Today will be the final post on The Occasional Nomads . . . for a while.
I have been blogging nonstop, at least three times a week, for the last 13 years, and lately I have not been enjoying the process as I once did. Writing had become a chore, and I had been making loads of mistakes that I wasn’t catching. I felt sometimes as if I was writing the same posts over and over. I have loved sharing our lives and talking about travel and other topics these past years, but right now I am feeling very tired and uninspired. I need a break, a longer one than the week or two I usually take off.
So, I am going to step away from the blog for a while, to rest and get my thoughts back in order so I can return feeling fresh, energized, and positive about writing again. I plan to stay away for at least a couple of months, maybe longer, and come back just before or when it’s time for us to hit the road again.
There are not enough words to express my gratitude to everyone who has read this and my earlier blogs over the years. Some of you have been along for the ride since the beginning, but I appreciate just as much the others who have only found The Occasional Nomads in the past few months or even days. Over the years I have had the great joy of meeting several readers in person, some becoming great friends for life. I can count the number of negative comments I have received over the years on one hand, a pretty good record for 13 years. I appreciate all that I have learned from the comments and the give and take they have provided. I have the BEST readers.
I have always hoped for nothing more than those who come to the blog enjoyed what they read here. Maybe they learned something or got a new idea or thought a bit differently about something, but that was never the main point. An English teacher predicted back in high school that I would someday write the Great American Novel. Instead, I ended up writing what I jokingly call The Great American Blog about me and my family’s everyday lives. I hope my writing has shown in a positive way how we dream big, set goals, turn our goals into achievements, and do it all on a (lower) middle class income. Brett and I have been exceedingly fortunate, and we know it, but it’s required a good deal of work on our part, lots of prudent and creative saving, and careful stewardship of what we have. We are grateful for everything we have been given and allowed to do and accomplish.
Although I won’t be writing for a while, I will continue to maintain The Occasional Nomads Instagram site (@theoccasionalnomads), and will be working more on that, with more content and more information (about us and otherwise) instead of just an occasional photo now and again. You can follow our remaining time on Kaua’i there, our efforts as we get ready to leave Hawaii, and segue into our travels once they kick off in May. The blog will not be closed so if you’re looking for some information or maybe a recipe it will remain available. I will also continue to add to this year’s reading list.
Thank you all for everything you bring and have brought to the blog(s) over the years. When I taught, I always learned and received back as much from my students as I ever gave them, and it’s been the same with blogging. I will be back.
Laura (and Brett)