September 30, 2014

The Blog is BACK!!!

So Happy Fall you guys!!

Fall….whoa, when did that happen? The last time we talked- I mean really talked- we were heading into some of the busiest weeks of our Summer and I had decided to take a Summer Sabbatical of sorts from the blog to get some rest, some clarity, and to figure out a new direction that I wanted this blog to go in. And now here we are several weeks later with leaves turning colors and the pumpkin spice latte orders racking up at Starbucks.

And this rest has been GOOD you guys. It has been so, so good.

It was time that I needed. Time that I needed to take for myself. Time that I was, quite honestly, afraid to take for myself because I was afraid that our business would implode if I took off the superwoman cape for even a second. I mean, haven’t we all been there & felt that at some point?

But 7 weeks to the day later, and I’m here to tell you that’s just not the case at all. The wheels aren’t going to fall off just because you slow down for a little while. The world doesn’t need to have ALL of you all of the time.

And all of those crazy demands to be perfect that we put on ourselves are just that….they are things that we put on ourselves. WE put them there. And we have to be willing to lay them down if we are ever going to move forward. For they are far too heavy to keep carrying around.

Take that deep breath with me now. I give you permission to exhale.

For me, I had just been going and going with the blog. It was one more item on my checklist to mark off. And THAT I was posting each day became so much more important than WHAT I was posting. It had become hollow. It had become habit. It was lacking in heart.

And from the step back of these past 7 weeks, I’ve been able to see that. To see what’s been missing and what I want to get back to. And to catch a glimpse of the places that we’ve never been willing to go before. I want to be brave. I want to be honest. I want to talk about the things that matter.

And most of all, I want to make sure that the words I’m writing mean something. That they actually help people. Because otherwise, what’s the point?

So get ready, because all of that is coming! :) Posts that are brave, posts that have heart, posts that cut beyond the surface and aren’t afraid to get real, post that share our lives with you day to day as we try to get closer to who it is that we’re becoming.

Posts that take off the cape of having it all together, and get down to the pieces that make up who we are.

Well that and a WHOLE lot of pretty pictures that we have lined up to show you guys!

It’s going to be great, I hope. But even more importantly than that, it’s going to be real.

It’s really, really good to be back you guys. I’ve honestly missed talking to you so much.

And we have a lot to catch up on.
M:)

**Speaking of taking off the capes, we spent last week at the absolutely life rocking & amazing Pursuit 31 Conference. And the incredible team at Tre Creative put together this video of everything that happened. You have to watch it to understand!

**And speaking of pumpkin spice lattes, as a little welcome back gift from us to you to thank you guys for hanging in there with us let’s do a $25 Starbucks gift card giveaway. Just leave us a note in the comments and we’re going to pick one lucky winner soon!

  1. Deborah Zoe

    I cannot wait for what’s in store you guys:)! I’m so glad you’re back at it Mary… you have a lot of beautiful things to share, I’m excited for it!!

  2. Shalese

    YAY so glad to have you back, but your break was much-deserved. :) I can’t wait to see what’s ahead for you!

  3. Amber

    We’re glad you had a great rest and we’re glad your back! Your words are so true!

  4. Chelsea Anderson

    SO glad you’re back. And… I’m excited for the new direction of the blog. After all, being brave, inspirational and amazing are what you’re good at. LOVE that a blog is meaningful and personal instead of factual and impersonal. <3

  5. angel

    glad you’re back!

  6. Minh Hussey

    Looking forward to more of your inspirational words :)

  7. Minh Hussey

    Looking forward to more of your inspirational words :)

  8. Sarah

    Looking forward to what you have to say!

  9. Maria

    I am SO glad you are back! I know you needed the time, and I’m glad you took it, but I have missed you so much!

  10. Jessica Frey

    Welcome back!!! Loved following the P31 hashtag and cannot wait to get back to Winshape next year after this baby is born!! That video is just simply incredible!! Sending you both lots of hugs and love from Austin!

  11. Jennie

    I’m so glad you’re blogging again! I love following ya’ll!!

  12. Linda

    You guys are awesome! Such a blessing indeed. Thank you for sharing and welcome back! BTW: I LOVE STARBUCKS :)

  13. Sarah Bradshaw

    Welcome back! Your voice has been missed. :)

  14. Tiffany Tolmen

    Welcome back! :) I’m actually so glad to hear you’re not going to blog every day – and taking the cape off. I think a lot of times you’re right – you think your business will fall apart if you don’t blog every day or for us every single wedding. We too have stepped back, I blog most weddings, but not all – and I’ve had to just let go. And I was scared, but we seem to just keep booking – so praise God. We have a 3 year old at home with us full time and another one on the way and it can be hard to "do it all." At the end of my life – I’ll remember the time with my babies, not every blog post! So if ya’ll are ramping up for a little fam too – this is so great for you!!!! :)

  15. Jama

    Glad you had a great rest and time off from the blog. You were missed. Oh yeah, yay Starbucks! ;)

  16. Maggie Trice

    Oh man, I am SO happy to hear you are back! WHOO HOO! I can’t wait to read all you have to say and especially to see some more beautiful images! Eeek! :)

  17. Kellie Penn

    I LOVE this!! We all need to take a step back and have a little Reset every now & then! Can’t wait to watch the next journey unfold!

  18. Maison Engel

    Wow. I MUST go to Pursuit 31 next year–such a powerful, beautiful, God-glofiying video + retreat!! Thanks for sharing, Mary!!

  19. Tiffany M

    So glad your sabbatical was what you needed!

  20. Alex Hinders

    I am so excited you are back, but even more excited that you felt the freedom to take this break! Your heart is so wonderful!!

  21. Carla

    Welcome back! So glad you got a much needed break and excited for what’s in store. :)

  22. Valerie Lazzari

    I’m so excited for what’s next for the two of you! I love your journey and your heart. Keep it coming :)

  23. Katie

    So happy that you took the time off to re-boot! I can’t wait to see what you have coming up. xoxo

  24. Kara

    pumpkin spice lattes – YUMMM – i could definitely go for one of them right now :D

  25. katie ingraham

    So glad your back! I’ve missed your posts and can’t wait to see what’s on the horizon for you both.

  26. Stephanie Rita

    yay, glad you’re back! missed your insight and can’t wait to read about what you learned.

  27. Laurie Crutchfield

    glad you’re back :) thanks for sharing life with us!! xoxo

  28. GrandmaIna

    I understood how much you needed some time off. I don’t know how you do it all! But I missed your blog! Welcome back.

  29. Faith T.

    I’ve missed you, but know how amazing it is to take off of life and just be. Cheers to taking that terrifying plunge!

  30. jenn

    missed you guys!

  31. Lindsey LaRue

    Hooray, hooray, hooray! So excited that your blog is back and that you found the time restful and rejuvenating!

  32. Maria Grace

    So glad you’re back, friend! Love reading your posts, and can’t wait to see what’s coming!

  33. Staci

    So glad that you are back…I was procrastinating from studying after my clinicals the other day and read one of your old blogposts about "when you least expect it" and it was just what I needed to hear at the time. Thanks for being one of my favorite study breaks with your beautiful images!

  34. Stephanie

    I love reading your blog posts. When you write from the heart, it’s so moving. I have one of your blog posts printed and hanging up to look at periodically when I need a little words of wisdom to help me through the day.

  35. colleen

    SOOOO glad you are back. Missed you.

  36. Melissa Pepin

    Oh sweet Mary! I miss hearing your wisdom already! Thank you for being so raw and open and amazing…like always. You are Gods precious creation and I just have a big ole heart of happy for you. :)

  37. Becky

    Woohoo! Glad you’re back!

  38. Jil

    Welcome Back!! <3

  39. Cathy Buck

    This just made my morning!!!!! I about squealed when I read this! I’ve missed you and cannot wait to see what you’ve got in store!!!!

  40. Stephanie Stewart

    Yay!!! So glad you are back, and even more glad to hear that a little time to breathe was just what you needed!

  41. Amy

    So happy to hear you’ll be posting again; I’ve missed them. It sounds like your time away was definitely worthwhile though so that’s the most important thing.

  42. Meredith Sledge

    GAH! The video made me cry!! I want to go so bad!

  43. Christy Tyler

    SO happy to hear you’re back and more importantly, that you are rejuvenated and ready to get real. :) I’m excited to see what is next! Take care of yourself, friend! xo

  44. Shi

    So glad you feel rested and ready to blog again! excited to keep following along!

  45. Michele Dowd

    This blog, the words, and the video from Pursuit 37, all shook me up- glad you’re back and can’t wait to see what’s in store for us!

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