Settling In

My son has been in the world for over three months, and the love I feel is beyond description. I’m still not ready to be back writing on a regular basis yet with my negative free available time, but I am truly loving being a mother.

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Heather

Chirp Chirp

The birds are not chirping, but I’m sticking my head out from my little hibernation hole and chirping, hence the title of this post.

This break has been wonderful, and has been much needed. I’ve had some time to think about things, and realized my renewal of “Like A Cup of Tea” was coming up. That’s when it hit me – this blog is staying put. Here’s what I’m toying with right now:

  • Writing? Your guess is as good as mine for frequency. I’m still very busy and all the same reasons in the last post still hold. Time is simply limited.
  • Instagram? I post as I see fit. It’s fairly regular, except when it’s not.
  • Comments? HEYO. THEY ARE BACK. I don’t think it was fair to write my last post and then completely shut down comments. As well, I’ve been receiving emails about certain posts and how-to’s. I think it would be a lot more fair for these to be comments where everyone could access them, versus emails directly to me that don’t help the general population. So, comments are back on. Plus, if I do end up writing sporadically again I’d like them to be available. I’ll do my best to respond to comments in a timely manner and hopefully this will be a good thing for everyone.

I hope you’re all having a nice New Year and the holidays were kind to you. 

Until next time,

Heather

P.S. We no longer have the third dog mentioned this post from the autumn. Bella went to her forever home at the beginning of the year, but is close enough that we might get to watch her when her owner travels, etc. Three dogs ended up not being for us, and Bella has an (awesome) new owner and a buddy she gets to hang out with. We’re very very happy how it turned out. No more fosters though (famous last words).

A Quiet Winter

Hey guys. I haven’t written in a month which is far less than I ever hoped for this blog. It’s time, at least for a long while, for me to walk away from writing. I don’t have much time I’m willing to dedicate to the blog anymore between work, family, regular life, taking time for myself, graduate school and managing other aspects of my life which need focus right now. I’m working on not needing certainty in life on things, and so I can’t give any certainty on the future of this blog. I’ve decided to disengage from social media as much as possible except for managing accounts I need for my professional career. This means I am no longer, at this time, posting to Instagram or Facebook. I need to step away from the barrage of posts about my life, live my life and spend the time I would normally spend posting photos about my life, checking what everyone else is up to all the time, seeing if I “connected” with people through likes, etc. and refocus on what really matters – my relationship with God and those around me in a very real way.

I’ve mentioned this once before, but rarely discussed it because I refused to let it lead my life. That said, for anyone who is dealing with anxiety, OCD or any other disorder like I do – please just remember to turn to God. It’s hard to trust intuition and your heart, which everyone says to, when the disorder you have makes you doubt everything. That said, please remember to pray your way through. Worrying and compulsions only makes everything worst. Get help. It works. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6. And remember, your thoughts are not God’s thoughts. Your ways are not God’s ways. God loves you and cares about you. Worry hinders our relationship and is a great way to doubt to sneak in and ruin it.

Open your hearts. Find your peace and work on letting go of uncertainty and not needing to “fix” things. For those of us with OCD, uncertainty about situations is the hardest pill to swallow. Remember to laugh at life including the ridiculousness that is OCD. 

That said, I’m leaving this blog up so people can continue to read the past, and so I can have an archive of items. I will however be shutting down comments. Thank you for your comments and reading over the last few years.

I feel like I should put a joke in here to lighten things up, but instead I’ll encourage you to log off your computer, your social media, all of it – and go find a real laugh with a real human in real life. Get that belly hurting from laughing and share a moment.

 

Upcoming Schedule

Hey everyone. It’s been a long while since I wrote, so I figured I’d give you guys a heads up on a few things. As you know from earlier this summer (if you read then), I am in graduate school. Graduate school means unfortunately having to step away from other things I love. That means writing consistently for this blog. I’m not planning on walking away entirely, but I can’t commit to a schedule at this point. There may be weeks I write multiple times, there may be radio silence. I don’t want to create content just for the sake of creating content, especially when my time is limited. As you can imagine, working full time, graduate school and living life in general takes up quite a bit of time. That often means in the little downtime I have the last thing I want to do is edit photos and write a blog post when I could be exercising, playing with the dogs, spending time with family, etc.

You can still follow me on Instagram (www.instagram.com/likeacupoftea) or @likeacupoftea. I still post snippits of life there. I guess I’m more of an “instagrammer” these days than a blogger. I’m not sure if that trend will continue, or what will happen.

Since I can’t give you a set schedule to check back on the website, I highly recommend looking over on the right sidebar and typing in your email under  where it says “Your Personal Cup of Tea”. This will send you an email each time I post.

I hope you’re all having a nice summer, and you have a beautiful fall. Don’t hesitate to read back through archives and comment, I’ll get email notifications of comments so I should be able to respond quickly to those.

Take Care,

Heather