{ on my mind }

I'm taking a brief hiatus from blogging while I tackle getting my life in order, scratch some stuff off of my to do list, get back in shape, begin working on my spring gardening projects, etc.

I recently came across this quote and it really resonated with me. “Stop every now and then to evaluate whether you are really learning or enjoying as much as you would like. If not, have the courage to find out why and then change your path of study.” - Clare Walker Leslie

This Spring figure out what you want to put your energy towards. Now is the time! If YOU don’t get clear on what you want, then the space won't be there to create that life and there is no way the universe can give it to you.

So here's how I'm changing my path this spring...

I deactivated my facebook account and have been taking a hiatus from twitter.
I deleted my google reader account to less than 20 blogs.
I returned a few items that I recently bought because I realized I didn't need them.
I dropped off 6 more boxes of stuff to donate to the local shelter & thrift store.
I let go of some past family drama and sought out peace.
I almost bought a yogurt maker and then realized that my time is more valuable than any potential savings so I put it back. I can buy Stonyfield Organic Yogurt and support a good company. Same with the chickens. Dreams of turning our backyard shed into a chicken coop gave way to a much stronger desire to have less things to take care of. So I will continue buying our eggs from Lindsey, a sweet woman with a small family farm nearby. I will support her family and let her muck out the chicken coop instead of me. ;)
I let my personal assistant go in my desire to meet some of our financial goals more quickly. I am just going to work less. I am going to ship less frequently. I am not doing wholesale accounts anymore with the exception of The Container Store (they are delightful to work with). The smaller store accounts created a payment collection nightmare. I am just letting LobotoME be what it is and am working on letting go of my grand expectations and lofty business goals.
I'm cooking healthy meals for the family and we don't eat things that my grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.
I'm ramping back up with p90x and starting to run more now that the weather has gotten better outside. I'm taking care of ME.
I'm purging my closet again. Check out my ebay listings here.

I want to be with my family (with the secondary plus of bringing in additional revenue on the side)...I don't want to put my kids in daycare or farm them out to others if I don't have to. I don't want to be on the computer when I could be playing with them. I want to swim in the pond and have picnics everyday this summer with them. So that's what I'm going to do.

I'll be back later this spring but in the meantime I leave you with a few inspired posts from around blog-land....

Running a Business and Finding Balance
from Tara at Ink+Wit

I Choose (words to live by)

Intrigued by this concept.

Love the thought of this...home as vacation.

The 10 Most Important Things to Simplify in your Life

Home Farming Tips

Start Your Day in 33 Different Ways

101 Ways to Cheer Yourself Up

Tiny Spring Baskets (perfect for May Day)

The Suck Factor of Life Balance

My Brain on Sales via Daily Worth {we can all relate, can't we?}

This Video {I need Africa more than Africa needs ME}

I like this idea of having a "uniform" and coordinating pieces and getting rid of the rest. I really want to simplify my look and my belongings. I'm feeling another closet purge coming on...

And I'm still in love with Jamie Oliver's new show, Food Revolution. The cooking flash mob=brilliant! Catch up on past episodes here. Sign the petition here. And if you don't know what your kids are eating at school, I BEG you to go, look, learn, get involved (and in the meantime PACK healthy lunches + snacks for your kids).

print pictured above available here.


karen said...

once again, such an awesome post. i will, of course, miss your blog, but i hope that you are able to really get some time to relax. happy spring blogging break!

amy said...

enjoy your break. I so understand. I hav enot been reading blogs much the last 6 months with exception to my weekly run throughs like yours :) that I always take something inspiring from that is deeper then beauty...that has depth like this post. I don't hav etime to look at pretty tables and dresses anymore...WHAT A WASTE of TIME when I could be playing with my kids! Sometimes I think, more often then less Do bloggers have a life or is it the computer? really. I post on amy and ann 1 month in advance and randomly on others with no commitments. That works for me. and I usually do not comment unless I have something to say that means something :) ha ha.
enjoy your time! you deserve it, plus your kids deserve your time.amy

Dawn said...

Good for you...enjoy! When things get hectic in my life I remind myself to "Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life." (Buddha) Thanks for the links, I will check them out :)

LobotoME said...

Thanks Karen! Hope spring is springing for you in Denver! xo, J

LobotoME said...

Hi Amy - Thanks for your thoughtful comment! I totally agree w/ everything you said - I just want to garden with my kids - I could care less about taking pictures of my dining room table (not that it has probably ever been in a blog worthy state...) Anyway, live the life! xo, J :)

LobotoME said...

Hi Dawn - LOVE that Buddha quote! Just wrote it out in my planner! Perfect! Thanks for sharing!
xo, jenny :)

Anonymous said...

Yet another inspiring post by you!! Best wishes as you change your path. :)

LobotoME said...

thanks lisa for inspiring me to lessen the work/wholesale chaos! you inspired me to keep it simple! :)

nicole said...

oh, and thanks for the links.
rest easy. be still.

workout mommy said...

i so needed to read this right now. Thank you for the inspiration! Enjoy life!!! :)

Anonymous said...

you must have read my mind. thinking the same things.

and chickens are not all what it is cracked up to be !!

lisa said...

You are such an inspiration to me! I love you sweety!!!

LobotoME said...

thanks ladies for all of your support! live life! xo, j :)

Meredith from PenelopeLovesLists said...

Good for you for deciding that you're going to control your life, rather than vice versa. This can be a hard choice to make and enact.

Total support to you.

kirwin said...

I will miss, miss, miss your posts but I get it. Good for you for taking this time. Hope to see you back here soon!

Reid said...

I'll miss your blog but understand your need to to take a break. People do sometimes get overly caught up in life online and forget about the other kind. I wanted to give you a link to a blog post about making yogurt in a slow cooker. It's easy, produces fantastic homemade yogurt, and there's no need to buy another gadget if you do have a slow cooker. http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/10/you-can-make-yogurt-in-your-crockpot.html

And if you don't have a Crockpot, plenty of people make yogurt on the stove and then keep it in a warm oven overnight. Check out the description in the New York Times (search for "Harold McGee" and yogurt).

Good luck with everything.

Joslyn said...

i love this post...

I'm re-evaluating things a bit post-vacation...thanks for the inspiration!!!!!!!