Mountain Chic

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A few weeks ago, a funny thing happened on my way to write a blog post.

I sat down at the computer.  And then I just didn’t do it.

I talked myself out of it.  I would not describe it as a total crisis of confidence, though doubting myself and my purpose for writing was definitely part of the reason I stopped posting.  You may have read my post questioning blogging and the whole blogging culture, where I revealed my difficulties with the artificiality of fashion blogs and my discomfort with self-promotion.  Each day, when I posted a link to my blog on Facebook, I’d cringe a little bit inside, and think, “I bet people are wondering who the heck I think I am, posting pictures of myself prancing around in pretty dresses and ruminating about life’s trivialities?”

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Eventually, I let that nagging voice of doubt consume my excitement and enthusiasm for the blog.  I mean, sure, I’ve had a busy month – I’ve been out of town every weekend in October and out for events on many weeknights.  But as we all know, when something is a priority, you do it, no matter how busy you are.  And being busy isn’t the real reason I quit posting.  I was considering the differences between writing a blog and teaching English in high school, which was my day job for many years before I became a mom.  I regularly experienced moments of extreme frustration and insecurity with what I was teaching or the way I taught it, but every single day those kids showed up in class whether I was ready with a perfect lesson or not.  There was no opting out for me.  Many of the days when I didn’t have my lesson tuned just right became some of the best learning days students had, because I stopped worrying so much about a fancy approach and just really focused on communicating with the kids.  I realized I need to bring a bit of that attitude back to my blog.

After a couple weeks without posts, a really cool thing happened.  I started hearing from many of YOU.  To my surprise, people were actually reading my blog!  I mean, I can check metrics and see how many hits I get, but I didn’t realize people actually looked forward to reading my posts.  And I also didn’t realize how much I’d looked forward to writing those posts.  I’ve really missed writing here and sharing with you.  I’m so grateful for positive feedback and encouragement.

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I’ll see you tomorrow!

19 thoughts on “A Funny Thing Happened…And Then a Cool Thing Happened.

  1. ramexa says:

    Sometimes we all doubt ourselves. But, we need to move past that doubt and do what we love to do. Awesome post! 🙂

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    1. lissa says:

      Thank you! Thanks for reading!

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      1. ramexa says:

        Anytime! 🙂

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  2. Kerry says:

    Lissa – I definitely missed your posts and truly became worried about you and your family! You’re a talented woman and such a joy to follow – don’t let me down as I live vicariously from New Mexico. Thank you for your honesty…I promise I’ll do a better job of responding to your posts :).

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    1. lissa says:

      Haha – Kerry, I miss you! Thanks so much!

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  3. Jim Cullen says:

    We love you Lissa, keep going, we love learning about you. j

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    1. lissa says:

      Oh, thank you so much. I’m truly grateful.

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  4. Katie says:

    Thank you sooooo much for coming back!! I really look forward to your posts and your smile! I was wondering where you were, but I figured you had a busy few weeks as we all do. Glad it wasn’t just being busy but also some clarity. Get it girl!

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    1. lissa says:

      Thanks SO much, Katie! Love your words of encouragement.

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  5. Megan says:

    keep going lissa! its lovely and brave and fun and impressive.

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    1. lissa says:

      Thank you, Megan. 🙂

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  6. Andrea Godber says:

    Love that you’re back!

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    1. lissa says:

      Thanks, Andrea! Miss you!

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  7. Meredith Buchholz says:

    Glad you are back!!!!! 😘

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    1. lissa says:

      Thank you, Meredith. 🙂

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  8. Great Job Lissa. Not only for coming back to what you really want, but also for your honesty. I think we all need to hear what other people are experiencing, struggles and all. You have certainly inspired me today.

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    1. lissa says:

      Thank you! You inspire me too!

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  9. mintnoti says:

    I just discovered your blog! I love your writing style and how you were so honest in this post, inspiring read 🙂

    http://www.mintnotion.com

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    1. lissa says:

      Thank you! Just checked out your blog, too – love it! Great tips and posts. Thanks for reading!

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