Friday, August 26, 2011

The Long Goodbye.

{Baby G., about 6 weeks ago}

I suppose in some ways this post was inevitably, but I wanted to delay it until I was absolutely sure. I didn't want to lead you on or risk saying something I didn't mean.

I've decided I'm going to pack it in here at Odi et Amo. While I thoroughly enjoyed the 2+ years of blogging (and reading blogs), between juggling more responsibilities at work and a new baby, I just don't have time anymore. Beyond that, I'll confess that I've lost a lot of interest. Sure, the first few weeks of not blogging were a bit tough (something akin I'd imagine to going withdrawal), but as the weeks flew by, I've found myself missing this less and less. What time I have free I simply no longer wish to spend blogging. Perhaps even more importantly, my design mojo is all but gone. I'm just kind of...over it. (Sorry!) Might I change my mind? Of course, but I suspect that will require a serious change in my circumstances (like not working).

All that being said, I do miss my blogging buddies -- and I think of you often. You were wonderfully supportive during my various and sundry home renovation and home decor projects and so understanding during my pregnancy and Graham's first few weeks when I went all but AWOL. I wish you all the very best and hope sincerely to keep in touch (and get back in touch) very soon.

Much love,

PS - For the time being, I'll be leaving my blog up and publicly available. As far as I'm concerned, I spent way too much time on this blog to simply let it go into oblivion. It was a labor of love and, like all loves, even when over still stays with you.


René said...

Yes, I have missed you and often wondered about you Averill. I could have never managed a blog when my babies were little. Never. So I completely understand where you are coming from. You have much more important things going on in your life now. Wishing you all the best!

Ampersand Design said...

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog over the past two years. Life changes and your decision is totally understandable.

Wishing you all the best for your future endeavours,

Sandy K

Sara said...

Thank you for the time and effort you poured into this blog. It has inspired me many times over. You will be missed.

Sarah said...

Hi, Averill! It is so nice to hear from you, I often wonder how you and Graham have been doing (he's so handsome)! Thank you for coming back and letting us know....we're going to miss you but completely understand. I feel better now about myself too, knowing I'm not the only one trying to balance all of this with a baby. Maura will be 1 in 2 weeks and I'm so sad!! How did a year go by that fast? Isn't motherhood amazing? Enjoy it. Take care and thanks for everything:)

Julie said...

My blog is a waste land, and I said that would never happen when I had a baby. Well ... it did. Babies take over and it's easy to lose mojo for everything else. Sad, but true. You're not the only one! Enjoy your new life .... I know I am! always time to blog a bit later in life. I plan on it.

Shanna said...

I totally understand and will miss your posts! Please keep your blog live ... you may find one day when your baby/babies are a little older that your itch to blog and design return. In the meantime, savor every second of baby-hood. It is over in a flash. Best of luck to you!

Emily A. Clark said...

Averill, we totally understand. You're a good mommy. Will miss keeping up with you. Enjoy your sweet baby :)

Unknown said...

All the best to you! You will be missed, but I can't imagine having a new baby, a job AND a blog....something had to give! Enjoy your little one, he is the most precious of all.

Cathy @ Room Rx

Lana said...

Hi Averill I know there are times in life where you stop and think of what is really important and things that need your 100 pecent attention. I visit your blog everyday and since there no new post for awhile I completely understand.
I enjoy your blog and say that your one of my fave your such a good writer and I learn alot from your blog very imformative I hope one day you will get the benefit of enjoying your old passion.
Good Luck! in everything you do and hope to see you again in blog world.
Baby G is so adorable enjoy every moment with him.

Sarah@realestatestyle said...

We will all miss you, but completely understand! I will really understand come Feb when I am due with our first baby!

Christy said...

I will miss your posts, but totally understand. Take care Averill! xo

Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

Ah, I completely understand! It's been so fun getting to know you over the past few years, and I will definitely miss you. Thanks for all your insightful posts, and your support of me and my blog. Now go hug that cute little boy of yours!! :)

Dayka Robinson said...

I was just thinking about you a few weeks ago! I'm glad to know that everything is going well on your end, and while I'm sad to hear about the end of your blog, I totally understand. Kids grow up so fast these days--it's much more important to spend your time doing things you love with people you love than to hang onto something you don't have the heart for anymore. But i agree with everyone else--leave the blog up, you may find yourself back here in a year (or two!)

best to you & your fam always,

Jody Harrington said...

You did a great job with this blog, Avie! Keeping the site up is definitely a good idea--who knows, there may come a time in the future when you want to revive it?

Much love from Mom

L.Duncan@Home23DuncanBoys said...

**drops head**... So sad, but I completely understand. I've been thinking of doing the same thing:)

Take care and is he old enough to use any of the items I purchased him? He is so cute, though I knew he would be;)

lizziefitz said...

You will be missed! Best regards!!!

alison giese Interiors said...

Oh, Averill, I'm so sorry to see you go from the blogging world, but am also so very supportive of your decision.
Sometimes, as a mother who blogs, I find it so difficult to relate to the "movers and shakers" who find time for all their fabulous posts, so I can totally relate to your struggle and decision.
Thank you for a wonderful two years of fantastic design blogging!
Best to you and yours!!

annechovie said...

You will be missed, Averill! Looking at that precious face, I'd say he's way more worth investing time'd be hard to keep as excited about design when you are mother to such a precious little doll! Wishing you all the best - thanks for all of your kindness and support over the last couple of years! xo

Acanthus and Acorn said...

I'm going to miss you, your wonderful design perspective and impeccable taste, but I completely get it! No loving mother ever said she wished she'd spent less time with her children!

As far as losing interest, I understand and wonder with many of my favorite bloggers throwing in the it inevitable for many of us?

Wishing you the best and please feel free to email me anytime!

Samantha said...

We will miss you but you've got a far more excellent distraction in your little guy.

A Loopy Life said...

Oh, I will miss your blog, especially since I was looking forward to seeing more of baby G. I understand what you feel, though, as sometimes it's a struggle just to write a post. Thanks for all the wonderful posts!

PS: My son H has the Gap romper, too! Isn't it so cute?

Lovely Little Nest said...

aw you will be missed! good luck with everything!

and be sure to enter my Shabby Apple dress giveaway before you officially go:


Laura@JourneyChic said...

Averill, your ideas and support will be very missed! I truly enjoyed getting to know you through the blog and greatly appreciate the support you gave me when mine was still a fledgling. Your past posts are still such inspirations so I hope you will leave them up.

All the best to you and your family! I hope we'll meet someday! If you ever come up to Boston please don't hesitate to contact me.

CRICKET said...

Honestly, now is the best time of your life. Wise decision. I love you style and it would be interesting to see how it changes. Babies have a way of doing that do you... I have changed more in the 6 plus years of having children then I did in one decade. Good luck and have lots of fun and love.

Sarah Klassen said...

Hello Averill,

I have been thinking of you often, wondering how you are doing, how your family is doing, your little one, (who is adorable) and just life in general. I completely understand why blogging at this time may not be what's on the agenda... maybe sometime down the road, a new, different blog might be in order, but for now, we will enjoy the archives of Odi et Amo.

I find as the years pass, we change. What I personally found inspiring when I began Haute Design is somewhat different. Perhaps it's coming into one's style, or perhaps it is simply due to the fact that we all change over the years. Priorities, what we appreciate, anything really, might alter.

I remember when I first started visiting Odi et Amo, and found your writing to be captivating and really enjoying your inspiration and projects. You have been such a kind friend through blogging, and I hope to keep in touch! (be it on facebook or through email)

Enjoy this wonderful time in your life—the most precious and important times are these...

Love, Sarah

Cristin // Simplified Bee said...

I am certainly going to miss your blog, but can understand why you would want to move on. Enjoy this special time with your little one!


Haven and Home said...

You will be missed but I completely understand. Please don't be a complete stranger!



Things That Inspire said...

I read this post with a feeling of great understanding...I started blogging when my youngest went to school, and I had more free time on my hands. I often thought that it was a good thing that blogging in its current form did not exist when my children were babies - during the peak of my blog years, when the pull was irresistible, I might have spent too much time on the blog and not on the children! Your priorities are certainly in the right place.

I have neglected my blog over the past few months, and have not really missed blogging. However, now that my two year house design and build project is coming to an end, who knows what I will do? I might return to the blog.

I am so glad that you are keeping your blog up, although you will be stepping back. You have always been such an inspirational and educational blogger to me, and I wish you the very best in your future endeavors. Hopefully you will pop in from time to time!

Take care,

Susie @ Maddie G Designs said...

I can relate to your decision and cannot imagine being in an office fulltime and being at home and trying to juggle it all and a blog. I go in waves where I think of just shutting up shop. I love the blog....but have made a very deliberate deicsion in the last few months that it cannot take priority over my family.....a trip to the park on a beautiful afternoon is WAY more important to me than coming up with a post for the next day. Since I have drawn this line in the sand in terms of priorities I feel SO much better. Please keep in touch!

Kathysue said...

Avril you are doing the most important job you will ever, ever do. Time with your sweet, adorable bay boy is precious and you can 't get back those moments so spend time doing what is important and that is Family has to be #1 at all times. I miss you and our blogging conversations, but I am over the moon happy for you, xo Kathysue

PS Remember to always,"Enjoy the Process!!"

Interior Design said...

I am saddened that you'll be leaving since I learned to love this blog. But I am happy for you with your life. Good luck.

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