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A long time coming

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Lauren on a bridge
Sarah Kuszelewicz Photography New York City

Hi Friends!

This post has been a year in the making and finally today is the day! I’ve been slowly pulling away from recipe development and sharing more about our family, partly because it takes so much darn time to test and re-test recipe after recipe and partly because I love sharing beautiful photos of my family and having the memories of my kids to look back on. Well, I’m here to tell you that I might be pulling back a little more. And by pulling back, I mean to the time commitment this blog requires of me. I love taking and editing photos, I love developing recipes, but I also love my family. And my sleep. And through this past year, BOTH of these things were suffering because of the blog. So, not only was I feeling defeated because I couldn’t keep up with the schedule I used to keep up with, but I was also feeling like I was failing as a wife and mother. It’s really easy to blame yourself for stuff when you’re getting 4-6 hours of sleep per night because you stay up until 2am writing blog posts or scheduling social media posts or analyzing google analytics…all things that I have been known to do. It’s the other side of blogging no one really talks about. The pressure is so real, you guys!

If you read my post about how blogging became my career, you’ll know a little about our backstory with how this blog became what it is today. Long story short, we needed it to make money in order for my family to survive. My husband got laid off from his job and we had to earn money. This blog was the blessing that we needed and it really blossomed when we needed it to. It was a big answer to our prayers.

But as Gordon has started working his way up in this new career (which is what brought us to New York City in the first place) we have come to terms with the fact that maybe the blog has run it’s course. While I’m confident we’re not closing shop anytime soon, I am trying to re-write my own rules and start blogging for the fun of it again.

What does that look like for me?

I’m still working it out.

But I know I will only share recipes that I love that have been tested properly. No set “3 recipes per week” rule because I can’t guarantee that.

I know I will only work with brands that I love. I already do this anyways, but thought it was worth mentioning again.

I will (try to) not feel guilty about only posting 1 post per week if that’s all I have to share. If I’m sick, if my kids are sick, if I’m needed in real life for something, if I have a vacation planned or if something comes up, that’s where I’ll be.

What does it look like for you?

Probably less recipes. Though, you will be happy to know they are thoroughly tested ones 🙂

Probably more family posts. Because I love those people.

Probably more instagram stories. It’s really the easiest way for me to communicate and share what’s going on in my life.

What happens now

My commitment to this blog has never faded or wavered because I truly enjoy having an outlet in sharing my joy in whatever form that is. Recipe development and my family are at the top of that list. I have also come to love and appreciate all you wonderful readers. I love ‘chatting’ with you online, whether that’s on social media, in the comments section or via email.

But I knew I had to post something letting you know why things have been quieter lately in order to free myself from all this guilt I’ve been feeling. This blog is called “Lauren’s Latest” for a reason and I shouldn’t feel guilty for doing things my way. And right now, less recipe posts + more time to play with my kids or read a book without feeling bad is where we’re at.

Thanks for understanding!

Much love,

Lauren

 

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  2. Emily Adams

    Your family definitely comes first! I am so happy that you put your family first. 🙂 Kids grow up way too fast. I will definitely still follow your blog, even though you will not be posting as often. I love your recipes and reading about your family.

  3. Elizabeth

    The older we get, the faster life seems to race by so, first and foremost, take time to smell the flowers and enjoy quality time with your family. We don’t realize how much time and effort is involved with writing your blog, but I for one value sharing your life, both family, travelogues,and your A1 recipes. Thank you.

  4. Sally Whitman

    I meant to comment when I first read this but am back now for the giveaway! Good for you for recognizing that something has to give. I think it’s too easy to fall into the line of thinking that we can have it all- happy home and kids and marriage and a job that takes time away from those other more important and fullfiing things. I’ve found my balance and congratulate you on working towards finding yours too 😊

  5. Laura-Lee

    I totally understand. Your kids will only be young once, and it’s not worth missing out on precious time with them, and your husband. I still look forward to reading about your family, and new recipes when you have time!

  6. Heather Pack

    I’m really happy for you that you now can focus on your family more. I too am just starting a business that would allow me to work from home and it is really difficult to get started. Your story gives me hope! <3

  7. Judy DeLacy

    Lauren, I admire you greatly. You’ve got a lot on your plate and from what I read, you handle it so well. I also lived in NYC and raised three children (now 43, 44, and 45 years old). From experience, I know it’s not easy.

    It seems that you’ve come to realize what’s most important in your life and came to terms with making adjustments. Yes, family, sleep and personal time should definitely be up there on the priority list. Good for you for recognizing the need to shift things around.

    I wish you the best as you implement the changes you have in mind. xo

  8. De

    I will love your blog forever. I love your family updates and pictures. Do what is best for you and your family. They are your number one priority.

  9. Lisa Chaudhary

    While I love your recipes, I admit i keep reading because of your family! I started reading regularly when you packed up and moved to New York…..love reading about your adventures!!

  10. Amanda White

    I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for the last several years and I commend you for all the hard work you put into it. More importantly though is taking care of yourself and your family and I’m happy to see your involvement moving in a direction that best fits your life as it is now. Thanks for all you do and best wishes for whichever path God leads you down.

  11. Ginny Logan

    You’re a wise mama. I write for a blog, but just as a contributor. I love to write, but I don’t want the stress that goes with running the blog. It’s been a good fit for me. Want to write for www.thesimplemoms.com? 🙂 kidding…kind of. 🙂

    I found you through Instagram a few months ago and I’ve been enjoying your New York life stories. Did you find out what the creepy crawly black shadow/beast was in your apartment? eeek

    Keep putting your family first and enjoy each moment with them.

  12. Rachel Stevens

    Your children are the most important people to lead & guide. They were entrusted to you by God.
    I love following you & using your receipes and will still enjoy them when you have time to post. Your have
    a beautiful family. Blessings

  13. Camille

    Love following you and your cute family, and think it’s great that you’re going to take more time for them! Family always comes first!

  14. Rebecca Shields

    I love that you are putting your family first. I truly believe that God calls us to different adventures in different seasons. It’s always exciting to find out what the next season will bring. Blessings to you!

  15. Natalie Woll

    Family is always most important! And I love reading about your cute family and life in the city. And I’ll still look forward to your recipes!

  16. Anne Pik

    “To everything there is a season” I learned the hard way and had to come to terms with it when I was raising my family. No regrets though! And family, children, husband, devotion, time well spent, etc. are all precious priorities so keep enjoying all of them and keep making memories. Love your blog! Much support coming your way!

  17. Bethany

    I hve to admit, selfishly that I am sad at this news but thankfully your world does not include making the ether-world happy by posting recipes 3x/wk religiously. I very much looking forward to the very well tested recipes that you do post in the future and I hope you continue posting family updates!
    Thank you so much for all the recipes, time, and lack of sleep you have sacrificed- I know blogging is probably a bit of a thank-less job….so THANK YOU!

  18. Courtney

    I am glad its not the end. I thought when I started reading this you were all done. I have loved that you have refocused the blog to be more family oriented. That is where you are at this part of your career/life. I love hearing about what its like for you and your family in NYC. I read your blog before that, but have loved hearing all about it. The ups, the downs the celebrations and milestones. I relate to you in a lot of ways, and I would miss hearing your daily life in the city. I hope you enjoy this summer with the kids and see all there is to see in the city now that you are more acclimated versus last year. Yay to more sleep and being more present in the everyday!

  19. Wendy Jacobs

    Lauren, I’ve been reading you for a few years now and I really look up to you for so many reasons. You LOVE your husband in a big way. And you declare it. I think that is sadly hard to find these days, a lot of husband bashing out there. That encourages me greatly. You also are clearly crazy about your children. You want to do what is the very best for your family and I have the utmost respect for you for that.

    I LOVE reading about your family and watching your stories on IG. I will continue doing so for as long as you feel like putting it out there! Keep on keepin’ on and know you’re doing the very best you can and that THAT is enough.

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