When I first started Juggling in Heels, I started it for a number of reasons. I had just had my third child and was extremely involved in the newborn, preschool and married life. I thought perhaps a blog could be a great outlet for me that would be me…not mom or wife. Just me. I also have a thing for fashion and I felt that just because we become moms, our style doesn’t have to be sacrificed. Another reason was honesty. I felt that moms were not always honest about motherhood and I wanted to create a platform to be real and let others know that they are not alone in this crazy motherhood world. Finally, I had just transitioned to part time working instead of full time and to be honest, I was a bit afraid of the “extra time”. I thought about starting a blog for a bit and then the name Juggling in Heels popped in my head and I went for it.
Over the last few years, I have been able to experience things I would have never imagined. I still remember the day when the Bloomingdale’s PR Manager at South Coast reached out to have me host an event with them. I was floored that Bloomingdale’s wanted to work with me and I could not have been more excited. Numerous events followed with incredible designers and stores but this first one was incredibly special to me. I also remember when the January 2012 issue of Orange Coast came out and I was featured on a three page spread. Again, something I would have never ever imagined happening. Like the Bloomingdale’s event, I have since been in a number of publications that I will hold on to forever but I will forever be grateful to Orange Coast for seeing something in me at the start of all this and giving me a voice in their magazine. Finally, this year, I had the opportunity to work with Aveeno Skincare and create three ads/videos for them. I still get giddy when I think about it and the opportunity.
Through each project, the most important part is that I have met some incredible people. PR Managers, Boutique Owners, Designers, other Bloggers. The list of amazing women that I have met and been able to work with while writing JIH is the most incredible gift I have been given. These women are making such an impact in our community, our country and our world and they are a blessing to me and so many others. There is no greater gift than friendship and I could not be more grateful for this.
Then finally, there is you. The most important piece of this entire puzzle. Thanks to your support through reading, commenting, and sharing, I have been able to achieve all of this. It would have never happened with out my readers. I am indebted to all of you for your love and support over the years. I have shared a lot and have never felt judged, only supported, which in this pretty crazy internet world, is amazing. YOU are the reason JIH has become what it is and I thank you for the bottom of my heart for believing in me.
Then here we are today.
Life is changing for me. JIH began when my children were 7, 4 and 1. They are now 11, 8 and 5. What was a newborn and preschool world is now an elementary and middle school world, filled with friends, sports, activities, and homework. There used to be moments when I would look for things to do while the kids napped. These days I try to find just a second when I can sit down. I am no longer working at all but am now involved in more volunteer work. I was 33 when this all started and next year I will be 38. The stages of life are changing and so I am evolving with it. This means giving up some things that have been so great for so long to provide more opportunity for other amazing things.
In anticipation of 2016, I am beginning to de-clutter my life. It just needs a good cleanse. I think I have been trying to please too many people for too long and I am finally taking the steps to fix this. I remember when volunteering left and right seemed like a good idea but then I began to realize that saying “Yes” too often is not necessarily a good thing. I remember when I couldn’t wait to sit down and write a post over cleaning the house or doing laundry but now, it is getting stressful trying to manage it all. And finally, I remember when I couldn’t wait to go to a blogging/media event on a weekday night or work with designers and PR Firms but now I have no interest whatsoever in attending events and committing to contracts leads to more chaos and stress. My priorities have shifted and I really want to focus on simply being in the moment with my family. For that reason, I am done with writing Juggling in Heels and this will be my final post.
I won’t be getting rid of it completely. I will still post on Instagram and perhaps SnapChat here or there (they are a tad bit fun) and I hope that I can still inspire people through fashion or life’s trials and tribulations, it will just be on a much smaller scale. It is time for a shift and I am going to make it.
Thank you thank you for everything you have given this blog the last few years. You will never understand what it has meant to have so much overwhelming support from so many people that I have never met. God gives us blessings in many different ways and you have all been a blessing for me to be able to do something that I love. I am forever grateful.
I hope you all have a very blessed Christmas season and 2016 gifts all of you with love, laughter, joy and hope.