It’s August 4. This means the blogging conference I registered for on New Year’s Eve 2015 and talked a little bit about here starts in a few hours. In fact, by the time you read this (August 5) – it will be in full swing! Zoinks! I’m not ready! Seriously though, I knew it was coming but something interesting happened when Charlie was born…I gave over a few more brain cells to the mommy vacuum and time started flying by a little bit faster. Honestly, this conference snuck up on me faster than my son can flip over on the changing table (trust, it’s fast.)

HOW I GOT TO BE A NON-BLOGGING BLOGGER

Unfortunately since the end of my last blogging challenge (April A to Z), I’ve not written a single word for this baby of mine. My other babies have been taking up too much of my time, and I’ve been neglectful of this one. I notice this seems to happen to me at the end of every challenge I do. You’d think I’d have learnt by now that blogging every day is not the right pace for me, even for a short sprint of a month.  I’ll make an exception in November, but I think that was the last challenge that I will be doing for a while….or ever (I don’t like to say never.)

wHAT I’VE BEEN DOING INSTEAD OF BLOGGING

As I said, this baby’s been put on the back burner because I’ve been doing other things like…

Going back to work part-time.  Yep, that happened a few days before I last posted on here. I’ve consistently been working 2-3 days a week as a substitute teacher since the end of April. It’s been great seeing my friends and my kids again. It’s also been great not having the responsibility of being a full-time teacher.  For now, this works while Charlie is young, Maya needs me a bit more and now has me, and I’m eight billion times less stressed.

Working on helping people find what works for their skin. Nearly a year after I signed on, my side gig is still fun! I’ve met some amazing people and reconnected with old friends. It’s also led me to work on a very important aspect of my life…ME!  The personal growth opportunities and inspiration have led me to a path that I think will change my life and those around me for the better.

Having fun times with my kiddos!  Like I said, time is flying and I’m so grateful to be able to spend a bit of extra time with them. This summer we’ve gone swimming, bowling, spent time at Grandma’s pool and gone on a day trip to Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara Day Trip 7_2016 Camp Mommy Field Trip to Grandma's

Nothing extravagant, but having the time to do these things is so precious to me.

I saw Sting and Peter Gabriel, and Louis C.K. for my birthday present and the Man’s respectively…

Louis, Louis, Louis, Louis...

Louis, Louis, Louis, Louis…

Sting and Peter Gabriel...

Sting and Peter Gabriel…at the Hollywood Bowl…and my new aviators

Oh…and we did a little thing….

Going to the courthouse...or ...went...and got married!

Going to the courthouse…or …went…and got maaaarried!

WHAT WAS SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN BEFORE BLOGHER16

I had a lot of things that I wanted to do with my blog before the blogging conference happened.  I wanted to switch over from WordPress.com to .org to have a little bit more flexibility…and I did.

I wanted to change the theme and design…and I did. We won’t talk today about whether I’m happy with how it looks (HINT: I’m not. At. All. Bollocks.)

I had a daydream about how I wanted my logo to look and the header is a pretty close approximation of what that is, thanks to the new Prisma app and a little photo editing of my picture of a zinnia.

I wanted to get business cards to hand out…and I did. But I screwed up. There’s a typo on them and the new ones won’t arrive until next week. ****Head in hands**** — all the new friends I make at the conference are getting them anyway because my pretty logo is on there too and I like everything on them but the typo! And I hate to waste paper!

I wanted to get an e-commerce store up on my blog  for things I think my readers might like to have…but the only progress I made there is a bit of research on what I might like to have in the store.

WHERE I’M AT NOW…

So even though I’m not totally ready, I don’t feel my blog is totally ready…I’m going anyway and I’m so excited! I get to see some cool people speak (Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mayim Bialik and Sheryl Crow to name a few) and attend some breakout sessions where I hope to glean some good nuggets about how to make this blog more successful. Speaking of which, I’m getting ready now as I know the morning is always a rush – BlogHer16 here I come!

Do you ever do things before you feel ready? Do you do things “afraid”? How does it affect the outcome? Tell it like it is in the comments…