1. From one single mama, to another, big hugs my friend. I am feeling so many of the things you are feeling right now.

    The self doubt about new projects, the wondering if people will take me seriously, and even want to utilize my services. But you know what, this morning I said who cares, and I hit publish on a new venture for me. I have no idea if it will fly, I have no idea if anyone will want to try this new venture, but I will never know if I don’t at least try. So I did. It’s scary, and I am afraid of failure, but it was time to jump. So, I say go for it. Put yourself out there, do what you are passionate about, people will find you and be inspired. You will attract them with your energy, and your attitude. Good luck!

    And your space, I love your space, and your reflections here. I would never try and convince you to keep it up if you didn’t want too, but I will always be here reading, and sharing in whatever it is you choose to share.

    Enjoy your weekend. xo

    • Darcel

      Thanks Kim, I know you’re right, I’ll never know if I don’t try. One of the things holding me back is thinking of all the ideas I’ve tried before that haven’t worked out. But I’m going ahead with it anyway, maybe this time will be different and this business will be a success.
      You are so encouraging and inspiring to watch.

      I do love this space and whenever I think about closing up I always come back. I enjoy the entire process from taking pictures to putting the post together. I enjoy being part of the blogging community and have made amazing connections and had great opportunities because of this space.

  2. I love reading your blog and your perspective on motherhood. I can definitely understand questioning why you’re continuing because I’ve actually been doing the same about blogging. I also really enjoy your photography and catching a glimpse of how you view things. Ultimately, do what you feel is best for you because that’s what really matters.

    • Darcel

      Hi Dee, I want to keep this space as a photo journal for me, but I also feel like I could and should be providing better, more useful content. I want to help people but I also can’t keep doing it for free.
      I really do enjoy sharing pieces of our lives through words and pictures. I’m glad you enjoy reading.
      Thank you for reading and commenting.

  3. Mama J

    I don`t read many blogs and i regularly check your blog to see if you have posted anything new. I sincerely hope you don`t quit your blog, although ofcourse you should do what is best for you. The way you share on your blog brings me moments of peace and inspiration, makes me want to keep trying harder at the things i am aiming for. So thank you for that!
    I wish you the best in reaching what you`re aiming for.

    • Darcel

      Hey Mama J,
      I’m so glad you get something from what I share here. I’ve been trying to do better at posting regularly. I used to think making a schedule for blog posts was ridiculous, but now I see the benefits. Thank you for always reading and for taking the time to comment.

  4. I confess: I am a long time follower of your blog (I can’t remember what year exactly I came across it, but I’ve been one of your email subscribers for quite some time). I hardly ever comment. Partly because I feel like I know you and many of the bloggers I follow far, far more than can be reciprocated. But I truly enjoy these days in the life moments you share with the world. The moments you share remind me that there are other people out there going through the good and the bad, the ups and downs of having a family. I would miss your voice on the Internet.

  5. Hi Darcel, I’ve been following your blog for years (since Samuel was in an infant, as my son Lucas is just a few months olde than him)in a sling) and I hardly ever comment, I guess sometimes I don’t feel that my comments are adding anything relevant to the conversation, and sometimes I am so busy and so tired that I don’t even have the time to read blogs… But I do check in on you every now and again, to see what the kids are up to, like one would with a far away relative.
    I don’t know how I stumbled upon your blog, maybe through another homeschooling blog, or something relating to gentle parenting or birth? I can’t remember what it was, but something you had written resonated with me and gave me comfort and inspiration. Without knowing you personally, there’s something about you that exudes warmth and peace, your beautiful photos too show a human that’s filled with love.
    Blogging is tiring, and you do question yourself often (I’ve given up my old blog because I mentally couldn’t keep up), but ultimately you need to see if what you get out of it outweighs the energy and time that you put in it, whether it is for financial aid or for personal satisfaction. I think your readers will understand if you don’t feel up to it anymore. It’s also a wonderful account of your life that you can look back on in a few years. But yeah, it’s a bit of a crossroads when you have to choose whether to change content to engage readership, or whether to simply have a glorified photo album, and there’s nothing wrong with that :)
    I’d be happy if you kept on writing, I love knowing that this beautiful little family so far away from us is doing ok. Sending peace xo

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