Thursday, January 17, 2013

From the Heart


After 3 years of writing on this little blog of mine I feel as though I've nearly run out of things to say.  I'm not sure if it's because I've not been able to take many pictures of late due to the weather, or because I've been sick, or because things have simply run their course...but I feel as though most days I'm searching for something meaningful to post.

Three years ago when I started writing Low Tide High Style I was full of ideas, bursting at the seams with things I wanted to share, but the well is running quite low at the moment.  I know we all go through these phases, but this feeling that I'm sorely lacking for things to say, thoughts to share, and even images to post has been nagging at me for a long while now.  There are only so many pics of Paris you can parlay into a blog post before people start falling asleep at their keyboards.

I haven't lost my desire to create, my passion for taking pictures, or my need to share, but for now I think I will likely be doing that mostly on Pinterest.  When the mood does strike me and I feel I have something worth saying, I can always come back here and blather on and on about the very mundane things I often write about, but for now I think it's time to keep quiet and create.

I will still be visiting other people's blogs, stalking pin boards,  and getting my mojo back through exercise and meditation.  Maybe after a bit I will be full of ideas once again, and bursting with things I can't keep to myself, and I feel like that will be much better for everyone to wait until I'm there again.  A week, a month, a year?...only time will tell.

But for now, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you all for 3 amazing years...and who knows what the future will hold! 

xoxo Kat

50 comments:

  1. Hello Kat,
    I completely understand because I'm leaning the same way. Sometimes we just have to do what's best for us. I wish you well on your journey and I want you to know that I think you are so very talented.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  2. It has been almost three years for me, too and sometimes I think what can I keep blogging about and then ideas will come up again. I know you and I will stay in touch

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  3. I understand it is hard to keep coming up with things. But, I would love Paris for the rest of the year if you had that many pictures I would not be tired of it.

    Rest and the energy will come back. In the meantime I will miss you.

    Please visit me and give me tips on photography anytime. I can take constructive criticism.

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  4. I know exactly what you are thinking here. It is a struggle sometimes to find material. I am feeling the same way and fear it won't be long before I close it down.

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  5. oh I will surely miss your beautiful posts...take care and thank you for being a blogging friend of mine!
    take care and look after yourself....can't wait for your return with a new zest!
    Bec x

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  6. Oh how sad! I found you so late and will miss your posts Kat!

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  7. Hi Kat,
    I've felt the same way for a long time too. For me I've found it a real struggle keeping up with my Etsy shop while working full-time and having kids with busy lives and as the shop has got busier my spare time has become less and less. I have no time for creating fun stuff any more as creating to order has taken over. Any fun projects I've had have been started and then abandoned due to lack of time. I plan on re-thinking the whole business/life balance this year but for now and going to keep working every hour I possibly can until April as we have booked a family holiday to Florida in April (not really sure if it's going to be my cup of tea but Pat and the kids will love it and we're squeezing in 3 days in Savannah for me so I am super excited about that). I want to save as much money as we can before we go so the kids have a memorable time and will then try and take things a bit slower throughout the year. The notion of a clean house (let alone a beautifully decorated house] has sadly long been abandoned. Maybe when I find the balance I'm looking for I'll manage to squeeze in some blog posts but I don't really want to post something random or from someone else's blog just for the sake of it. I hope your break will be restful and inspiring. Take care and keep in touch,
    Sam x

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  8. the up and downs and ins and out. Yup, been there, am still there at times and done it many. Renewal is change and change is good. You'll come back and share when you have time and 'want' to. that's what it's all about anyway, right?
    peace n abundance,
    CheyAnne
    see you on Pinterest http://pinterest.com/cheyannesexton/

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  9. Kat, you won't believe
    this, but not one hour
    ago I was having a very
    similar conversation with
    my mom regarding my
    own blog. I so respect
    that you are taking the
    time that you need. I
    hope that we've connected
    on Pinterest? I will check.

    I absolutely LOVE this
    picture. You are so talented.
    Perfect to tie in with a
    post where you share your
    heart : )

    I hope you recharge and
    come roaring back, but
    I also respect that life is
    short and pleasure, at this
    point, is vital!!!

    Enjoy this time....

    xo Suzanne

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  10. We all think this every day. Follow my example: If you have nothing to say, say it anyway.

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    1. I've just dedicated a post to you, and I am sure that will not help. YO!

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  11. Just rest sweetie, you'll come back a blazin'!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  12. I know that feeling too, Kat. Hoping you find your creative energy, in whatever form it takes.

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  13. SOmetimes things run their course and also our interests can change sometimes as well. I look around Pinterest but rarely do I post my own photos there. Yours are lovely and you need to share them.. Pinterest may be just the place... good luck, and I have always enjoyed reading your blog, Kat.xox

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  14. Kat dear...follow your blog title and ebb and flow with the tide...all long time bloggers certainly understand and whenever, whatever, however, is all Ok with us <3 our hearts are still with you...

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  15. Sometimes you need to step away and take a break. We will be here or there...but focus on yourself! And enjoy yourself! :) donna

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  16. Kat, I just had this same conversation about my feelings with two of my friends. They've encouraged me to keep posting. Hope you get refreshed and come back. I enjoy this blog. ;-) But as someone said above, the ebb and flow of the tide is symbolic.
    All the best to you........Sarah

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  17. I have enjoyed your thoughts, photos, ideas & stories very much. I will miss them when they're gone. And, I will be here if & when you return. Life is short. Go where your heart tells you. Peace...C~

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  18. Trust your own rhythms Kat - and the staying power of your readers' RSS feeds! No point in draining yourself dry: be well my friend.

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  19. something tells me that you'll be back soon. Hope so!


    Aloha from Honolulu,
    Comfort Spiral
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  20. I have always enjoyed your blog and learned so much from you. I will miss your posts but it's a good thing to take a break to focus on what's important. Blogs are time consuming...that's for sure! Keep in touch, my friend! Enjoy the months to come! Sweet Southern hugs, Diane

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  21. Nothing wrong with that! I think making a retreat from time to time is a really good idea. I'll be watching this spot and looking forward to seeing more of your stunning photography in the future!
    xo,
    Phyllis

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  22. Nothing wrong with that at all! Blogging is a very personal thing. When it doesn't feel right or like it's a job, then it's not working!... do what strikes you, when it strikes you.

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  23. You have my overwhelming blessing to do whatever your creative heart tells you. And when you're ready to post again, I'll be here to read it.

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  24. As a newbie to blogging I've only discovered your blog in the last few months but I've always enjoyed your beautiful photos and thoughtful words.
    Recharge your batteries, enjoy the break - blogging like everything else can only be enjoyable if it's fun and not a chore.

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  25. I know how you feel, Kat.
    I've been feeling that way for quite some time. My blog is now the neglected stepchild.
    I've run out of energy, and although I visit you all the time, I have been negligent in leaving comments.

    You are still on my radar, and I love you.

    XOXO,
    Anne

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  26. I understand completely! I haven't been a dutiful blogger either! Sometimes we just need to step out of the picture for a while and recharge.
    I spend most of my time on facebook and pinterest. But I am so glad that we met and can still stay in touch through other means.
    Take good care and I will be looking for you on pinterest!
    xo Cindy

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  27. hello! completely understand -- i am finding myself in a same situtation w/ my career. I will be taking a sabbatical where i will be looking into pulling in ahead the start of my second career originally planned in 3 yrs from now. I plan to leave the hi-tech world for landscape design in Hawaii (my sister is moving there at end of this year. good luck! regrds, leilani schumacher

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  28. Oh...I came to visit today because it seemed like so long since we had "touched base" and I wanted to check in with you. Believe me, I understand where you are coming from and I feel as if I took a long break and posted only on rare occasions for much of the past 6 months or more. I also did some soul searching for the new year and I decided that I was going to drop a few of the things I was doing that weren't productive or even fun...and see if my blogging mojo came back at all when I had more time. I also added some exercise and healthier eating to try to get rid of the sludge that seemed to be filling my brain these days. So far, so good. Of course instead of Paris, my posts tend to be Disney after the holidays, but I try to find different things to do there. I've actually been surprised that I'm enjoying it again and I felt a bit honored when several people said they had missed me. So...for me, a break was good and I'm sure there will be more. It isn't supposed to feel like a job, it is supposed to be fun. Keep in touch! S.

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  29. Hi, Kat - Perhaps you need another trip? Somewhere sunny and warm :) Enjoy your time off. I'll be looking forward to your return!!
    Take care,
    Loi

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  30. time off is sometimes just what we need....we can only do so much !!

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  31. Oh Kat, you and I have talked about this so I do understand. I've been thinking about you as I'm still not sure where I'm headed....I see Suzanne is feeling it too- perhaps there is a 3 year itch in blogging!? Your talent for photography is undeniable as evidence by this photo! I have resisted Pinterest as one more thing vying for my time, but perhaps I need to reconsider?
    xoxo,
    ~R

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  32. Kat, I totally understand....I too have lost interest in "saying" things....and prefer to post only photos at this point......smiles!

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  33. Hi Kat~ sounds like a wonderful time for a break, and as you say, being creative! I've been off for awhile too...been doing some creating, and just trying to get well. So I completely get where you are coming from! I hope you will be feeling better soon...the blog will still be here when you want to stop by! Go enjoy yourself! XO

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  34. Oh Kat, you are thinking the same thing I have been! I have so little to write about, but really do love to have the freedom to post when I want to or when I finally think I have something to post. Which isn't very often these days!
    I love your blog and hope that a little break from it may give you time to breath. Sometimes when we give ourselves time step away, we are able to get back our passion for it.
    sending many hugs your way...

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  35. Wow, I wish I'd been following you all along! I am going through this same, exact feeling! It's terrible! Mainly because I care so much and I know I have so much to share but feel as if a lid has been shut for now! I don't do well in the winter, anyway! I'm hoping Spring will bring on some new blog posts..the ideas are here…just lurking! I'm in the middle of deciding if I should keep BOTH of my blogs right now…I cringe at the thought of giving either one of them up! So glad I got to see this and know that other's are feeling the same way I do right now!

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  36. Enjoy your break and finding the mojo, we have enjoyed following your blog and look forward to your return

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  37. I'll keep you in my reading list so that when the mood strikes you I'll know. Enjoy whatever life brings - I know it will be a creative and fulfilling time.

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  38. (I think we all need a huge dose of springtime.) Enjoy your break Kat and feel better. Just for the record, your Paris pictures always inspire me. Your writing and photography skills elevate even the simple everyday snippets of your life and are always such a breath of fresh air! xoxo

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  39. It seems that a lot of us are having very similar thoughts... maybe we all started blogging about the same time? Yes, there was SO much to say and share. And there still is...but not "on demand". I always feel that bit of pressure to post, and most of the time I have lots to say and life is good. But then, well, but then, there are the times when I just don't WANT to research, put it together and spend the time! And yes, my store, Provence Rugs, calls me all the time. It needs attention too.
    So, I (and all of us!) completely understand and look forward to seeing you now and then! Be well.

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  40. I think we all go through this, Kat.
    I wasn't blogging much at all this past summer, and then the fall season was even worse for me.
    I go in streaks. I might blog a few days in a row...then won't blog for a while.
    It depends on my mood.
    Plus, I got disappointed in blogging for awhile. It felt too competitive. I wasn't blogging to collect followers, and get into a magazine. I just wanted to get a little inspiration, and possibly share a little...ya know?
    I had to put things in perspective. Walk away for awhile. Take a break.
    Now I blog whenever.
    I must say...I love your blog.
    Your photos are always amazing. The content is inspiring.
    I like that you write from your heart.
    Whatever you decide to do....enjoy!

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  41. I think we've all been to this point, Kat and I'm sorry to hear of your plans. I love how your photography has evolved since I began coming here and I'm glad to have you as a blogging friend. xoxo

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  42. Kat- you are an amazing blogger- I think we have all learned so much from you and I know that I have admired your talents greatly. Certainly I understand your desire to back off-- blogging is quite taxing at times. You will be missed greatly-- and should you come back, we will all be here for you--
    Vicki

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  43. Hi Kat, sometimes we just need a break! I say relax and go to create!

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  44. dear Kat, From someone who just took a three-month break I totally understand. Take a breath, take your time and most importantly take good care of yourself. We will all be here when, and if, you want to return.
    xxojoan

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  45. Hello Kat,
    I so understand where you are coming from. Enjoy your time and I hope to see ya here soon.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  46. Hola Kat. Todos nos sentimos así alguna vez. Yo tengo mi blog 5 años y a veces he sentido que nadie me visita, nadie me lee ni me deja comentarios.
    Pero es MI blog, lo hice para mí, para yo poder expresarme, si me leen o no, no es tan importante, aunque claro que me gustan las visitas y los comentarios.
    Tal vez un descanso, tal vez un cambio de look, tal vez un cambio de tema, no sé, son ideas. Yo revuelvo todo, porque soy hiperactiva, siempre estoy queriendo poner algo. Además, me gusta escribir, así que también eso incluyo.
    Hermosas tus fotos, amo París. Y las fotos con historia, me gustan más todavía.
    Ánimo y si tienes "sequía bloguera", como digo yo, date un tiempo y pasea por otros blogs, tal vez encuentres nueva inspiración.
    Un abrazo grande desde Chile.
    Maru

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  47. Kat you are missed !

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  48. Just thinking of you and checking in to say "hi"! Was hoping Spring may have coaxed you back here if only for a bit. xoxo

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