fatigue

February 16, 2015 |  Category:   life

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December didn’t really prepare us for how the rest of winter would turn out. It’s been really cold, like wake-me-up-when-it’s-spring kind of cold. Snow blows in every week and the sidewalk curbs have permanent piles of hard, frozen snow that never seem to melt away. Everyday, we wrap ourselves in huge scarves, put hoods up over our hats and slip our snow boots on. Winter fatigue has definitely set in. We used to take weekends to go explore the city or jump in the car for short one day road trips, but the past few weeks we’ve stayed put. We even cancelled a trip down to D.C. for winter break – just too damn cold and snowy to spend any amount of time outdoors. Instead, we cleaned the house this weekend, cooked and got our paperwork together for tax season. Not exactly fun times, but nobody complained about being housebound. At least we don’t have the snow totals like Boston – it could be a lot worse. (Sorry, neighbors to the North!)

 

I’ve been feeling social media fatigue too. My job requires me to be online all the time now (even more so than before if you can imagine that!) and part of what I do is analyze social platforms and saturate myself in media. I think that’s part of the reason why I’ve been quiet on the blog lately. Sometimes it’s all too much. The internet feels big. But as some of you who are business owners know, you can’t stay quiet on social for too long, not when you own a business. Figuring out these social networks as they evolve and change is an ongoing strategy and puzzle. Since I’m active everyday on Instagram, blogging has almost become redundant…so how do I use this space?
 
Life right now is middle school applications, figuring out the particular challenges of parenting tween girls, family stuff and ongoing struggles with loss and all the logistical things that one has to deal with in the aftermath of a close one’s death, business related questions and new challenges of balancing family life with a job that requires a commute. Real life stuff just like everybody else, you know? But real life isn’t always fodder for blog content. I’ve experienced how ugly and dark the internet can be and those days of sharing are most certainly over. It doesn’t mean that life needs to be “curated” or that we should all stop blogging authentically, but it does mean that the line between public and private is more hardly drawn.

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  • Louise February 16, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Thanks for being active anyway and taking the time to write a quick post – this is exactly how I feel right now (yay architorture school and freezing Canadian temperatures)

  • Naomi February 16, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    I hope you continue to post. I so enjoy reading and seeing your view of BK and life. Don’t get sucked into all the Middle school madness. From personal experience, it really all works out in the end. Stay warm:)

  • Susan February 16, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    I hope you continue to write freely on your own time. I, too have been dealing with loss from years past. I miss my grandmother so much. I guess that’s what life is about – balance – planning for the future and living satisfied for the present. Keep warm…I’m sure not looking forward to more snow tomorrow.

  • dolittledesign February 17, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Greetings form Boston! Yes, it could be worse. 🙂

  • Jocy February 18, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    You should have visited DC – it has been strangely “warm” this year, though we finally had a snow day yesterday. I hear you on how to use this space. I recently joined instagram and it’s just easier, faster, shinier and so my blog feels very redundant. But between the two, I consider my blog to be a more special place, if only historically. I just can’t find time to write and when I do, it’s all very normal, daily stuff.

  • Kiana February 19, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Hi Jenna, sorry you’re having such crappy weather. We were house bound for a few days because of illness and it sucked! Trying to figure out what to do that didn’t involve TV was such a brain-racking activity. Pretty sad, right?

    wishing you sunny weather!

  • Genna February 19, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    I haven’t ever commented but I love this blog and enjoy every post that pops up on my RSS feed. Your writing and photographs do have authenticity that is so comforting and enjoyable. Thank you!

  • kerri February 21, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    I hardly ever comment, if ever, but this space has an air of realness and authenticity that is hard to find on instagram (or the internet in general). To be honest, that is what has kept this blog on the top of my favorites for so many years, even if the content and frequency have changed a little. There needs to be more sincerity in the blog world, and that’s something that your writing and photos provide. Thanks for acknowledging the uncomfortable! I appreciate it and will continue to visit. 🙂

  • Jenna February 23, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Thanks for all your comments and for continuing to check in, especially those of you who have not commented before – really appreciate hearing from you.

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