“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”
When are you gonna come down
When are you going to land
I should have stayed on the farm
I should have listened to my old man
You know you can’t hold me forever
I didn’t sign up with you
I’m not a present for your friends to open
This boy’s too young to be singing the blues
So goodbye yellow brick road
Where the dogs of society howl
You can’t plant me in your penthouse
I’m going back to my plough
Back to the howling old owl in the woods
Hunting the horny back toad
Oh I’ve finally decided my future lies
Beyond the yellow brick road
What do you think you’ll do then
I bet that’ll shoot down your plane
It’ll take you a couple of vodka and tonics
To set you on your feet again
Maybe you’ll get a replacement
There’s plenty like me to be found
Mongrels who ain’t got a penny
Sniffing for tidbits like you on the ground
-Sir Elton John
Life sometimes just takes over and gets in the way. and you have to say goodbye to a dear, old friend..
As I sit here contemplating how I want to write this article and get the right words across to convey my thoughts and feelings on this, I truly am overwrought with all sorts of emotions.
See it was not quite 2 years ago that I sat messaging one of my fellow bloggers back and forth to create our very first blog hop. So much has happened since that late-night winter conversation.
Yet in case, you aren’t sure, don’t read my blog, or just plain living under a rock, the blog hop that we first put together and became our virtual baby was and still is Finish the Sentence Friday (FTSF).
The Beginning of the FTSF Road –
Kate and I jumped on a conversation in a mutual Facebook group about indeed creating your own blog hop and then later took to Facebook’s private message to hash out the details.
And what was born was indeed FTSF blog hop. When it was first created, I never envisioned how much it would grow and just how much time it would take to cultivate it.
Most of my week slowly got overrun by FTSF, between not only writing to indeed “finish the sentence”, but creating a newsletter to add new subscribers weekly, starting the Inlinkz code to have all link up to, as well as getting the hop started every Thursday night when we went live.
My week was pretty much insane, but especially my Thursday nights, which were full of last-minute changes, fixes, reading, and commenting, too. I usually didn’t get to bed until very late and would be up again the next morning to make sure all was still running smoothly.
I know I didn’t have to do all of this myself, but I am anal and type A personality like this that I felt I needed to. Trust me the other co-hosts were fabulous and always telling me to take time off and slow up, but I just don’t know how to do that. Not my nature, I suppose.
So, I added much more pressure to myself then probably ever needed to. That said, even when I swore, I would cut back on some of the details, I just couldn’t and found myself still doing way more then needed to, because I would feel guilt that I didn’t do something here or there.
When the conversation came up to cut back to every other week, I was all for it since I knew it it would indeed cut back on some of the pressure I was putting on myself.
Most know that I run this blog and also a design company, J9 Designs, with its own blog, too.
My Very Own Business
So, I was hopeful that at the very least, I would get more time to deal with this blog and J9 Designs work and J9’s blog, too.
Then, summer came and my girls were off for 2 whole months, as well as we decided to adopt and add our puppy to the mix. Crazy doesn’t even begin to describe my life at this point. I hate sounding like I am beating this to death, but still just tired and needed to make a change for myself.
So, when the thought of scraping FTSF for the month of July came up, with all on my plate I was more then relieved.
August seemed so far off to be honest, even though July is only four short weeks.
Well, as August was creeping up on me, I was realizing two things:
A. I wasn’t really missing FTSF.
B. And I also was kind of dreading dealing with FTSF and late night Thursday night, as well as early Friday mornings for it.
Not going to lie, I realized I needed a change.
When the talk of FTSF for August finally did rear it’s head, I knew I had to say something and lo and behold, I wasn’t the only one who decided it was time to move on and change things up a bit.
The two original co-hosts (Kate and myself) decided to call it quits as far as hosting anymore.
It is not my place here to say more or speak of Kate’s decision, but for me I feel like I am making the right choice right now for me and my family, as well, because this was taking a lot of time away from Kevin and the girls, too. They deserve better, so much better then I have been able to give to them, especially now that Emma will be starting Kindergarten in a few short weeks, as well soccer season beginning with Kevin coaching and being the commissioner of her league, too.
I loved FTSF and still do, but I just can’t handle the responsibility of co-hosting (I could, but the stress I added to myself is what makes me realize I can’t).
The End of the FTSF Road?
So, it is with a heavy heart, I announce here that I am stepping down as a co-host for FTSF from here on out and passing the reigns over to Kristi and Stephanie (on a less regular basis). I can’t thank Kristi enough for co-hosting with us and for taking over when we lost one of our original co-hosts. She stepped right in and fit in perfectly here. I also a bit in awe of her and her beautiful parenting spirit that she has a mama to Tucker.
Also, want to thank both Kate for helping to make FTSF a reality, because without Kate I would not have been able to do this by myself.
And a huge thank you to Stephanie, too for always being a superb co-host and someone I could look up to, as well as relate to with being a mom to two little girls, as well.
Life After the FTSF Road?
Last, but not least, it is time for a change and I haven’t quite decided what I will be doing with my Friday blog slot. I know that I have had a few other linkups, I wanted to join in on and couldn’t, because of my FTSF obligations and might even take a Friday off here and again. Also, may join in from time to time on FTSf if the sentence works for me, since Kristi is continuing on the FTSF legacy as a host. Please do link up with her if you can and know she is so very excited to continue on with the hop.
One last final note, I also will no longer be co-hosting the Pin It Party as was going to be conflicting with my Fall weekend schedule. But fear not, I have been graciously tapped to co-host Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop alongside these lovely ladies from Ducks n’ a Row, Recipes for Our Daily Bread and A Mother’s Shadow, which goes live Tuesdays at 7 PM EST. So, please feel free to join me there!
Not sure though on other fronts still, but the road is wide open. And as they say, when one door closes, another certainly does open. So, I suppose I will find my way on this Yellow Brick Road of my life just yet and so very thankful for this (yes, Lizzi my thankful for the week comes in this form – sorry it took so long to get here!).