February 11, 2013

Why, Hello Stranger


Why hello, stranger.  Thanks for coming back around.  It's been awhile.  I feel as though I may owe an apology.  Especially to any who wrote emails that have gone unanswered.  Whew.  My life has felt so chaotic lately.  And I've realized how unbalanced it has become.  Stress has trickled into work, into relationships, my well being, and this here blog.  Suddenly, I felt overwhelmed.  Anxious.  Uninspired.  And unhappy.  So, I knew I had to take a step back.  Re-evaluate.  Re-adjust.  I feel as though I have been living in a fog.  There's a certain emptiness that can slowly creep in, and suddenly, your head and your heart find themselves in a constant battle over the reality you have created.  I put such a high price on happiness, that sometimes, I think I over think it.  See that?  I think I over think.  Doing it again.  But I've been trying to find my bearings, and some semblance of a balance.  I'm still working on it.  It's still a struggle.  But I'll get there.
To be quite honest, I don't know the future of my blog.  It's a big part of me, so I can't imagine not continuing it.  I just want to enjoy continuing it.  It will just evolve.  As I do. 
Before I go, I'd like to thank you for your continued support, with a special thanks to those who reached out to me and showed their sweet concern.  Your emails blew me away!  It's amazing to know I have readers who care.  Anyways, just a quick hello tonight.  I'll see you tomorrow!  :) 

44 comments:

Jenni@Story of My Life said...

This happens to the best of us, Katie! I'm so glad you took some time off, and I hope you're able to work out some of that imbalance. You've truly been missed!

Chic Coastal Living said...

I hope everything is okay... I pray that you find peace. God bless you sweetie!

Chic Coastal Living said...

I hope everything is okay... I pray that you find peace. God bless you sweetie!

Kashia Palmer said...

I am glad you are back, for a short or long time! I love your posts! Always so inspiring!

kashiariley.blogspot.com

MMB said...

I have missed your stylish/sweet/honest posts Katie. I am so impressed that you took the time for you! I know that I am one of many readers that has been wondering what has been going on, and I am glad that you have made time to focus on what's important in your life.

Christina said...

I love what you share here Katie and I know how you feel. I'm definitely not the one to give advice on how to properly balance things, but I would like to say that you're appreciated and whether you post 2 or 7 times a week, I will continue reading. Also, it is only natural to continue evolving. Getting to share in your experiences is a joy and I think I speak for everyone when I say that we love witnessing the movement and growth of Running On Happiness. Do what you can, when you can. Praying for you girl!

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-Wait and C- said...

You can't imagine how glad I am to see you back but I'm still concerned... I want you to get back your peace of mind and happiness... I truly hope you feel better soon, with your friends, husband and family. I also (selfishly) hope I'll get to read more of your posts... Anyway, thanks for opening up to us and for being completely honest. Lots of love to you Katie... Love from France.

jenn~the stylish housewife said...

you've been missed. hoping you find balance and peace soon. it is also a daily struggle for me. ;)

xoxo, jenn
the stylish housewife

ravenlocks said...

Aw...I hope you're doing well! I love reading your blog so I'd check back quite frequently to see if I missed an update. I really hope that things are going well for you :) You're an inspiring woman and reading your blog always makes me smile. So I hope this comment (and the others you receive today) will make YOU smile.

xo

Jay said...

We've certainly been missing you and your posts but completely understand that life is priority. I hope you find your balance soon - take care :)

Goldenberry said...

It's nice to hear from you.
Hope you'll feel better soon.
Love from France ;)

Megan said...

we have definitely all been there Katie. You are an amazing woman and I am glad you took time off. I think it is needed every now and again.

Kimberly said...

Completely agree with what Jenni said - it happens to bloggers all the time and we're just happy to have you back...we'll take what we can get :) Hang in there!

xo,
Kimberly

www.pennypincherfashion.com

Lou said...

Ah Katie, I was wondering where you had gone and hoped you were ok. You really don't have to say sorry for anything. :)

The most important thing is you, your healthy and happiness. We will all be here, whenever and where ever. No pressure.

Big hugs and well wishes.

Lou

www.thekeypieces.co.uk

Amanda E. said...

I continuously would come back to your blog and wonder where you had been? I'm glad to hear you are okay.

We all get in that 'funk' of trying to find the right balance. God - first, Husband - second, Family - third... In that order, you will find happiness.

xoxo
A-

l.c.s. said...

Don't forget to take deep breaths! I'm glad you are back though... I noticed the other day that you had not posted in a month so I got worried-- glad to hear from you! Take your time with whatever you need to do!

Lauren
www.annacroswell.com

Amy said...

Take your time lady. When you decide to come back, we will be here. :)


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Rhiannon said...

thank for all your posts Katie! I love reading them no matter how much time in between :)

Heidi said...

welcome back :) I hope you find your balance. -Heidi http://fabricandfrosting.blogspot.no/

Agnes Mayer said...

We missed you but everyone deserves a break. Glad you're back. Just remember that your life is always changed and evolving and so will your blog.

Agi:)

vodkainfusedlemonade.wordpress.com

Shannon said...

I hope all is okay. I've missed you sharing here, but I completely understand how life can be at times. It's not always perfect and happy. I wish you all the best! Great to hear from you.
www.shannonheartsblog.com

Kelsey Nicole said...

I completely understand the feeling. The other day I was stressing out about how stressed I am and how it probably isn't good for my health. Hello red flag. Hope your break brought you balance and clarity.

xx
Kelsey

Lauren said...

So glad to see you posting again! Your blog has been an inspiration to me as I try to start my own. Wishing you balance, happiness, and clarity.

adesertgirl said...

It's critical to take that time. :) Take care of YOU!

-Amy

Susan O said...

Hi Katie, welcome back. I missed you! Glad to see you all pretty in pink! Everyone goes thru something and finding our way thru can be difficult at times. No need to apologize to anyone :)I wish you peace and since you mentioned world peace, please check out White Ribbons of Peace (on facebook). I started this cause after the tragedy in Newtown, Ct. Hope you can "like" it! Have a wonderful day!

Bailey Schneider said...

You're human...and 2012 was a pretty crazy, hectic and TERRIBLE year! Yes it had moments, but in general it was pretty awful in some way (even if it was different for others)
We all aim for balance and it's OK when we are off kilter - just know you're very appreciated! Missed you and your blog!

Much love, Bailey from Vanilla Blonde

Emily Legge-Wilkinson said...

As someone who's just begun to blog her life away I'd just like to say how glad I am that you're back :) That being said I'm glad you've taken time out for yourself. Sometimes that's all you need to do.

Welcome back!

www.parisandpeonies.com

Jamie said...

I just found your blog, and love it. I wish you the best of luck and hope for the best with your happiness along with the blog if you do decide to continue with it.

Jamie said...

I just found your blog, and love it. I wish you the best of luck and hope for the best with your happiness along with the blog if you do decide to continue with it.

Jamie said...

I just found your blog, and love it. I wish you the best of luck and hope for the best with your happiness along with the blog if you do decide to continue with it.

Katelyn Herlein said...

Always remember to take a step and love what you have! I feel like we all go through little times like this, but when you get out of your funk, you'll be better then ever! Stay true to yourself!

xx

Katelyn

Elaina Venechuk said...

This is just part of your journey. Tough to find to see the light sometimes but it is there. Balance is on its way.

Cait Val said...

thinking about you. we've been following your blog for awhile and we hope you're doing alright. we're not going anywhere so take your time, we'll be here for the journey :)

xo. c & v
cake & valley

Rachael {all things beautiful} said...

SO glad to see you blogging! I hope you continue to feel better and find the perfect balance in your life. You were certainly missed!

xo

Victoria said...

Everyone needs a break. Just don't stop blogging. I LOVE your blog and it is one of my all time faves!! :)

Jessah said...

I hope you do stick around because I just found your blog and hope to get to know you better. It is nice that you are beautiful...and real. I like blogs with substance! :)

Kimberly Bonham said...

So glad you are back!

Amber said...

So glad you are back, I love your posts! Finding balance can be such a struggle, I'm sure you'll find it as long as you stay true to yourself.

Always,
Amber

EveryOnceInAStyle.blogspot.com

Sharron said...

Ahh!! I've missed you so much!!! Glad you're back! Hope all is well!! Stay Amazing !!!

Tess said...

I feel the same, and I blame it on the weather. I feel like us Arizonans are especially susceptible to the cold of winter! (And if where you are is anything like Tucson, it is fuh-reezing when the sun's not shining.)

Luckily, summer is only about a month away. :)

LaneƩ said...

We've all been there before, putting so much pressure on ourselves. Take the time to find your happy again and remember life is what you make it, so if you're too overwhelmed step back and see what you need to eliminate and what's causing the stress.
Much Happiness!!
-Lanee

www.notacookie.com

Living the Creative Life said...

Well I'm a brand new reader and this was the first post I read! Lol. What a nice intro to your blog. ;P

No seriously, though, don't feel bad about this. We've all been there. I have found that I'm much happier about my blog now that I've given myself permission not to post every day, or to have regular features, or whatever else "good" bloggers do. I just run my blog the way that makes sense to me, at the pace that makes sense to me, and that's just fine! You'll find your speed and your style, and that'll just have to be what this blog is about. ;)

The Webbs said...

you are gorgeous!! i love your darling blog. i need to get back into the blogging world!