Am I blogging again? Does anyone even read blogs anymore?

“Maybe” is the answer to both of those questions. I’ll opine on the first and maybe your presence here answers the second.

So why am I back again – even after professing that I WAS back in August of 2020?

I made two resolutions for the new year that are both related to finding myself outside of work. I know I’m not alone in feeling like the move to remote work suddenly (and then slowly and irrevocably) changed the game. I spent a year trying to navigate all of that while still being seen as a high performer in a company filled to the brim with high performers. Then, after achieving a promotion, I spent the last year trying to figure out how to work as a director in a highly cross-functional role while coaching my team and meeting incredibly demanding project timelines (all while trying to be seen as a high performer).

And I burnt out… majorly. The result has helped me have more clarity about what I want, how I should measure success and what I’m willing to give to work. For example, I stopped working at night. Full stop. And I felt guilty and some things didn’t get done or didn’t get done exactly right. And then, nothing happened. The most important things rose to the top and the unimportant things fell away.

More importantly, I felt like myself again. I was able to step away from work, to give my brain time to shutdown and recapture the in between moments where I can process strategic and creative work. I was more rested and able to show up for my team, which makes them more effective and, hopefully, happier in their roles. And I felt like I had time again for something else. So I made two resolutions for this year.

  1. Get involved with something locally to create more ties to the community.
  2. Do something just for me

My initial reaction to number 2 was to take a watercolor class. COVID being what it is, that’s not in the cards for me yet. But I also felt the tug to come back here and then I found myself “writing” this blog post in the shower. (Is this not everyone’s creative process??) And so here I am.

Truth be told, part of what dimmed my passion is the pace of our renovations. It has slowed way down. Apparently renovating an 1,800-square-foot residence is much easier and faster than a 5,000-square-foot firehouse. So I have plenty of projects to share now, but at some point I may not – or they may be few and far between. So I’d like to see how it feels to just write again and maybe some themes will emerge (like travel) that I like and that keep you coming back. I guess we’ll answer the questions above together.

In the spirit of catching up, here are some questions that absolutely no one asked me but I thought I would answer anyways.

Q: Do you still live in the same house? Any plans to move?
A: Yes, we’re in the same house, and no, we have no plans to move… but we still look a real estate. You are probably not surprised. We definitely love to imagine our lives in different spaces, but we’ve become SO MUCH pickier about what we’d need to actually move. This house still ticks a lot of boxes and staying here would help us achieve a new priority: retiring early. So as someone who sold a “forever home” I’ll never say never. But I will say it would take a lot.

Q: Still no regrets over selling the firehouse?
A: Not one

Q: So you like California?
A: We love it. It felt like a big risk to come here and it has paid of in spades. We feel so lucky that we were here when the pandemic hit for so many reasons. High on that list is our ability to drive to so many beautiful places. We’ve been fortunate to still travel a fair amount, using the social distance of camping to fill that need.

Q: Do you still work at the place that burned you out?
A: I do. I’m not using their name because this isn’t really about that company. Also, it’s in the biotech industry, and there are lots of rules around disclaiming that my opinion doesn’t represent the company’s opinion… not that they likely have an opinion on my house renovations, but, you get it, it’s a whole thing.

So that’s an update on me. Per usual, Instagram is great place to engage if you want to follow along, but there’s a chance I’ll respond to comments here if you want to give me a shout.

  1. I didn’t even think about the fact that now that most people work from home, the lines between home life and work life have become permanently blurred. Honestly, that is so hard. I’m glad you took time and space to figure out what you need 🙂

    1. Thanks, lady. Obviously you’re whole career is a good sign that people still read blogs 🙂

  2. I read it! Glad you are finding space for Heather ❤

    1. Thank you

  3. Hi! Welcome back! I vote blogs are not dead 🙂 as much as I enjoy platforms like Instagram, I appreciate blogs with the stories behind the images even more. And, selfishly, as a woman trying to prove myself as a high performer post-promotion, I also appreciate the candor about burning out and trying to find balance after. Especially at the same organization! Welcome back. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I’ve gotten a surprising number of “yes” votes! I love it and appreciate the encouragement.

  4. Welcome back! I think the pandemic has shown a lot of people what’s important in life….good for you for focusing on you!

    1. Thanks! It feels good to be back.

  5. People still read blogs. Even ones that don’t post often – that’s what blog readers are for. I like when old bloggers pop back up because insta is crap and it’s nice to not wonder, “whatever happened to?”

    1. Ha! Perfect. I’m happy to still have a community here.

  6. good to hear from you it has been stressful for us all God Bless

    1. Thanks!

  7. Blogs are not dead, but I have to admit I’ve stopped checking them as much if I don’t follow the people on Insta…and for the sake of my own sanity, I purged my IG following list way back this year as well, because I was spending far too much time in the doom scroll. Funny enough, I too have made my way back to blogging and writing again in the last few months. With varying success.

    1. I also love IG for keeping up with people. Welcome back to the blogging world!

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