A new direction in the new year

Hey there folks, long time no-blog!

We’re not even a full-month into 2013 and already some exciting new things are happening!
I gave you a ‘hint’ a few weeks ago that some new things were going down in our house that will, in the end, be more beneficial for our family and for Life in these times… Β Let’s face it, you all are my blogger family and I love ya, so I’m including YOU in the “family” label that will benefit from the coming changes! I know I haven’t been blogging a lot lately and you’ve obviously been missing me like crazy {I can sense the tears welling up in your eyes} so I thought it was about time I ease your suffering.
Alright, I know my absence probably hasn’t even phased most of you, but humor me…

Here’s the 411:
It’s been a long-time coming and, with the support of my amazing husband, I have decided to quit my job {Eeep} and turn my attention to the things that I really love – i.e. my family, my friends, my home, my passion for poppin out babies, my blog, and my etsy shop {sorry fart machines, you didn’t make the ‘special’ list}. I want to see my blog grow. I want to take steps to becoming a birthing coach/doula. I want to see theKeenBean succeed. I want to be a better homemaker, wife, and mommy. I want to make an impact doing things that I truly LOVE, and I’m so blessed that I’m able to take this leap and try to make these things happen now.

I’m thrilled and excited about this new adventure, but also nervous. The extra income from the work I’ve been doing has been helpful, not enough to live off of, but definitely helpful. So that will be missed of course {If there are any generous millionaires out there who in the mood to supplement my income just cause you feel like it, please feel free to contact me directly}. And while I would obviously love my new ventures to make up for the income I’m losing, I don’t want that to be the reason for doing it. I’ll elaborate on the whole “do something because you love it not because it gives a better paycheck” later but for now I wanted to finally let the cat out of the bag on our new adventures. I’ve been given the opportunity to find real happiness in my work and I’m taking it.

My sweet, sweet hubby has been nothing short of amazing in his encouragement and enthusiasm for this new direction. I’m so lucky to have him as my main support system, and we are both fortunate that his job is allowing me to step away from mine and ‘follow my dreams’.

So that is that. I have t-minus 6 more days at my job and then it’s all babies, bows, and blogging {oh YEAH!}.
I don’t normally reach out for specific feedback or encouragement, but I could use some extra support here as things transition over. To any bloggers reading this that consider themselves ‘successful’ – advice? Things you think I should do differently on the blog?
To anyone who has ditched their day job to pursue something for the sheer happiness it brings you – things to watch out for so I don’t get fat and lazy?
To anyone who thinks I’m a lunatic – what’s your beef?

I’m really excited to share this with you all and even more excited to see where this next year takes our family. Thanks for letting me ramble {as always} and I hope you’ll join me on this new journey!

Until next time…



24 thoughts on “A new direction in the new year

  1. I was terrified when I did this a few years back, too. So I know how you feel. Stay motivated… and don’t stay on Pinterest TOO long… make yourself to do lists and time yourself with your tasks… being at home all day can be overwhelming when you’re the only one you’re answering to.

    Proud for you, love.

  2. you are a supermom and superwoman all the way! z and keelin are so lucky to have your spirit in their lives! im blessed to be friends with you! i truly believe you wouldnt feel this urge to move forward unless God was already prepared to take care of you and your sweet family! hugs! let me know if there is anything we can do to help! love ya!

  3. So excited for your new direction! Especially that you want to become a doula — I think you’d be really great at it! Side note, do you have any business cards for the KeenBean? I’d love to be able to whip one out when Emmy is modeling her gorgeous headbands and someone makes a comment on them. πŸ™‚

  4. I’m so excited for you! I love that you’re going to be pursuing your passions! I have always felt so blessed in life that I have had amazing opportunities come my way, been given the courage to say yes, and had awesome family to support me. I know you will be happy & successful in your new adventure. And if anyone gives you a hard time, just tell them you’re also thinking about going back to school and it’ll get them off your back (but be careful saying too many times can make it stick!)

  5. You are pursuing the dream we all wish we had the courage to pursue… You have been nothing short of blessed in your life and I know those blessings will not stop coming just because you quit your job. Congrats in your new adventure… I won’t wish you luck because you don’t need it, but I will wish you all the happiness in the world… You are a talented and wonderful mom who deserves this great opportunity.

  6. Hey! Just want to say becoming a full time mom has been the most fulfilling endeavor! I’ve realized it is truly my calling and I’ve never been happier. Jude and I have started kindermusic once a week and it’s been so fun. Congrats on making this move!

  7. “If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you areβ€”if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.”

    –Joseph Campbell

    You’re doing exactly the right thing, Sara. There is no need to wish you luck, but congratulations for having the courage.

  8. I wouldn’t call myself a “successful” blogger, but did want to send my encouragement your way. I quit my job to stay at home with my kids, working on my blog and fixing up my house, and now I am expecting baby number 3. I can honestly say I haven’t been happier. I feel like I am finally focusing on what I love.. and even when money is tight, I don’t regret it for a minute. I wish you all the best! You will be awesome!

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