your life.. Have loads of fun!! And be calm always.. *hugs*

Patricia Torres on August 26, 2011 at 10:54 AM said...

oh so fabulous!! good luck to you!! It sure is a big change.. and an exciting change in your life.. Have loads of fun!! And be calm always.. *hugs*

Bizzy B. Bakes on August 28, 2011 at 8:11 PM said...

Teaching is the most rewarding experience. I have taught for many years as well as being a principal. If you need someone to listen to your ideas or if you have questions, I will certainly try to help.

Cristan on August 31, 2011 at 11:05 AM said...

As a former teacher, I TOTALLY understand. I was TOTALLY consumed with my classroom and my kids. Hope you have a WONDERFUL first year! :D

Katie on September 1, 2011 at 4:46 AM said...

Congratulations on your new endeavors!

3yesha on September 7, 2011 at 4:14 AM said...

hi new follower from She Exists

Hope you would love to follow back :)

Mom Daughter Style on September 8, 2011 at 1:19 PM said...

congratulations! sometimes it feels like i was going backwards instead of forward in my career as I just left the corporate world. I will probably be back in the future though just like you did.

Don't worry about updating your blog, we know you have other priorities.

I hope you are having an easy day at this time.

http://momdaughterstyle.blogspot.com

Heather on September 9, 2011 at 8:43 AM said...

Good luck with your new endeavor, and have no guilt! Blogging is a lot of work and takes a LOT of time.

Lacie on September 13, 2011 at 7:34 PM said...

I found you on the Wandering Wednesday blog hop. I am so excited for you and your career choices. I am still slowly taking classes at home. I look forward to reading your posts in the future and how things are goin.

Lacie
http://www.IdahoAtHeart.blogspot.com

Jenn on September 14, 2011 at 9:40 AM said...

Best wishes to you! I'm following you from the wednesday blog hop and I wish you all the best for you in your teaching!

Smiles, Jenn
www.misadventuresinmotherhood.com

Teri@thefreshmancook on September 16, 2011 at 9:44 PM said...

How very exciting for you!! Best of luck in your teaching career. Don't forget to enjoy it and have a wonderful time. See you when you get back.:)

Mom Fashion World on September 21, 2011 at 7:12 AM said...

Good luck and wish you all the best in life!

By the way, I'm your newest follower via GFC from the Wednesday Blog Hop.
Please feel free to visit my blog. Looking forward to seeing you there, and hope you follow me back. Thanks!

http://www.momfashionworld.blogspot.com/

Gale on October 9, 2011 at 11:16 PM said...

I know...I've been there. Took so much time I rarely got enough sleep each night...which is probably why I didn't make it through the first year. Hope you do! May God bless you and all teachers! I've heard if you can last it does get better.

Vic on October 27, 2011 at 12:45 PM said...

this is exactly how i've felt these past few months. our lives are full and blogging is not all we do as i heard one say before! it's a ton of work, dedicated time goes into a wonderful blog such as yours and sometimes it's just nice to get away, rejuvenate and come back fresh! can't wait---and i'm here to help anytime! xo

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Chris on February 29, 2012 at 11:10 PM said...

Hi Lori, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

Sarah Carletti on March 17, 2012 at 6:14 PM said...

Teaching is not easy and I commend you for making this decision. Best wishes to you! Sarah Carletti

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Six Sisters on October 26, 2012 at 10:42 AM said...

We wish you the very best! Your students will be the luckiest kids ever! Congratulations! -The Six Sisters

Jeannie-JB on November 14, 2012 at 2:32 PM said...

Just a note to tell you that teachers have the MOST important {paying} jobs in the U.S.A. The future depends on those children your teaching. Thank you for all your hard work! Have a great year.

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